Meet the Constructors – See their Bikes

What a weekend!  34 entrants arrived on Friday morning rolling in a different interpretation of what the ultimate utility bike could be.  The breadth of ideas around the bicycle as a modern transport tool was impressive and inspiring.

While there are a limited number of winners, we think that each entry contributes to the conversation of creating a better bike for the everyday rider.

To see the winners, visit our winners gallery.

To see all our our Constructors and their entries, visit their pages below.

View our Design Criteria here

Builders

Ahearne Cycles

  ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS 24” front wheel and a 26” rear wheel for a low center of gravity. Fixed front basket with corner bumpers and utility bag with tools. An integrated u-lock holder = no rattle. Bottle opener, 3 H2O mounts, and 2 Ahearne Flask cages. 2 Mounted Speakers. Security seatpost with internal slot and [...]

Antload + Joe Bike

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Tool-free, quick release modular cargo pod. Tool-free, quick release ergonomic frame adjustment from 5’2″ – 6’0″. Transit / travel easy (bus rack compatible)   ABOUT THE TEAM Antload founder Mike Cobb is a dyed-in-the-wool cargo cyclist who has placed in several international cargobike competitions. He’s been professionally riding, racing, fixing, modifying and [...]

Art & Industry

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS All bamboo plywood construction. Integral frame and box. Internal storage with velcro cargo management. Cable steering.   ABOUT THE TEAM Art and Industry is a collaboration between Michael Downes, an industrial designer with deep roots within the bicycle industry, and Jeff Sayler, a master shipwright with a particular focus on wooden boats. [...]

Boxer Bicycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Integrated, rigid, lightweight rack. Modular cargo / child carrier and versatile handmade luggage. Rear wheel can be removed and replaced without handling the chain with an integrated chain-rest. Handmade thermos bottle cage. Sturdy double leg kickstand. Secure cuff-lock.   ABOUT THE BUILDER Boxer Bicycles makes custom, hand-built steel bicycles for the real [...]

Brooklyness | manuel saez & partners

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Adjustable frame changes the wheelbase with 10 degree pivoting seat tube and head tube to alter the rider’s position between relaxed and aggressive. Adjustable top tube length, head tube, seat and handlebar height accommodate varying rider geometry and ergonomics. Frame-mounted front basket for stability while riding or parked. Integrated, size-adjustable rear tray [...]

Chapman Cycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Steerer locking mechanism brazed on to the head tube inserts into the steer tube. Modified Crank Brother Egg beater pedals work with MKS Ezy Superior couplings. Custom designed chromoly kickstand with stainless inserts fit into the MKS pedal coupling and leans against the tire. Fillet brazed racks designed to specifically fit Guu-Watanabe [...]

Cielo by Chris King

3rd Place:  Cielo by Chris King Chris King Jay SyCip Buck Olen Nick Sande Abby Watson Eric Speakman Ben Falcon Luke Mathers, Truce Bags   ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS: Twin top tube holds u-lock and pump. Strutless fenders. Universal light mount can accommodate any off-the-shelf light. Internal cable system protects saddle from theft. Contoured saddle bags [...]

Cycles d’Autremont

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Front rack kickstand placement for stable cargo loading and unloading. Rubber sleeved, anti-rattle, cable lock pulls from handlebar. Chain guide keeps chain on with a 1×10 drive train and guard prevents pants from catching in the chain. Front and rear lights powered by a generator hub. Removable porter bag with shoulder strap [...]

Donkelope

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Sidecar for cargo and canine passengers. Generator light system. Integrated lock in the seat tube with cable storage compartment in saddle bag. Wheel strap and double kickstand for stable cargo loading. Large front, removable bag.   ABOUT THE BUILDER Greg Heath has been building Donkelope bikes since 2002. What started out as [...]

