Travis Ott, Fisher / Lemond Brand Manager, Responds to Me

11.14.2007 | 7:05 am

Good News from Fatty: Susan’s oncologist visit went really well yesterday. The PET scan shows that Susan’s pretty much clean in all the places a PET scan can look. When Susan gets her hip replaced, they’ll take a bone tissue sample to see whether the chemo’s been effective there, too. Provided everything’s good, Susan will get to go off chemo. By Spring, Susan should be feeling good, walking around without crutches, and growing hair. How awesome is that? (Answer: very awesome.)

A Note from Fatty: Last week, I published an open letter to Travis Ott, Brand Manager for Fisher / Lemond. I did not really expect a reply.

But check out what I found in my email inbox yesterday. A letter from Travis, which I will here publish in its entirety.

From: Ott, Travis
To: Fatty
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:17 PM
Subject: RE: Partnership with

Wow.  I have never been more simultaneously flattered and scared at the same time.  Well done. 

So Fatty, (I hope it’s OK for me to call you Fatty) I have to admit that I’ve never been the recipient of such blatant, but well-natured, extortion.  Again, well done.  But enough of the niceities.  I have something you want and you’re clearly ready to deal.  So here’s how it’s going to go down:

Your list of terms is out the window.  I’ve watched enough crime capers in my day to know that you always reject their first list of demands.  So here’s the new terms, and these are not negotiable.

I will provide you with:

Bike. One (1) Gary Fisher Superfly in the size you specify.  Stock spec.

One Season.  You get the bike for 3 glorious months of smooth carbon-y, big-wheeled goodness.  After 3 months you box it up and send it home to the mothership in Waterloo, WI.  Be patient with delivery.  There’s a lot of people who have thrown down money already and are waiting for their Superfly to show. 

But before I send said bike you need to fulfill the following conditions:

Brent Hulme’s Dirty Laundry.  I like Brent.  Solid guy.  I probably owe him a favor.  So rather than punching Brent, I will require you to do Brent Hulme’s dirty laundry for one week.  You will post pics of his laundry on your blog as proof of completion of this task. 

Good Karma. You need to take four kids, age 12 or younger, mountain biking for the day.  Take them to the local trail.  Teach them how to ride.  Play trail guide.  Be patient.  Pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.  Have a great time.  Get them stoked on riding.  Turn them into life-long mountain bikers. Then blog about it on your site and provide photographic evidence.  I want to see you, the kids, and a daily newspaper with the date in the pictures. 

Ad Love. Think about it.  If I yield to your demands without putting you out somehow, I’ll have every blogger in the known blogosphere demanding bikes from me the next day.  And I’m way too lazy to get everyone bikes. 

So I need to make an example of you.  (Sorry Fatty.)  You mentioned that you already have a small personal fleet of Fishers.  You also offered some sweet ad placements.  Let’s combine the two elements.  I’d like to see a banner ad campaign of you and your Gary Fisher bikes for one month counting down the days until you get the Superfly.  The banner ads should run for 1 month and be non-rotating (i.e. permanent) and above the fold. 

Once you have the ride, you’ll cheerfully provide:

Editorial.  Detail on your blog in witty prose and pictures all your epic rides on the Superfly.

Trail Work.  I would like to see you and your Superfly putting in 8 hours of trail work with your local mountain bike organization.  Photographic evidence and snappy musings on your blog as proof. 

This may sound pretty demanding of me.  It is.  But c’mon, it’s a $3,000+ bike, that was nearly sold out before we shipped the first one.  So here’s some more conditions:

If you think the price here is to steep and you’re going to blow it off, I’ll gladly extend this same offer to the first of your readers who agrees to and can meet all of the conditions above. 

Also, you’ll post my full response here unedited.  Keep all the typos and bad grammar.  If it’s not posted or edited in any way, the entire offer comes off the table. 

It’s a sweet bike.  I hope you take me up on this offer/challenge. 

Later Fatty,

Gary Fisher & LeMond Brand Manager

Fatty Responds: I’m in. So in.


  1. Comment by BrokenSpokes | 11.14.2007 | 7:20 am

    Holy Superfly Batman!! It worked, it really worked!!!

  2. Comment by Les | 11.14.2007 | 7:23 am

    Well done. I’m not sure who the better negotiator is, you or Travis.

  3. Comment by Weean | 11.14.2007 | 7:24 am

    Dang, that is such a result!

