1/18/12

2012 Team Kits & Winter seems to have arrived...

BikeIowa.com's fearless leaders - Rob Versteegh and Scott Sumpter - have been working very hard on the design of our new cycling team kits for 2012. VERGE was the company we used for our 1st generation of BikeIowa.com kits. Rob and Scott's search this time around for the 2nd generation has led to PRIMAL emerging as the company willing to go the extra mile. They also came in with a very competitive pricing plan which we all approved.

The process has involved a lot of inspiration, back and forth emailing and telephoning with the company for Rob and Scott. Maybe there was a dose of perseverance from everyone as well to iron out a very unique design. Scott had the rather intriguing idea of using a Sharpie design and found some inspiration from this photo of a Ducati decked out with Sharpie art work...

Sharpie Inspiration

Pretty cool - and it stoked everyone's excitement.

PRIMAL sent a fitting kit to the BikeIowa.com team in early January. We had a gathering at the Royal Mile in downtown Des Moines 2 weeks ago to try all of the bibs, jerseys, skin suits, etc... on to nail down exactly what sizes we wanted. I decided to go with 2 bibs, 2 jerseys, and 1 jacket - the same as I have with the old BikeIowa kit.

Rob sent us the rough draft sketch of the Sharpie design from PRIMAL - and we are all pretty fired up about it...

2012 Bike Iowa Jersey Rough Draft

Hats off to Rob, Scott and the PRIMAL crew on bringing this unique kit design to life for us. I think the expected time of arrival to receive the finished bibs, jerseys, jackets, etc... is early April in time for racing season.

Now if I could only find a helmet with a Sharpie design on it...

Winter rolled in yesterday and dropped about an inch of snow in the early morning hours along with providing some howling winds to make us feel right at home for the season. I actually had to shovel a few spots, but most of the white stuff had blown off the driveway and sidewalks by 9 am. We hit the coldest mark on the thermometer for the season early this morning - on this 28th day of winter - with the mercury dropping down to 2 degrees...

Winter is HERE!

Ma Nature just might have plans up her sleeve for the continuation of confusing us. It seems temperatures for the weekend will raise the mercury back up into the 40's.

I will be taking Tara to the Des Moines International Airport at noon. She is flying home to San Francisco to help with some urgent family matters. And today is Tara's Birthday!! I had reservations and a plan for this evening, but the urgency of her trip trumps the celebration. We will celebrate when she comes back from California. Oh well, at least she gets to leave winter for a few days and will return when it is back in the 40's on Sunday. Good, maybe I can turn up the thermostat in the house while she is gone... ;-]

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