Cover Girl

08.24.2007 | 5:01 am

What’s the biking equivalent of being in a tiny little indy rock band and waking up one morning to find that you’re on the cover of Rolling Stone?

This is:

And inside (click for larger image):

Thanks, Bicycling Magazine. This means a lot to me, to Susan, and to the guys at Twin Six.

To tell the truth, I’m not precisely sure how this happened. I know that the guys at Twin Six sent a press release telling cycling publications about the pink “WIN” jersey, and that Bicycling Magazine replied asking for one, saying they might cover it. But neither Twin Six nor I had any idea that “cover it” meant they were actually going to put it on the cover.

You should have heard Ryan at Twin Six and me on the phone yesterday (yes, we both found out the way other Bicycling subscribers do — by getting our copies in the mail). We were giggling and saying “no way!” and stuff.

I believe it is safe to say that we were giddy.

PS: I’m going to email a nice “thank you” to Bicycling Magazine. If you’d like to let them know you think it’s pretty darn cool of them to feature the pink “WIN” jersey, send them email at If you do email them, please do me a favor and don’t make it a “Thanks for the photo but you should have given the jersey more print coverage to go along with it” email. The amount of coverage they gave us is way, way beyond anything I ever expected and I for sure don’t want any backhanded compliments being sent their way. You cool with that? I thought so.


  1. Comment by Jeff at Ergon | 08.24.2007 | 5:03 am


  2. Comment by cheapie | 08.24.2007 | 5:09 am

    Dear God! That should take some of the sting out of the not-quite sub-nine, huh? Maybe you can get them to donate that C40 to Susan for her to ride when you’re in Italy! =)

  3. Comment by Boz | 08.24.2007 | 5:20 am

    I got home and my mag wasn’t there yet. Or maybe my mailman took it. Anyway, what a nice feather in your and Susan’s cap for all heart-ache and sacrafice you’ve gone thru to entertain us knuckle heads on a regular basis.
    We all appreciate it more than you will know.

  4. Comment by KL | 08.24.2007 | 5:21 am

    Wonderful! I’m a new subscriber to Bicycling and this just proved that I made the right decision!

  5. Comment by Philly Jen | 08.24.2007 | 5:26 am

    Hot Asian chicks on Italian bikes pedaling in Pink Lemonade jerseys rule.

    (I’m just sayin’…)

  6. Comment by Big Boned | 08.24.2007 | 5:26 am

    HUZZAH! (Sorry to be stealing your word, but this just seemed to be a HUZZAH moment).

  7. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 08.24.2007 | 5:47 am

    Holy crapsticks, Batman! What great exposure for a great cause. I think they just picked up a new subscriber with that move – me!

  8. Comment by Susan (another one) | 08.24.2007 | 5:48 am

    This is outstandingly cool. I’m wearing mine in a charity ride tomorrow just so I can look just like her.

  9. Comment by CSB | 08.24.2007 | 5:53 am

    ROCK ON! That’s awesome to see, you and Susan getting some major props. I’m still waitin’ to order mine, stuck in between two sizes like all of us big guys, it seems.

    Oh, you see this?

    ’bout halfway down, Raleigh is puttin’ your jersey in their catalog.

  10. Comment by Bashzilla | 08.24.2007 | 5:53 am

    That utterly rocks Fatty! Congrats.

  11. Comment by Max | 08.24.2007 | 6:13 am

    Just gave Bicycling some props via email. Nice to see that they still know there are people out there and not just high dollar rides and gear.

  12. Comment by TimK | 08.24.2007 | 6:36 am

    I’m not caving on this one. I still have some left-over teenage got to be cool and unique blood in me here in my mid-30’s. So, when everybody started wearing the Livestrong bracelets (and all the derivative support the troops, etc) I retired mine. I was one of the originals, but there was no way to not look like I was just another trend follower.
    Now that Bicycling has the FC jersey out there more people will start wearing them. I bet even non-bikers will wear them because they are just that cool. We’ll see Hollywooders and political candidates sporting them to show how cool they are and even more folks will wear them When people see me sporting my orange and black they’ll think I am just another follower. And this time I don’t care, I’m not caving. I will wear this jersey until it falls off (hopefully from age and not the way Kenny’s came off)
    Viva Team Fatty! Viva Twin Six!

