I Heart Bicycling Magazine

09.25.2007 | 9:05 pm

As far as I know, I’ve never talked with an editor at Bicycling. I don’t have an “in” with them. So the fact that they graciously featured the “WIN” Fat Cyclist Pink Jersey on the cover of their October issue was a wonderful surprise.

Apparently, though, Bicycling isn’t satisfied with merely being cool. Nosirree. They had to go for the double whammy. Check out Steve Madden’s “With the Editor” column in the November issue:

And here’s a closeup of the part they wrote about the “Win” Special Edition Pink Fat Cyclist Jersey.

Susan and I would give up everything we own to not be going through this cancer ordeal. That said, the silver lining has been considerable.

Back when Susan was first diagnosed, BotchedExperiment told me that there’s a demonstrated correlation between the amount of emotional support cancer patients get and how well they respond to treatment — which was part of why he was the one who engineered that big “Get Well Card” extravaganza a couple months back.

And now, this. This kind of support from the Editor of Bicycling — and by extension, from the whole magazine — is similarly excellent.

Meanwhile, We have received so many pictures of so many of you wearing this jersey, and that kind of support is huge.

What’s my big insight from all this? That, given the chance, most people are really, really good.

Oh, and also that deep down, guys like to wear pink.

This Saturday: The Josie Johnson Memorial Ride
Hey, if you ride in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, come do something good for cycling this Saturday. Bicyclists of all interests and abilities are coming together to promote bicycle safety and remember Utah’s cycling accident victims.

The ride is named after Josie Johnson, an avid cyclist killed on September 18, 2004, hit from behind while riding up Big Cottonwood Canyon (one of my favorite lunch rides, by the way). The memorial ride is dedicated in Josie’s honor to raise community awareness for bicycle safety.

Event organizers call on bicyclists and motorists to increase safety both during and after the ride. Bicyclists are encouraged to be considerate and abide by traffic law. Motorists are urged to control their speeds, watch for bicyclists when turning at intersections and pulling onto the roadway, and give bicyclists the legally required at least three feet clearance when passing.

Riders will meet at Sugar House Park at 10:30 am and ride to Mill Hollow Park in Holladay. Get more info at www.josiejohnsonride.com.


  1. Comment by buckythedonkey | 09.25.2007 | 11:29 pm


  2. Comment by buckythedonkey | 09.25.2007 | 11:32 pm

    One question: under what nom de gras is the editor of Bicycling lurking on this blog? I think we should be told! :-D

  3. Comment by Lee | 09.26.2007 | 1:48 am

    You’re everywhere fatty, everywhere!

  4. Comment by Mike Roadie | 09.26.2007 | 3:22 am

    It’s all karma……..and you guys deserve it!


    The pink jersey is going to Austin!!!

  5. Comment by Big Boned | 09.26.2007 | 3:46 am

    Now THAT ought to sell some Jerseys!

  6. Comment by TG | 09.26.2007 | 3:49 am

    This is so awesome! Pink jerseys will be EVERYWHERE! Go Team Fatty! Go Susan!

  7. Comment by Pammap | 09.26.2007 | 4:17 am

    Maybe with press like that the Twin Six guys will make some more pink lemonade jerseys? I hope!! Women’s medium please, guys. I really wanted one for Christmas.

  8. Comment by Nick | 09.26.2007 | 4:50 am

    I’m so pleased for you that you’re getting this publicity. My wife, too, has recently had breast cancer and we know how much this will mean to you both. Best wishes.

  9. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 09.26.2007 | 5:04 am

    There are so many good things about this! If it gets just one more person thinking about the battles being waged on cancer, woo hoo! I am so happy for you on so many levels, keep up the good work…

  10. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 09.26.2007 | 5:10 am

    As a “by the way”, yes, Botched couldn’t be more correct! What kept my father going as long as he did was that he had something to live for. Once he saw the few things he was waiting to see, he let go, and in a few days left us. With that said, my neighbor, who also had cancer, was given “6 months at best” about 10 years ago now. She actually SAID “I’m not going anywhere. I have to many things to get done.” She had friends spending time, praying for her, helping with dinners and such, and she gives full credit that THOSE are the things that pulled her through. The support of loved ones and friends is far more medicinal than any drug on earth!

  11. Comment by marc | 09.26.2007 | 5:19 am


    will you be at the ride saturday? thank you for mentioning it in the blog today; hopefully, the turnout will be bigger than ever.

    additionally, congrats on the jersy…humor and cynicism have always been wonderful weapons of information; please keep it up.


