EXCLUSIVE! First-Ever Verified Photo of Bike Snob NYC!

10.24.2008 | 3:57 pm

A Note From Fatty: A lot of people — friends, family, my boss — have heckled me for about two years about not having a FaceBook page. So now I’ve got one. But it’s a sad and lonely place for me now. If you’re on FaceBook, why don’t you go take a look at my sketchy profile and make me your friend?

For years — okay, maybe for just under a year and a half, people have wondered: Who is Bike Snob NYC? Why won’t he reveal his name, what he looks like, his home address, and his social security number?

It’s almost as if he wanted to retain some sense of privacy in his personal life.

Frankly, I cannot understand that impulse.

And, unfortunately for him, he’s now going to have to give up that mysterious persona, because I have a bona-fide picture of him.

How did I get the picture, you ask, with awe in your voice? I tricked him. I sent him a Fat Cyclist jersey, after which I asked him to send a photo of him wearing it.

Clever, eh? Darn straight it’s clever.

And furthermore, he — not detecting my clever ruse — actually fell for it.


In fact, he more than fell for it. He double fell for it, by acting all gracious and sending me a brand new, not-for-sale-anywhere T-shirt, shown here.


I’d have shown a picture of me wearing it, but the truth is I don’t want it to lose its value by being used. In fact, after I took this picture I mounted it behind UV-protecting museum-quality glass.

Just so you can get the full effect, though, here’s a close-up of the image on the t-shirt:


After seeing this image, you no doubt have questions, such as:

  • Who is the guy wearing that hat?
  • What happened to his left eye?

At least, those are the questions I have. But I’m afraid to ask the Bike Snob himself.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the picture of Bike Snob NYC. I can guarantee it’s real, because he himself (foolishly) sent it to me.


Say goodbye to your anonymity, Bike Snob.


  1. Comment by JAT in Seattle | 10.24.2008 | 4:07 pm

    (zips up jersey, raises hands inthe air, forgets to check to see if anyone has chased his audacious break…)

    the hat wearing man is, of course Seal.

    Heidi Klum did that to his eye.

  2. Comment by chtrich | 10.24.2008 | 4:17 pm

    Seal indeed……..lol

  3. Comment by lori sis | 10.24.2008 | 4:30 pm

    spotted scarf.
    I approve.

  4. Comment by KeepYerBag | 10.24.2008 | 4:49 pm

    I used to have a Myspace account but I closed it down. I couldn’t even get Tom to be my friend.

    BSNYC looks a lot like Prince from the neck down.

  5. Comment by Alex | 10.24.2008 | 4:56 pm

    That scarf looks suspiciously like the Rapha Silk Cycling Cravat..

  6. Comment by steve sax | 10.24.2008 | 5:28 pm

    Well, at least we know why he tried so hard to remain anonymous. Such a wily trickster, our Fatty…well done, FC.

  7. Comment by bikemike | 10.24.2008 | 5:31 pm

    oh…i see what you did there

  8. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 10.24.2008 | 5:40 pm

    Scoop of the century.

    I hear the tabloids pay like 10K for pics of celebrities.

  9. Comment by Lucky Cyclist | 10.24.2008 | 6:11 pm

    I had a myspace account but “To Catch a Predator” kept showing up on my dates.

  10. Comment by judi | 10.24.2008 | 6:25 pm

    NOT FAIR! He posted a pic of that t-shirt with a BONG on his site last week I think. People were asking if it was Seal or Major Taylor on the t-shirt. He never did say.

    I added you on Facebook. FB is SOOOOO much fun. You will spend way too much time on there once you hook up with old friends.

  11. Comment by Philly Jen | 10.24.2008 | 7:32 pm

    I ♥ BikeSnobNYC and I ♥ Fat Cyclist, so this is like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of awesomeness to see the two mixing it up together.

    (Yeah, that’s definitely the Rapha silk snot rag, though those polka-dotty things are actually tiny white gears.)

    So very dapper!

  12. Comment by Kathleen | 10.24.2008 | 7:55 pm

    Way to suck us in Fatty!

  13. Comment by scott | 10.24.2008 | 8:02 pm

    I’m not sure if that is Seal or an extremely tan Sloth from Goonies, what with that eye and all.

  14. Comment by Liz | 10.24.2008 | 8:51 pm

    Hahaaa i’m pretty sure Seal isn’t a cyclist these days, maybe BSNYC is Seals doppleganger.

  15. Comment by leroy | 10.24.2008 | 9:11 pm

    Well now, this is odd.

    I would have sworn he was taller.

    Oh well, in a world where there are precious few absolutes and most things are shades of gray, it’s nice to have a black and white answer.

  16. Comment by Mtbnomore | 10.24.2008 | 9:34 pm

    I remember the picture of him in Bicycling Magazine last year with his hat pulled over his face. It’s actually kind of amazing that he has been able to keep his true identity a secret for so long.

  17. Comment by leroy | 10.24.2008 | 10:02 pm

    Note to Seal’s attorneys:

    That is not Seal on the BSNYC lounging smock.

    Nope. The gent in the cycling cap is an artist’s wholly fictionalized rendition of what a hypothetical Obama/McCain love child might look like.

    The illustration is thus expression protected by the First Amendment as both art and political commentary.

