Not Dead

02.10.2016 | 12:18 pm

Hi, I’m sick but not dead. I’ll post again when I feel better. I hope that will be soon.

 

Big Dreams and Leaps of Faith: a FattyCast with Ryan Cleek

02.8.2016 | 1:00 pm

NewImageLet me start with a little bit of full disclosure: “Reach for the Sky” is one of my favorite songs from my favorite band (oh, and be sure to listen to this acoustic version, too).

So yes, I was predisposed to like Ryan Cleek’s documentary: Cam Zink: Reach for the Sky

In the end, though, it takes more than an awesome song to make an awesome documentary. And this is an awesome documentary. It essentially shows a year in the life of Cam Zink, the extraordinary freerider.

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Bookended by Redbull Rampages, this movie has incredible footage on the bike. But it’s what happens off the bike that makes Cleek’s Reach for the Sky really worth watching.

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Cleek captures an extraordinary year of transition in Zink here, even as, behind the camera, Cleek is making an equally big bet himself. To make this film, Cleek quit his job and took a leap of faith, quitting Specialized and loading up his credit cards while he made a film he knew he needed to make.

So while we for sure talk about the film itself, my interview with Cleek in this new FattyCast is just as much about Ryan and taking big risks.

I have to say, I loved this conversation for a lot of reasons. Cleek — an accomplished rider and racer himself — is an amazing storyteller. He’s honest, and direct, and he’s unafraid to chase down things that are important to him.

He’s an inspiring guy. Who also, it should be known, owns what must be the squeakiest chair on the face of the earth.

Squeaks aside, you have to listen to this edition of the FattyCast. Listen to it on iTunes, using my RSS feed (http://fattycast.com/rss), or on FattyCast.com. Or, if you’re so inclined, just listen to it (or download it) below. 

Where to See the Film 

It doesn’t matter whether you even know what Freeriding is; you’ve got to watch this film. Click here for links to the many ways  you can download and / or stream it. Supporting indie filmmakers is good.

Inspiration

I am not going to go into the “what” quite yet, but let me say this: seeing people like Cleek go out on a limb and do something amazing is inspiring. 

I’ve got something big in mind, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but have lacked the will to try. 

If I can gather the courage, you’ll know more soon.

Announcing a New FatCyclist / RKP Collaborative Project: The Paceline Podcast

02.5.2016 | 1:48 pm

You would think I’d learn. But I don’t learn. Or at least, I am not sure I learn the lessons I think I’m supposed to learn.

I have an example. 

I am currently about as busy as a human being can get. My day job has gotten me maxed out. Family stuff too. Training stuff too. And this blog. And the FattyCast. And I have a book I really need to get written.

So how about I take on another project?

Specifically, how about I partner up with the guys at Red Kite Prayer and do a weekly podcast about cycling with them, and call it The Paceline?

Like I said: not a good learner. But still: the fact is I really enjoy our chats, because I’m clearly by far the least-informed of the group. Plus since we have an actual radio guy hosting, we sound good at least a third of the time.

Give it a try. Subscribe on iTunesAndroid, or using the RSS feed (http://redkiteprayer.com/feed/podcast/). Plus I’ve got a player down at the bottom of this post

And there are already three episodes ready to go.

Episode 1 (download MP3)
Disc Brakes, Peace Prize, Gravel Grinding, Podium Presentations

In this first episode, we try to have an argument about whether disc brakes are a good idea on road bikes. Unfortunately for the “argument” part, we all pretty much agree. That doesn’t prevent us from talking at great length about this, though.

Then we talk about whether the bike should receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I snort at the absurdity of this notion and then present a reasonable alternative. 

We talk about a couple of cool races coming up this year, and then end by talking about our pick for racer of the year. You’ll love my selection. Everyone agreed I was the winner. 

Episode 2 (download MP3)
Idaho Stop, Riding High, Winter Training, Debating Wheel Size 

In episode 2, we pretend to care about laws and whether we should feel bad about the fact that no cyclist has ever stopped for a stop sign in the history of stop signs. Except me of course, because I always abide the law.

We talk about riding while stoned, and I utterly fail to contribute anything meaningful because — and I am being absolutely honest here — I have never been high. Ever. Even once. I am a natural-born prude.

