City biking is no longer just for the few and far between; it's a major movement transforming the way people live in and get around cities. But urban bicycle design is playing catch up, so to help speed the process, the Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge tasked some of the most talented designers and custom bike builders in the country to create the ideal modern utility bike. The concept and design process started in February 2011 and came to a conclusion last week...The competition included 34 professional bike constructors from ten states. First prize and $3,000 in winnings went to Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles, who designed a bike centered around an electric pedaling assist "to get people out of cars, introducing amenities that drivers have grown accustomed to on the road, stereo, locking storage, stable loading and a huge dose of Fun Factor."
Second place went to fellow Portlanders Tsunehiro Cycles and Silas Beebe/ID for their bike featuring "an easily attachable/removable seat option, cargo straps for simple, on-the-fly load carrying, retro-reflective powdercoat to make the entire frame reflective at night and an elegant u-lock integration into the front rack support tubes."
Third place went to a bike designed by Chris King, which included "strutless fenders, twin top tube that conveniently holds a u-lock and pump, a universal light mount that can accommodate any off-the-shelf light, an internal cable system that protects the saddle from theft, and contoured saddle bags from their collaborator, Truce."
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