    Oh yeah, and getting a free bike’s pretty cool too.

  4. Comment by Lowrydr | 11.14.2007 | 7:27 am

    I will now bow down to the King Fatty. Superb is the only other thing I can say. Good luck with the laundry.

    And what great news about Susan. Double bow to her for sure. Will be sending something Pink for her soon.

  5. Comment by Lifesgreat | 11.14.2007 | 7:36 am

    What wonderful Susan news! Yay! I can’t wait for Christmas so I can officially receive my Pink Jersey (Don’t tell me I am the only one who shops for things my husband can give me for Christmas).

    Very cool bike news. I will let you use my bike if you will do my family’s laundry for a week.

  6. Comment by Craig | 11.14.2007 | 7:37 am

    Attention Fisher Lemond People;

    You think Fatty is going to send it back after three months? really?

    You Fools!!

    Keep fighting Susan

  7. Comment by Pregnant-and-soon-to-be-fat Cathy | 11.14.2007 | 7:56 am

    Great news Susan! Yeah Susan! You are winning! I thought about you every time I wore my pink jersey. Unfortunately, it kinda rolls up off my belly now. Oh well. I still think about you!

    So Fatty, how are you going to part with all that carbon-y, big wheeled goodness after only 3 months?

  8. Comment by eclecticdeb | 11.14.2007 | 7:57 am

    Hey, I’ve got 1/6 of the “Good Karma” to send to you for a day.

  9. Comment by cincy_14 | 11.14.2007 | 8:01 am

    You are one lucky SOB.

  10. Comment by Kris | 11.14.2007 | 8:14 am

    Fantastic news about Susan! You guys need to go out to dinner to celebrate. Looks like an Italian restaurant is the choice since you’re restricted to pasta with marinara sauce (Stunt Diet Wednesday). :-)

    I can’t believe Travis responded, and I can’t believe you’re accepting his deal! Nah, most of his demands are pretty reasonable – I guess I’m too lazy to do all that for a 3 month loaner, even if it a dream bike. Do I get one spin on it for my obnoxious comments and fake Fatty response? ;-)

  11. Comment by Brandy | 11.14.2007 | 8:16 am

    Dude, you rock!
    Sweet….dont you have 4 kids under 12 already? Or at least close enough. Family time and Fisher requirement knocked down @ once, w/PB&J’s to boot. How awesome is that!!

    Yipee for Susan too!

  12. Comment by traildiva | 11.14.2007 | 8:17 am

    Yay, Susan!!!

    And you too, Fatty. Congratulations on the really good news and on the happy bike news as well.

    Travis, I send you much respect and little thought balloons of love from a trailbuilder in Minnesota — what a great requirement. Thanks for adding it!

  13. Comment by TIMK | 11.14.2007 | 8:19 am

    I’m thinking Travis drives a hard bargain.

    I think you need to make sure you let some folks like Botched take that bike for a spin over serious terrain. I mean that bike needs to be taken to its limits repeatedly. Rode hard and put away wet as the saying goes. I want us all to feel sorry for the person who has to open the bike box after three months in your hands. Return it with sweat crust that would make Bike Snob NYC proud. Make ‘em want to burn the saddle. Make sure it smells worse than the laundry you are going to be doing.

    And I think that you should sign it with a Sharpie, Travis should get Gary Fisher to sign it with a Sharpie and the raffle the thing off for a great cause.

    And if they are going to make you do trail work they should send a Bob loaded with tools to your local trail group.

    Awesomely awesome news about Susan.

  14. Comment by cheapie | 11.14.2007 | 8:23 am

    i’m SOOOO happy to hear the news about Susan!!!! my family has had a lot of cancer (stomach, ovarian, colan, skin, etc.) and i HATE the disease! that’s one reason i’m so active with the Make-A-Wish foundation. my cousin really benefited from their service during her ordeal.

    man…nothing sadder than a 4yo girl w/stomach cancer. blech. she’s fine now, thank God! wish i could say the same for my g’ma. sigh…cancer sucks.

    and far FAR less importantly…congrats on the new ride. however, perhaps someone should email travis and let him know how you got your road bike. wasn’t that supposed to a temporary deal as well?

  15. Comment by WIllie Nelson | 11.14.2007 | 8:30 am

    Sounds like a good day at the Nelson house. A really good day.

