Last month, Portland hosted Oregon Manifest, an annual event showcasing hand-built bikes by frame builders, or “constructors,” from across the country. This year’s show challenged constructors to create the ultimate utility bike, i.e. a bicycle that could serve as the primary means of transport for urban living, suitable for errand running, commuting, hauling stuff–generally whatever you’d use a car for. What’s interesting is why they chose this theme. From their website:
“The two-wheeled revolution won’t come on the saddle of a race bike or a specialty bike. The utility bike is the transportation mode of the future for millions of Americans who want to live healthier, more sustainable lives, but don’t think of themselves as “cyclists.” The key to realizing this future is thoughtful, innovative bike design that fills multiple needs and fits into their lives.”
Makes sense to me. You can see pictures of all the wonderfully creative entries by clicking the builder links on the constructors page. Enjoy!