New Fat Cyclist Jerseys: Pre-Order This Week ONLY

07.14.2008 | 10:38 am

mf I love all the designs Twin Six has done for the Fat Cyclist jersey. I really do. I love them all just the same.

I don’t love this new jersey any more than any of the other designs. Even though the primarily black jersey is almost unbearably cool. Or that the Clydesdale silhouette on the back makes me start singing Johnny Cash every time I see it. Or that every single one of them has the "WIN" mark, in pink, big and bold on the right sleeve, and the "Team Fatty Fighting for Susan" in the collar.

And then there’s the accent color stitching.

Oh mercy. I can hardly wait for this new jersey to arrive.

mbPre-Ordering: One Week ONLY, Starts Today
If you — like I — want to make sure you get the new Fat Cyclist jersey, you definitely will want to pre-order yours, and the pre-ordering starts today. As in now. As in, you can click here to order a men’s jersey, or click here to order a women’s jersey.

Why pre-order? I’m glad you asked.

Last year, we didn’t do a Fat Cyclist jersey pre-order. We just ordered a bunch, and then when they came in, we put them on sale.

They sold out almost instantly. A lot of people had a hard time getting the jersey size / gender combo they wanted.

wfThis time, I don’t want that to happen.

So,  for this week only — July 14 through July 20 — you can pre-order your jersey, ensuring you get exactly the right size / gender combo you want.

On July 21st, the Twin Six guys will place the order. Sure, they’ll order some extras, but I wouldn’t count on getting one of those.

And then, you and I can sit back and wait for our jerseys to arrive in early November. This will be your most awesome Fall-weather jersey ever. And I daresay it will be your most awesome Spring and Summer jersey, too.

wb Oh, and the jerseys will come in plenty of time for you to give them as Christmas gifts, for those of you who actually think that far ahead (Susan usually has Christmas gifts planned out for the whole family by April; I tend to start thinking about Christmas gifts just in time to fly into a panic).

Here are the answers to some of the questions I’ve been getting about these jerseys.

  • Cost: The jerseys will cost $US70.00 during this pre-order event. The price will go up for people who buy jerseys after they arrive. Note: even though your jersey will be shipped when it arrives this autumn, you will be charged for the jersey when you place the order.
  • Sizing: For men, the jerseys fit about like a similarly-sized t-shirt, but a little snugger. If a Large t-shirt fits you tight, for example, you may want to go with an XL jersey. For women, plan to buy the same size jersey as you would a women’s t-shirt.
  • International Availability: You can buy jerseys outside the US, but of course you’re going to have to pay a little extra in shipping. That shouldn’t hurt your feelings too badly, though, since the weak dollar currently makes buying anything from the US the deal of the century.
  • Accessories: Yes, we’re looking into bike clothing that goes with this jersey. We haven’t locked any of that down yet, but of course as soon as we get even remotely close, I’ll note it on the blog.
  • 201: The "201" on the left sleeve goes with the Fat Cyclist Clydesdale logo. Since 200 pounds is the traditional threshold for being in the Clydesdale category, this jersey goes to 201.
  • Inside the Collar: The text inside the collar reads "Team Fatty Fighting for Susan." This is in support of my wife, who’s fighting metastatic breast cancer (and who is starting three weeks of radiation on her right hip today, by the way). When you buy a jersey, you’re contributing to Susan’s "WIN" fund, which I use to pay medical bills and do fun stuff with Susan and the kids. So you’re not just looking awesome; you’re actually doing something philanthropic. That’s just your way.

As Long As You’re Ordering…
I want to point out that Twin Six really goes out of its way for me when it does the Fat Cyclist jerseys. For one thing, they are really cool about honoring my input into the design process. For another thing, they have basically put their other projects on hold while they prioritized my jersey design. And for the final thing, doing this pre-order thing is kind of a pain for them, but they’re doing it anyway because I asked them to.

So, if I may, I’d like to recommend you support their business. It’s easy. When you buy your Fat Cyclist jersey, look around their site at the other Twin Six jerseys and T-shirts. If you see something you like, add it to your order.

