Doing Business

06.17.2007 | 10:50 pm

A few months ago, before we knew Susan’s cancer was back, I got a bonus at work. So I bought some nice bib shorts.

I mean, really nice bib shorts.

This was a new experience for me. Until this point, I had never owned a pair of biking shorts that cost more than $60. And now I was buying three pair of shorts, each of which cost more than $100.

“I’ll review them for the blog,” was my rationale. And I will, soon. If I feel like it.

The thing is, one of the pair of shorts — Etxeondo Hilaires, the most expensive shorts I have ever bought – had a big problem. Or sort of a problem extending from another problem. First, the stitching was a crazy rainbow color, which was not at all evident in the photo when I ordered them from Colorado Cyclist. (Just in case anyone’s about to give me grief about not buying from a local store, you should know that the local store to which I have massive loyalty — Racer’s Cycle Service — doesn’t really stock much in the way of bike clothes. I’d buy local if my local guy sold bike clothes, and so should you.)

I was not thrilled with the rainbow stitching, but I would have lived with it because the shorts were really comfortable and the chamois was awesome.

But that rainbow stitching, besides being kind of strange-looking, had another, much bigger problem: it didn’t stretch. The rest of the fabric stretches as you put the shorts on; the rainbow thread popped.

Inside of a couple of months, the shorts looked — and felt — terrible.

So I called Colorado Cyclist, all geared up for a fight. They calmly told me to send the shorts back. I did. They called me on what must have been the same day they received the box, and said that they no longer stock this kind of bib short. I got all geared up for a fight. They said they’d be happy to replace them with an equivalent-priced short or refund my money.

Well, that buys some customer loyalty, doesn’t it?

Here’s the other side of that customer service coin. I’ve been with the same Internet hosting provider for a long time. About seven years, I think. Up until I started doing this blog on my own domain, I used only a tiny fraction of the bandwidth allocated to me each month.

That’s all changed, recently. More readers visit and comment than ever before and people post in the forums and participate in the contests. All of which I love. But it’s been costing me more and more each month. I’m at the point now where I’d have to move up to the $100 / month service plan with my host.

So I sent them an email, telling them that I’ve been a loyal, on-time paying customer for seven years and now I’d like them to cut me a break.

They said, essentially, “Screw you.” (Although they used many more sentences.) Which I read as an invitation to start shopping around.

It did not take very long for me to find Phillips Data. I called them and got a screamingly good price — one that lets me continue to post pictures and stuff without worrying about whether it’s going to mean yet another bandwidth overage fee to me.

And — better yet — they said they’d like to do the “Ads for Schwag” program, where Friends of Fatty can get 25% off their already-great hosting costs. Very cool.

I’d like to think that any of you who’ve bought a jersey from me think of me as being more like Colorado Cyclist or Phillips Data than this unnamed Internet hosting company. I.e., hopefully nobody out there has paid for a jersey but hasn’t received one, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been able to cover all the exchanges people have needed to make. But if I’ve goofed, let me know. (Nicely, if at all possible.) Here at Fat Cyclist we (by which I mean “I”) are all about customer service with a smile. Often served with a side order of snark, but still.

So there’s going to be a little hiccup in this site sometime today when I move everything from the old-and-busted hosting service to the new hotness. I’m turning off comments for a while as I move. And I’m going to put the Forum on pause while I move it over. Won’t take long. The move’s complete now, and everything’s back. Took about twenty minutes. The site feels noticeably faster. These Phillips Data guys rock.

I’m also hoping that the crazy slowness a lot of you have experienced with comments posting will disappear. That would be nice. (I could tell a story here about how I complained to my old hosting service about how slow comment postings were happening now and how their “research” into the problem consisted of typing in my URL and bringing up the home page successfully, once, but I think I’ve already made my point.)

Happy Birthday to Me
I’m 41 today. Yay, I guess.

A old (OK, more middle-aged than actually old) friend of mine (we’ve known each other longer than we haven’t) bought me a cool present: tickets to go to the Police concert tonight in Phoenix. I do believe this will be the first non-bike-related overnight recreational event I have signed up for in more than ten years. I’m not sure how I’ll handle myself.  

But if I had to guess, I’d wager “dorkily” is not far off.


  1. Comment by Heffalump | 06.17.2007 | 11:33 pm

    Sounds like you have a lot going on. Yay for good customer service! I think most people come here partly to get the side order of snark. Snark can be a good thing. Boo to the sucky ISP!
    Have fun at the concert!

