I read about The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge on the headsetpress blog yesterday evening and have spent most of my time since pouring over the bikes and all the info about the design choices of the builders etc
The challenge, which concluded at the end of September, was to design and build the modern ultimate utility bike;
WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE UTILITY BIKE FOR MODERN LIVING!
The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind design/build competition, in which some of the country’s best custom bike craftsman and select student teams vie to create the ultimate modern utility bike.
The winners of the challenge have been selected and can be seen here, but each bike offers design ideas for the TBA Africa bike as it will share many of the same design criteria. Aside from any particular usefulness it’s just nice to see what other people come up with when given a blank canvas and a problem to solve. Some of the designs are rigorously functional, whilst others are more artistic and decadent – and that’s the most important thing to highlight; the fact that there’s probably all sorts of weird and wonderful bicycle ideas floating around inside peoples heads, bicycles don’t have to be restricted to the double diamond design and so neither do those building them. Given the opportunity wouldn’t you like to make something a little different, something that reflects you and your particular bicycle riding needs…?
Click on each image to be taken to the dedicated design page for that bike, but make a cup of tea first…there’s quite a few!