  12. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 09.26.2007 | 5:50 am

    “Susan and I would give up everything we own to not be going through this cancer ordeal.” Amen to that, brother! I also strongly agree with Botched. Strong emotional support through this process is paramount. I have no doubt that it made a tremendous difference in my wife’s recovery.

    Congrats on the write-up!

  13. Comment by turnonthejets | 09.26.2007 | 6:04 am

    Sweet! Great stuff. Go Susan!

  14. Comment by Al Maviva | 09.26.2007 | 6:43 am

    I hereby repudiate everything bad I ever said about Bicycling, and resolve it will have a place on my coffee table next to Velo News. It had previously been consigned to the spot underneath the p*rn mags – I didn’t want other serious cyclists coming over to the house and feeling embarassed by my choice of reading materials.

    Now that Bicycling has moved to the top of the table, the only question is which publication deserves to be relegated to the Third Division*, the shelf underneath the table top. I’m thinking it will be either The Nation, or possibly Extreme Sudoku.

    *The coffee table top is the First Division, but the Premiership of magazines in my house is, of course, the book rack in The Throne Room. A magazine has really made it in my household when it goes straight from the mailbox, into the toilet. Um, I mean into the bathroom.

  15. Comment by Good Life | 09.26.2007 | 6:45 am

    That’s awesome!

    You guys are definitely living the good life.

  16. Comment by fatty | 09.26.2007 | 7:16 am

    marc – yeah, I plain to go to the ride this Saturday; looking forward to it.

  17. Comment by KT | 09.26.2007 | 8:51 am

    Fatty, I was surprised when I opened up the latest Bicycling mag and saw the editor’s column with a picture of our jersey. I got this little thrill of excitement, especially when I read that he actually reads your blog! Sounds like you’ve hit the big time!

    Susan, I’m glad that all your friends here are helping out, and that I can count myself as one of them. A couple weeks ago, a friend of the extended family died of cancer (huge tumor in his pelvis, inoperable), and that was hard on everyone.

    Al, the top of the coffee table at my house has always been reserved for Bicycling mag as well as an assortment of knitting and rally magazines. What can I say, we’re eclectic folks.

    Yay, Twin Six!!!!!!! The best jersey I’ve bought so far has come from Twin Six. Looking forward to the new line of women’s jerseys!

  18. Comment by Gillian | 09.26.2007 | 8:53 am

    Go team fatty!
    You are making a difference, an impact, a change for the better in this world, not just for your wife but for other cancer survivors. Does that make you proud?

  19. Comment by Jeremy | 09.26.2007 | 11:06 am

    I was literally dumbstruck when I saw that in my copy this weekend. By the way, I’ll be rocking the Team Susan pink jersey and socks in the Georgia Cyclocross series this year, I’ll be in the back of the pack, but I’ll be rockin’ it none the less!

  20. Comment by Clydesteve | 09.26.2007 | 11:39 am

    This really rocks. So, is it getting difficult for Susan to deny the lure of a jersey with her name on it, yet? She felt a little funny at the thought of wearing it at Leadville, like she would be publicising herself.

    As a world famous object of encouragement, you must come over to the Pink Lemonade side, Susan. WIN!


    Please designate honor and best wishes to Susan with a donation to LIVESTRONG. 27th is the last day to make a donation.

    I ride with a Pink Lemonade jersey in Protland this Sunday (the 30th) http://portland07.livestrong.org/spete

  21. Comment by DerekB | 09.26.2007 | 12:23 pm

    Have you seen the most recent “Dirt Rag” magazine? They feature the jersey too.

    You have started something big!

  22. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 09.26.2007 | 1:46 pm

    I actually knew Josie Johnson. She was in the same graduate program I was, but a year behind. She rotated in the lab next to ours. She was struck while riding 18 inches off the road. Nice woman. Bad loss.

  23. Comment by Jill | 09.26.2007 | 3:00 pm

    Wow … great news about the Bicycling publicity! I hope you sell thousands.

    A friend of mine was one of the first people on the scene after Josie Johnson was hit. What a horrible ordeal. I am really happy to see that people have not forgotten about her, and that they continue to honor her with an anniversary ride. Have a great time!

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  25. Comment by cheapie | 09.26.2007 | 4:59 pm

    i’d just like to say that i once chatted online with the great FC before he became famous.

    what’s next, POTUS rocking the pink FC jersey? surely someone here can make that happen!

