Highlights and heroics of the Constructor’s Challenge

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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).

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Oregon framebuilders will bring their bike show to town this Halloween

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Crowds were thick at the 2007 OHBS
(Photo © J Maus)

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, a nonprofit group that unites and promotes the booming local handmade bicycle frame industry, has announced that they will host the 2009 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show this October in Northwest Portland.

The show will be held over Halloween weekend, Saturday October 31st and November 1st, 2009, in the Staver Locomotive Building at 2537 NW 29th Ave in Portland.

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Tom LaBonty and his custom cargo bikes

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One of Tom LaBonty’s creations.
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Portland is truly a cargo bike lover’s paradise. Whether you want the legendary “bakfiets” from Holland, a less expensive version from China, a high-end custom version made in Portland, or a myriad of other locally available options, this town is a veritable cornucopia of cargo bikes.

New to the offerings are the whimsical creations of Tom LaBonty.

LaBonty — whose previous hobby was restoring muscle cars — now pours his passion into building custom cargo bikes out of found materials and garage sale bikes. A baggage handler at PDX Airport by day, the 39-year old Montana native was intrigued by a Worksman trike he saw being used by airline maintenance crews at the airport — so he decided to try and build one himself.

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Bikes will take center stage at City Club

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New bikes await customers in
Tony Pereira’s SE Portland shop.
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The City Club of Portland is set to host a special edition of their Friday Forums series entitled, “It’s All About the Bike”.

The City Club is a Portland institution that began nearly 100 years ago and whose members read like a who’s-who of social and political power brokers in the city. It’s where Mayor Sam Adams gave his first “State of the City” and it’s a common forum for Governors, statesmen, and titans of local industry.

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Oregon builders announce handmade bike show plans

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A scene from the OBCA’s 2007 show.
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The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association (OBCA) has announced preliminary details for their 2009 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show.

According to Andy Newlands of the OBCA, their show will happen on Halloween weekend, October 31st – November 1st. The two day show will be open to the public and will feature handmade bikes from around Oregon and beyond. Newlands says “selected bicycle businesses will also be displaying their wares.”

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