    The hardest part of that bike deal will be waiting for it. You should raffle off tickets for a chance to ride the famous “Fatty Superfly” for one day (the proceeds could go to a really great cause, like the purchase of your OWN Superfly).

  16. Comment by Pete | 11.14.2007 | 8:35 am


    Since he’s requiring you to do a bike ride with kids, let me suggest to you a group my local Trail Group has hooked up with a few times.

    They have various chapters around the country. Basically they bring a handful of bikes. We partnered with the local park department (who provided food + a shelter to work out of adjacent to our trail) and our local Family/Youth Services to find a handful of underprivileged teens (I know, not exactly kids, but still) to go out riding.

    I know the couple times we’ve done it everyone has had a blast and we even turned one of the caseworkers into a regular rider out at the trails.

  17. Comment by Al Maviva | 11.14.2007 | 8:38 am

    I for one welcome our new overlords from Fishlemtrektrager, and look forward to serving them…

    Good news on Susan, but I have to ask, with the artificial hip, the EPO they give to chemo patients and everything else, isn’t it time she launched a lucrative pro cycling career? The only thing missing is stellar cycling performance. Hey, maybe if you guys became Old Order Amish…

  18. Comment by eunicesara | 11.14.2007 | 8:45 am

    GO Susan! Spring only seems like forever away. May your recovery from you hip replacement be as speedy as my 80+ landlady’s who we practically had to chain to the ground to keep from climbing ladders a mere 3 weeks later!
    As for the bike – if every entrepreneur/manufacturer/sponsor had the same spirit of giving back through volunteering what a wonderful world this would be.

  19. Comment by bikemike | 11.14.2007 | 8:49 am

    very exceptionally awesomely freaky good new Susan. yea Susan!

    it will be very interesting to see how the new gary fisher blog takes shape over the next few months. corporate-shill-ville here we come.

    what’s next, dancing with the mountain biking stars?
    Marie Osmond does live near you, doesn’t she?

  20. Comment by leroy | 11.14.2007 | 8:50 am

    Wow! Great news about Susan!

    (Your pictures from Moab and the new bike make me wonder if I can convince my wife that I need a mountain bike for the trails in Brooklyn. This may require some creative thinking.)

  21. Comment by John H. | 11.14.2007 | 8:56 am

    Personally, I’m looking forward to the laundry pics. By the way, you suck. And I mean that in the nicest of ways. Me thinks there may be a little blurb on that return packing slip that says something like “Oh Fatty, if you can’t bear to return the bike, just enclose $3,000 in unmarked bills and we’ll call it even” Let the games begin!

  22. Comment by mark | 11.14.2007 | 9:01 am

    Fatty–great news on all fronts. Here’s an offer for you–I will trade you the one week of Brent Hulme’s laundry for one week with the bike. What’ya say? I think you and I are close enough to the same size to make this work.

    BTW, will you be timing the “loan” such that you can ride the Superfly at Leadville next year?

  23. Comment by Caren | 11.14.2007 | 9:06 am

    YEAH!!! YEAH!!! YEAH!!! all around!

    Susan – you go girl! I’m so stoked about your news I think I could walk another 20 miles today! Here’s looking forward to Dec 5th and having a new hip!

    Fatty – you have discovered my fund raising secret! You never know unless you ask! Enjoy the ride…and I have to admit that the terms don’t really seem like anything less than FUN!!

    I’ll be wearing my pink lemonade jersey this weekend, but while riding my bike!

  24. Comment by Fan of Susan | 11.14.2007 | 9:18 am

    So happy about the Susan news that I’m commenting without having read anything else! Fabulous, fabulous. I’m now envisioning wonderful pictures from next year’s Leadville as she walks about spryly with her new hip, playfully slipping you Margarita shot bloks to see if you notice.

  25. Comment by Big Boned | 11.14.2007 | 9:19 am

    SCORE! Nice work! I hope you enjoy the bike and that it arrives just in time for the spring thaw when you can start shedding clothes like a 24 year old french maid at a bachelor party. That is really the best time to ride (spring I mean, not at a bachelor party).
    I don’t think it really counts if you take your own kids MTB’ing. I mean they are already stuck, they HAVE to love MTB’ing. I’d like to suggest going on a Trips for Kids trip. You may get hooked. I’ve done some trips with them and it is a fantastic organization doing important work. Check them out:
    Any chance I can get you to do MY laundry too?

