Something for Nothing

08.21.2005 | 6:33 pm

(MONDAY AM UPDATE: James Scott is the winner of the bracelet contest with his guess of 4901  — the total pageviews count from yesterday was 4818. James was only off by 83. Nice work!
There will be more chances to win. In fact, I’ve already got something in mind….)
Here’s a fun idea for a lazy Sunday blog entry: how about we have a little contest?
What You Can Win
My wife is really getting into making jewelry. One of my sisters (no, not the one with the really great blog, and not the really great artist one and not the one who’s a bigshot captain in the Air Force who’s about to go to Afghanistan. The other one. The extremely successful photographer one) mountain bikes and asked her to make a bike chain bracelet. So my wife bought a bike chain, took it apart (she is now much more comfortable with a chain tool than I am), and made my sister a bracelet. She liked the results so much she’s started incorporating links into more of her work. Here’s a bracelet she made yesterday:
Beside the bike chain, it’s sterling silver, with a number of different gemstones. A very cool gift for yourself (if you’re a woman) or (if you’re a man) for a woman cyclist you know.
How to Win It
Just post a comment with your guess of how many pageviews this blog will get today. Be sure to include your email as part of the post, so I can get back to you if you win. Yep, it’s that easy.
Why am I doing this? Well, as an excuse to show off how cool my wife is, of course.
To keep people from guessing ridiculously high numbers, bear in mind: the traffic I got yesterday was really abnormal. Today is much more sane. As of when I write this (11:20am), I’ve had 2092 pageviews.
(Update: The contest is now over — see top of post.)
If more than one person guesses what turns out to be the winning number, the first one who made the guess wins. Of course if nobody guesses the winning number, the closest guess wins. Ties go to the lower, earlier guesser.
Part II of "Endurance MTB Socialising" Now Posted on
The second half of the story I wrote about people’s thoughts while riding the Leadville 100 for has now been published. Read Part I first, then read Part II.
Today’s weight: Seriously, does anyone weigh themselves on Sunday?


  1. Comment by Jodi | 08.21.2005 | 7:25 pm

    blah blah I’ve only had blah blah thousand page views today. uh-huh! me too. now who’s acting all hot? hot hot pants on fire.I guess that you’ll get (is this until midnight?) 12,354. I really like the looks of that bracelet. If I don’t win, I’ll probably just go steal the one that big sis has.

  2. Comment by *Summer | 08.21.2005 | 7:32 pm

    i hope you get 3079 visits because i really like that bracelet.

  3. Comment by Unknown | 08.21.2005 | 7:35 pm

    Gotta tell you the Blog is great. Also, read your sisters and thought it was quite funny. Your wife is very talented.Now that I have all the flattery done with my guess is 9713 pageviews by midnight.Keep up the great workLittleManJD

  4. Comment by *Summer | 08.21.2005 | 7:48 pm

    my guess is 7687

  5. Comment by Angela | 08.21.2005 | 8:02 pm

    My guess is 3112.

  6. Comment by Unknown | 08.21.2005 | 8:56 pm

    I was one of the page loads that hit for the first time yesterday. Nice blog.I am guessing 7828 by midnight tonight.

  7. Comment by Beatriz | 08.21.2005 | 9:41 pm

    I like the bracelet… I love the blogs… and kn ow they’ll be popular…so I’ll say something like…10,482 visits today!

  8. Comment by Unknown | 08.21.2005 | 9:58 pm

    What a great Blog. I love the braclet.I’m gonna guess 5,213got my fingers crossed its a slow day :)

  9. Comment by Unknown | 08.21.2005 | 10:03 pm

    My guess is 5,450, but only because it looks like a good slot to be in in between the other guesses. The bracelet is definitely cool and my daughter would love it. We were making jewelry earlier today.

  10. Comment by Ariane | 08.21.2005 | 10:36 pm

    I always look forward to reading your blog, and check for new postings daily. Today I am guessing that 4,937 other people will too.

  11. Comment by Mackenzie | 08.22.2005 | 1:07 am

    i’ll guess 5,500. fantastic blog by the way.

  12. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 1:16 am

    your site is now officially too popular for me to visit anymore. so long and thanks for all the fish.

  13. Comment by Carmen | 08.22.2005 | 1:21 am

    LOVE your site! I came across it just yesterday, and I am both inspired and entertained. Thanks!My guess is 4000.P.S. Love the bracelet.