By the way, the other stuff you order will be shipped right away — Twin Six isn’t going to make you wait for the rest of your order ’til my jerseys arrive.

For example, since it’s Summer, you may want to consider some of the new Twin Six Women’s Sleeveless jerseys: The Argyle, The Mistress, and The School Girl.

But only if you’re a woman, for crying out loud.

PS: Since my wipeout on Wednesday, I haven’t been on a bike at all. I’ve decided that, this evening, if I’m strong enough to put the new tire my road bike needs on, I’m strong enough to ride tomorrow. On the road, on the flats where I don’t ever have to stand up and pull on the handlebars.

PPS: I’ve started using Twitter, just to see if I like it. Basically it’s a place where I can leave random one-sentence thoughts. Click here to read it. If I decide I like it, I’ll incorporate it into my blog sidebar. Let me know what you think.


  1. Comment by Weiland | 07.14.2008 | 10:57 am

    My 2008 fatty is back at Twin Six for repair, it turns out I’m just too fast and the stitching in back was unraveling. But that’s not going to keep me from ordering the 2009 version.

  2. Comment by AZ XC | 07.14.2008 | 11:07 am

    Wicked cool jersey–I’ll def be sporting one down here during the winter but I might have to put it aside for the white jersey in the summer since it’s like 800 degrees here from May to August. So,when you coming out with a white version?

  3. Comment by Clydesteve | 07.14.2008 | 11:09 am

    This would be easier on the budget if T6 held off charginh my card until they placed their order. Not that a slavish devotion to my budget would stop me from ordering now…

  4. Comment by Di | 07.14.2008 | 11:12 am

    Budget? Yeah, I’m still trying to get the cash for my multi-tool sitting at the bike shop. :-(


    AvOcados. ;-) So far, the Twitter thing really isn’t of great interest. Maybe if you try coming up with some witty one-liners. :-) Just being honest.

  5. Comment by chtrich | 07.14.2008 | 11:16 am

    Win Susan!! Best wishes today.
    Love the new jersey. Ordering next.
    Don’t care about Twitter.

  6. Comment by Di | 07.14.2008 | 11:16 am

    BTW, those jerseys are sic!

  7. Comment by Lazy Bike Commuter | 07.14.2008 | 11:23 am

    Man, that jersey’s pretty sweet!

    Unfortunately I used up all my jersey budget for the year ordering the last one.

    Then the jersey (and socks and water bottles) were stolen from my freakin porch before I even saw them.

    Now I’m sad.

  8. Comment by cellphoneguy | 07.14.2008 | 11:26 am

    Got mine ordered this morning, I will have a hard time waiting for it to arrive this fall. I was lucky enough to get a 2008 and now have my 2009 on order. I am (and will remain) the best outfitted rider in my group. Thanks to Fatty and Twin Six for the great design(s).

  9. Comment by jwbikes | 07.14.2008 | 11:32 am

    Ordered mine, I am looking forward to finally being able to wear one. My last jersey was the wrong size jersey in the plastic bag. It now serves as a stunning piece of art on the wall of my bike building. This version is bangin’.

  10. Comment by carolynOnline | 07.14.2008 | 11:39 am

    Oh Fatty, you’re Twittering. I’ve PROMISED my family I wouldn’t do it. Would. Not. Do. It. For fear that I’ll just get sucked into the computer full time Tron style.

    I’m ordering Fatty stuff from TwinSix but not jersey because I don’t cycle and would look like a total poser. I’m going to use my Fatty stuff as a give-away on my site. I’m all about the Fatty love.

    Good luck to Susan with her hip.

  11. Comment by Duane | 07.14.2008 | 11:40 am

    I ordered my this morning. Very cool. I ripped my 08 Jersey in a crash.

  12. Comment by Rachel | 07.14.2008 | 12:02 pm

    Love the new jersey. Love the pre-order idea also. Not so hot on twitter.

    Hope radiation goes well.

  13. Comment by blinddrew | 07.14.2008 | 12:05 pm

    Folks, i don’t have any experience of american sizes, any blokes out there with a 40″ chest who can tell me what i should be ordering?
    Drew (in the uk)

  14. Comment by Clint | 07.14.2008 | 12:08 pm

    Hell yes.