I do go on and on and on in the next segment, however, talking a lot about how much I’m digging my Kickr / TrainerRoad setup. Like, I think I go on for twenty minutes or so before I realize that I am a walking, talking TrainerRoad infomercial. 

Finally, I take a nap while the other two guys argue about which wheel size is best for mountain biking. 

Episode 3 (download MP3)

STC vs. IMBA, Sandbagging, New Bike Laws, Ride With Bono

This episode is kind of aggro, and I think that’s my fault. After all, the whole sandbagging part centers around something I wrote. I do, however, try to bring some levity to the show by speaking in a falsetto for the entirety of it. 

No, not really.

For realsies, I am proud of this show, and if you like podcasts and bikes, I have 92% confidence you will enjoy the Paceline.

Talking with The Cyclist Lawyer about Bikes, Racing, Life, and Bicycle Law

02.3.2016 | 8:46 am

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A “Vote for Colorado” Note from Fatty: It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Camp Kesem. And I’m also a big fan of Colorado. And I would love to see a Camp Kesem at Colorado State. And you can help make that happen.

It’ll take just a minute.

You just need to go to the Camp Kesem Chapter Expansion campaign page and then scroll down to Colorado State, then vote for it. They’re in a serious underdog situation right now, so do me a favor. (Oh, and after you vote, if you post on Facebook or Twitter, you get a bonus vote, so do that too.)

Let’s get Camp Kesem over to Colorado State.

Talking with The Cyclist Lawyer about Bikes, Racing, Life, and Bicycle Law…on the FattyCast

Oh I know, let’s start start this post off with a lawyer joke: “How many lawyers does it take to do a podcast?”

Sadly, I have not yet come up with a clever punchline. I’m sure I will very soon, though.

Here’s the thing about my podcast with Megan Hottman, aka “The Cyclist Lawyer:” she’s an incredibly smart and nice person who loves biking about twenty times more than life itself and in fact pretty much shelved her law career to go be a pro cyclist.

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She spends her time teaching cops how to respect people on bikes. She teaches bike safety to anyone who will listen. She teaches a spin class. She rides her bike to work every day, in spite of the fact that she lives way up in the mountains of Colorado, where the snow is currently eighty feet deep. She races more or less non-stop.

And she helps people who have bike-related problems, or bike-related businesses.

And in short, Megan Hottman is the lawyer all lawyers should want to grow up to be.

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I’m going to call this episode of The FattyCast one of my favorites yet. It’s both fun and informative. And funny.

So do yourself a favor and listen to it on iTunes (please subscribe and review, for the love of all that’s good in the world), Stitcher, using my RSS feed (http://fattycast.com/rss), or on FattyCast.com. Or, if you’re so inclined, just listen to it (or download it) below.

Asking for a Little Help

01.28.2016 | 11:41 am

I’ve talked a little about my son Brice before. Though not much, because he’s not that keen on me putting him up on a stage. Imagine that.

I could list the number of things that have been stacked against him, but I’d rather just say how incredibly proud I am of him for overcoming so many of these things (and how grateful I am for Lisa, who has been instrumental in helping him find a path).

He’s worked full-time for more than a year. He’s used his own money to go back to school, where he’s working toward being a pharmacy technician. He has aced nearly every assignment.

And he does all this without me hassling, prodding, or otherwise nagging him. In other words, he’s fully self-motivated.

He’s doing amazing. And now I’d like to ask a very particular subset of my readers to help him get started on the next part of his progress. 

Basically, if you have connections (or know someone who has connections) to a pharmacy in Utah County (from Provo to Alpine) or the South part of Salt Lake County (Draper, Sandy, etc.), I’d love it if you’d help Brice with get an inside track on a pharm tech externship, hopefully with a path toward a part- or full-time pharm tech position afterward.

Just email me (fatty@fatcyclist.com) with the subject line “pharm tech” and I’ll get you a copy of his resume, pronto. 

And if you include your name, address, and t-shirt size in the email, I’ll also send you a signed copy of both my books, as well as a Fat Cyclist t-shirt (assuming it’s a legitimate lead, not just a way to grab a couple books and a t-shirt). Regardless of whether it works out or not. 

Things are going great. Thanks much for helping them go even greater.

PS: I’m going to be out of town for a few days working on a very cool, very big, Secret Project, so will not be posting again ’til Tuesday. 

 

 

 

 

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