  2. Comment by Weean | 06.17.2007 | 11:49 pm

    Happy birthday, Fatty. Your busted shorts make me sad, although I’m sure you knew (deep down inside) about the rainbow stitching, you old hippy. So what did you get with the store credit, or are you waiting ’til you’ve properly evaluated them? And won’t Bob be upset that you’re doing some freelance reviewing??

    And you never did tell us what helmet you were wearing!

  3. Comment by vertigo | 06.18.2007 | 12:01 am

    Happy Birthday Fatty!

    I love how many times Assos ads show up in your Google Ads bar…

  4. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 06.18.2007 | 12:28 am

    So now that you are over the hill have you noticed how you are picking up speed. A recent first first in an MTB event proves my point. Like me and a lot of others here I expect you to enter the twilight zone gracefully and then explode out the other side still doing what you always do only better.
    Cheers and enjoy the Concert.

  5. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 06.18.2007 | 12:54 am

    Happy Birthdays Fatty!

    Colorado Cyclist sounds like a great bunch of people too.

  6. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 06.18.2007 | 2:22 am

    Happy birthday from the Great Southern Land.

    Here’s a rhetorical question for everyone (Elden, don’t read this bit. It’ll make a nice surprise when it gets sung at your party.): Did you know that the phrase “happy birthday” has the same number of syllables as “crusty old age”? It kind of shifts the whole meaning of the song into the sarcastic, grin-and-poke-you-in-the-ribs area of melodic fun.

  7. Comment by Paddy | 06.18.2007 | 3:23 am

    Hey Fatty, happy 41st. I’ve been enjoying the site for a few months after I started riding regularly (and losing 40 lbs.). I also had a birthday recently…turned 40 actually. The really funny thing is that a buddy of mine gave me a nice present, tickets to see the Police concert in Hershey, PA in July. Small world! Thanks again for the great site.

  8. Comment by barry1021 | 06.18.2007 | 4:12 am

    Hey, happy 41st, and many healthy and happy ones to follow.


  9. Comment by RoadRash | 06.18.2007 | 4:22 am

    Can’t resist, but it appears your massive quads caused the bib stitching meltdown. Impressive. No wonder the shins are pasty.

    Happy 41st!. Enjoy the Police!

  10. Comment by Al Maviva | 06.18.2007 | 4:24 am

    Happy birthday. If 40 is ‘over the hill’ you are now technically on the descent. Fortunately for you, you are a crappy descender and shouldn’t be hitting the bottom for a long, long time.

  11. Comment by Anonymous | 06.18.2007 | 4:36 am

    Happy Birthday!!!

  12. Comment by Brewinman | 06.18.2007 | 4:56 am

    Hope your birthday is memorable. Have fun at the concert!

  13. Comment by cheapie | 06.18.2007 | 5:02 am

    dude. i CANNOT let my wife read this posting. i justify my expensive shorts because they are “necessary”. if someone that rides as much as you do doesn’t “need” expensive shorts, my argument is without merit. crap.

  14. Comment by rz | 06.18.2007 | 5:08 am

    Greetings for NYC, Fatty, and Happy Birthday to boot! I gave my brother in law a Fatcyclist Jersey for father’s day and he loves it. I also gave him some ravioli from Borghatta’s in the Bronx. (I still have to send you some, don’t I?)

    Anyway, have a blast at the Police show. Post a setlist! I have tickets for Madison Square Garden in August and I am definitely curious to hear how they sound.

    And I bet the name of the ISP started with a C and ended with t. Or it was the company that was associated with aol, but since aol has since bit the dust, it dropped the aol from their name. (Grrr, I hate both those companies. Darn cable monopoly!!!!!)

  15. Comment by Charise | 06.18.2007 | 5:12 am

    Happy Birthday! You have the same birthday as my husband :)

  16. Comment by Boz | 06.18.2007 | 5:57 am

    Happy 41, hope ALOT more to come.
    I try to buy local, but sometines it doesn’t work out. I wanted 5 computers for various bike I am building, went to LBS that I buy alot from. The units I wanted are $59,95 retail, I offer $50.00 per for 5. No way per manager. I got them for 43.00 per and $7.00 shipping from Nashbar. LBS- 322.00 w/ tax, Nashbar 222.00 w/ shipping. Hey $100.00 IS $100.00. Also, all 3 shops in town stock very little in any clothes. What they do have is very spendy. No wonder the on line stores do so well.

  17. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 06.18.2007 | 6:01 am

    Congrats on the web hosting move, and Happy Birthday!

