Oregon Manifest

Oct. 2th ~ Nov. 8th

Oregon Manifest is a six-week (10/2 ~ 11/8) celebration of urban bicycling culture. The event includes workshops, panel discussions, a “Constructor’s Challenge” bike design competition, an international art exhibit, and much more.

Here are some key dates on the schedule:
10/3 ~ 11/8: Dreams on Wheels, Danish Cycling Culture Exhibit
10/10: Ready to Roll Cycling Lifestyle Fashion Show
10/15: We Just Work Here Movie Night Social
10/16: A Night With Joe Parkin
10/23: Tour de Builders
10/24: United Bicycle Institute Open House
10/25: Family Bicycle Transportation Day>
10/29: Bicycle Culture from Copenhagen to Portland
10/31 ~ 11/01: OBCA Handmade Bicycle Show
11/07: Single Speed Cyclocross World Championship Party

Browse the stories below for all our coverage.

Bike, fashion worlds collide at ‘Ready to Roll’ show

Posted on October 12th, 2009 at 11:57 am.

[This story is part of our ongoing coverage of the six-week Oregon Manifest event. See all previous coverage here.]

The fashion world got an eyeful of bicycles when Portland Fashion Week hosted the Ready to Roll show on Saturday.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Highlights and heroics of the Constructor’s Challenge

Posted on October 5th, 2009 at 5:26 pm.

This story is part of our ongoing Oregon Manifest 2009 coverage.

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High fives exchanged among racers
who didn’t complete the “epic” course.
(Photo © BikePortland/Elly Blue)

The Oregon Manifest Constructors Challenge bicycles have been built, raced, judged, and celebrated. The top 15 bikes (12 chosen for their design and the three that were raced the fastest) are on display at Manifest headquarters at NW 10th and Hoyt. Observers are weighing in with glowing reports and criticism.

The major stories have been told — of Tony Pereira’s blue stunner that won the design challenge, Joseph Ahearne’s gorgeous 9-speed mixte, and the jeans skirt and sweater worn by its rider (who changed into a cocktail dress for the final lap).[Read more…]

Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Race complete results

Posted on October 5th, 2009 at 3:24 pm.

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Race organizers calculate finish times.
(Photo © Elly Blue)

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Design Challenge race: More camaraderie than competition

Posted on October 4th, 2009 at 10:42 pm.

Pausing at the Rapha-sponsored
beer stop high atop Portland off of
Dixie Mountain Road.
(Photos by Mark Reber)

Saturday’s Constructor’s Design Challenge (part of the Oregon Manifest) race may have been for points and it was certainly tough, but the riders seemed to focus more on camaraderie than competition.

The day seemed to be an extension of the previous evening’s party, albeit without the DJ. The mood was light and joyful, the weather cooperated and there was excellent beer and food along the way.

Whether organizers at Oregon Manifest intended it or not, the day — from the first checkpoint where riders loaded a six-pack of Hopworks beer, to the lunch stop at Chris King’s home to the finish line — expanded what it means to have a biking culture and a bike community. The expectations of riders and visitors were exceeded and few could help but smile and laugh.[Read more…]

The bikes have been raced, judged, and ogled. And the winners are…

Posted on October 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm.

[Welcome to our continuing coverage of the Oregon Manifest’s Constructor’s Design Challenge. See our previous coverage here.]

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Greg Heath built and raced this
Donkelope bike, which won a
design award.
(Photos © Elly Blue)

All day yesterday, the thirty offerings in the Oregon Manifest Constructors Challenge were judged. Today, they were put through their paces on a 77 mile course, from Vernonia to Portland via some epic hills, gravel roads, and city traffic.[Read more…]

Spirits high, riders weary, some down as Constructor’s Race challengers near end point

Posted on October 3rd, 2009 at 2:48 pm.

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The Circle A Cycles bike was the only one
with dirt proudly on display last night.
They’ll all be looking battleweary by now.
(Photo © Elly Blue)

Our correspondent Mark Reber just called from up on Skyline Drive where he’s been photographing the challengers in the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Race at the race’s Beer Pickup Checkpoint.

All the racers Reber saw were in high spirits, he said. They report a beautiful and rural but challenging course that began at 10am today at Vernonia High School and continued to Scappoose before winding through the west hills and returning to Portland via Old Germantown Road. [Read more…]

The Design Challenge from the builder’s perspective

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 pm.

An enthusiastic crowd turned out tonight for the reception party.
(Photo by Mark Reber for BikePortland)

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More handmade magic from the Manifest Design Challenge

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 at 3:57 pm.

Our man at the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge has sent over more photos of the amazing transportation bicycles put together by some of the best builders in the business.

This is just a small sampling of the extraordinary bikes in the show. Get down to the Oregon Manifest Union (539 NW 10th at Hoyt) from 7-10:00pm tonight for the official reception.

Scroll down for a few more sneak peeks of the builders have showed up with:

Pereira Cycles (Portland, OR)
Tony has really outdone himself (again). Highlights of his beauty are a hand-made taillight, integrated spot for a u-lock, and a fully custom from rack bag by Portland-based Lemolo. Check it out:

(All photos by Mark Reber/BikePortland unless otherwise noted)

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First look inside the Constructor’s Design Challenge

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 at 1:07 pm.

Editor’s note: Please welcome new BikePortland contributor Mark Reber. A reporter and photographer, Mark is working with us to cover the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge and Race this weekend. Mark was able to spend some time with the bikes and their proud, nervous builders this morning, and sent this dispatch — and some enticing shots of some of the bikes — from the show floor.


The crew from Chris King stand with their Cielo entry. In the middle is Cielo brand manager Jay Sycip (yes that Sycip) and to his left (in short-sleeve blue shirt) is Chris King.
-More photos below-
(Photos by Mark Reber for BikePortland)

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Artcrank show finds warm welcome in Portland

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 at 6:31 am.

Artcrank Poster Show-6

29 bike-themed posters attracted
quite a crowd last night.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

The latest evidence of the intersection between bicycles and Portland’s First Thursday art scene (remember the handmade bike show back in August?) was on full display at the debut of the Artcrank Poster Show last night.

29 Portland artists were part of the event and each of them hung one bike-themed poster, all of which were for sale for the reasonable price of $30. Of that $30, $25 went to the artist and $5 went to local non-profit Bikes to Rwanda.[Read more…]