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Oregon Manifest unveils ’09 show details: Builders will be put to the challenge

Avatar by on April 30th, 2009 at 7:00 am

The 2009 Oregon Manifest (10/2 – 11/8) can hardly be called a bike show. After the success of their first show last year, organizers have signed a presenting sponsorship deal with Chris King Precision Components and transformed the event into five “concentrated weeks” of art, workshops, and unique events designed to showcase the nation’s best handmade bicycles.

The highlight of this year’s Manifest is the Constructor’s Design Challenge and the Constructor’s Race. Builders from around the country will design and build a transportation-oriented bicycle that will then be raced on a 77-mile epic ride and judged by a panel of experts.
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VIDEO: Rapha Roller Races and a peek into Portland bike culture

Avatar by on October 24th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Check out this video (below) put together for Rapha by filmmaker Brian Vernor (of Pure Sweet Hell fame). It’s a mix of great music, a documentary-style look at some of the faces of Portland’s bike culture, and the craziness that was the Rapha Roller Race event held during the recent Oregon Manifest show. [Read more…]

Putting the ‘hands’ in handmade

Avatar by on October 13th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

These cards were available at a party hosted by Wieden+Kennedy as part of the Oregon Manifest Bike Show.

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How big is Portland’s framebuilding reputation?

Avatar by on October 13th, 2008 at 12:20 pm

With 24 builders (at last count) currently plying their trade in Portland, this city is the epicenter for America’s bike-making renaissance.

What do builders from other places think about that? Ask 15-year framebuilding legend Curtis Inglis of Napa, California-based Inglis/Retrotec Cycles. Or better yet, check out the T-shirt he was wearing at the Oregon Manifest show… [Read more…]

Spin, skin and sin; roller races gone wild

Avatar by on October 13th, 2008 at 11:51 am

Bright lights set the stage for cycling showmanship
at the Rapha Roller Race event Saturday night.
Slideshow below
Photo Gallery

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(Updated) Oregon Manifest: Day 2 slideshow

Avatar by on October 13th, 2008 at 1:32 am

[Note: I’ve updated the slideshow with captions.]

Oregon Manifest Bike Show Day 2-201

Freak bikes were part of the show
at the Oregon Manifest.
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The first annual Oregon Manifest Bike Show is now in the history books. I’ve got more coverage to come — including a full report on last night’s Roller Races, updates on several local builders, and of course some general thoughts on the show as well.

For now, check out the slideshow below for a few more selections from my Oregon Manifest photo gallery. [Read more…]

Oregon Manifest: Day 1 photo slideshow

Avatar by on October 12th, 2008 at 2:31 am

Here are selected images (full gallery here) from my first day at the Oregon Manifest Handmade Bike Show:

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Portland made ‘Metrofiets’ makes its debut

Avatar by on October 12th, 2008 at 1:45 am

Oregon Manifest Bike Show Day 1-7

The new Metrofiets cargo bike.
(Photos J. Maus)

I first shared news that a pair of Portlanders were working on a locally made version of the legendary Dutch “bakfiets” cargo bike back in February. Since then, I haven’t heard much from Metrofiets, so I was excited to see their progress at the Oregon Manifest show on Friday.[Read more…]

Oregon’s framebuilding heritage on display at Manifest show

Avatar by on October 11th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Oregon Manifest Bike Show Day 1-92

A display at the Oregon Manifest
show brings Oregon’s framebuilding
history to life.
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I intended to have reports and photos from the Oregon Manifest show up starting on Friday afternoon, however, due to some serious issues with my server (the site was down for over two days!), I haven’t been able to share…until now.

I’ll have more reports to come, but for now, watch audio slideshow below. The person speaking is Austin Ramsland, co-owner of Sweetpea Bicycles (his wife Natalie does the framebuilding). Austin is one of the people who’s vision for a Portland-style bike show is what lead to the Manifest.

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See the best of Filmed by Bike at Manifest Show party

Avatar by on October 9th, 2008 at 11:57 am

Tomorrow night’s “Opening Night Blowout Party” for the Oregon Manifest Handmade Bike Show (which opens tomorrow morning) will feature a special, six-year retrospective compilation of films from Portland’s very own Filmed by Bike film festival.

Filmed by Bike founder Ayleen Crotty put together the screening with sponsorship from River City Bicycles. Crotty says they’ve put together a free, 45 minute show of all the favorites from Filmed by Bike over the years.[Read more…]