  18. Comment by buckythedonkey | 06.18.2007 | 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday mate, and congratulations on the race win!

  19. Comment by Jose | 06.18.2007 | 6:36 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m 41 too, if i could choose an age to stay forever this is the one I would choose.

    Thanks for your motivation and your excellent blog.

  20. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.18.2007 | 6:36 am

    Dude, you have awesome friends.

    I’ll miss the multi-posts

  21. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.18.2007 | 6:36 am

    Dude, you have awesome friends.

    I’ll miss the multi-posts

  22. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.18.2007 | 6:36 am

    Dude, you have awesome friends.

    I’ll miss the multi-posts

  23. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 06.18.2007 | 6:39 am

    Dude, you have awesome friends.

    I’ll miss the multi-posts!

  24. Comment by Mehera | 06.18.2007 | 6:49 am

    From my vantage point, 41 is young; the prime of life! And you look even younger than that in your pictures. Happy Birthday Fatty! Every day when there is a new post on your site is a good day.

  25. Comment by Josh | 06.18.2007 | 6:50 am

    Happy Birthday, and way to be born. June is certainly the best month to be born in and all… T

    he new Mad Dog on 800 S in Orem has some clothes, but not much, but I think the Timpanogos Cyclery on State St in PG is moderately well stocked. Unfortunatley, just about any website is way better stocked and priced. I want to support local merchants, but when it comes to cycling clothes…

    How was the gauntlet? Hot enough for you?

  26. Comment by Josh | 06.18.2007 | 6:51 am

    Happy Birthday, and way to be born. June is certainly the best month to be born in and all…

    The new Mad Dog on 800 S in Orem has some clothes, but not much, but I think the Timpanogos Cyclery on State St in PG is moderately well stocked. Unfortunatley, just about any website is way better stocked and priced. I want to support local merchants, but when it comes to cycling clothes…

    How was the gauntlet? Hot enough for you?

  27. Comment by fatty | 06.18.2007 | 8:53 am

    Checking to see if it takes me forever to post a comment now….

  28. Comment by fatty | 06.18.2007 | 8:54 am

    And no! It doesn’t! Downright instantaneous. Huzzah!

  29. Comment by Bob | 06.18.2007 | 9:00 am

    Happy birthday. I want to hear about the Double Gauntlet, or whatever it’s called.

  30. Comment by jill | 06.18.2007 | 9:03 am

    Happy birthday!

  31. Comment by KeepYerBag | 06.18.2007 | 9:17 am

    Happy Birthday! You’ll love Phoenix–it’s wonderful this time of year.

  32. Comment by Caloi-Rider | 06.18.2007 | 9:20 am

    The Police are back together? Where have I been?
    Happy Birthday, Fatty!

  33. Comment by uncadan8 | 06.18.2007 | 9:22 am

    Botched – you are the funniest man alive. Next to fatty of course.

    fatty – Happy Birthday you old man! Yeah, nine years for me and they’l be blowing up the big black balloons. I gotta flaunt it while I have it. Of course, you’d still kick my butt on just about any kind of ride, except for downhill. We clydesdales rule in that discipline.

  34. Comment by chtrich | 06.18.2007 | 9:49 am

    Happy Birthday Fatty!
    My present to you was letting you beat me on Saturday. I woulde’ve felt bad kicking your corn the day before your birthday.
    OK, so that’s a lie, but Happy Birthday anyway.

  35. Comment by Caren | 06.18.2007 | 10:13 am

    You must be a really cool dud since you share the same birthday as my Dad (but he is a couple of years – okay decades – older than you)!

    Happy Birthday!

    BTW it isn’t wonderful in Phoenix this time of year it is HOT!! and stays HOT 24×7!!!

  36. Comment by BIKEMIKE | 06.18.2007 | 10:23 am

    happy birthday non-fat bike rider!
    shame on the spanish bibs, they are truly plush.

    my brother is going to see the police in tampa. saw them twice in the 80’s.
    got a feeling their library of songs hasn’t expanded much since then. if you haven’t seen them, well, that’s a different kettle of fish all together.
    enjoy. hopefully Susan is going along to control the dork factor.

  37. Comment by MTB W | 06.18.2007 | 10:28 am

    Happy B-Day Fatty! Enjoy the Police concert (while you still have your hearing!)

  38. Comment by Clydesteve | 06.18.2007 | 10:44 am

    HB, Eldon. Don’t stand so, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me… You probably couldn’t with such massive quads. Have fun.

