You know, it occurs to me that “Fat Cyclist” stopped being about me a long time ago. Sure, I still write the main blog entries, but the community that’s grown up around this site far outstrips the original purpose of the blog.
Which is to say: I am not the Fat Cyclist. We are the Fat Cyclist.
Not that I’m calling you fat. And not that I’m proposing some sort of borg-like collective. Or any other kind of collective. Look, all I’m saying is that fatcyclist.com is a lot cooler with all the readers, commenters, jersey-wearers, and ads-for-schwag partners than it would be if it were just me posting my daily nonsense. Basically, you’re as much a part of this as I am.
So you may as well have an email address that makes it official, right?
Oh, and I think I’ll give something cool away as part of this, too.
And by “cool,” I mean really, really, really cool. As in, “I can’t believe I’m not keeping this for myself” cool.
Here’s Whatcha Gotta Do
Luckily for both you and me, it doesn’t cost anything to get a nice, big, fat two gigabyte Fat Cyclist email account. That’s because I’m using the ad-supported Windows Live Custom Domains service. Which should mean nothing to you other than it’s free and it looks like Hotmail (and the new Hotmail looks pretty darn good, if I say so myself).
So, think of a really clever email address you want for your fatcyclist.com account and then:
Once you’ve signed up, you can check and send email anytime just by signing in at either:
Either way, you may want to bookmark that address, so you can email people using your fatcyclist.com alter ego whenever the mood strikes.
Why I Will Move to Minneapolis if I Ever Leave Utah
For the past little while, I’ve been all about these awesome jerseys Twin Six has made / is making. As you may — or may not — know, Twin Six is headquartered in Minneapolis. You know who else is headquartered in Minneapolis, though? The fabulous Banjo Brothers, that’s who.
Yes, the very same company that started sponsoring and advertising with me before anyone else had even heard of me.
Every single one of you who has gotten a Twin Six jersey from me has also received — free — a cool Banjo Brothers Pocket Messenger Bag.
Yes, that’s right. The Banjo Brothers stitched the Fat Cyclist logo right onto a bunch of their top-of-the-line bags and sent them to me to give to my readers (The top three scorers in the Banjo Brothers’ Big Bad Bulky Biker Bodyfat contest will be awarded these, too — more incentive to work hard these last two months!).
What is it about Minneapolis that makes the entrepeneurs there so cool? I demand to know. Anyway, the Banjo Brothers rock, and deserve your business in a big way. Tell your bike store they should carry Banjo Brothers bags. Maybe in a display case right beside the big ol’ rack of Twin Six jerseys.
How the Contest Works
I’m going to give away one of these awesomely large messenger bags to whoever creates the coolest fatcyclist.com email address for herself / himself.
Yeah, that’s right, all you have to do to enter the contest is create a fatcyclist.com email account for yourself. I have a magical page from which I can see the names of all email addresses created, but I think you should post your chosen email address in the comments area here anyway, so everyone can admire the cool name you’ve given yourself, and then send you a congratulatory email to your fatcyclist.com email address from their fatcyclist.com email address.
It’ll be as much fun as having secret decoder rings, I promise.
Oh, and as you all know, I’m kind of a prude, so I’ll delete — without notice or explanation — any rude, obscene, or otherwise lame email addresses created. That’s my way.
Oh, and I already took firstname.lastname@example.org so you can forget about snagging that name.
PS to One Particular Reader: Hey, Australian guy who ordered a jersey and then sent an email letting me know you’re moving to Vietnam (!!!): I can’t find your new address anywhere. Email it to me again, wouldja? Sorry I’m a dope.