  26. Comment by Harp | 11.14.2007 | 9:21 am

    Great news on Susan. Hope you enjoy the ride. Can’t wait to see the pics of Travis’ demands.

  27. Comment by GenghisKhan | 11.14.2007 | 9:33 am

    Very good news regarding your wife–congrats to all and keep fighting the good fight!

    Regarding the bike, Travis’ great attitude makes me want to ride Fisher…

  28. Comment by Lucas | 11.14.2007 | 9:34 am

    I think that you need to do the kid ride this week…make sure that you eat like 12 PB&J sandwiches and a gallon of full fat chocolate milk to wash them down! Yeah do it this week. Screw the diet!

    Side note…I made sure to email some of Travis’ friends and his advertising agency last week the link to your letter. He must have been feeling the pressure! You really did score as they are pretty much sold out!

    Way to go! Much love to your family and great news from yesterday!

  29. Comment by | 11.14.2007 | 9:35 am

    So, Fatty…
    Now that you won’t be needing that WaltWorks…
    Im just throwing out a suggestion.

  30. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.14.2007 | 9:40 am

    Susan, Fatty, congratulations! So awesome.

    Susan, you will have the ultimate technology for strolling through Italy. Fatty, you will have the ultimate spanking machine for Leadville 2008. Go Team Fatty!

    (Al Maviva, you are very, very mean. You put a glaringly obvious lead-in to a joke about Greg Lemond and Dick Cheney in your comment, knowing full well that this dog doesn’t hunt. So it’s simply going to dangle there, juicily, just out of reach. I’m crushed. Please pass the chocolate.)

  31. Comment by KeepYerBag | 11.14.2007 | 9:44 am

    As your highly paid lawyer wannabee, I advise you of the following:

    1) You must do Brent’s laundry and you must post photos of completed laundry as indicated. However, it is neither explicit nor implied that you must return said laundry to its owner.

    2) Upon termination of the three month period of “smooth carbon-y big-wheeled goodness” I advise you to address the box *exactly* as specified by Mr. Ott:
    Waterloo, WI

    Make sure your return address is highly visible and legible. You no doubt understand why this is so important.

    Keep up the good fight, Susan. We’re still praying for you, every day.

  32. Comment by KT | 11.14.2007 | 9:47 am

    Wow, Fatty, the stars seem to be aligning just right for you and Susan.

    Susan: AWESOME NEWS. Here’s some more good Karmic wishes from Oregon. You are such an inspiration, and I’m glad to be a member of Fatty’s Army. Go! FIGHT!! WIN!!!!!

    Fatty: Boy, that Travis drives a hard bargain. Don’t break the bike, okay?

  33. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.14.2007 | 9:48 am

    That is fastastic news Susan! Go on girl, WIN!

    You only get the Superfly for 3 months? Turn it down I say!

  34. Comment by Chris | 11.14.2007 | 9:51 am

    Don’t settle for this! You’ve got to negotiate the laundry requirement down. I would go for 3-days, not to include socks or skivvies.

    Great news about Susan.

  35. Comment by chtrich | 11.14.2007 | 9:52 am

    too good, too too good. Just awesome stuff. :-)

  36. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.14.2007 | 9:53 am

    > I’ll gladly extend this same offer to the first of your readers
    > who agrees to and can meet all of the conditions above.

    Travis, my dear chap, let me know when the Fatster gives you the heave ho.

  37. Comment by Mocougfan | 11.14.2007 | 9:53 am

    Most importantly I’m very happy for your good wife. Cancer sucks. She seems to be a special lady. Props to your family.

    Less importantly, Travis seems pretty cool. Good Fatty like wit to him. I agree that the bike is yours. No way your giving it back. I’m totally jealous.

  38. Comment by Little1 | 11.14.2007 | 10:04 am

    we have a winna wena!

    SUPER FANTA-ASTIC news regarding Susan.

    I’m so stoked i ride a Gary Fisher. I agree with Big Boned and Pete, do the tripsforkids gig.

    all round a super great way to celebrate “klien saterdag” (little saturday) – hey wednesday is half way through the week so you gotta take a little break to get throught the second half!

  39. Comment by Frank | 11.14.2007 | 10:26 am

    Great news about Susan!!! Also, nice work on the superfly. Can’t wait to see it. Has anyone ridden a Trek 69er? I’m curious about it. Heard lots of good stuff, but seems heavy at over 23 lbs.