    And btw the black ballons in 9 years are actually a comfort. They contrast nicely with white shins.


  39. Comment by DOM | 06.18.2007 | 10:45 am

    Happy B-Day. Glad Coloraday Cyclist came through for you, it’s got to bite for the retailer when they have to take the heat for a lousy product someone else makes.

    Botched, thank you for that. As the hockey fans say, he shoots, he scores!

  40. Comment by Mike Roadie | 06.18.2007 | 10:49 am

    Hooray for the new ISP—Philips Data rocks.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, OLD TIMER (it’s OK….I’m 48 and never felt better or stronger). Best wishes and have a great time at The Police—it will ROCK–and you’ll know most of the songs!!!!

    I am happy for the quicker posting—that was a major pain in the bum.
    By the way, there is no room in this world for bad customer service; especially with the loyalty we all show, the money we spend and the competition out there. If companies don’t care…..they are crazy. We should not settle for anything less—-just don’t do business with the bad guys. I’m not sayin’……I’m just sayin’……….

    Keep up the great work, the awesome blog…….and of course, all the best to Susan….that’s why we do what we do:

  41. Comment by Mike Roadie | 06.18.2007 | 10:50 am

    well……..that one took 22 second to post…..not carzy fast, but we love them anyway!!!!!!

  42. Comment by FliesOnly | 06.18.2007 | 11:07 am

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy the concert.
    I made the discovery a couple years back that more expensive bib shorts generally last longer and are far more comfortable than the cheaper varities. And my wife is not bothered in the least with the amount of money I spend on cycling related stuff (I love my wife…she’s great. If I told you what she got to do this weekend…well…let’s just so it was super-maga gross…and she did it by herself…without hesitation).

  43. Comment by Camille | 06.18.2007 | 11:29 am

    Happy Birthday, Elden/Fatty. I was also nicknamed Fatty when I was growing up. I didn’t like it, but I *was* on the squeezable side. Anyway, HBD! I love this blog.

  44. Comment by LanterneRouge | 06.18.2007 | 11:34 am

    Fatty, the rainbow thread probably did stretch but there are limits, you know. It’s a good thing that Colorado Cyclist doesn’t know about your super power for eating.

  45. Comment by MAJ Mike | 06.18.2007 | 11:41 am

    Speaking of bike shorts, I have been considering buying some new ones, and I recently saw some ads in a Bicycling magazine for Descente brand stuff that is marketing based on being better on the, um, “taint” area. As far as I am concerned, nothing is too good for the taint and I am considering giving them a try out. Anyone have any experience with their stuff? (By that I mean, Dsecente’s stuff, not whatever stuff you might experience on some other basis)

  46. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 06.18.2007 | 11:47 am

    Hmmm, after reading all these comments I forgot what I was going to say.

  47. Comment by rexinsea | 06.18.2007 | 11:54 am

    Happy Birthday Fatty!
    41 isn’t so bad. I’m 42 and I swear I’m getting faster…either that or my memory is going.

    Enjoy the Police. It’s one of the best shows on tour this year. For those that want to know, they play all the songs you want to hear!

  48. Comment by Al Maviva | 06.18.2007 | 12:36 pm

    MAJ Mike, I have a bunch of Descent accessories – not for my taint but gloves and ka-nee warmers and stuff like that. They are reasonably well made, I think generally nicer at the same pricepoint than Pearl Izumi, which I’ve always found squiffy for the cost.

    Of course, rather than buying new shorts, you could simply stop using your homemade Atomic Balm / Muriatic Acid / Coarse Sand & Blast Beads chamois cream.

  49. Comment by aussie kev | 06.18.2007 | 12:58 pm

    happy birthday

  50. Comment by lowrydr | 06.18.2007 | 1:03 pm

    Happy B-day there lo-cal Fatty, 41 isn’t so bad, I think. I mean it was 13 years ago after all. I think my legs started slowing down around 49.
    Have fun singing along at the concert and don’t pay no mind to the dirty looks the kids standing next to you shoot your way. Just dance in the aisle like you were back in high school. That usually ends the looks.
    And peace and good karmas to Susan

  51. Comment by LanterneRouge | 06.18.2007 | 1:09 pm

    MAJ Mike, I’ve tried Descente before but found Giordana shorts (Tenax) superior in comfort at the contact points so to speak and at a similar price point.

  52. Comment by sans auto | 06.18.2007 | 1:19 pm

    41 is not old. I was talking to my uncle who rode here from Oregon with me. He’s going to Sr. Nationals and is dissapointed that the only TT they have are 5 and 10 km.

