Thirty-one bicycle designers from across the nation will converge on Portland this Friday for the second Oregon Manifest Constructor's Design Challenge. Their goal: To prove they've built the ultimate urban utility bike in a 50-mile field test and win the $3,000 grand prize. The requirements are tough—all designs must incorporate lights, locks, fenders, cargo and some sort of kickstand—and the competition is fierce, with renowned framebuilders Chris King, Joseph Ahearne and Renold Yip in the running.
In addition to the individual competitors, this year's Challenge will showcase three "Creative Collaborations" between industrial design firms and bicycle builders, including Portland's Signal Cycles and Ziba Design. To kick off the design process, Ziba held a companywide brainstorming session. Here are some ideas that didn't make the final design. To see the ones that did, head to Oregon Manifest this Friday.
SEE IT: Bikes entered in the 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor's Challenge will be on display Friday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 10 pm at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 NW Johnson St. The winning bikes and the Creative Collaboration projects will be displayed Sept. 27 to Oct. 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St. See oregonmanifest.com for details.
WEDNESDAY SEPT. 21
[MUSIC] BLUE SCHOLARS, BAMBU, THE PHYSICS, SERGE SEVERE
Long before Macklemore blew up, the Blue Scholars were paving the way for Seattle hip-hop to enter the national mainstream. With this year's Cinemetropolis, the Scholars prove they've got a lot more political, electro-tinged boom-bap to go around. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 284-8686. 9 pm. $18. All ages.
FRIDAY SEPT. 23
SATURDAY SEPT. 24
SUNDAY SEPT. 25
Third Rail Rep screens a recorded performance of the National Theatre's production of Richard Bean's adaptation of
called "one of the funniest productions in the National's history."