Cannondale, one of the world leaders in producing competitive bicycles, has teamed up with renowned street artist, Mike Giant, to produce a limited edition Cannondale X Mike Giant Graffiti Bike (pictured above). The Bike is currently available for bidding on eBay. The coolest part about this bike is that 100 percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Bahati Foundation.
To give a little background on the Bahati Foundataion, it was founded in 2009 by the 2008 National Pro Criterium Champion and eight-time national champion, Rahasan Bahati. The foundation and is dedicated to empowering inner-city youth through cycling, education, and music.
Rahasan Bahati came out of Compton California, where as a result of a punitive after school program he developed an interest in cycling. From the foundation’s website:
While many of his classmates and friends were getting into a gang lifestyle and feeling relegated to their surroundings Rahsaan was developing into an accomplished cyclist and riding with The Major Motion Cycling Team. Through the efforts of members of the team he was able to train and race in local criterium (a spectator friendly short course race) and road races. Successes came quickly and continued through his attendance at Indiana University. After completing his degree Rahsaan launched fulltime into a professional cycling career with some of the top level US cycling teams. In 2008, he completed a life long dream and became a US National Pro Champion in Criterium.
Bahati is now using his success to make a difference in the lives of other youths, who come from a background similar to his own, through the Bahati Foundation.
A few details about the bike that is up for auction, and how it will be delivered to the winning bidder:
The Cannondale X Mike Giant Graffiti Bike features urban-inspired aesthetics provided by Mike Giant, and is a Cannondale SuperSix HI MOD frame/fork, 54cm, with Shimano Di2 drive train, custom Shimano Dura Ace wheels, PRO Vibe carbon bars, stem & set post, Fizik Aliante saddle, and Continental Grand Prix 4000 tires, just like the Bahati Team issue bikes. The bike will be awarded to its new owner on the final day of the AMGEN Tour of California, May 23, 2010. The AMGEN Tour of California is the largest cycling event in America, and is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 16-23
Happy bidding, and be sure to check out the Bahati Foundation’s website to learn more about what they do, and get involved with their work.