    He also said that they have to have heats for the 100 m dash because there are too many entrants in the 90-95 age bracket. You’re not even half way there.

  53. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 06.18.2007 | 1:59 pm

    Happy birthday Elden. I was watching a TV show last night about a 61 year old who is competing in the World Master games in Italy. He looked fantastic. Your age is only a number, it is your attitude that counts. Have a great day.

  54. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 06.18.2007 | 3:12 pm

    Happy B-day FC! I promise to do my TT for the B7 soon, but the HHH’s ride did me in for a few days more. Have fun at your concert, even if it is a Police concert.

  55. Comment by KatieA | 06.18.2007 | 3:37 pm

    Fatty, Happy Birthday!

    I hope you go for a ride on your birthday, and I hope other people let you win. What point is a birthday if you’re not allowed a victory on it??

    Go, eat lots of cake… us B7ers demand it.

  56. Comment by Logan | 06.18.2007 | 5:13 pm

    happy bday! thanks for the entertainment!

  57. Comment by Tg | 06.18.2007 | 5:49 pm

    Happy Birthday, FC. Many happy returns.

  58. Comment by MAJ Mike | 06.18.2007 | 6:28 pm

    “Of course, rather than buying new shorts, you could simply stop using your homemade Atomic Balm / Muriatic Acid / Coarse Sand & Blast Beads chamois cream.”

    I was using that until the Army stopped issuing it. Because of price, they have replaced it with a version made from the shattered remains of glass lemon juice bottles. Not sure what that has to do with it, though….
    Surely some pricey new shorts will solve it all. Surely…

    “MAJ Mike, I’ve tried Descente before but found Giordana shorts (Tenax) superior in comfort at the contact points so to speak and at a similar price point.”

    Interesting. Perhaps I should invest in two pairs of shorts and make a comparison. Good thing I don’t have a blog, in that case. Extensive discussions of taint comfort would probably not have the same readership draw that this masterpiece seems to pull.

  59. Comment by Walter | 06.18.2007 | 6:43 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

  60. Comment by heartcondition | 06.18.2007 | 7:00 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    I haven’t dealt with Colorado Cyclist lately (good locals) but a few years ago that is how I met all my cycling needs. Never had a problem with them. A great company.
    “Booooo” to the crappy old web weenies. As my daughter always tells me “Mean people suck.” She has her mother’s mouth and flair for language.

  61. Comment by DOM | 06.18.2007 | 7:13 pm

    Al, what the heck is “squiffy?”

  62. Comment by co | 06.18.2007 | 7:20 pm

    KeepYerBag must be from OZ – saying Phx is nice this time of year (113 F). I hope the Police concert was indoors (read: AC), and that all had a marvelous time!

  63. Comment by Jeff | 06.18.2007 | 7:31 pm

    Elden and I send you all greetings from the concert, where we have just endured the nepotism band, or whatever the opening band with sting’s lyrically challenged son was called. Anyway it’s eight billion degrees in Phoenix, we’ve had a burrito, been to Fry’s, and seen some unfortunate outfits on some people who should move their attitude closer to their age. I will get Elden to link to a set list. He’s pretty buzzed on diet coke. Keepyerbag, sorry we didn’t invite you, but it wasn’t Jean Michel Jarre.

  64. Comment by buckythedonkey | 06.19.2007 | 2:39 am

    I’m not enturely sure that Doctor L would approve of the term “taint”. Let me see:

    “…buy an ASSOS chamois creme…spalm it on your taint instead of your butt…”

    Nope, it simply isn’t turbulent enough.

  65. Comment by baz | 06.19.2007 | 3:08 am

    Happy birthday Elden…you bought up yet? and thanks for the shirt. The link shows me suff’rin’ in it about 83 miles into the Northern Rock Cyclone last weekend. The photos only have a picture of my ass, but that’s more because they couldn’t see past it than me whizzing past the camera.

  66. Comment by flossy | 06.19.2007 | 3:32 am

    Happy Birthday!

  67. Comment by regina | 06.19.2007 | 4:40 am

    yeah! on the move, phillips data is noticeably faster, the site screams now in comparison, agree on the customer service, and Happy Birthday! welcome to the dark side, not to worry it is all downhill from here.

