The Faraday Porteur won a design competition last fall that CNET followed. Now its designer hopes to bring the bike to the masses by crowdsourcing the funding.
Vollmer has set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 on Kickstarter in 25 days. Backers who want to buy a bike, made by a contract manufacturer in the United States, need to pony up $3,500. If they spend $10,000, they can get a "collector's edition" bike that is an authentic replica of the design that won the Oregon Manifest competition, hand-built by Rock Lobster's Paul Sadoff. Lesser contributions receive everything from a T-shirt to a set of the steam-bent wood fenders.