More handmade magic from the Manifest Design Challenge

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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

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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.
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(Photos by Mark Reber for BikePortland)

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A few peeks at Manifest Design Challenge entries

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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.

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Oregon Manifest aims to change the way we think about bikes

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The Oregon Manifest is right around the corner!

Organizers have unveiled the final program for this year’s six-week long celebration of the art, culture, and craft of bicycling. The multifaceted program promises to put a creative, utilitarian spin on all aspects of bicycling from framebuilding to racing — and aims to put them in front of a broad audience by tying them into the realm of everyday, transportational cycling.

The three day long 2008 Manifest was a major event that grasped at the gestalt of Portland’s cycling revolution, bringing together high-end framebuilders and freakbike welders with racing teams, all stripes of bicycle industry, and some of the zanier sides of local cycling culture.

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Denmark’s ‘Dreams on Wheels’ will make Portland stop

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Coming soon to Portland
(in more ways than one).
(Photo: Mikael Colville-Andersen)

Dreams on Wheels — a major exhibition of Danish cycling culture and its impact on urban design, transportation and society — is coming to Portland in October.

The exhibit is being brought to Portland through a collaboration between the City of Portland, the Danish Embassy, and organizers of the six-week Oregon Manifest event. Dreams on Wheels is a traveling exhibit that, according to a press release “merges urban cycling culture, design intelligence, and environmental consciousness”. The exhibit features case studies on how cycling has affected Danish culture and society.

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Oregon Manifest builder Q & A: Chris Igleheart

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[This Q & A with Massachusetts-based builder Chris Igleheart was written by Portlander Otis Rubottom as part of our ongoing coverage of the upcoming Oregon Manifest event. Igleheart will be in Portland this October to compete in the Constructor’s Design Challenge. We’ll publish more builder Q & As in the weeks to come.]

Chris Igleheart in his shop.
(Photo: Slate Olson)

Chris Igleheart has a little bit of giggle behind his words. It’s easy to think of him as someone who does not fluster easily, which makes sense given his attention to detail, and his focus on creating bikes that fit and function across a wide range of disciplines.

From his time at Fat City to a stint in Oregon, to his base in Massachusetts, Chris has spent his life around bikes. With a reputation for functional, utilitarian steel bikes, he’s also gained attention for producing a selection of punishment-worthy steel forks. Chris is looking forward to building, and riding, one of his own bikes in the design challenge. It will be the first bike he’s built for himself.

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Builders challenge; design the ultimate transportation bike

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[ is an official media partner with the upcoming, five-week Oregon Manifest event that will celebrate bike builders from across the nation, bike advocacy, and much more.

Stay tuned for more coverage of builders, events, rides, and more.]

A few of the builders who will compete.

Portland just might bear witness to the Next Big Thing in transportation bikes.

As we’ve shared recently, city bikes are (finally) sweeping the bike industry right now and that makes the timing of the Oregon Manifest’s Constructor’s Design Challenge competition all the better.

The Design Challenge is based on what were known as “technical trials” held in France in the early 1900s. In those trials, builders built frames and components to achieve specific goals and that would have to stand up to actual riding (as opposed to making a bike for to be displayed at a bike show).

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