July 31st, 2014
A 3D printed titanium bicycle complete with its own app: Portland vies for urban biking technology dominance
Wait what? While it’s perfectly logical—and practically obvious—that if someone were to build a 3D printed titanium bike with a bunch of awesome tech and an accompanying mobile app, then that someone would be in Portland. Because Portland. But what if that bike were up against other cities with equally awesome ideas?
That’s just where Portland’s Industry finds itself. Its beautiful lightweight bike, Solid, is up against bikes from a number of other metropolitan areas—Chicago, New York, Seattle, and San Francisco—all have entries in the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project. And it would be really nice to have the hometown kids win on their own turf.
SOLID is inspired by the diverse beauty and soul of Portland, OR. From the urban energy of East Burnside to the raw landscape of Forest Park, the SOLID bike captures the essence of the city and the best of both worlds – hand-built craft meets modern manufacturing. Leveraging Ti Cycles’ 25 years of working with titanium, the INDUSTRY team utilized their signature #SuperCommuter platform. It inspires people to explore the city with a responsive, seamless, solid ride. This is the bike redefined.
SOLID is a lifestyle bike. With that in mind, INDUSTRY created the “Discover My City” app that allows riders to discover Portland through 5 curated journeys. Whether riders want to experience Portland’s forested terrain or ride in the city – this digital experience guides riders to enjoy the distinct beauty of Portland. The app communicates with the bike to provide guided haptic navigation and brings together key influencers outside of the cycling industry to share their perspectives on what to see, ride, eat, shop, and hear to truly experience Portland.
And now, here’s where you come in. Voting ends August 3. So if you could take your little clicky arrow over to the site, watch the videos, and cast a vote for Portland biking, that would be awesome.
For more information, visit Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project.