  26. Comment by velocc | 09.26.2007 | 5:56 pm

    That is sooo cool!!!! Unfortunately, am I without a job(=no$$), but the jersey is on my wish list:)

  27. Comment by Stella | 09.26.2007 | 11:44 pm

    I contacted Twin Six about the jersey but they said they had sold out! Hopefully they’ll get some more soon!

  28. Comment by Dan K | 09.27.2007 | 9:16 am

    First off, ROCK ON!!! Love the good news.

    Second, I need to re-iterate DerekB’s comment. Dirt Rag is THE magazine for mountain bikers in the Northeast. It’s the only one I read, and I know many others who feel the same way. I don’t know how big they are out west, but getting featured in the Rag is HUGE in regards to the Northeast. Props!!!

    Twin Six, get to the presses guys!!!

  29. Comment by AMG in Texas | 09.27.2007 | 11:07 am

    You have made the big time baby… regular blog readers, humor column in cycling rag, now extreme publicity for the cause!!!

    I cant wait until you come out with the “Team Win” helmet line… You know, it is pink, says fat cyclist inside, and has a propeller on the top (this draws attention to the cause…). I know Al would wear one!!! Maybe Kenny too!!

    :-) Congratulations… and keep cranking Susan… we are still rooting for ya!!

  30. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 09.27.2007 | 3:03 pm

    Congratulations Fatty and Susan on the snowballing awareness of “pink lemonade”

  31. Comment by bikemike | 09.27.2007 | 4:01 pm

    i’m in vegas and met the guys at twin six.
    way cool doesn’t even come close. what a great partnership for you guys.
    going to try and do some stuff at the shop with them. you’re also going to be in the next issue of dirt rag magazine, just so you know.
    i’m suffering from smoke inhalation now , gots to go.
    the pink jersey is on display at the booth.
    hope like heck to meet you here next year.

  32. Comment by Errorista | 09.27.2007 | 6:12 pm

    Wow, brother.

    Seriously so cool. Good news, too – that most people are good. I’ve been hoping that was the case…

    I love my jersey – wear it running all the time. Love you guys.

  33. Comment by Ian Hopper | 09.27.2007 | 9:20 pm

    I second AMG’s motion for FC Team WIN Helmets in pink… ESPECIALLY if it had a propeller on it.. one with metal blades that I could take off and slash the tires of people mocking me for wearing pink… congrats on all the recognition; you and susan deserve it. I bought both the regular FC Jersey and the Pink Lemonade jerseys the moment they were available and I wear them often. I also got the regular FC T-shirt and Pink and Orange socks, so I’m fully FC’ed out, but somehow, I still don’t have a picture of any of my items of apparel. When I finally remember to document it, I’ll put the pictures up on the Flickr page… in the meanwhile, keep up the good work as usual. BTW, I love the Ergon’s I won in the Be Nice to Dave Nice raffle.. I used just 1 on SuperVato (my longtail) when I had to rip off the left side cork grip to convert my bar-end shifters with Paul Thumbies and it’s incredibly comfortable, I daresay, even moreso than the cork grips (sorry Grant Peterson: I like cork: it stays cool in the heat and warm in the cold, but the ergon’s are DAMN comfortable).

  34. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 09.28.2007 | 5:10 am

    Completely off subject. Congratulations to us here in Adelaide South Australia. Our “Tour Down Under” is in the big league as we now become the first event on the Pro Tour for 2008. We are also the first race to do so outside of Europe and right at this moment we are a little impressed by ourselves. It will pass of course but not for a couple of days anyway.
    Oh yes nice piece of work Bicycling Magazine.

  35. Comment by regina | 09.28.2007 | 6:19 am

    I call that silver lining an inadvertent perk, and it is my experience that every terrible thing has one.

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  40. Comment by Big Cat | 10.1.2007 | 6:54 pm

    did you miss the October issue of Bicycling Magazine. The rider on the cover had the jersey and was featurede later in the magazine. Two months in a row!
    Big Cat

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  43. Comment by ChefJT | 11.13.2008 | 11:55 pm

    Catching up on the previous posts, but had to leave a note. This is the article I saw that led me to their site and the Pink Fatty was my first T6 jersey. The more I red about your fight, the more I wanted to buy to offer support. Thanks to the new bibs, I now have a full Fatty kit!

    I wish you all God’s grace and will shop only T6 for clothing because of their support of you and your family’s struggle.


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