  68. Comment by Al Maviva | 06.19.2007 | 7:25 am

    Dom – squiffy is cheezy, squirrelly, disreputable, cheap. As in, “that bicyclist wearing his helmet backwards, whilst pedaling on a 1973 Schwinn varsity and wearing nothing but an athletic supporter and flip flops, looked a bit squiffy, don’t you think?” Pearl Izumi clothes start out looking okay in the shop but go sort of squiffy pretty quick, IMNAAHO. (Especially the pastel colored jerseys – they just look dirty after a couple washes.)

  69. Comment by Mocougfan | 06.19.2007 | 7:45 am

    Elden, good to ride with you and your posse last Saturday. Or rather it was nice to see you guys for those 90 seconds before you dropped the true fat guy on the climb. Are you going to post the pic we took? HB by the way.

  70. Comment by KeepYerBag | 06.19.2007 | 10:44 am

    Greetings, guys!

    Jeff: I’ve become a reclusive, agoraphobic old codger so even if it had been Jarre, having me along would have spoiled the fun. I appreciate the sentiment, though! I’ll bet you guys had a blast, and I’m looking forward to hearing a run-down.

  71. Comment by Jeff | 06.19.2007 | 1:05 pm

    Mr. FC and I enjoyed the concert, thanks, all those that asked. I personally liked the rearrangements — seemed to add some interest to songs I have heard many many times. The guy didn’t think it was quite as successful as I did, but he has to say that ’cause he’s a journalist and if you don’t say something negative to balance out positive comments you don’t get your Journalist Club Card renewed.

    Here’s the AZCentral review, which, again, is factually accurate but I disagree with his negative comments: IMHO the pictures of children in war-torn or impoverished countries they showed during “Driven to Tears” was a little heavy-handed, and the CGI dinosaur skeleton that walked around the screens during “Walking in Your Footsteps” was just plain cheesy. But those are minor gripes. Happy to have finally seen the Police after missing their tours in the 80s.

    Also, Arizona is mighty warm. How does anyone ride there?

    Set list for those that care:
    Message in a Bottle
    Synchronicity II
    Walking On the Moon
    Voices Inside My Head
    When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around
    Don’t Stand So Close To Me
    Driven To Tears
    The Bed’s Too Big Without You
    Truth Hits Everybody
    Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
    Wrapped Around Your Finger
    De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
    Invisible Sun
    Walking in Your Footsteps
    Can’t Stand Losing You

    First encore:
    King of Pain
    So Lonely

    Second encore:
    Every Breath You Take
    Next to You

  72. Comment by allan | 06.19.2007 | 2:18 pm

    Happy belated B-day!

  73. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 06.19.2007 | 4:24 pm

    Al / Dom – I had the same issues with Pearl Izumi stuff. The gloves and knicks very quickly took on that “hey, isn’t lycra supposed to be elastic” look.

    I don’t know if these guys export or not… 2XU and TriplePlay are the 2 companies that provide all kit for our club and the LBS sponsored gear. I’ve got huge miles out of both brands overloaded with a gigantic arse and gallons of sweat. And don’t listen to Dr Lammler… it’s your taint, and it’s your chamois butt’r, so you can spalm your taint as much as you want.

  74. Comment by LanterneRouge | 06.19.2007 | 4:52 pm

    You can get 2XU stuff in the US. Several online Tri stores sell it. Their bib shorts are excellent. My only complaint is the chamois is too big on medium and small size gear. It is way superior to Pearl Izumi.

  75. Comment by FAST (formerly known as TimK) | 06.19.2007 | 7:52 pm

    Happy belated.

    I’d love to see the Police, but only if I could get up front and tell Stink that he’s a bit to full of himself. Love their music, but damn if I could muster the forgiveness to play with that arrogant arse. Oh well, I suppose it’s a living. Stewart Copeland, Adam Clayton, and Neal Peart remain my favorite can bangers of all time. Did Stewart have his fingers protected with duct tape?

    Thanks for the post, but mainly for the useful comments it inspired. I’ve learned that Pearl Izumi is apparently Japanese for calloused taint.
    I need new shorts apparently.

  76. Comment by Token Skinny Guy | 06.19.2007 | 9:29 pm

    Happy (late) birthday Fatty! But don’t think you’re getting special treatment, I’m late for everything. To be honest, I never really buy bike stuff from any of my locals as most of them have similar customer service ideas as your previous provider, or they don’t have what I want. At least when I order online I get a “Thank you.”

  77. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 06.20.2007 | 3:57 am

    So anyway what was the make of helmet?

  78. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 06.20.2007 | 9:09 am

    Thanks for the update Jeff and Fatty! Glad you had a fun time and got to eat a burrito. :)

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