Teague x Sizemore Gets my Vote in the Bike Design Contest Jul 28, 2014

Admittingly, I was first drawn to the Teague x Sizemore because of the overall frame design, but after really looking at all the details, I’m sold. While the handlebars might not be the most comfortable (looking), the lockbar combination is brilliant, as are the fenders. Those two details alone sold me on the design, because that’s what the Oregon Manifest has always been about: innovation.

The rest of the bikes have some clever details, like the Pensa + Horse Cycles expanding rack, but the Sizemore developed a few details that I could see catching on in the industry.

Seriously Taylor, you should send a set of those fenders to Bicycle Quarterly… Cast YOUR vote at the Bike Design Contest site and see some more details of the Teague x Sizemore design below.






  • Tyler Johnson

    The bars are actually amazingly comfortable. The angle of the “bullhorn” is perfect; I was blown away by how nice the set up actually is.

  • After a review of all five bikes, and as much as I’d like to vote for the PDX entry, I have to go with Chicago’s entry. Of course, the @oregonmanifest site is messed up, and voting is not possible unfortunately at the moment. The SF entry was also quite strong. The downside I see with the PDX entry is that Titanium grips on the handlebars would eventually become quite uncomfortable both in terms of shocks and heat and cold. It will be hard not to vote for the Denny, as I think the bar-lock combo is amazing. NYC was also perhaps the strongest entry in terms of beauty (Horse Cycles). But I think Chicago put many common elements together into a true urban workhorse.

    • Voting is possible. I just did it. You have to watch the :15 second videos at the top of the page before being allowed to vote.

      • Thanks. I’ve watched all of them twice on two different browsers, cleared the cache, and still can’t vote. And if you check the twitter stream you’ll see many folks are in the same boat.

  • I voted for the Seattle design as well. Got a chance to ride it and it’s super comfortable and smooth.

    I also hear that the guy who took the pictures is pretty awesome.

  • h salinas

    Very cool ride, be nice to see a bike share system that rented a quality ride like this instead of what’s available. That fender design is wild. I would really be interested to see more about it.

  • fizzle

    Blackline slays it. This is admittedly a really sweet bike, but there is some unnecessary complications going on here and overall (especially looking at the bar) it seems like someone rode an elliptical off of its stand.

    • Dobry

      I don’t fully agree with you, but “it seems like someone rode an elliptical off of its stand” is a really funny description. Well done.

  • Dobry

    I really like that tire brush thingy. Knock sharps off the wheel before another revolution pushes them into the tire and punctures it. I can’t see how it completely replaces full fenders, but I’d totally buy that, especially one made of rubber like that seems to be, to put on my fenders. Come to think of it . . . maybe I can just get one of those silicon basting brushes . . . hmmmm…

    • TaylorSizemore

      It’s coming!

  • RC

    sizemore makes brilliant bikes – oregon manifest is an amazing comp. no doubt but the inclusion of “design firms” to me is a fail – i agree that builders need support but this heavyhanded design-y stuff…gross…

    • TaylorSizemore

      Thank you, it’s just designed to be mass produced. Hide the touch of the human hand, it’s about the bike, not the maker…

  • A.M.

    A little biased because I own + love a Sizemore creation, but glad to see you cast your vote on this one John. Killer design and crazy ideas all over the bike. Aside from all the innovation, the bike just looks good.

  • Cooper Johnson

    Want those fenders. Real bad.

  • Edgar Guzman

    Its going to be between NYC and SEA. Personally i like SEA better, but NYC has nice features

    • Guest

      I honestly would have voted NYC if it had gears. A single speed bike is fantastic, but not so much if it’s to be a bike for the everyman.

      As a full-time bicycle mechanic, I appreciate the use of largely conventional drivetrain and brake bits on the NYC bike.

      The SEA bike definitely pushes forward by wrapping so much innovative technology into a cohesive package as bike that almost anyone with a relatively healthy body could ride and enjoy.

  • Raving Elk

    How heavy do those bars have to be to work as a bicycle lock?
    A kryptonite standart weighs around 2kg and these bars are about two times bigger.

    I’m just asking, do you really think this idea will work in the real world?

    • I had the same reaction. I like the idea of it but I thought the weight would be the main issue there. I’m guessing the tubes they used were not “u-lock quality” and were simpler hollow steel or aluminum which wouldn’t provide the same level of security. (And wouldn’t be an accurate replication of the weight.) I’ve love to know more about how they built/tested this portion of the bike.

      • TaylorSizemore

        Our thought was that bike thieves would not be after a bike that doesn’t have handlebars… and if you cut them, you just lost your bars. As I stated above, no lock is safe against modern power tools. These handlebars are constructed from steel 4130 tubing and stainless steel elbow junctions. In the production version I imagine it would be lighter material.

        • Raving Elk

          high level locks can be cut using electric tools, but that attracts much more attention than small and quiet hand tools which are much more popular with bicycle thieves.
          So a lock can be considered safe only if it makes a lot of hassle to brake in.
          Your handlebars would be easy and quick to cut with hand tools if you make it out of light tubes.

          But there still is a huge need of innovation in bicycle security without external locks.
          I think that would be the way to go – not removable handlebars.

          • TaylorSizemore

            I invite you to cut steel tubing with a hacksaw without drawing attention to yourself, and then quietly ride away a bike without handlebars…

            Best article I have read on bike locks and theft here: http://www.tested.com/tech/458286-best-bike-lock-today/

            We thought about it for a long time and while you are right that there is still room for improvement, we think that we designed something pretty good.

            Love you.

          • Raving Elk

            The point is that cable locks are the easiest to cut and the best tool for that is a steel cutter.
            This tool is easy to conceal and very quick and quiet. And it would go through your lock more like through a cable lock. Thus rating your solution at a level 1 or 2 at best.
            This wouldn’t be that bad if your bike would be in $250 range.
            But it seems your bike will be much more expensive and there fore
            it must have a higher rating lock.

        • Thanks for the added info Taylor, and for participating in the discussion. You all dreamed up a lot of new ways of tackling old problems. Good luck with the contest!

    • TaylorSizemore

      They are made of hollow tubing, and would be only slightly heavier than a standard handlebar in the end. With a cutoff wheel on a modern cordless grinder any lock is easily breakable.

  • Frank

    +1 to give those fenders a go!

  • btdubs

    CHI has the best one. Hands down, the most straight-up bike in the bunch. Too many impractical “designey” elements in the other bikes as has been mentioned in other comments.

  • Mario E Hdez

    This got my vote as well. Really eager for voting day, hopeful I get to buy this at some point.