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  14. Comment by mariah | 08.24.2007 | 6:56 am

    rock on fatty, rock on…

  15. Comment by BrokenSpokes | 08.24.2007 | 7:02 am

    I think this is WAY COOL!!!

    I think it’s amazing what happens when a little idea like “who wants to buy a jersey from my little blog” turns out to be such a HUGE success. This has got to deposit tons of good vibes into the emotional bank account for you and Susan.

    You’re sure to get good things to come to your family because this jersey is for such a great cause.

    Hip, Hip, HURRAY!!!!!

  16. Comment by Caren | 08.24.2007 | 7:04 am

    That is just too AWESOME!! Who would have thought you, Susan, Twin Six and the Pink Lemonade jersey would rise to stardom so quickly!

  17. Comment by regina | 08.24.2007 | 7:04 am

    and it means a lot to your people fatty. that is insane, heck yea just like rolling stone.

  18. Comment by Less Fat Mike | 08.24.2007 | 7:12 am

    Okay, now I want to follow the crowd like the mindless sheep that I am. I’ll be ordering a Jersey (or two) for Christmas.

  19. Comment by bikemike | 08.24.2007 | 7:13 am

    did i say wow?
    i meant WWWOOOOOOWWW!

  20. Comment by KT | 08.24.2007 | 8:02 am

    Whoa! Fatty, this totally rocks!!! Ryan at Twin Six, if you’re reading this, YAHOO!

    I wore my Pink Lemonade at the Vineride last weekend, and got lots of comments, mostly, “where can I buy one of those?”

    I can’t wait to get my magazine in the mail! Any day now…. :) Won’t my sweet baboo be miffed that the jersey he was all lukewarm about made the cover of one of our favorite mags! :) Ha! Ha! And I say again, HA!

  21. Comment by Big Boned | 08.24.2007 | 8:13 am

    Your sweet baboo? Let’s keep it “G” rated people!

  22. Comment by monkeywebb | 08.24.2007 | 8:17 am

    Ooooh, that’s exciting! I’m sure that’s what I look like in mine. Only more manly. And less tan. And with shorter hair and a bit of a five o’clock shadow. And probably a lot more sweat, since she’s on an incline. Let me just start over.

    Ooooh, that’s exciting! I hope we all look as happy as she does when we’re sporting the Pink Lemonade.

    Congratualtions on 1. Being the kind of guy (and wife) that Bicycling would want to plug. 2. Being such a style maven that Bicycling magazine can’t help but put your latest on their cover.

  23. Comment by Al Maviva | 08.24.2007 | 8:48 am

    Ordinarily, I hate Bicycling (AKA Editorialized Bike Ads’R'Us), and like Playboy, I only buy it for the pictures. But they deserve kudos for this uncharacteristic show of good taste and a good heart.

    I’m still not changing my firm belief that in a Steel Cage Death Match, Velo News would beat Bicycling to within an inch of its miserable life, and that’s before an amped up Pez even has a chance to tag in and whack it over its uncomprehending head with a folding bicycle, and before Dirtrag has had a chance to run out to the pickup, get a shotgun, and come back in to administer the coop dee grace. Not only do I feel this way but as a bona fide purist and snob, I’m contractually obliged to dis Bicycling. So I’m really risking my street cred by even saying this, but if I see that Strickland guy at any rides (our riding territories overlap a bit) I’ll buy him a donut for sure*.

    *Better yet, I may consider admitting in public that Bicycling usually has one good feature article each month. This edition features a good writeup on Saul Raisin, and the how-to on installing a new chain and changing out brake/derailleur cables is actually outstanding. So that’s like three reasons to buy it this month. Amazing. I may have to renew my subscription. Don’t tell anybody I subscribe, okay, and if you see it uncovered on my coffee table, just cover it with the Playboy, okay? Maybe if I do see Strickland I’ll ask him if they can do a special edition with a discrete brown paper cover…

  24. Comment by Clydesteve | 08.24.2007 | 8:59 am

    Been wearing my orange & black for some time, just got the Pink Lemonade from 66 in the mail yeasterday. I was going to wait until payday to order it, but I forgot. Glad I did, I am sure there will be a run on them now!

