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A children's book about bicycles and the animals who ride them! Figure out which bike is right for you and explore the world!
A children's book about bicycles and the animals who ride them! Figure out which bike is right for you and explore the world!
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 A BIKE FOR YOU!©

Written by Steve Domahidy

Illustrated by Rob Snow

Let's find a bike for you, said Kangaroo

There are many different kinds for different people with different minds

There are big ones and small ones, skinny ones and fat ones, racing ones and folding ones

And so many other ones I can't keep track of

Cheetah wants a fast one to race the sun

 Turtle wants a slow one to race no one

Wolf takes his on a trail with bumps

Monkey takes hers on one with jumps

Giraffe needs one that's tall

And Meerkat needs one that's small

Rabbit has one that needs a push

And Koala has one that's soft on her tush

Sometimes you need a bike to get through the snow

And sometimes you're someone who's on the go

You can choose what's right for you, maybe you want one that's made for two!

No matter what kind you decide, a bicycle is your way to get outside, and see the world both near and far, wherever you go and wherever you are

A bike can take you here or a bike can take you there, one pedal stroke at a time a bike can really take you anywhere!

Bring something to drink and hit the street, with a map, a tent, and something to eat

Keep going, don't stop, pedal all the way to the top, and come down again with the wind in your hair. The descent is the most fun part of getting there!

Adventure is waiting for you every day, on two wheels you'll find it easily today

So which one will it be? Pick one, let's go... FOLLOW ME!!!

Sample 'One of a Kind' Illustration, pick your bike and pick your animal and get a custom illustration of the mash-up by Rob Snow!
Sample 'One of a Kind' Illustration, pick your bike and pick your animal and get a custom illustration of the mash-up by Rob Snow!

 

 "A Bike For You" was born from the desire to inspire the youth of tomorrow to start dreaming about bikes today!

A couple of years ago, I ran across Rob Snow's artwork series entitled 'Animal Behavior' and knew right then that I wanted to work with him on something. I loved his illustrations, the animals, their expressions, and their interactions with things otherwise only for humans. It is brilliant work and it inspired me.

One of Rob Snow's 'Animal Behavior' Illustrations
One of Rob Snow's 'Animal Behavior' Illustrations

I immediately saw this coming to life with animals on bikes, but I wasn't sure how or why or what reason these animals would exist on bikes. It wasn't clear to me how I would get them there. 

And then, over the span of about six months, it became clear. I decided I would write a children's illustrated book about bikes and the animals who ride them! 

Our industry has not done a very good job inspiring new riders to want to get on bikes, and in my opinion this starts at the youngest of ages! I want to build a culture around bikes, and I want young children to see them as early as possible and begin to dream about where a bicycle can take them! Anything is possible on a bicycle, and I love the idea that we can show children that even before they are able to ride!!!

So it also only made sense to team up with Ride For Reading, a non-profit based out of Nashville, Tennessee that aims to equip under privileged youth with the books they need to learn and grow. A percentage of the proceeds from this Kickstarter campaign will go directly to Ride For Reading, to help grow their organization into a national movement and give rise to giving back, through books and education (and BIKES!!). 

Rob and I started working on this project months ago, and there is still a lot of work to be done to bring all of these animals and their respective bikes to life! The process is slow at first, just trying to get the right bikes and the right animals in the right positions!

First pass at Cheetah positioning
First pass at Cheetah positioning

Here is Cheetah on a road bike, but the position wasn't as 'fast' or aggressive enough and I always saw Cheetah on a TT bike. Rob did too, and changed it up:

Creativity and Coffee!
Creativity and Coffee!

Even his early illustrations were getting me excited for this book and the continued work only served to heighten my excitement!

Cheetah looking great but needing a smile!
Cheetah looking great but needing a smile!

 

Amazing progress!!!
Amazing progress!!!

 

Nearly final artwork!!!
Nearly final artwork!!!

Here are some early sketches of additional pages we're working on. 

Getting Giraffe right!
Getting Giraffe right!

 

 

 A BIKE FOR YOU TEAM:

Steve Domahidy - Author

 

My name is Steve Domahidy and I have spent over 30 years of my life in the bicycle industry in almost every capacity. I have always been inspired by the bicycle, starting my career with my own neighborhood bike repair business when I was only fourteen.

In 2004, I co-founded Niner Bikes with my partner Chris Sugai and helped to build that company into an internationally successful brand, along the way racking up awards and accolades for the bikes I designed while head of R&D for that company. I stepped away from the day to day at Niner in 2011 and have, since that time, founded my own brand, Viral Bikes, as well as consulted on many other very high profile bike companies including Faraday Bikes (who was just recently purchased by PON), and Factor Bikes (who just got second in the team classification at the 2017 Tour de France).

I am, and will always be, a kid at heart. One who loves to ride bikes. This is a passion, and one that I have been incredibly lucky to be successful in. I have the best job in the world: to design bikes that I want to ride, and in the process gain joy beyond measure in being able to share that passion with others who love to ride the same bikes. It is at once fulfilling and humbling to know that people around the world are having a blast on bikes I’ve created.

Now I want to inspire a new generation of bicycle lovers, and hope to do so through "A Bike for You", my new children's illustrated book that brings animals to life, riding bikes, through the incredible illustrations by Rob Snow.

Rob Snow - Illustrator

 

INGREDIENTS

1 creative person, slightly matured 

2 tablespoons aptitude 

1 piece of aesthetic flavoring 

6 lbs hard work and sweat 

4 ideas more than most 

salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of 'salt of the earth' to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.

Rob is a creative designer working in the fields of graphic design, illustration, web design and teaching. He works and lives in Greece, but was born in England and studied Media and Design at Degree and Masters levels. Rob loves to draw with pencil and converting the resulting images in the computer. He has been a freelance designer for 25 years and worked for small and large organisations alike. He has also combines his practice of art as a University lecturer, where he taught Creative/Lateral Thinking.

https://www.behance.net/robsnow

http://www.robsnow.eu/

Heidi Volpe - Art Director

photo by Ian Spanier
photo by Ian Spanier

 

Heidi Volpe is a freelance design and photo director based in Topanga, CA. Some of her clients include Outside Magazine, Red Bull, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Playboy, Garden&Gun and Brazil's Abril Publishing. She publishes a weekly column about photography and consults editorial photographers on branding and site development. She is passionate about cycling, with a penchant for endurance mountain bike racing, specifically long distance single speeding. She is a new backyard bee keeper and launched a gourmet popcorn line, AWESOME POP, in 2014 that focuses on social impact cinema.

https://heidivolpe.com/

https://hvconsulting.co/

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges for this project are really minor and only serve to push out the delivery timeline. Rob and I work together on the Illustrations, but really he's the brilliance behind the characters, so he can only work so fast and turn in so many drawings a week. The key to meeting our deadline is in funding the campaign as soon as possible so I can give Rob the green light to keep illustrating. Then Heidi and I work on the layout and the final look and feel of all of the pages with text, and this serves as the final assembly. When the book goes to the printer, this is where it gets really scary, because we have no control over the printer's timeline and are only working off of printing estimates and lead times given to us by a third party. I have already done my due diligence on this and have chosen a printer who is responsive and so far great to work with. At the end of the day, I will have to put my faith in one of them and push "print", so I am making sure to choose wisely!

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