Wherein Gary Fisher Gives Me A Noogie

09.10.2009 | 9:15 pm

So I’m here in Park City, just minding my own business — talking with Travis Brown and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski. Yeah, really. I was. They were asking for riding advice and stuff, because when you are top-level pro / MTB hall-of-famers, of course the guy you’re going to go to for advice is a (beloved) cycling blogger.

And then in wanders Gary Fisher. I stick out my hand, cordially. And that’s when he grabs my hand, whips it around behind me and secures me, helpless, in a skull-crushing headlock.

And proceeds to give me a noogie.


I think it was the Bike Snob NYC Seal of Disapproval t-shirt that did it.

PS: After seeing this picture, is there anyone who is not thinking, “Gary Fisher and Hulk Hogan: Separated at Birth?”

PPS: Tomorrow (Friday) we get lectured at, and then we ride. If the lecture is interesting, I will liveblog it. If it is not interesting, I will meta-liveblog it. Unless there is no wifi, in which case I will probably take a well-deserved nap.

PPPS: I think that riding with Travis and Jeremy tomorrow is going to put my sense of being a strong cyclist into perspective. Big time.


  1. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 09.10.2009 | 9:19 pm

    Yeah, I did think, “OMG, Hulk Hogan and Fatty!” at first glance.

  2. Comment by Carl | 09.10.2009 | 9:27 pm

    … wondering if Bike Snob NYC wears a Fat Cyclist t-shirt? And yes, Mr. Fisher looks like Hulk Hogan before muscles… too funny! Have a great time Fatty!

  3. Comment by ricky | 09.10.2009 | 9:32 pm

    i can’t believe he did that to you. more importantly, i can’t believe you’re hanging with gf and crew. hey, on tomorrow’s ride give him the good-ole kidney punch that you do so well. wait, don’t do that.

    btw, let me know what time you want the core team up there for the group ride.

  4. Comment by Yaniel | 09.10.2009 | 9:44 pm

    just know this… i will be disappointed if you don’t drop them both.

  5. Comment by MVSC | 09.10.2009 | 9:45 pm

    I’ve heard that slick Gary Fisher headlock move is called The SuperFly…
    (not to be confused with Curtis Mayfield’s Super Fly, which is also slick and less painful.)

  6. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 09.10.2009 | 10:05 pm

    Love the new header photo!

    Definitely separated at birth. No doubt. Nice to see you hanging with the big dogs.

  7. Comment by LidsB2 | 09.10.2009 | 10:23 pm


    I wasn’t sure before. Now I’m nearly convinced you’ve achieved celebrity status. Try not to forget the little people. Have fun, Fatty…as if you needed such a reminder.

  8. Comment by KanyonKris | 09.10.2009 | 10:26 pm

    The dude code demands that Gary’s warm greeting be reciprocated. When Gary is straddling a bike, grab the seat or rear wheel and lift quickly. Gary will respect this perfectly appropriate reply to the noogie.

  9. Comment by Rantwick | 09.10.2009 | 10:43 pm

    That is so insanely cool! I agree with KanyonKris, except I think, as a test of noogie familiarity status, you should give him a wedgie.

  10. Comment by Jamieson | 09.10.2009 | 10:46 pm

    You will surprise yourself with your ability to hang tough with them tomorrow.

    Glad you are getting to get abuse from the icons of the MTB world.

  11. Comment by Philly Jen | 09.10.2009 | 11:04 pm

    A fine bromance, my friends, this is.

    That’s plentysix kinds of awesome right there. Have a great time this weekend.

    And tell Mr. Fisher that he needs to start naming his bikes after fattening things again (Sugar, Cake, etc.) — in honor of you, of course.


  12. Comment by buckythedonkey | 09.11.2009 | 12:41 am

    +1 for the wedgie

  13. Comment by Jay | 09.11.2009 | 1:34 am

    Wow, the way you have become a meta-celebrity of cycling is amazing…you’re almost like the Paris Hilton of cycling–you go, girl!

  14. Comment by Born 4Lycra | 09.11.2009 | 1:52 am

    Yep saw the Hulkster immediately. I’m also a plus one more for the wedgie. Did you actually have any conversation or was it just a physical coming together of two greats in the cycling biz.


  15. Comment by Doug | 09.11.2009 | 2:59 am

    A left arm on the back embrace seems to indicate a staged noogie. Nonetheless, it beats a staged swirlie.

    Looking forward to your camp reports. Glad to have someone like you there for us.

  16. Comment by BikecopVT | 09.11.2009 | 3:28 am

    Jealous beyond words. Enjoy yourself but don’t forget to write about all the really cool new bikes you get to ride. Then I can continue to drool and ruin yet another keyboard.