    I am saving the beautiful Pink Lemonade for my ride in the Portland LIVESTRONG Challenge.

    Thanks so much to those on this board who have made a donation to honor Susan


    Off-Topic – I have been wondering about what is behind TwinSix as a company name. I watched Star Wars Episode 3 with the boys the other night, and noticed that the order sent out into all the galaxy from Darth Sidious to murder all Jedi was “Plan 66″, as in: “Execute Plan 66“. …just sayin’

  25. Comment by SpikeBlue | 08.24.2007 | 9:22 am

    I’m not sure anything in bicycling could be cooler than having a specially designed pink jersey supporting your wife and touting your website on the cover of a national biking magazine. I would venture to say not even a sub 9 in leadville could top this! WTG (formerly known as) Fatty!

    I hope you are figuring out how to frame the cover of the magazine!

  26. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 08.24.2007 | 9:43 am

    The pink lemonade phattt cyclist jersey may be the best looking jersey I’ve ever seen. And I’m with Philly Jen, the model doesn’t mess up the jersey.

  27. Comment by buckythedonkey | 08.24.2007 | 9:46 am

    Blimey, that is just amazing.

  28. Comment by Orbea Girl | 08.24.2007 | 9:47 am

    Wow, that’s awesome. If only I looked as good in mine!

  29. Comment by ming | 08.24.2007 | 9:53 am

    wow, SUPER cool, i wore mine all through europe this summer and ill be proud to wear it back in the states. guess what cycling friends are getting for christmas!!

  30. Comment by usimpto | 08.24.2007 | 9:59 am

    Way cool! It’s now my favorite jersey, so I’m glad it’s getting the press it deserves!

  31. Comment by Chris_N | 08.24.2007 | 10:04 am

    Hey Fatty & T6-
    Congrats on the placement. Lovin’ mine, too!

  32. Comment by Den | 08.24.2007 | 10:22 am

    It’s kind of poetic that after all the time, effort and money that you have put into cycling, the cycling lifestyle and your cycling blog that its ultimately your wife Susan who makes you the new ‘cool’ thing.

    See, behind every great man…

    Susan, you rock!

  33. Comment by alberto | 08.24.2007 | 10:56 am

    I thought you were fooling around with Photoshop or something! Very, very cool. Congratulations.

  34. Comment by ScottR | 08.24.2007 | 11:39 am

    Long before Bicycling magazine, we all knew


    I just want to know why my jersey is so much tighter than hers? Maybe I should have entered the B7 challenge.

  35. Comment by Mike Roadie | 08.24.2007 | 11:46 am

    That is so cool…..and I plan to do the Pink Jersey wherever and whenever I can. Now people won’t havce to ask what it’s about if they are into the whole Bicycling crowd, they’ll know!!!

    WIN is what we’ll do……so please keep on supporting my rides for Susan and other friends and family fighting the fight at my site for the LAF Livestrong Challenge (and thanks to all those who have already!!!! :)

    We’re finally in the BIG TIME…….let’s all write our thanks to Bicycling for the awesome coverage!!!

  36. Comment by Rachel | 08.24.2007 | 11:50 am

    Well, you can’t be surprised. It is a beautiful jersey!

  37. Comment by kellene..the favorite oldest sister | 08.24.2007 | 12:08 pm

    So nice to be supported by so many! What a great tribute to you and to Susan. Real people being recognized. The best possible scenario…Twin Six being rewarded for their genuine generosity too.
    Are you going to publish your conversation with Twin Six? I would love to hear giggles and squeals of delight!
    Hugs to the family!

  38. Comment by David | 08.24.2007 | 12:26 pm

    Very cool.

  39. Comment by Brandy | 08.24.2007 | 12:40 pm

    This rocks. I am now excited to get home and see if my copy is in the mailbox. Twin 6 is awesome for making these jerseys! They are quality people, not just a quality company.

