30 Sep '11, 2pm

Is this the perfect urban bike?

Is this the perfect urban bike?

This bike, designed by custom bike maker Tony Pereira, took top prize in an Oregon Manifest competition to design the perfect urban utility cycle . Pereira's bike is intended as a transitional vehicle for people trying to make the switch from cars. It includes a stereo, a front-mounted locking "trunk," and an electric assist motor. (Plus, it has a cupholder, of sorts! That should appeal to the SUV crowd.) Some of the other notable features that competitors incorporated into their bikes: Near-ubiquitous fenders, panniers, and racks (storage and not getting mud on you are major considerations for a daily-use bike) Cargo straps and cargo platforms Easily removable seats, or alternately, really difficult to remove seats that are hard to steal Reflective powdercoat that makes the entire bike night-visible Integrated U-lock storage, including one bike where the lock slots into t...

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