    And hopefully by the time it shows in November, I’ll be less of a Fatty and a 3xl will actually fit! =D

    Win susan!

  15. Comment by kendall | 07.14.2008 | 12:13 pm

    Love the jersey.

    I am a fan of the twitter, but I don’t have it going to my cell phone with every message. It’s a fun distraction.

  16. Comment by Clydesteve | 07.14.2008 | 12:16 pm

    Totally OFF-Topic: Fatty I found your racing niche with this MTB name generator: When you fill in ‘Elden Nelson’ for first and last names, the output is: Lieutenant Gonzo.

    Clearly, you are to be on a racing team as the Lieutenant – The guy that gets the team leader to the top of the decisive ferocious climb – in ‘gonzo’ style. Then you can slack off on the descent – Let that sucker stick a wheel and catapult his shoulder, while you gingerly go down and preserve yours.

    YMMV on the veracity of prophesies generated by this random MTB name generator.

  17. Comment by Philly Jen | 07.14.2008 | 12:30 pm

    Keep tweetin’.

    WIN Susan.

  18. Comment by strbuk | 07.14.2008 | 12:41 pm

    Hey Fatty I ordered one of your new jerseys for the husband, and also posted a blurb about them on TBV. I hope they sell like freakin’ hotcakes!


  19. Comment by FliesOnly | 07.14.2008 | 12:44 pm

    I just ordered one for myself and one for my wife as well. The new design is beyond cool. Now I have to try to forget about them until they arrive in November…it’ll be almost like getting “free” surprise.

  20. Comment by kc | 07.14.2008 | 12:56 pm


    Love the jerseys, but what about the “other” things that you mentioned? Arm warmers? CYCLING CAPS (hint, hint), or whatever else? When might I see, say, a solid pink cycling cap with a black stripe that maybe says “WIN” under the cap where others can read it when I flip it up? With–again, just a suggestion–”Team Fatty fighting for Susan” on the inside seam? No pressure. Just tell me when T6 is making it.

  21. Comment by leroy | 07.14.2008 | 1:05 pm

    FC — I rode my road bike for a year and a half with a broken shoulder. (Some breaks just heal really slowly.)

    But it only impaired my lane change signals, thank you waves, and rude gestures.

    Of course, rough road and potholes were a problem for a little bit.

    (Drew in UK — Twin Six sizing chart on their site says order a Large for a 39-41″ chest.

  22. Comment by Jason | 07.14.2008 | 1:05 pm

    hey Fatty: I was looking through Outside magazine and read an article about the “Great Divide” bike race and one of the dudes featured was wearing the Fat Cyclist Shirt. Great to see.


  23. Comment by montanapat | 07.14.2008 | 1:13 pm

    Ordering up one of the jersey’s shortly. Thanks for the pre-order option! Really wanted this years, but the all black is pretty sexy(and thinning). Hope your ride goes well today, thinking of you and your family daily.


    JWBIKES: If that FC jersey on the wall is XL…do a guy a favor and sell it to me.

  24. Comment by Jay Peitzer | 07.14.2008 | 1:40 pm

    I noticed on your Twiiter thing that you are going to rip “Breaking Away” and “The Flying Scot” for your iPhone. What no “American Flyers”….LOL? At least the Rae Dawn rear wheel change…….LOL.

    WIN SUSAN!!!

  25. Comment by Hamish A | 07.14.2008 | 1:50 pm

    That new jersey rocks. Will be ordering mine before the week is out (Just a suggestion for next time you do a pre-order thing; could you leave it until closer to payday? I’m still paying a hospital bill…) looking forward to seeing what else you and the Twin Six guys come up with!

    Twitter. I’ve always been slightly ‘meh’ about it but now (thanks, Fatty) I’ve signed up. It’s got a week to impress me. We’ll see how it goes. If you start uploading recipes of the day though, that might persuade me to stick with it :-D

    Good luck with the radiation today Susan – Fatty take care of that arm!

    (I ended in an exclamation point, so I must be serious).

