If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my professional life to hold universally true, it’s that you don’t want to have a right-brained creative type manage a right-brained creative type, especially where meeting a deadline is at stake. However, because I’m where the buck stops at this little camp fire of cycling passion, everything here gets managed with a certain flair for the unexpected.
This would be why the Kickstarter book still isn’t delivered and why a T-shirt and print project that I began in June is only now with the T-shirt printer. I can hardly blame the creatives I work with; I’m the last guy in the world who should be managing anything other than the buttons on a keyboard.
Regarding the Kickstarter: I can say the book is finished. Norman and I struggled to figure out the instructions to deliver the file as needed to the printer, each separately. It’s less straightforward than Shutterfly. By a factor of blue whale. So yesterday we got together and went through the instructions line by line and got the files delivered. If you supported the Kickstarter, you should have an email alerting you to a new update that goes into greater, if perhaps unnecessary, depth.
In addition to the doing Hampsten shirt, I wanted to turn Bill’s art into high-quality prints. I’ve been wanting to do the same thing with the Eddy ’72 art ever since I saw it. Well, I received the art late last week and am talking to a printer about turning them into high-quality prints to adorn your walls.
I mention all of this as an explanation for why such great potential Christmas gifts won’t exactly be ready for Christmas. Some folks would have pushed more, ridden harder. It’s not my style and whether that’s for better or worse, I’ll leave to you, dear reader. As soon as I have a quote on costs and can figure postage, I’ll add them to the store, but that’s unlikely to happen later this week. There will be opportunities to purchase just the print as well as a signed and numbered version.
Finally, for the longest time (since its inception if you want to be technical) the RKP store has offered only two methods of payment: Paypal and Google Checkout. With the recent discontinuation of Google Checkout, this gave me the needed kick in the shorts to chase the process by which we might take credit cards directly on our site. If getting the files submitted for the book seemed hard, this has proved even more challenging. I can at least say we’re close and that additional feature to the site should be up and running later this week.
[Update: our store can now process credit card payments directly. You no longer need to use Paypal, though you can continue to use it if you choose.]
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So back in April I ran a Kickstarter campaign that, I’m very pleased to say, was successful. Success on Kickstarter is easily measured: Either you hit your funding goal or you don’t. It’s not terribly different from stick-and-ball sports where either you won or lost. Put another way, it’s nothing like bike racing.
The campaign had a two-fold purpose. First, I’ve wanted to collect a number of my posts into a single, collectible, volume for some time. What gave the project its urgency was my need to generate as many greenbacks as possible to make a down payment on the Deuce. Kaiser Permanente recently came up with a number (fundamentally, I believe all medical bills are forged in fiction and then inflicted upon us as fact), a number that is larger than what I paid for my last car. So there’s that.
What occasions this post is that we’ve begun fulfilling some of the pledges associated with the project. The T-shirt design above is yet another meisterwerk by our designer Joe Yule of StageOne Sports. As the graphic designer behind not only our logo and the Roubaix and Suffer T-shirts, but also the entire look of the Garmin-Sharp team, he’s a hard man to schedule time with, but always worth the wait. These shirts are with the printer now and will begin shipping this week. Kickstarter peeps get theirs first, then on to the new orders. You can order the shirt here.
Regarding sizing: If you own another RKP shirt, we’re using the same NextLevel shirts we’ve been using, so the sizing remains consistent. If this is your first time ordering a shirt, the sizing is roughly: Small: 38″ chest; Medium: 40″ chest; Large: 42″ chest; XL: 44″ chest; and XXL: 46″ chest.
The Kickstarter campaign also included a broadside. So what is a broadside you ask? Well, it’s a kind of text poster. They were first used as a means of advertising upcoming events. Think big poster pasted to the side of a building. Gradually their use and purpose evolved. Today they are a way for letterpress printers to celebrate a new volume by a writer. They are almost always the province of poems these days. And rather than being printed on crappy paper and pasted to a wall, they are now executed on high-quality paper and framed. (Unless you’re a broke graduate student and you resort to thumbtacks … no names mentioned.)
I should mention here that both the broadside and the T-shirt are based on my post “There Will Be Chaos.”
As a way to celebrate the publication of my book “Why We Ride” I worked with Norman Clayton of Classic Letterpress to do a run of 200 broadsides. I’ve adapted “There Will Be Chaos,” sculpting it a bit for this usage, and I’ve given it a new title which points to the kind of importance that quote has taken in my life. You might say, it’s not just about the bike.
I’ve already begun shipping the broadsides out to those who pledged for them in the Kickstarter campaign. You, too, can order one of the remaining broadsides here; there’s even an option if you want it signed.