27 Jul '11, 11am

Sneak Peek! Designing The Utility Bike of The Future (Video) : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Sneak Peek! Designing The Utility Bike of The Future (Video) : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

A lot of fancy futuristic bicycle designs have garnered TreeHugger posts. We all want to know what the future will bring in terms of cooler features and entirely novel forms. You'll notice, though, that most of those future-oriented bicycle ideas sport a bit of a Jetson's feel while falling short on amenities city cyclists really need - kickstands, fenders, back racks. Oregon Manifest , a bike design challenged sponsored in part by Levi's (recently out with bicycle jeans ), is aiming to find the future of utility bikes. Competing for a $3,000 prize, craftspeople and student teams are looking to innovate, show off their bike builder chops, and fashion a bike that makes people able and willing to get out of their cars. Take a look! "The economy is forcing everyone to focus on cycling as transportation, but too often "city bikes" are just road bikes with fenders and racks sla...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/sneak-peek-of-des...

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