    P.S. Is anyone else totally bored of The Tour yet?

  26. Comment by Meghank | 07.14.2008 | 1:54 pm

    Have you thought of riding a recumbent until your arm gets better? I bet somebody would loan you their recumbent.

  27. Comment by Miles Archer | 07.14.2008 | 2:02 pm

    nooo to twitter. I think you talked me into a jersey though.

  28. Comment by je | 07.14.2008 | 2:09 pm

    I’ll be ordering a 2009 jersey pronto.

    In the meantime, I’ve got a never-before-worn 2008 Fat Cyclist jersey in women’s small up for grabs.

    It’s part of my effort to raise funds for cancer research. My dad was treated at Huntsman Cancer Institute just like Susan. It’s truly a remarkable place and any donations you make will work miracles — small, big or otherwise.


  29. Comment by K | 07.14.2008 | 2:26 pm

    De-lurking to comment for the first time – I’m going to pre-order as soon as I get home and check the sizing on my other Twin Six Jersey. I’m so excited to finally have a Fat Cyclist jersey!


  30. Comment by aussie kev | 07.14.2008 | 2:28 pm

    well that my christmas present sorted out – i should have it in time to race at maryborough this year.

    win fatties

    i see on twitter you watched the obree movie – i used to race against him ( back when i was uk kev) an awesome athlete, one of a kind

  31. Comment by TomE | 07.14.2008 | 2:40 pm

    November will not come soon enough!!

    I have to echo some of the folks about twitter….not a fan.

  32. Comment by Wutz | 07.14.2008 | 2:47 pm

    Thumbs on the Twitter; I dig it.

    My mind generally thinks in one-liners so it’s cool for me to see my future self. I imagine I’ll eventually be a slightly heavier version of myself consistently riding more bikes than I currently own.

    Don’t feel required to do it, just put down text which would be out of con…text… in the “regular” blog posts.

    Those are some sick jerseys, too; kinda makes me wish I hadn’t just “invested” in an engagement ring.

  33. Comment by rich | 07.14.2008 | 3:19 pm

    ordered it and can’t wait!!! Love my 08 jersey and can’t wait to be rockin the 09!

    Good luck Susan with the radiation and good luck fatty with the shoulder

    recumbant – ha! that’s funny…doesn’t he have to grow a grey ponytail first?

  34. Comment by Anonymous | 07.14.2008 | 3:33 pm

    Twitter is amusing…keep it

  35. Comment by Buzz | 07.14.2008 | 3:50 pm

    Man, thanks for the pre-order. I’ve missed all of the others. Can’t wait until November! WIN!

  36. Comment by Cathleen | 07.14.2008 | 4:15 pm

    1. First time commenting

    2. I love Twitter

    3. I did the AIDS/LifeCycle ride last month, wore my pink jersey one of the days and thought WIN Susan! for a good part of my ride.

    4. Twin Six rocks!

  37. Comment by barry1021 | 07.14.2008 | 4:30 pm

    Thank God, in November I will be cool again. Not having an ‘08 was wearing on me.

    Fatty, riding on the ROAD–Good idea you got there, maybe stick with it!!


  38. Comment by broschb | 07.14.2008 | 4:51 pm

    I would love to order one, as I would love to order other twin six products, but they don’t cater to the 6′8″ guys. I sent them an email a while back asking if their jerseys would fit, as they all look fantastic. Fatty, you should try to encourage them to make some jerseys for the tall cyclists. The tall guys need love as much as the ‘fat’ ones. ;)

  39. Comment by KT | 07.14.2008 | 5:13 pm

    Pre-ordered!! Yay!

    +1 on the CYCLING CAPS hint… That would be the best….

  40. Comment by Lizzylou | 07.14.2008 | 7:17 pm

    I recently ordered another Twin Six jersey, the Queen of the Mountain one, and I must say, I think I’m a better climber now when I wear it. It really works. So I’m really counting on this jersey making me wittier and generally more awesome. I just picked up a new pair of gloves, and after getting them home I realized that they will match this jersey perfectly.