    Fatty Rules!
    Susan WIN!

  40. Comment by Ed W | 08.24.2007 | 1:07 pm

    I get a lot of crap from co-workers (all male) for wearing that pink jersey, but now I’m going to post that cover photo right next to it as it dries on my toolbox!

    Way cool.

  41. Comment by | 08.24.2007 | 2:38 pm

    Please see my “Big Fat Congratulations” post. This is truly an awesome feather in your cap, as well as just one more way to make people aware of a very worthy cause. As someone who has seen my father die of the disease it makes me happy to see people still out there and fighting to find a cure. I can tell by your past posts that Susan is very brave and remarkable, and it is awesome that out of something so awful, good can also come. Here’s hoping for FatCyclist being an integral part on the fight against cancer! Many blessings!

  42. Comment by jill | 08.24.2007 | 2:45 pm

    That is so cool!

    I feel almost famous that I know if you.

    Yeah Rodale!

  43. Comment by jill | 08.24.2007 | 2:46 pm

    That is so cool!

    I feel almost famous that I know of you.

    Yeah Rodale!

  44. Comment by Bitter aka Lissee | 08.24.2007 | 3:09 pm

    That is sooooo AWESOME!!!! Congrats!

    I feel a blog post coming on….

  45. Comment by KeepYerBag | 08.24.2007 | 3:26 pm

    Wow. From bald but buff middle aged dude to young hot asian woman practically overnight. I’m sure Michael Jackson’s gonna be calling you to get the name of your plastic surgeon.

    Your shins have never looked better.

    I can’t say I’m surprised. Cool jersey, great cause.

  46. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 08.24.2007 | 3:28 pm

    Pretty close to matching Knix as well. Every now and again something comes along to just make you feel satisfied. Job well done Twin6, FC, Bicycling and our Sue. All winners.

  47. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 08.24.2007 | 3:33 pm

    Orbea Girl you used the term relegation so I knew you meant real Football. Altho I rather rudely assumed you meant an English Team (I’m in Australia by the way) and thought it might have been too much of a coincidence but my team AFC Bournemouth are in the same predicament. Good luck to Nice.

  48. Comment by Brewinman | 08.24.2007 | 5:09 pm

    This means that for once, I am actually ahead of the fashion curve! Seriously though, congrats Susan and Fatty. I can’t think of a nicer, more deserving couple.

  49. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 08.24.2007 | 5:21 pm

    Here I was thinking that me wearing a pink lemonade was absolutely maximum (and I mean that in the biggest possible way) exposure you could obtain, then along comes an international publication and torpedoes my negotiating leverage.

    Congrats to all and sundry for supporting such a good cause.

  50. Comment by Charlie Brown | 08.24.2007 | 6:25 pm

    I’m glad you pointed it out… now I can’t believe I didn’t notice it! Congrats!

  51. Comment by lyne | 08.24.2007 | 6:37 pm

    Very cool. Karma works. I can just picture it now, put on the jersey, ride to the store to buy the mag, ride to Peets, and drink my coffee while making sure that the mag is on the table, cover up of course.


  52. Comment by Kathy | 08.24.2007 | 6:41 pm

    When I show up at the local century ride tomorrow sporting my pink lemonade jersey — how will I handle all the heads turning? I’m not used to the attention of being totally on top of a hot new trend. Thanks, Fatty! Now we’re all stars!

  53. Comment by 2Phat | 08.24.2007 | 10:11 pm

    Many congrats to the Nelson Family and Twin Six!

    I just sent the editorial staff at Bicycling Magazine my “Thanks.” It was very thoughtful of them to feature the jersey. Now let’s hope that it pays off and the all the subscribers buy at least one jersey each. That would go a long way toward medical expenses and that trip to Italy!


  54. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 08.24.2007 | 11:00 pm

    Congratulations!!! Wow!

  55. Comment by allan | 08.25.2007 | 3:49 am

    Got mine in the mail yesterday. I was like..Is that…..? No way!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!! I ran inside to show it to my non-biking, not even remotely intrested in biking girlfriend. After she looked at me like I was insane I told her the whole pink lemonade story. Even she said it was awesome. I’m with Jill. I feel like I know a famous person now.