Folk Engineered / Discovery Charter School

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS One frame size fits most. Lights are powered kinetically and magnetically. Generator powered USB cell phone charger. Seat post air pump. Eco-friendly bamboo rack platforms and fenders. Removable front rack. Integrated rear rack. Elevation of both front and rear wheel when parked for ease of maintenance. Anti-theft system includes 4 locations to [...]

Frances

HONORABLE MENTION: FRANCES ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Open cargo platform with tie downs has a 125 lb cargo load capacity. Removable canvas bag with rainfly, pockets and straps. Proprietary, builder developed cable steering that is light, quiet, serviceable, and allows for new design options/tube configurations. Break-away frame and decoupling cables for easy travel and shipping. Auxiliary [...]

Geekhouse

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Integrated u-lock welded to u-joints articulates around bike parking or latches to fender skirt while resting. Integrated fender and rear skirt guard made from milled aluminum plate with cut-outs for securing cargo and easy rear wheel removal. LED light system integrated on stem and rear frame. Curved, dual top tubes offer stand [...]

Ira Ryan Cycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Custom front rack. Large-ish cargo capacity within reach of the rider. Built in lock holder allows for a wide variety of lock choices. Powerful, battery-free LED lights.   ABOUT THE BUILDER Raised on a steady diet of hard work and long country roads, Iran Ryan now lives in Puddle-town USA (aka Portland), [...]

John Cutter

HONORABLE MENTION: CUTTER DESIGN ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Multiple loading points for even cargo weight distribution. One-key locking system for panniers, cable lock, pump, wheels and lights. Center stand with integrated front wheel brace. Head tube mounted rack with integrated cable lock. Modified grocery panniers for improved weight distribution and reduced wind resistance. Handlebar design blends [...]

Pereira Cycles

Best of Show:  Pereira Cycles ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS • Designed as a car replacement: an alternative for the 82% of under-5 mile trips made in the US each year. • State of the art electric assist helps the rider get to destinations quickly, without over exertion. • Lockable storage allows valuables to remain on the [...]

Quixote Cycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS 20″ wheeled longtail for low center of gravity and reliable wheel, fork and braking strength. Step-thru cross frame to accommodate a wide range of rider size, ability and dress. Offset seat tube for wide range of rider proportions and lower production cost – one size fits most. Frame fixed front platform rack. [...]

Retrotec/Inglis Cycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Step through frame geometry for ease of mounting and dismounting. Front and rear cargo load capacity for evenly distributed cargo weight. Integrated, hidden locking system. 20″ wide kickstand for stable loading. Long center rack with low decks and vertical stabilizers for large, standard bicycle frame box hauling. Integrated light system. Bicycle can [...]

Sizemore Bicycle

The first time Taylor Sizemore rode a bike without training wheels, he ran into the side of an Econoline van; the second time, he tried to do a wheelie and still has the scar to prove it. He was hooked after that. He grew up around the family custom-countertop business, which spurred him to make [...]

Team Littleford

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Concealed storage in rear rack. Integrated u-lock holder. One-strap carrying system combines bags off the bike. Front rack provides platform and bag storage. Racks integrate into bike frame. Integrated, self-powered light system. Heavy-duty dual kickstand and mount plate.   ABOUT THE TEAM Team Littleford is a partnership of three Portland-based innovators in [...]

Team Metrofiets

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Low, skirt-friendly top tube = strong and rigid step through frame design. Frame geometry allows for a wide range of rider proportion from 5′ to 6’7″. Triple beams support a stable cargo area that can carry up to 400 lbs when parked or rolling. Large 29″ and 24″ wheels make irregular road [...]

Team Simple Bike Co.

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Hub generated USB port in stem to charge IPad or IPhone. Custom handlebar bag and front pannier mounts and bags for cargo. Custom steer lock. Front and rear lights. Kickstand.   ABOUT THE TEAM Team Simple Bike Co. comprises a straightforward frame builder and an enlightened mechanical engineer. Oscar Camarena spent years [...]