  14. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 1:44 am

    Lovely bracelet. I’ll guess 8144 site views by midnight tonight.Keep writing!

  15. Comment by James | 08.22.2005 | 2:15 am

    Argh…you made me use my #$*(# Passport!I’ll guess 4901. And your Leadville time (good or bad) is entirely due to the vibes I was sending as I rode the Mount Greylock Century. Sheesh, knobby tires, 5000 more vertical feet and real elevations…where do I sign up?

  16. Comment by ethan | 08.22.2005 | 2:34 am

    I’m going to say that there will be 4563.

  17. Comment by ethan | 08.22.2005 | 2:34 am is my email

  18. Comment by Caren | 08.22.2005 | 2:47 am

    here’s hoping the magic number is 5,987…I’m certain that at least half of those reading your blog will be hooked and back for more!BTW – after losing the weight you want you are going to have find another reason to keep this blog alive…I think FCBWS (Fat Cyclist Blog Withdrawal Syndrome) might have something to do with binging and would be terrible for the world’s health outlook ;-)The bracelet is awesome…whether I win it or not. You might suggest to your wife to contact "Terry" or another women’s cycling outlet – maybe she would donate some of her proceeds to your cycling habit!

  19. Comment by Kelly | 08.22.2005 | 2:54 am

    Cool bracelet… I’ll guess 5247

  20. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 3:07 am

    great blog! my guess for the bracelet is 5759 pageviews.

  21. Comment by Carolynn | 08.22.2005 | 3:17 am

    Amazing reading. Would be more fun to be there and see you come across the line. Think I will go next year just to see you. Do you do autographs?Since it is Sunday and people start thinking about work, my guess is 7,444. I liked that idea of the bracelets being in Terry – or somehow get them into the market.

  22. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 4:03 am

    I’m a fat cyclist too, at least we can bomb the descents. 6872.

  23. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 4:35 am

    fatty, you don’t have this many female fans, you realize that all of these women are really other fat middle-aged men trying to pick you up, right? right?

  24. Comment by Fat Cyclist | 08.22.2005 | 6:05 am

    don’t worry, dug. you’ll always be my favorite gender-confused fat middle aged man. nothing can change that.

  25. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 7:25 am

    i hope it’s not too late. your blog is great and i hope it’s still not tomorrow there. my guess is 7346 and prepare to send it to europe….

  26. Comment by Carolyn | 08.22.2005 | 7:30 am

    Ohhhh I love that bracelet! If I may I’m going to guess 5742 page hits. You have a great site. I’ll be back to visit. Take care!

  27. Comment by kris | 08.22.2005 | 11:52 am

    I should play it like The Price Is Right and guess one over the highest number, but I enjoy fair play. I’ll say 9,879. Would I get extra Fat Cyclist Reward Points for wearing that at Leadville next year?

  28. Comment by Unknown | 08.22.2005 | 1:56 pm

    My guess: 10322That is a very nice bracelet. You sure have a cool wife.

  29. Comment by Ariane | 08.22.2005 | 2:16 pm

    Dug’s not really going away forever? Don’t go Dug! We promise to pay less attention to the blog here…

  30. Comment by Fat Cyclist | 08.22.2005 | 2:28 pm

    James is the winner of yesterday’s contest — the total pageviews count was 4818. James was only off by 83. Nice work!There will be more chances to win….

  31. Comment by Alesia | 08.22.2005 | 2:38 pm

    Your space is awesome!I guess: 10,501I would not doubt this!Based upon that bracelet too, you have another talented person in your family! thanks!Alesia

  32. Comment by | 08.22.2005 | 6:15 pm

    Great site, how inspiring!!!!!

  33. Comment by . | 08.22.2005 | 6:19 pm

    Hhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeelllllllpppppppp!Cool. This is a funny space.Can you do a competition on what is the most comfortable bicycle saddle to ride on? I recently started exercising on my mountain bike and while the fresh London mornings are great, the numbness in my crown jewels are worrying :)Saddle recommend please!Cheers DCKC

  34. Comment by Dawn | 08.26.2005 | 3:55 pm

    What a beautiful bracelet! I’d buy one… :)(from a temporarily fat cyclist (baby due Dec))


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