  56. Comment by Orbea Girl | 08.25.2007 | 3:49 am


    I know just how you feel. So how come you support “The Cherries”? Incidentally, OGC Nice and AFCB also play in very similar strips: black and red stripes.

    I’m originally from UK and my home team is Aston Villa where things are decidedly looking up since we got Martin O’Neil as a manager and a very wealthy US owner. But I only get to see the occasional Premiership match live since moving to France just over 3 years ago. But that is just about the only downside of living in France. Where about’s are you in Australia?

  57. Comment by bld | 08.25.2007 | 9:20 am

    congrats on the cover!! who woulda thought you would get a jersey you designed on the cover of Bicycling mag way back when you started this blog!!
    by the way… now since halve the world might be induced into buyibg the Twinsix jersey, you just might be on your way to becoming rich and doing all the crazy things everyone sugested in the previous post.

  58. Comment by eclecticdeb | 08.25.2007 | 12:25 pm

    I have been proudly wearing my Pink jersey for a while — and getting some ribbing from my friends (let’s just I’m not a skinny cyclist and leave it at that). But now, even some of those people are considering buying some Lemonade. I guess it’s okay now that it’s on the cover of a magazine! :-)

    Hopefully this will get Susan to wear a jersey. I want to see her strut her stuff.

  59. Comment by Mehera | 08.25.2007 | 1:43 pm

    I’m a silk painter. Let me know and I will make Susan a custom bandana to go with the pink jersey we hope she will start wearing now that it is a fashion imperative.

  60. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 08.25.2007 | 7:40 pm

    I’ve just been on my group ride. One of the blokes who just got back from the US on Friday had bought the magazine to read on the way back comes up and asks isn’t this the top you wore a few weeks ago? Small world.

    Orbea Girl I’m a Bournemouth boy living in Adelaide South Oz.

  61. Comment by John O. | 08.25.2007 | 7:51 pm

    So many stories y’all have shared and entertained my friends and I. Been meaning to say Thank You for some time…
    This is too good of a Happy Happening to miss saying, “Congratulations! HaHaHa!” To all involved, you Earned It!
    My Prayers and Good Wishes will continue to find you so Rock On!
    John O

  62. Comment by fatty | 08.25.2007 | 8:20 pm

    mehera, if you’re serious, i would love to take you up on that offer. and i’m sure i could get the twin six guys to send you the jersey artwork. email me:

  63. Comment by Anthony | 08.25.2007 | 8:22 pm

    Wow! Here is my note to the Bicycling editors:

    Way cool. It’s amazing to see that such a well established publication
    is in touch with some of the grassroots (netroots?) things that are
    happening out there. Thanks for supporting a worthy cause.

  64. Comment by happy fun ball | 08.26.2007 | 11:25 am

    Well done, hope you and twin six make some good coin on this, you deserve it. But I’ve known some indy rock bands, I’ve seen some indy rock bands, and you sir, are no indy rock band.

  65. Comment by little1 | 08.27.2007 | 2:02 am

    YEAH! we have a winna wena!

    Ok now i have to work out exactly what the exchange rate is gonna do to my bank account I gotta try and be the first in the country with one!

  66. Comment by Lowrydr | 08.28.2007 | 5:03 am

    SaaaWeeeeet cover!!! Now watch out for those Papa-rat-zees..

  67. Comment by Drew | 09.11.2007 | 2:19 am

    Yes! Very cool cover… Now, if I could just figure out how everyone is getting their subscriptions a full two weeks ahead of me! I finally received this issue yesterday.

  68. Comment by Stella Tong | 09.17.2007 | 11:00 pm

    Wow….I had no idea what the PINK JERSEY was about when they asked me to wear it for this photo shoot..and here I’ve now happened across this forum. Really cool stuff! I just wished they let me keep the jersey! :-)

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  70. Comment by Mike | 02.13.2008 | 8:10 am

    very sexy…I was turned-on

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