    Fight Like Susan!

  17. Comment by Big Boned | 09.11.2009 | 4:02 am

    I think the wedgie should be attempted in the interest of science. Is such a manuever even possible when one is wearing cycling shorts? The world demands an answer.
    I also have a suggestion for evening the playing field with Mr. Brown and Mr. Horgan-Kobelski. Back a pin on their chain out about 3/4 of the way. It should reduce their acceleration, and give you a bit of a headstart. As long as you aren’t going more than a mile or two, they shouldn’t catch up.

  18. Comment by KK | 09.11.2009 | 5:24 am

    Hulk Hogan AND Stanley Tucci? Park City is drawing the A-listers this year!

    Hope you have a great ride.

  19. Comment by Fuzzy | 09.11.2009 | 5:52 am

    At least one person over here in Dear Old Blighty (where the fine language you are using was invented) is sitting in front of their Fat Cyclist adorned monitor, looking at an image of Hulk Hogan doing something to a shaven headed Sylar from ‘Heroes’and wondering “What the dickens is a Noogie?”

    Please explain, there’s a good chap.

    Fight like Susan

    Luv n’Stuff
    Fuzzy from the UK

  20. Comment by Mike Roadie | 09.11.2009 | 6:02 am


    Noogie is the head-lock and tapping on your victim’s noggin with the knucles of your fist with a twisting/rubbing motion. Childhood hi-jinks at its best!!!


    Right on!!!!


  21. Comment by Weiland | 09.11.2009 | 7:14 am

    You had the last laugh though, you thwarted the blow with the foresight to shave your head many years ago. So take that Gary Fisher!

    Some people are suggesting retaliation with a wedgie, might I suggest the double jock lock. This move takes over where the wedgie stops. When the wedgie is applied most people stop when the resistance to the waistband is reached. The proper technique for a double jock lock is to keep going. With full momentum pull said waistband up until the persons feet have left contact with the ground. This makes it much easier to wrestle them to the ground. With the person on the ground and the waistband mid back tuck their arms into the leg openings. With their arms secure grab each of their legs and tuck them into the leg openings as well, thus completing the double in the double jock lock. Voila the double jock lock!

  22. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 09.11.2009 | 7:18 am

    People, let’s talk Fatty’s currency.
    $50 donation Livestrong for a wedgie pic.

    It must be an atomic wedgie to count.

  23. Comment by rich | 09.11.2009 | 7:23 am

    That’s awesome! Dude you’re infamous….I mean Famous

  24. Comment by Kathy | 09.11.2009 | 7:42 am

    That is a priceless picture! Awesome!

  25. Comment by ChefJT | 09.11.2009 | 7:53 am

    Who’d have thought you could see Hulk Hogan AND Stanley Tucci at a bike event!

    Have a great time.

  26. Comment by Hat | 09.11.2009 | 8:28 am

    You must have put something in his flower box.

  27. Comment by Russell | 09.11.2009 | 8:30 am

    Without hair on your head I would think that receiving a noogie would leave blisters. Ouch.

  28. Comment by Fuzzy | 09.11.2009 | 8:33 am

    Thanks Mike Roadie. I undrestand now.

    This place is great. Where else can one go to get not only entertained but educatded.

    Luv ‘n Stuff
    Fuzzy from the UK

  29. Comment by 100poundsago | 09.11.2009 | 8:46 am

    You should have just showed him your legs, wherein he would have run for cover fearing for his life.

  30. Comment by Kevin M | 09.11.2009 | 8:51 am


    you have joined fatty with the ability to make soda come out of a person’s nose. lol that was an extremely funny post.

    WTG fatty, enjoy the day today.


  31. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 09.11.2009 | 10:24 am

    I saw that picture and, before reading the text, wondered quietly to myself why Hulk Hogan was gripping Stanley Tucci’s head.

    +1, 100poundsago! Those quads are formidable. Does Gary know what he’s in for??

  32. Comment by asmathews | 09.11.2009 | 4:45 pm

    That’s great! :-)

  33. Comment by kentucky joe | 09.11.2009 | 5:04 pm

    oh it is so on


  34. Comment by Claire | 09.11.2009 | 5:24 pm

    so how long have Stanley Tucci and Hulk Hogan been dating?

  35. Comment by Powerful Pete | 09.12.2009 | 2:14 pm

    Who is Hulk Hogan?

    Signed, the culturally un-aware Italian.

  36. Comment by Rob L | 09.12.2009 | 4:03 pm

    What do you get when you add a half nelson to a full nelson???

    Noogie Nelson????

  37. Comment by Rob R. | 11.4.2009 | 11:13 am

    Wow. Awesome!


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