  40. Comment by mgr | 11.14.2007 | 10:41 am

    No, Fatty, don’t cave on the opening round! Negotiate, man – tell ‘em you’re gonna need at least six months!

  41. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 11.14.2007 | 10:57 am

    Man, I really need to start blogging. Not only do you meet interesting people, but you also get really cool stuff. As a show of your good naturedness, you should send the bike to each and every one of us for a day to try out. We’ll let you know how sweet it is.

  42. Comment by DOM | 11.14.2007 | 11:12 am

    Already with a fleet of bikes and now this. The rich get richer.

    If I sound jealous, it’s only because I am. Enjoy.

    By the way, I didn’t see anything about the kids you take riding having to be non-heirs to the Fatty Kingdom.

  43. Comment by AMG in Texas | 11.14.2007 | 11:27 am

    Great news for Susan!!! Horaay!!! Keep on fighting (and keep feeding Fatty lots of choice calorie rich morsels). Perhaps Kelleen will give Fatty her special culinary touch…

    What color will the bike be??? Perhaps PINK??? It would be so poetic if it did arrive that way with a cool Fat Cyclist logo or two. Are they sending a helmet with it??? Hopefully it will come with a propellor on it… just for advertising purposes mind you… and cards in the wheels to stoke up extra attention as you ride the beast. Handlebar streamers perhaps??? A basket up front with a little pink and white flower on it?? A luggage rack for your laptop so you can commute to work with it. Maybe it will come without a chain… Maybe it will arrive the day you get your shoulder work done…

    I advise you to go to your automotive insurer and get bike insurance for the thing. You never know who will be lurking in the bushes when you ride that thing. Or is it your home insurance agent?? Perhaps both just to be safe.

    Nobody is envious of you today… nooooo not a single soul. Maybe I will have to call a marker from my cousin Guido… he hasn’t been to Utah so there is no record of him over there.

    Go Team Fatty!!! Go Biker Girls!!! ;-) (and be careful on that thing Fatty)

  44. Comment by Tim D | 11.14.2007 | 11:36 am

    Fatty, I don’t want to pour cold water on your’s and Susan’s good news, but after your recent problems with the orthopod and the neurolog, can you really trust a doctor whose diagnosis is based on scanning your pets? For Gods sake get a proper doctor!

  45. Comment by Erin | 11.14.2007 | 12:10 pm

    That’s so awesome! Almost, but actually no where near, as awesome as Susan’s news!

  46. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.14.2007 | 12:25 pm

    Susan – Beautiful! An answer to prayer!

    Fatty – Do not, under any circumstances, match the socks. Just send ‘em back bulk.

  47. Comment by sans auto | 11.14.2007 | 12:25 pm

    Normally I’m not the betting type (probably because I don’t have any money… or anything of value that anybody else would want), but I would say that after 3 months Travis will recieve a check in the mail and Fatty will have another bike to park in his garage.

    Let’s look at this, Fatty has a wonderful idea to write a letter to a big shot and make big demands. it was a great letter. The big shot responds with a counter-offer that includes community service, personal service and ends with having to pay a “fine” to get to keep the addiction he was “given”. What kind of crime did you commit?

    Good news for Susan… We’re still praying for her every day, and will continue to.

  48. Comment by Frank | 11.14.2007 | 12:28 pm

    What happenes if you forget or refuse to send it back in 3 months? You could stall, citing a busy work schedule. After a while he might just forget about it.

  49. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.14.2007 | 12:39 pm

    Oh, another thing. Being a small-town boy I know it is really easy to get a picture and 1-1/2″ of column in a small-town weekly newspaper. Travis wants a picture of the newspaper showing the date yo validate completion of his demand. Instead, one up him and give him a picture and article in the paper, and put a picture of that in the blog. And send him an autographed copy.

    Wait, this is kind of reverse negotiating, isn’t it? Forget it. Wait, wait, you already DO reverse negotiating, with Racer on bike prices. Go ahead and seek fame in the local fish wrap.

  50. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 11.14.2007 | 12:39 pm

    Too bad you can’t take “the kids” on “The Gauntlet” since it’s a paved road and all. :( They would have loved that ride.

    As for negotiations, I’m thinking you should go one more round at least. It seems like Travis is asking you to sell the farm and all, (not that you didn’t offer to sell it…). but perhaps you can whittle down the offered terms or negotiate more time with the future weapon of choice?

