"Can A Modern Bike Inspire More People To Ride?"

Sustainability & Design

Written by Oved Valadez via FastCoExist
Meet Solid, a bike design inspired by the streets of Portland that includes an app to help you navigate.

For the past eight months, we’ve been actively engaged in The Bike Design Project, a competition pairing five five bicycle craftsmen from five diverse cities (Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and our hometown, Portland). The directive given to each bike-building team at the onset of the competition was to create the ultimate urban utility bike. Given this charge, we took a step back. We knew we needed to create the right tool, provide inspiration for everyone, and remove all barriers for the everyday cyclist.

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Throughout this project, we’ve documented our bike design/build journey in the form of process diaries. Our first Process Diary highlighted our approach to gathering inspiration. Our second Process Diary broke down the ways in which we create an icon, our ultimate gesture. Our third Process Diary documented how we holistically integrated modern manufacturing and hand-built craft into one seamless bike. And finally, the Process Diary chronicled below summarizes the culmination of our entire efforts on the project.

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