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A few peeks at Manifest Design Challenge entries

Posted by on September 29th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Sean Chaney of Vertigo Cycles
posted this sneak peek of
his Design Challenge entry.

The Constructor’s Design Challenge (part of Oregon Manifest) is coming this Friday. The event is an unprecedented opportunity to have the brightest minds in bike building put their skills and experience into building the Ultimate Transportation Bike. Each entry will be judged and then ridden to see which one comes out on top. It’s a bike geek’s dream come true.

We’ll have three people covering the event (I’ll be in California visiting family) and we’ll bring you the full lowdown. But since I tend to get impatient about big events like this and I love to get sneak peeks of upcoming action, I thought I’d share some photos of some of the bikes that will be entered into the competition.

The first bike I’ll share, built by some who requested to remain anonymous, rolled by the office today. It had some nifty features including an alarm system, a sleeve on the front rack for a u-lock, custom rear rack with bent tubing that allows for easy access to brake towers, and more. Here are a few photos:

Spy photos of Design Challenge bike-1

Notice: Mount for light (powered by front hub dynamo of course), security alarm, and u-lock sleeve.
Spy photos of Design Challenge bike-2

Rack tubing bent for quicker/easier access to rear brake arms.

Sean Chaney from Vertigo Cycles is creating his bike out of titanium (his material of choice). Sean has uploaded several photos of it — along with a few hints to what it will have — to his Flickr page.

The guys from Metrofiets — who were behind the much-heralded Hopworks beer bike — are up to their usual customizing craziness. They worked with local carbon fiber master Shawn Small of Ruckus Components to design a carbon fiber overlay for their front rack. Metrofiets is looking for any edge in weight they can get, since the bikes not only have to survive scrutiny of judges but also have to compete in a race the next day.

This carbon fiber bit — the largest thing Shawn Small has ever made — will go inside the rack of a Metrofiets cargo bike.
(Photo: Metrofiets)

And Tony Pereira has been talking smack for weeks now about his bike. I’m sure it will be interesting, but so far the only photo I’ve seen is this custom rack bag he’ll put on it (it was made by Portland-based Lemolo Bags)

A custom rack bag made by Lemolo that will adorn Tony Pereira’s Design Challenge bike.
(Photo: Tony Pereira)

Stay tuned for more coverage of all the events coming in the six-week, international summit of bike culture, the Oregon Manifest. Also be sure to visit our Oregon Manifest Special Coverage page for previous stories.

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  • Mandie Reed September 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    an alarm system on a bike, now i LOVE that! Wish i could run into something like that around my parts.

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  • Shawn Small September 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    i can’t wait to see some of the security systems!!

    i wanted to design one that used a microcontroller, gps receiver, and cell phone transmitter to constantly txt out the gps coordinates of the bike.

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  • Tony Pereira September 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Talking smack? I wouldn’t go so far…I am excited, anxious and stressed out. Can’t wait to see everyone’s designs.

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  • Tony Pereira September 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    p.s. that headbadge is giving away mr. anonymous.

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  • slate September 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I certainly hope all these beautiful bikes (and most handsome riders) are ready for a bit of an up and down look at some of the Portland area’s finest roads.

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  • twistyaction September 30, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Damn, it took a lot of searching to figure out what that head badge was. Now I can go to sleep. I can’t wait to find out what the course is for the Constructor’s Race.

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  • Mike Quigley September 30, 2009 at 7:35 am

    An alarm system? Now we’ll have bike alarms competing with car alarms that nobody pays any attention to.

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  • Everest Guy September 30, 2009 at 8:58 am

    The details look good but nothing really totally out of the box (so far). You can go beyond diamond frame, two wheels in a straight line, etc. Try to not be consistent in your individuality!

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  • Scott September 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

    If anything besides a diamond frame and two wheels was significantly better, I think we’d have seen it in the past 50 years of bike innovation. Its hard to improve on a design that has been tested, reconfigured, and retested thousands of times.

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  • eriq September 30, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Bikes have only had a few improvements since the pinnacle of bike design..1940-50 French cyclotouring bikes..check out the bikes from the 1940s technical trails..less than 20 lbs with racks and lights, metal not plastic parts. Bikes have not come very far since…

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  • BURR September 30, 2009 at 9:27 pm