    Congrats Susan!!! I’m really happy for you!

  51. Comment by Medstudentitis | 11.14.2007 | 12:48 pm

    Holy shit that’s so cool… I mean the news on Susan, of course. The bike is just bonus :)

    I like the idea of taking kids biking. I’m not a kid, but I kind of look like one, want to take me?

  52. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 11.14.2007 | 12:59 pm

    Hey!! :( I was just re-reading your original offer, and realized their counter offer only included the Superfly. (Cool as it is, we want more. )

    Like any respectable Ads-for-Schwag partner, Gary Fisher needs to cough up schwag for Fat Cyclist readers… Oh and the interview with Gary himself, or someone pretending to be Gary. We don’t want to miss out on that either!

    My $.02


  53. Comment by Al Maviva | 11.14.2007 | 1:35 pm

    Philly Jen, it’s unmanly to quail when a woman takes potshots, so I’m just going to duck your insult and sit out this round.

  54. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.14.2007 | 1:42 pm

    WOW!!! What a day……the good karma/good wished thing really does work!!

    How…….Superfly for you and Susan!

    Can you wash Hulme’s dirties all in really hot water, colors AND whites, with bleach and send it back in a black trash bag?

  55. Comment by Born4Lycra | 11.14.2007 | 2:03 pm

    Talk about a win/win.
    Great stuff Susan we love ya.
    Good work Mr Ott – FC gets the bike and we get 3 months of adventures and dirty washing on his website – can’t get any better than that can it?

  56. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 11.14.2007 | 2:11 pm

    Phenomenal. I can’t come up with anything else to add that hasn’t already been said. Susan, I hope your surgery goes well. I’ll be sending some Canadian karma your way for a speedy recovery.

  57. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 11.14.2007 | 2:36 pm

    There’s some pretty tough conditions in there. Especially having to un-yuck another mans smalls. And don’t take any B.S. from Brent Hulme about his freaky outfits. Halloween is long gone, he just wears some strange stuff after dark. But Travis is the boss and he wants photographs.

  58. Comment by Andrew | 11.14.2007 | 2:42 pm

    1.) Susan is a champ
    2.) I still think you need to get Gary Fishers face tattooed on your ass
    3.) You should have to wash that dudes clothes the old fashioned way, no washer or dryer allowed
    4.) You better start thinking of excuses for any moment that you get passed on the trail, or cant clean a move, cause it certainly wont be the bikes fault
    5.) Im coming back down from Montana to ride with you again once this bike is in

  59. Comment by IndoorRolyPoly | 11.14.2007 | 2:48 pm

    the news with Susan is fantasic! just think the best bits of titanum money can buy will be all Susans!

    sweet deal with the bike!
    I can see it now,
    shipping insurance for a $3000 bike.
    100 bucks slipped under the table to the mail man.
    1 crumpled empty bike box ………

    Im not say’n, Im just say’n

  60. Comment by Wheels | 11.14.2007 | 2:52 pm

    What a relief to have a clean PET scan! So glad to hear such positive news after several downer reports lately. And a Superfly to boot? You’re eating high on the hog tonight.

  61. Comment by rexinsea | 11.14.2007 | 2:56 pm

    Looks like it’s a WIN for Susan and Fatty today. Awesome news all around. Congrats Susan. Enjoy the ride Fatty. Laundry excluded, the required work should be quite fun.

  62. Comment by Brie | 11.14.2007 | 4:41 pm

    That is great news for Susan – thoughts and prayers continue from this side of the globe regardless.

    As for the Gary Fisher offer – like all the other posts – How cool is that! Looking forward to the ‘critical’ praise of the bike.

  63. Comment by Uphill Battle | 11.14.2007 | 5:00 pm

    Wonderful news regarding Susan! Prayers of Thanksgiving and continued healing.

  64. Comment by formertdfan | 11.14.2007 | 5:02 pm

    Great news all around!! My prayers to Susan.

  65. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.14.2007 | 5:20 pm

    Shoot, Al Maviva, you don’t miss a trick — Largo al factotum della città! (Translation: Big Al runs this pop stand, Assos!)