    Nothig to sue here. Move along please.

  18. Comment by Don | 10.24.2008 | 10:20 pm

    Someone dropped hearts, so I will drop Apples. ? ? ?… ?… ?… ? ? ?
    OK, now that I got that out of the way, Love it! And yes, Judi, Facebook is über addicting…

  19. Comment by Di | 10.25.2008 | 2:21 am

    “The gent in the cycling cap is an artist’s wholly fictionalized rendition of what a hypothetical Obama/McCain love child might look like.”

    Leroy, I think you just trumped Fatty’s post. Isn’t that like being more beautiful than the bride? It’s just wrong…but funny. ;-)

    I occasionally read Bike Snob’s blog, but I can honestly say that Fat Cyclist is MUCH better. Just MPO.

  20. Comment by Shiny Flu | 10.25.2008 | 6:12 am

    Bike Snob wears a watch? Crazy.

  21. Comment by Bluenoser | 10.25.2008 | 6:20 am

    The guy on he t-shirt is the non-pulsed journalist that snobby snapped a pic of when he was sitting behind him at the Lance announcement.

    Yea that looks like the snob’s watch all right.


  22. Comment by Mike Roadie | 10.25.2008 | 7:20 am

    Stay away from the life-sucking Facebook!!!!

    As info……Brad, Clydesteve and I are all in Austin for the LiveStrong/RFTR weekend and rarin to go! Brad and I will get awards tonight, Lance will be getting his FC t-shirt and Jersey today too!!!!


  23. Comment by Jeff | 10.25.2008 | 7:29 am

    Everyone I know is pretty much using facebook…but you might be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. I need to do some deep introspection and decide whether I’m going to do facebook or not.

  24. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 10.25.2008 | 8:40 am


  25. Comment by Amy H. | 10.25.2008 | 9:06 am

    Not only did I add you as a Facebook friend, I made Susan her very own Piece of Flair. You can see it on my profile (if the link doesn’t work, search for Amy Coxe Hoover in the Minneapolis area) and I can send it to you once you’re on my friends list.

  26. Comment by leon | 10.25.2008 | 9:25 am

    did you know that bike snob is actually Grover from sesame street scroll down to the 6th pic.

  27. Comment by Bandobras. | 10.25.2008 | 9:26 am

    The guy on the shirt is of corsa Major Taylor. He’s squinting thinking about what recent American majors have been doing.

  28. Comment by Rob Churchill | 10.25.2008 | 9:54 am

    My Fatcyclist shirt arrived last week – fantastic! I got stung for import duties but the hidden message makes up for that – a truly inspiring sentiment and one which I fully intend to live by for the rest of my life. Thank you.

  29. Comment by BunE | 10.25.2008 | 11:06 am

    This is as big as when the talkies replaced vaudeville

  30. Comment by KT | 10.25.2008 | 9:13 pm

    Got my FC jersey the other day, and wore it on a ride today– woot! I rocked!!

    Ok… not really. But the jersey looked great.

    WIN Susan!

    Oh, and facebook? Hm. Sorry, I think I’m too old for that.

  31. Comment by tim | 10.26.2008 | 7:03 am

    love for bsnyc/rtms

    love for elden/fatty

    not loving social networking sites

    they are for teenage girls


  32. Comment by cheapie | 10.26.2008 | 7:43 pm

    so who’s going to create the first FC group?

  33. Comment by Nix | 10.27.2008 | 6:15 am

    There is already a few FC FB group, the largest one is called: Win Susan! Friends of Fatty, Nick started it.

  34. Comment by K | 10.27.2008 | 10:47 am

    I added you! Do you manage your Fat Cyclist fan page though? I’m a fan of Fat Cyclist on FB too!

  35. Comment by rexinsea | 10.27.2008 | 10:53 am

    BSNYC must be some kind of superhero with all his efforts to keep his true identity seceret. Great photos and post.

  36. Comment by ronk | 10.27.2008 | 11:09 am

    The guy on the shirt is Seal.

  37. Comment by Fritz | 10.28.2008 | 5:07 pm

    BSNYC has the last laugh because I personally know BSNYC and BSNYC is definitely NOT a HE but a SHE!

  38. Comment by RainCityCyclist | 10.29.2008 | 12:39 pm

    Clearly its Seal…and we have know this for some time. But, why Seal?

    If BSNYC is really a SHE, then I am now head-over-heels in *&%*$^@# love/lust. Help!

    Is there any chance BSNYC is Heidi Klum?

  39. Comment by blue | 10.29.2008 | 7:12 pm

    good one! :)

    i always suspected that bsnyc was a chick! too smart to be a guy. ;)

  40. Comment by blue | 10.29.2008 | 7:14 pm

    wait a minute!!!! that’s marge simpson!

  41. Comment by Fatter than Fat Cyclist | 11.2.2008 | 9:39 pm

    Speaking of t-shirts, celebrities and BSNYC…

  42. Comment by erik k | 11.3.2008 | 9:44 pm

    its seal the singer, its the shirt features him on a “seal of disprovable” get it.

  43. Comment by mat | 11.3.2008 | 10:40 pm

    i know the guy that printed those seal shirts, hes had his name and address for a bit, get with it son!


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