North Portland resident and nationally known author Joe Kurmaskie is set to announce “Team Metal Cowboy” at The Bicycle Show tomorrow. Kurmaskie, who is slated to give a presentation on the Main Stage at 4:00, will share the news that he’s now sponsored by Eugene-based bike manufacturing company Co-Motion Cycles, who will produce a signature line of Metal Cowboy bicycles to be rolled out nationally to dealers across the country.
According to Kurmaskie, the bikes will have custom features and Co-Motion has agreed to donate a portion of the profits from the sale of each bike to Kurmaskie’s non-profits — Camp Creative and One Million Bicycles (an effort he launched in 2008, but has put on the backburner since then).
journey across Canada in summer
(Photo © J. Maus)
Team Metal Cowboy will also involve Arkel, a Quebec-based pannier bag company that has sponsored Kurmaskie for the last 10 years. They’ll produce a signature line of bags and a brand new family and kid’s line of bags featuring the Metal Cowboy logo. A portion of the proceeds from those bags will also be donated to the non-profit organizations.
Rounding out the Team Metal Cowboy offerings is a newly designed jersey by Primal.
Kurmaksie says Team Metal Cowboy is “a concerned and unified effort” to bring his sponsors together to help raise money for a capital campaign to buy a 150-acre ranch in White Salmon Washington where Kurmaskie runs an outdoor camp for kids. Plans for the ranch include a cyclocross track and mountain bike trails.
Kurmaskie will announce more about Team Metal Cowboy at The Bicycle Show tomorrow. His presentation, Mud, Sweat and Gears: Metal Cowboy’s Canadian Family Bicycling Adventure is on the Main Stage at 4:00pm.