  66. Comment by monkeywebb | 11.14.2007 | 5:23 pm

    I’d pass on my effusive congratulations on the double victory, but day three of fasting for Fatty’s free stuff has left me weak. I’m typing this while collapsed on the floor. My wife was kind enough to prop my head up on an old shoe and put the keyboard within reach of my left hand. Congratulations. Now I slip into a delirious coma…

  67. Comment by mark | 11.14.2007 | 5:29 pm

    Monkeywebb–glad to know I am not the only one suffering from a starvation-induced coma. I don’t even care if I win the grips–I just wanted some motivation to lose a few more pounds.

  68. Comment by randomhigh | 11.14.2007 | 5:59 pm

    That’s fantabulous news about Susan!!!! We’ll keep sending good vibes and prayers to you :)

    as for the bike deal… dang…. who’da thought it’d work?

    monkeywebb, just make sure you don’t eat the shoe in your delirium…

  69. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.14.2007 | 6:05 pm

    Wait a sec here, you guys are fasting? On Wednesday? I was eating fudge brownies last night at a HS awards ceremony (daughter). I wasn’t going to start fasting yet.


  70. Comment by aussie kev | 11.14.2007 | 6:13 pm

    awesome news about susan, so happy for you both (and your kids), i believe i may have put weight on this week !!!!!


  71. Comment by je | 11.14.2007 | 6:51 pm

    Hey, if it’s the same Brent Hulme I grew up with, go ahead and punch him in the arm. :D

    And that is good news for Susan. Good luck.

  72. Comment by Me | 11.14.2007 | 7:20 pm

    I’ll be crossing my fingers for you guys on Dec. 5. Just like I was on July 20. Weird how you can be worrying for someone you’ve never met? Thanks to you Fatty — you’ve made the Internet a very caring place. Best wishes to you and your family.

  73. Comment by JC | 11.14.2007 | 7:47 pm

    Double hooray!

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  75. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 11.14.2007 | 8:50 pm

    Susan, Fatty

    Fantastic news about PET scan.

  76. Comment by Dobovedo | 11.14.2007 | 8:55 pm

    Heck… I’d let anybody ride my bikes if they’d do my laundry for a week! Especially the dozens of layers of winter gear that requires a load a day just to get all the road salt out!

    Fasting? I can’t believe all you people who signed up for that weight loss contest. I just got off a cruise ship from the southern Caribbean and the seven-day non-stop buffet was AWESOME!


    (was that cruel?)

    More importantly… So happy to read NEWS on Susan. Like many say, it’s so strange but heart-warming to find yourself eagerly awaiting a blog entry about someone you don’t even know. If you are ever in western Ohio, please come find Dobo’s Delights Bake Shoppe (my wife’s bakery), and we’ll provide all the apple fritters ya can stand (and I’ll bet it’s a lot after that crazy diet!)

    In case that doesn’t make sense to anyone… Lance mentions in his books about how apple fritters were the only food he could tolerate while he was on his high doses of chemo. We have had a number of customers who have undergone chemo and say the same thing… for some reason the combination of the fruit, grease and sugar really helps combat the nausea.


  77. Comment by Beast Mom | 11.15.2007 | 12:38 am

    Thx for the update on Susan.
    That’s cool about the other thing too. Enjoy! ;)


  78. Comment by regina | 11.15.2007 | 2:13 am

    yea for Susan we will all be sporting the road to Italy jerseys before we know what hit us! Awesome news, and nice chair lift.

    But I have a question for Travis, so the bike will return to the mother ship…then what? you are a world famous blogger. That bike is going to be golden. So will he then oh I don’t know auction it off to benefit some really notable deserving charity???… say for breast cancer… or the lance armstrong foundation… I think we need to know. what with the exponential spike in his webanalytics tools because we all clicked on the picture… I think we have a right to know…I am just saying… you are a celebrity… and your going to touch this bike… I ask myself what would Paris Hilton do? and then I challenge Travis to make a commitment to send the noble beast of a bike on to glory in the land of charitable donations.

  79. Comment by Orbea Girl | 11.15.2007 | 2:29 am

    Wow, great news about Susan, Spring will be here before you know it. Time to start planning that trip to Italy.

  80. Comment by DNAtsol | 11.15.2007 | 4:05 am

    I’ve been remiss in not commenting, but loving every comment as they collectively express all my sentiments for both Susan and the new toy. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy for two people I’ve never met. (seriously though, don;t just take the deal, I’m sure there is more haggling even if it is just for some kicks and giggles)

    Also, think I’m on the same boat as monkeyweb re the delirium….. went for a 12 mile ride yesterday and bonked about 2/3 the way. Plaintive thoughts of “how will I get home?”, “where are these spots in front of my eyes coming from” and probably most pathetic, “I think I may have to get off the bike and walk!”.