Terra Nova Cycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS 650b wheel size. Integrated wishbone topstay/seatpost binder designed and machined in-house. Dual waterbottle mounts. Investment cast wishbone designed in house and cast by Long Shen in Taiwan.   ABOUT THE BUILDER Frame builder Andy Newlands has been running the one-man, two-dog shop of Terra Nova Cycles for over 40 years. The shop, [...]

Ti Cycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Left, rear side-mounted kickstand. Rear stays lock in position to capture cable for 2 levels of security. Single sided fork and rear end allow for tire repair without wheel removal. Racks integrate fenders for quick removal and rigidity. Internal front and rear gearing with belt drive for clean and smooth operation. LED [...]

True Fabrication

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Versatile conversion capable from a fendered city bike to a knobby mountain bike. Removable lighting for use off bike. Semi-integrated locking. Internally geared hub for a clean look and ease of maintenance. Rear disc mount inside rear triangle to accomodate different rack systems. Decking made of naturally fallen Texas walnut. Braze-ons for [...]

Tsunehiro Cycles and Silas Beebe/ID +

2nd Place:  Tsunehiro Cycles/ Silas Beebe Rob Tsunehiro, Tsunhiro Cycles Silas Beebe, ID + Design Services Paul Johnson, Blaq Design bags Ryan Downey, Halo Coatings   ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS: Retro-reflective powder coat makes entire bike frame reflective at night. Electro luminescence strips sewn into panniers for enhanced rear visibility at night. 360 degree visibility handlebar [...]

YiPsan Bicycles

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Steering lock mechanism. Anti-theft integrated cable lock system. Custom flower pattern front rack platform with asymmetric side support. Low step-through mixte frame design. Hidden brake and shifting cable. Hidden electrical wires. USB charging device. Integrated fenders and lights.   ABOUT THE BUILDER Renold Yip’s bikes reflect a balance: traditional building skills and [...]

Student Teams

California College of the Arts

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Modular rack system. Double walled, insulated composite panniers made of natural fiber. Composite fenders with integrated induction lights. Truss fork with integral kickstand and keyed push lock. Extended wheel base with Gates belt drive and internal hub. Clamp-less stem with inverted headset.   ABOUT THE TEAM California College of the Arts’ team [...]

Pacific Northwest College of Art

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Stylistic appropriation of a classic bike geometry. Additional wheel for maximum stability and increased balance with heavy loads. Expanded metal grating separating the rider from the load. Provides versatile bungee cord tie-off options. Extended 3.5″ vertical storage for sheet goods. Open lower storage for transportation of up to 8′ lengths of lumber [...]

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

  ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Integrated anti-theft, locking center-stand disables mobility and prevents tipping over when parked. Cable steering. Generator hub powers a bright light source capable of remaining lit after the bike has been stopped. Low center of gravity, front loading cargo design keeps cargo visible while riding. Three dimensionally curved wooden fenders constructed from [...]

The Art Institute of Portland

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Locking rear cargo box and integrated locking system. Dual position cargo box and bed. Fixed front rack for solid handling. Step through design to avoid difficulties of leaning the bike over under load. Wide, center kickstand.   ABOUT THE TEAM The Art Institute of Portland LOVEs bikes! Located in the Pearl District [...]

University of Colorado, Boulder

ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Six pack rack. Rear mustache bags. Reinforced frame paint protection. Lock holder so the lock can remain on the bike at all times. Light system. Center kickstand.   ABOUT THE TEAM The University of Colorado, Boulder Graduate Design Program is focused on educating master’s degree students through hands-on design learning, with studio [...]

University of Oregon

BEST STUDENT TEAM: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON   ENTRY DESIGN DETAILS Hub gearing, belt drive, airless tires and disc brakes for ease of use. Mini velo wheel size with 4 fixing points. Modular system with ring, rack and light attachment. Headtube badges close the frame when modular attachments are not in use. Rack includes two built-in [...]