Taylor Sizemore’s entry for the 2014 Oregon Manifest competition is a quantum leap from his 2011 entry, which was closer to a traditional porteur. Only five US cities were represented in this year’s competition: five design houses teamed up with a local builder to produce the ultimate urban utility bike. Sizemore Bicycles combined forces with fellow Seattle locals Teague.
Walter Dorwin Teague founded his design consultancy in 1926. Today their portfolio includes the Polaroid camera, the UPS truck, Texaco-branded service stations, the Pringles canister, the Xbox and the interior for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Taylor Sizemore is well-known in the custom scene for his honest and raw road and commuter bikes. In this case, the two were an inspired combination.
The Denny Bike is the result of that union, an exceptionally well-considered modern machine that’s named after one of Seattle’s founding families. The Denny features integrated head lights, brake lights and turn signals, a removable electric motor hidden in the front rack, automatic shifting and a detachable handlebar that doubles as a huge D-lock.
The winner of the 2014 Oregon Manifest will be decided by public vote and will then be produced by the event partner Fuji bikes. Head to the website to view all five entries and place your vote.
Special thanks to Andy Bokanev for the photos.