    Still, the pain is worth it…. down 6.8 and counting! :)

  81. Comment by Pammap | 11.15.2007 | 4:45 am

    There are no words left to say! Great news about Susan. I just love the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Apparently I’m a country hick because I’m not up on the Superfly other than it is a “sweet” bike that Fatty is lusting after. Sorry for being ignorant of such important matters and congrats on the big score.

  82. Comment by Al Maviva | 11.15.2007 | 6:10 am

    Thanks Philly Jen. I figured four puns in one sentence would awe everybody with my intellectual wattage, though the amperage of most puns is sorta low. So what’s a naughty Catholic girl like you doing in a place like this?

  83. Comment by Fan of Susan | 11.15.2007 | 8:22 am

    Dnatsol – I know we could have this conversation at home, but, seriously 6.8 lbs??? I’ve dropped 2.8 and am ready to knock someone over the head for a piece of chocolate. I agree with eclecticdeb from a couple of days ago, well, except maybe for the part “that didn’t come out right”.

  84. Comment by FliesOnly | 11.15.2007 | 9:03 am

    Absolutely great news regarding Susan. Man…even I feel better today after reading your blog…I can only imagine how good you two must feel.

    My wife has a Gary Fisher, and I feel even better now for her having bought one. What a great company (I should probably feel a bit jealous…but instead I just feel rather proud about being a Gary Fisher owner…well my wife anyway…I’ve never been on a mountain bike for any kind of ride. But now, if I do decide to buy a MB, I’ll probably go with one of theirs).

  85. Comment by Regina | 11.15.2007 | 9:19 am

    That’s awesome news about Susan!

    Can’t wait to see pic’s of the dirty laundry (oh wait, maybe I can wait), kids learning to ride, and of course the Superfly!

  86. Comment by Jodi | 11.15.2007 | 11:27 am

    It’s a happy day in Utah, which makes it a happy day in Brooklyn.

    Thanks for that.

  87. Comment by Beth | 11.15.2007 | 11:28 am

    Susan, that is just fantastic. I will continue to pray for your healing! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

    Fatty, I am jealous of the bike. Then again, I just got over surgery from July 30 for a grade 5 shoulder separation, so I am sticking to the road for now. :)

  88. Comment by AMG in Texas | 11.15.2007 | 12:17 pm

    Philly Jen you are tangling with Mr Snarky himself, the Boss, the Head Honcho, the Leader of the Pack, the one who taught Don Rickles how to insult!!! Watch your back girl.

    Al, thanks for getting your snarky groove back!!! The world is now a better place. It seemed for a while there you were going all mushy on us…. Seriously, anytime you want to go hunting in central Texas, come on down. I will give you a loaner gun and I will use my trusty hair triggered 12 ga. Did I tell you of the time the hammer slipped on me as I was walking side by side with my dads friend Dean? I have never seen a guy drink so many beers and smoke so much after that. The round didn’t hit him, but I guess he wasn’t expecting the SURPISE!! I will give you the florescent safety vest (the one with the concentric circles on it) and as always, the guest hunter walk point!

  89. Comment by Al Maviva | 11.15.2007 | 1:06 pm

    AMG, thanks, I’ll bring my own 12 ga, unless you think the 20 would be more sporting. As for snark… please. Snark is so teh intarwebs. I’m more old school rude, than snarky. Oh yeah, and Don Rickles was a pussy.

  90. Comment by AMG in Texas | 11.16.2007 | 6:42 am

    Al, did I tell you that we hunt quail with buckshot to give them a sporting chance?

  91. Comment by MAJ Mike | 11.16.2007 | 1:43 pm

    Why the hell do they want it back after you beat the tar out of it?

    Next round: Deal, except that it will only be one day of laundry and you keep the bike.

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  97. Comment by Don | 12.14.2008 | 9:28 am

    I forgot just how cool that was the first time around. Travis really did a great job of taking the bull by the horns…

    “I have something you want and you’re clearly ready to deal. So here’s how it’s going to go down:”

    That was just great, and his demands?! Comedy gold on both your post and his response! And he’s a cool guy to boot, eh?

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