The Oregon Manifest is an annual competition that encourages builders from around the country to create the 'ultimate modern utility bike'. This year, designers and builders have teamed up, and student teams are competing as well.
Our team, representing California College of the Arts, is striving to make a bike that can serve the individual in new ways. Using natural composites, traditional framebuilding techniques, and modular designs, we aim to create a bike that assists its rider in a multitude of ways.
Bicycles are viewed as a means of transportation: A cost effective, quick, and healthy way to reach a destination. Our concept for the Oregon Manifest takes this idea and pushes it a step further. The adaptable and transformable storage structures of the bike yield an effective means to take various services on the road. Food, for example can be stored, organized, prepared, and sold all off of the bike.
Natural fiber composites, an alternative to carbon fiber, are a large part of what makes this bike special. Carbon composites are becoming more and more standard in the bicycle world. This technology has enhanced the performance capabilities of cycling, and is becoming more accessible by the day. Seeing the performance benefits of carbon, we are investigating how natural composites can be used to benefit the riding experience without the ecological repercussions.
After our bike is constructed and designed around our standard of practicality, sustainability, and efficiency, it will be tested at the Oregon Manifest. Our bike must race a long route involving hills, on and off-road terrain, and various loads on the bike to realize and push its limits. With this race in mind, we have designed, and are constructing, a bike that will meet the demands of anyone who uses it.
What We Need & What You Get
Revolutionizing the utility aspects of cycling isn't cheap. We are looking for all the help we can get to cover costs of tubing, components, natural fiber materials, prototyping, Brass and Silver (for construction) among other cost variables that make this project expensive.
The team has spent many hours designing, prototyping, and pushing this idea forward, and we need your help to make the best finished product possible. We have the designs, skill, and knowledge to make this bike a reality; your help and support are what's necessary to take this bike off the page and make it real.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please pass this on to any one you know. Our success could greatly benefit and change the way cycling is viewed, and give many a new resource to support whatever it is they do in life.
For More information about the competition, visit www.oregonmanifest.com
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