    One thought: Pink arm warmers. I love the jersey, but I do like to have a bit of color to tip off to car drivers that I’m there, and please don’t hit me.

  41. Comment by Jim | 07.14.2008 | 9:58 pm

    The US dollar is so weak it’s almost cheaper to order the jersey than to go and buy one at the local bike shop. :)

  42. Comment by Paul | 07.14.2008 | 10:02 pm

    Nice jersey, have you ever raced clydesdale fatty?

  43. Comment by GrizzlyAdam | 07.14.2008 | 10:14 pm

    I have started liking twitter more and more. I use it on my phone via twitterific, so it becomes a lot more useful.

    Follow me at

    The new jerseys look very nice. Anyone wearing one will be a little faster.
    My MTB name came out as ‘Rock Chomper’.

  44. Comment by daemonv | 07.15.2008 | 12:01 am

    Thumbs up on twitter (I am dmv) and the jersey is great. Wasn’t thrilled with the 2008 FC design, but like the 2009 almost as much as my pink one. I’ve already accidentally-on-purpose introduced Twin Six gear to a couple of local bike shops, because the jerseys are that good and the t-shirts are both all-weekend appropriate and comfortable.

  45. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 07.15.2008 | 4:18 am

    aussie kev, Maryborough??? If you’re talking about Queensland please introduce yourself to the 5′8″ guy with a shaved head at the September Maryborough Masters Games, or at the Marykhana in November. If you’re talking Victoria, I’m sorry to hear that.

    Big Mike in (northern) Oz

  46. Comment by Groover | 07.15.2008 | 5:08 am

    Mega cool jersey! Will consider purchase.

  47. Comment by Fat Tuna | 07.15.2008 | 5:54 am

    Great ‘09 jersey Fatty.

    Any chance you could convince Twin Six to make more of their jerseys available online? The LBS’s in rural Ohio aren’t dealers; Twin Six loot is impossible to get (and I’d buy 2 or 3 of the designs if I could get them).

    Win Susan!!!

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  49. Comment by Jacqueline | 07.15.2008 | 10:04 am

    My wonderful partner bought me an ‘08 jersey minutes after they went on sale … I’ve pre-ordered a pair of the new ‘09 jerseys to wear on our tandem. Our thoughts are often “Win Susan!”

  50. Comment by Denise | 07.15.2008 | 1:42 pm

    Woohoo! I cannot believe I will finally be getting myself a FC jersey!

    WIN SUSAN!!!!!!!!!

  51. Comment by Kristen | 07.15.2008 | 9:04 pm

    I ordered mine this afternoon along with a pair of socks…which I’ll be wearing for the Philly LIVESTRONG Challenge!


  52. Comment by Marla | 07.15.2008 | 9:16 pm

    I just placed my FC jersey order. Super design.


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  54. Comment by blinddrew | 07.16.2008 | 1:42 pm

    Thanks Leroy!

  55. Comment by judi | 07.17.2008 | 9:25 am

    Twitter is cool. I have it on my blog too. You should put it up there, cuz you’ll have many funny one liners.

  56. Comment by Corey | 07.19.2008 | 7:12 pm

    I have a suggestion, and forgive me if it’s already been made a bazillion times…when the pre-ordering is closed, it would be cool to have you post the total (pre)sold.

  57. Comment by Corey | 07.19.2008 | 8:51 pm

    And as for twitter, I like the idea, but not going to yet another site to read the blurbs.

    Have you looked into the Wordpress plugin Sideblog? It will do the same thing, but put the one-liners in your sidebar rather than having to use twitter’s site.

  58. Comment by Monica | 07.20.2008 | 7:00 pm

    Wow! I just made the deadline to order a FC jersey. Win Susan!

  59. Comment by Clay | 07.20.2008 | 11:07 pm

    Just ordered mine … right before midnight!

    I’m 6-0, 250ish and got the XXXL based on the T6 size chart, plus Fatty’s and reader comments on the fit … Anyone else around this particular size order similarly?

    (I hope to ride until the 3X is too big, but after that I can layer it.)

    As for the Outside mag article on the GDR that Jason mentioned — my brother wrote that!


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