Your new bike. (Sort of…)
First thing, if anyone comes up with something as clever as “Shiv-away Giveaway” using the word “Dimond” (rhymes with diamond), you get a huge thank you (and maybe a present).
Okay, so you may remember that for (roughly) the past two years, I’ve given away my race bike at the end of the season. For a lot of reasons (mostly that having twins is really overwhelming), I didn’t do that to start this year. I was going to do it at the end of the year, but then when it became clear that I wouldn’t be back with Specialized, I had another idea. I proposed this idea to TJ early on when talking about doing a deal with Dimond, and he was in favor, so I knew that the bike giveaway would be back. Only difference is this time, instead of giving away the bike I have been riding, I’m giving away the bike I will be riding.
The crew from Dimond has agreed to give me a frame from the demo fleet to give away. On that frame, I will be putting a selection of Zipp and SRAM parts that I would have given away on my old bike. There are some caveats, like that it will require a crankset and brakes. And the aerobars will be limited to a size Medium Vuka Stealth (though with the 10mm spacer, that gives a lot of adjustability). I do not have a crankset (just like on the original Shiv giveaway; a crankset was required) to give away this time.
One other huge thing is that I can give away ANY size frameset. In the past, we had “fit” requirements. If you were 5’6″, no matter how good your story, the bike wasn’t for you, because you wouldn’t fit it. That is no longer the case, though since the Dimond does not come in 650, if you are below about 5’5″, I probably will not pick you since you really should be on a 650C bike…
So the bike will be:
- Dimond frameset IN ANY SIZE!
- Zipp 808 Firecrest carbon clincher front and rear
- SRAM RED 2012 10spd shifters, front derailleur, rear derailleur
- Zipp Vuka Stealth (size medium) with ski bend extensions and SRAM 990 brake levers
You will need to be able to provide:
- Front and rear brakes
- Tire, tubes, rear hydration system, etc, etc, etc.
You get a bike, but the bike isn’t entirely free, as you do have to buy a bike for someone else – by way of a $134 donation to World Bicycle Relief
– AND make a $134 donation to a charity of your choice. To be clear, you do NOT have to do this in order to “apply.” The person who receives the bike must make this gesture as a “pay-it-forward” of his/her own. In other words, IF you get this bike, THEN you must give a bike to someone via WBR and also support your own charity. That same rule applies here along with some others that I came up with as the other giveaway progressed:
You can’t sell the bike for profit. This is about giving you a bike. If you want a new bike, great. You can get a new bike. But you can’t SELL this bike. You must pay it forward.
Likewise the wheels and the parts, which I am going to include this year. No selling the wheels for cheaper training wheels or something like that.
Both of the wheels and parts are things I wasn’t able to include in the giveaway the first year that I’m excited to include this year. I think they are tools that someone who can’t afford them as a luxury should be lucky enough to use, because they do make a difference. They aren’t ways to make money for you.
How will I know if you sell them? Let’s just say that it’s safe to say that I’ll know, because there’s a very, very, very good chance that I will. And you’ll know, and I think that should matter more.
Same format as prior years – you can nominate someone or tell your own story. BUT, this year, because I do have three kids, and doing this is actually a lot of work, you ONLY get 250 words to tell your story. More than 250 words, I will just delete it. 250 words is a hard limit.
You need to tell me:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your height
- Your story.
Only the “your story” part counts against 250 words. I will highlight the paragraph(s) you write, go to “Word Count,” and that number better be 250 or less. Capiche?
So, what is “your story”? The way this works is simple. You tell me:
- *WHY* (this is key)
- *YOU* (though you can write on behalf of someone else, as Drew Ziegler’s wife did; Drew got the very first bike; Freddy Galbraith got the second, also via his wife writing about him. Wives are awesome… Duh.)
- *NEED* (and it must be a N-E-E-D) a bike.
I have a trusty team of five or so people that helped me last time that I’ll enlist again in the evaluation of the various entries. Plus the various fact checking and internet sleuthing that I specialize in. So no funny stuff…
Questions, however, may come via Slowtwitch, Twitter, Facebook, the contact form at the right, etc, etc. Just don’t ask me on Instagram, because I pretty much only use that for outgoing, not inbound.
You have until Feb 10th, 2015 (I’m in Mallorca training until then) to send these to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alright, I think that’s it. Now let’s get someone a bike…