It's certainly been a long and tortuous bike path thus far, but the finish line is now in sight: the competition—to build "the ultimate utility bike for modern living"—culminates with a field test next weekend, September 23–24. We'll have live coverage from Portland, Oregon, including images of the final products over the next two weeks.
Particularly astute readers may be expecting the ninth and final diary entries today, the middle Wednesday of the month (a regular if intermittent cadence, as it were), but given the impending deadline, we've cut them a little slack. We'll publish the final diaries in exactly one week, just a couple days before the judging and competition itself. In the meantime, we—everyone at Core, our partners at Oregon Manifest and of course the designers and builders themselves—invite you to check out the teaser video and catch up on past entries from each of the teams: