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The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge

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 winner of this year's competition was Tony Pereira who I highlighted a while back when I caught a glimpse of his Roaring 29er.

To check out other killer builds and see more about Tony's creation head on over to the Oregon Manifest's winners list.



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Fixed Lemond Filmore

Thought I might try something different today. Rather than share a photo of one of the bikes I ride...why not share a photo of a friend's ride.

This one belongs to a former Discovery cohort. He managed to score this frame for $100 on account of a broken brake bridge. Which of course makes it perfect for a fixed.

lemond filmore with ox platinum tubing, velocity aerohead rims (non machined), sugino RD cranks, carbon riser + seatpost, brooks saddle, formula hubs, 46x16

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Raleigh Super Course Build-in-Progress

I've made considerable progress on my 1971 Raleigh Super Course. It's not done yet, but I'm getting there. I had originally planned to incorporate mustache bars on the bike but found that I was smashing them into every corner and door jam in the house. So, in the end, I opted for the hipster specials. Which I swore I would never do.  I did however pay homage to my youth and threw on a pair of mushroom grips.

Still to be done. New seat post, new seat, new pedals....and then it'll be time to think about how I want to carry a patch and pump kit.

oh..and I did discover a great spot to photograph my bikes. Happens to be 2 doors down from me.

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Bridgestone XO | The meanest cyclocross machine before there was cyclocross

In my quest for build inspiration I came across the Bridgestone XO last night. Talk about being ahead of its time. This bike was incredible!  Problem is, it was only built for 2 years in the early 90's........long long long before the CycloCross craze.

One thing I know for sure though, is that my Raleigh/Urban Assault Vehicle will be taking several cues from the XO.

If you haven't done any research on these machines I seriously suggest you do. You can start here .

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Raleigh Super Course….and so it begins

A couple of weeks back I eluded to a Raleigh Super Course that I was hoping to purchase. I'm happy to say that I am now the owner.

For the low low price of $65 this Raleigh Super Course is mine. It was a great find at the Bike Man's shop in Middleborough, MA. Thanks to my brother and sister for picking it up for me as a b-day gift.

Reynold 531 Steel | Strongbuilt Cranks

Now comes the fun part. Building it up.  I'm hoping to start with a new set of wheels built by Strada.Stay tuned.


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Raleigh Super Course

I came across an old 71-73 Raleigh Super Course frame about a month. I made an offer on the frame but it was turned out. Not surprising when I consider how little I had in my pocket that day. But, ever since I've been trying to track down the owner in hopes of making a better offer. Haven't had any luck yet...but I remain undettered. In the interim, I've been tracking down some sweet Super Course builds.

This one here is my current favorite.

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Dahon Folding Bike Ads

While you will never find me enjoying a ride on one of those mini-fied folding bicycles...I will admit to enjoying this ad campaign  for DAHON.


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PLEASE! Run me down if you ever see me on this bike because I will have surely lost my marbles

I'm going to go on record as saying this could very well be the ugliest bike I've ever seen. Why must places that have no business selling and making bicycles continue to do so. The results are seldom, if ever, favorable. This abomination comes from CB2. That's Crate and Barrel for those who aren't familiar with their CB2 brand.

For a mere $499 you can own the abuelo 3-speed men's bike.


oooh, a pretty bell. Just what every man needs on his bike

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Gary Fisher/Trek Sawyer

In a world gone mad for suspensions and whatnot..it's nice to see the insanely gorgeous Sawyer.

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Montague Folding Bicycles | Tough Enough for Paratroopers or Hipsters

Found this one over at Werd today.

The Paratrooper is one of the many folding mountain bikes that Montague offers.  Its patented folding design was developed and designed to allow airborne soldiers to drop out of airplanes and helicopters into combat.  The 24-speed Paratrooper is advanced with front and rear mechanical disc brakes with brake pad adjustment.  Known for its durability and load bearing capabilities, this bike has also developed a following with everyday commuters and weekend warriors.

Now if you're like most and don't need to jump out of a plane with your bicycle. You may like to consider some of their other fine folding options. Like the wonderfully named BOSTON.

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