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Highlights and heroics of the Constructor’s Challenge

Avatar by 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…]

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

Avatar by 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

Avatar by 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

Avatar by 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

Avatar by 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

Avatar by 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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A few peeks at Manifest Design Challenge entries

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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. [Read more…]

Oregon Manifest aims to change the way we think about bikes

Avatar by on September 11th, 2009 at 11:28 am

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. [Read more…]

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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.
[Read more…]

Announcing Oregon Manifest; an event to celebrate handmade bikes, Portland-style

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 22nd, 2008 at 9:23 am

“The most original, spirited, and spectacle-laden boutique bike show in the nation.”

That’s the vision of an ad-hoc coalition of Portland framebuilders, bike lovers, and creative professionals that have come together to create Oregon Manifest — a new event coming to Portland this fall that just might re-define the traditional bike show.[Read more…]