A Note from Fatty: Thanks to everyone for the enthusiasm you’re showing about Susan’s jewelry. She’s excited to get started — and in fact, this weekend she and a friend are going to begin work (and I will help by disassembling and degreasing chains). Once Susan has a feel for it, she’ll decide how many bracelets / necklaces she’s up to making, and that will determine whether she sells, auctions, or raffles her jewelry. Regardless, all proceeds will go toward the Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge. Stay tuned for details soon.
Win My Dream Bike
A while back, I mentioned that I had managed to get in on the pre-order list for a very limited, not-for-retail run of Gary Fisher Superfly Singlespeeds. Since then, it has taken all of my willpower to not gloat and cackle with every waking moment, for the following reasons:
- It’s a monocoque carbon frame w/ horizontal drops and slotted disc tabs, and custom paint
- It has a Fox Float RLC 29 suspension fork
- It has custom G2 geometry, upon which I am — having recently transformed from a horrible downhiller to a reasonably good one on exactly this geometry — pretty well sold
- It’s a singlespeed. Duh.
And, well, just look at the thing:
(Build in photo for illustration purposes only. Components will be different on actual bike)
More important than any of this, though, is the most crucial fact of all: this bike is not for sale. Anywhere. And all of them that are being built are already spoken for.
In other words, if you haven’t got one on order, you can’t get one. Sorry.
OK, that’s not true. There is one way you can get this bike, because of what I am giddily about to announce:
Gary Fisher is Donating a Superfly Singlespeed Frameset for a Team Fatty Raffle
Yes, that’s right. This is the coolest singlespeed MTB on the market today — except, of course it’s not on the market — and the only way you can get one is by fighting cancer by donating to Team Fatty’s LiveStrong Challenge.
How awesome is that?
“Very, very awesome” is the correct answer.
Oh, and you’re no doubt wondering what size the frame is. Well, it’s whichever size you want.
If you already ride a singlespeed, you already know what this bike represents and can’t help wanting it.
And if you don’t ride a singlespeed, then you should do either of two things:
- Look into your heart of hearts and realize that you really do want a singlespeed and there’s no more awesome SS you could have than this one.
- Tell your friends who do ride a singlespeed (i.e., who have seen the light) about this raffle so they can take a shot at getting this bike.
But That’s Not All.
So I talked to Brent Hulme, the owner and operator of the extremely awesome SLC Bikes (if you’re local, come check the place out — it’s a beautiful shop, Brent’s a great guy, and he’s got excellent people helping him) and he said he’d spring for the components and the build, making this into the sexy, ready-to-ride machine it deserves to be.
And then he’ll box it up and ship it to you. And you will do a little dance because you have won something everyone else wants but nobody else can get.
But That’s Still Not All.
When I asked the folks at Gary Fisher to help Team Fatty raise money for the LiveStrong Challenge, they obviously came through in a huge way.
And not just as a company, either. Eric “Hootie” Bjorlin, the Trek Pavement Brand Manager, also put his own personal framed poster, signed by Lance Armstrong up as a raffle prize:
I know some of you will ask, so: No, Hootie is not included as part of the prize. Sorry.
Here’s a closer look at the poster, with less glare:
How Can You Win?As those of you who have entered these raffles before know, all proceeds of the Team Fatty raffles this year go straight to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, because the work they’re doing in helping people fight cancer has made a big difference in Susan’s and my life and in the lives of many others I’ve met. (And also since I never actually handle any of the money, this is a lot easier on me around tax time.)
So you can win in either of two ways:
- Donate money to my LiveStrong Challenge page. For every $5 you donate at my Austin LiveStrong Challenge page during the rest of this month (January 2009), you get a raffle ticket, which could be the winner of either the bike or the poster. Click here to donate now.
- Raise money in your own Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge page. If you’re a member of Team Fatty, every $5.00 you raise on your own LiveStrong Challenge page from now through the end of January earns you a raffle ticket, too. So — obviously — now’s a great time for you to make a donation on your own page as well as to press friends and family to make a donation (You don’t have to tell them that they’re increasing your chances of winning a bike when they do). And if you aren’t a member of Team Fatty, now’s a great time for you to join and start raising money to fight cancer and win cool stuff for yourself.
By the way: the winner will get the frameset when the framesets are available — most likely in March. Also, if you win and live outside the US, we’ll still cover shipping, but you’re responsible for paying customs. Cool? Yeah, I thought so.
How Can You Join Team Fatty?
First off, you should know that Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting for Susan, is currently the top fundraising team in all four LiveStrong Challenge event cities. Our team is 332 strong, and has raised $70,000 so far. But we want to be the first team in the history of the challenge to raise $1,000,000 — and to do that, we need your help.
Luckily, it’s really, really easy to join Team Fatty. First, you’ve got to decide which event you want to be part of: Austin, San Jose, Seattle, or Philadelphia. If you’re just planning on fundraising — not attending an event — then pick whichever city you most closely identify with. Then, just follow these steps:
- Click one of the below links to go to the Team Fatty page for that city:
- Click the “Join Our Team” link.
- Fill out the form. Note that the $50 registration fee is the same, whether you do one of the rides, the run/walk, or join the virtual challenge.
- Start fundraising. You’ve got to raise a minimum of $250 to attend the event of your choice.
This is an incredibly exciting raffle for me. I love the idea of being able to give away my dream mountain bike. I mean that seriously; there is no other mountain bike in the world I am more excited about than this one. And I love being able to give away a signed Lance Armstrong poster right as Armstrong is getting ready for his first big comeback event.
And most importantly, I love that we’re all doing this for one of the most important, unifying causes there is — fighting cancer.
Whether you win something or not, you’re still doing something really great for a cause that affects every one of us.
Thanks, and good luck!