I never know from one day to the next what surprise will show up in my email box. Like yesterday for example, Ron Lau a friend from the West Coast, sent me pictures of a Fuso “Tribute” frame that he had Steve Bilenky build for him. Ron already owns several frames I built.
When I started building the Fuso frames in my shop in San Marcos, California in 1984 I was simply trying to produce a reasonably priced hand built frame that would compete with all the Italian import frames that were around at that time.
I never could have imagined that some twenty-five years later another esteemed framebuilder like Steve Bilenky would replicate the frame as a tribute.
Steve did not copy a Fuso exactly; there would be little point in doing so as there are still plentiful supplies of used Fusos around.
Instead the frame is definitely a Steve Bilenky, but there is no mistaking where the inspiration for the paint scheme came from.
I am deeply touched.