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Oregon ManifestOregon Manifest contacted us about their upcoming Constructor’s Design Challenge and we immediately got excited about the event. What a terrific competition! Teams have been working for 9 months to build the “Ultimate Modern Utility Bike”. Portland Pedal Power is incredibly excited to see what the challengers come up with. Maybe there will be some ideas for future PPP delivery bikes.


By Shannon Holt

For the past 9 months, 36 independent bike craftsmen, designers, student teams, and three global design firm and custom frame builder teams have been laboring to push the boundaries of bike design to create the Ultimate Modern Utility Bike for the Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge. What’s a utility bike? A better bike designed for the everyday rider; one that can conveniently haul your groceries, yet still be nimble and fun to ride.

Designed around criteria demanding flexibility, integration and innovation for modern lifestyles, the entry bikes will undergo rigorous evaluation from a judging panel that includes Tinker Hatfield (Innovation Design and Special Projects, Nike), Rob Forbes (PUBLIC  Bikes), Joe Breeze (Breezer Bicycles), and Bill Strickland (Bicycling Magazine). Each bike will be road tested on the 51 mile Oregon Manifest Field Test.

In tandem with the Constructor’s Design Challenge, the Oregon Manifest Creative Collaborations pairs global design firms – Yves Behar/Fuseproject, IDEO, and Ziba Design – with bike craftsmen to develop 3 exhibition bikes aimed at pushing the parameters of what a modern transport bike can be.

Public viewing of all bikes takes place on the Friday evening, Sept 23, 7-10pm. Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 Northwest Johnson Street

Finish line block party and awards gala on Saturday Sept 24, 2:30 – 7pm.  Chris King Precision Components, 2801 NW Nela Street

Join Oregon Manifest on the road to the ultimate utility bike!

See the video.

See the full weekend schedule.