Turns out that Jim, Mike and Darryl have conspired to create #bikeschool - originally conceived as a way to tag life lessons learned while riding a bike. It evolved into a weekly tweetchat on Thursday evenings. (History here.)
Through #bikeschool, I've met many more bike enthusiasts. People from a variety of walks of life who approach riding in an infinite number of ways. It's been great cyber-meeting some great people.
One day, tweeting with Jim, we were talking about a #bikeschool RAGBRAI team, when I sarcastically said something like "only if there's a jersey in it!" And an idea was born. So, I began sketching. I sent my idea to Jim and he liked it. Ironically, at the same time the three (Jim, Mike & Darryl) were talking amongst themselves about creating a jersey and/or having a design contest. In fact, Mike had posted his own draft of a design for the jersey. Turns out, that they liked my drawing. I revised my sketch to incorporate some of Mike's ideas and we collaborated to come up with a near final design. A twitter friend Heather (@shitcyclistsays) suggested adding more green - a great idea that we added. Nice touch! Now, it's moving forward with production.
Which is where Groucho Sports comes in. Groucho is a new sports apparel company in the Twin Cities with a target clientelle of runners, cyclists, and triathletes. The drawings are currently with the Groucho designer and being prepared for production. I can't wait to see the sample when it's ready. Groucho is going to contribute a portion of all sales to non-profits.
Here are the sketches for the #bikeschool jersey:
The other jersey is for a year old biking website, lovingthebike.com, that Darryl has developed. We've worked through a few different concepts and this is what we came up with. It's really cool.
The final products will probably be a little different than what's shown above. But it's still cool to know that my concepts will be made and sold. Kinda fun to express the creativity.