Your new bike (without a rider on it…). © Lesley Loughlin 2015
4 C’s of Dimond Giveaway:
C-Charity, C-Commitment, C-Confidence, & C-Champions
Okay, so you may remember that for (roughly) the past three years, I’ve given away my race bike at the end of the season. For a lot of reasons (mostly that having three kids is really overwhelming), I didn’t do that to start this year. Mostly just because I’ve been too busy. But it’s the offseason, and I love doing this, so time to do it again.
This year, it will be MY
bike yet again. So the size requirement is back in effect. This is a medium size
frame (link to frame page):
This means you need to be between 5’9″ – 6’3″ (175-191cm). I also do not, at this time, have a spare set of wheels. Which is a bummer, because I liked giving away race wheels with the bike. But that’s simply not an option for me this year. I will see if I can work with Zipp to get some wheels at a discount, but no promises here.
Also, the bike is coming with a 1X drivetrain, because that’s what I race on. It will come with a 52T XSYNC front chain ring. And the Force1 rear derailleur. I’m a huge believer in the advantages of 1X. Depending on where you live, you’ll need a to buy the appropriate cassette. For a lot of folks, that will be an 11-36 or 11-32, neither of which I have to give. So, again, the parts requirements this year are a bit higher than in the past. I will provide the part to convert the back back to use with a standard front and rear derailleur, but I only have 1X parts, not 2X.
So the bike will be:
- Dimond X-Cut frameset in size medium
- SRAM Force 1X grouppo: rear derailleur, 52T XSYNC chainring, shifters
- Zipp Vuka Stealth (size small) with ski bend extensions and SRAM 990 brake levers
You will need to be able to provide:
- Front and rear brakes (a Tektro or TriRig Omega in the back is required; any brake will work on the fork)
- Tire, tubes, rear hydration system, etc, etc, etc.
As I’ve said in the past, my goal is to provide this bike to someone who will race on it. Racing is expensive. Parts are expensive. So while I’d love to say this is the sort of thing that’s designed to take someone and fully equip them to do a season of racing, this is just a frame (and some parts). It’s not a complete solution. So, for example, if you’d love to do triathlons but simply cannot afford a bike, this really is not the contest for you.
My ideal candidate is someone who is currently racing regularly, most likely on a road bike or mountain bike. You have a passion for the sport. You love to train. You love to race. And you have the time and energy and means to do it. This bike is an upgrade – a significant one – but it’s not your pathway into the sport.
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
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 parts and the aerobars, which I am going to include this year.
The 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.
Alright, I think that’s it. Now let’s get someone a bike…