I’ve Been Articled and Podcastified

11.2.2009 | 11:46 am

If you get Bicycling Magazine , you might have seen that they have a really nice story about my family and me in the December issue. Click either of the images below to see a larger, more legible version of that page:

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You can see that my teenage sons love being photographed.

Well, to go along with that article, Bicycling did an interview with me for their weekly podcast. So if you’ve ever wondered what I sound like or how much I stammer, now’s your chance to find out. Hint: it’s a lot.

I should point out that between this article and podcast, this is the third time Bicycling has done a real favor to me (the first time was when they put the Fat Cyclist jersey on the cover, the second time was when they talked about the jersey in the editorial page).

I hereby declare Bicycling a Friend of Fatty for life.

PS: I know I said I’d talk about Movember today, but I honestly haven’t taken the time to get things organized. Mea culpa. Soon, I promise.


  1. Comment by MattC | 11.2.2009 | 11:53 am

    I just got my Dec edition of Bicycling when I got back from Austin…it was (is) a very nicely done article.

    And so…in case you forget….pics of Capt. Duct Tape??? Please?? I can only speak for myself..but I’d love to see that.

    Hope you had a nice Halloween…we were swamped..it was awesome!

    Captain Duct Tape never made an appearance. Mr. Teenager in Jeans and a Sweatshirt showed up in his place. – FC

  2. Comment by NW | 11.2.2009 | 11:58 am

    Very nice. :)

  3. Comment by sandy | 11.2.2009 | 12:08 pm

    IMO you should be a regular contributor to that magazine. Are you reading this Bicycling Magazine?????
    Get Fatty on board!

  4. Comment by sarah | 11.2.2009 | 12:10 pm

    thanks for sharing the lovely article, fatty.

  5. Comment by Tracie | 11.2.2009 | 12:11 pm

    Wonderful article…my 17 year old son has the same expression on his face for pictures…it’s the age thing I guess..but the girls look great..your doing a great job!!

  6. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 11.2.2009 | 12:11 pm

    That’s awesome! I can’t wait for my very own copy of the Fat Cyclist Bicycling article to arrive in my mailbox!

  7. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 11.2.2009 | 12:14 pm

    Wow, nice work. My kids would have done the bunny ears on me if we were to take a picture like that.

  8. Comment by bikecopVT | 11.2.2009 | 12:17 pm

    Where oh where is my December issue of Bicycling Mr. Postman. Cant wait for the write up on Pearl Izumi Man either.

    Fight Like Susan!

  9. Comment by plum | 11.2.2009 | 12:22 pm

    Kickass article Elden. You should be proud of that.

  10. Comment by Nancy | 11.2.2009 | 12:23 pm

    A very nice article and OH…a plug for carbo rocket?

  11. Comment by Eric | 11.2.2009 | 12:24 pm

    Read the article over the weekend. I think they forgot to mention that you are a very humble, all-around nice guy.

    $1,000,000 total for Team Fatty in 2010? I think that’s a good goal.

  12. Comment by Swami Wheelo | 11.2.2009 | 12:25 pm

    I was happily gob-struck when I saw the article in my new issue. I wrote to them after the 100 Miles to Nowhere Race asking them to do a piece about you.

    Glad Bicycling is a friend of Fatty. Sorry to hear about the disappearance of Captain Duct Tape, I was looking forward to pix.

    NOVEMBER AT LAST!!!… Anticipation of arriving Fatty jersey from Twin-Six has me running home to the mailbox like a ten year old. I seriously can’t wait.

  13. Comment by geckonia | 11.2.2009 | 12:30 pm

    Fantastic article Fatty! You and your family inspire me everyday… Cheers!

  14. Comment by Paula | 11.2.2009 | 12:31 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I started reading at my dentists office 2 weeks ago and the fact that I never got to finish was driving me nuts.

  15. Comment by rich | 11.2.2009 | 12:32 pm

    yep, saw the article this weekend when I got my issue….nicely done….

  16. Comment by Jenny-Jenny | 11.2.2009 | 12:37 pm

    Lookin good!

  17. Comment by bike girl | 11.2.2009 | 12:38 pm

    I can’t believe I missed out on pre-ordering a jersey. I regret it every time I read the blog. Which is every day. Sigh.

  18. Comment by bobbie | 11.2.2009 | 12:39 pm

    Awesome article, but then you and your family are the same…

  19. Comment by Bruuks | 11.2.2009 | 12:48 pm

    And a bonus article by BSNYC, which is great, as he seems to be on a burrito induced vacation and I didn’t expect to hear from him for some time.

  20. Comment by Jim | 11.2.2009 | 12:51 pm

    Well, that’s typical of Bicycling Magazine, to keep running stories on the same thing over and over again…

  21. Comment by dug | 11.2.2009 | 12:54 pm

    for this i made up all those stories about you?

    well, at least my middle finger got a mention.

  22. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 11.2.2009 | 12:56 pm

    My Movember has already started my man -

  23. Comment by MattC | 11.2.2009 | 1:05 pm

    Oh…and my yearly gripe…the stupid time change. I always DREAD this period (where it’s dark when I go in AND when I get off work…or very nearly dark anyway). Sure…I can (and do) use lights to ride…but shouldn’t we be changing time the OTHER direction?? Who cares if it’s dark till 9am or so. I figure all the kids walking to school can get by in the dark…they are pretty nimble and quick…(and heal fast too…enjoy that little perk while it lasts kids!) Shouldn’t the working taxpayers get some love here? Who do I write to to remedy this? Surely not our gov (Congress)…they can’t agree if the sun is out or not, let-alone FIX anything…(sorry..got a teensy bit political there). We should change time so that it’s light until at least 7pm year round. If I were in charge…that’s what we would have. (and btw: part B of my plan is that bike parts are tax deductible). I’ll let ya’ll know when I run for office.

  24. Comment by Meghan Rachelle | 11.2.2009 | 1:11 pm

    That’s a very touching article. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Comment by Jaime O. | 11.2.2009 | 1:16 pm

    I DID notice the kids were mostly less than thrilled to have their picture taken in what I can only imagine was a chilly, poke-y field of grass with their dad (as they are approaching the age that dad quite possibly may be a little bit of a dufus when what they don’t realize is that he’s a dufus HIPSTER, which is a whole other kind of cool – it takes a little work to brainwash them into the dufus hipster concept). 1.5 of the kids seem to not mind. Your children are photogenic in spite of their lack of enthusiasm. My niece looks like a terrible blender of all the wrong genes every time a picture is taken (not to mention a social train wreck with the look-at-how-flexible-my-face-is “smiles”). I just don’t show anyone her pictures.

  26. Comment by Kali Durga | 11.2.2009 | 1:19 pm

    Great article and a terrific photo of you and the kids, Fatty. And you and Bike Snob just look so right laid out next to each other on the same page. That should be a permanent thing.

  27. Comment by Bill | 11.2.2009 | 1:29 pm

    Love the article and it is topped off by Snob being on the 2nd page – too funny. Fatty and Snobby in the same magazine on the same page!

    May you and your family continue to receive God’s grace through this difficult time.


  28. Comment by brian chasm | 11.2.2009 | 1:41 pm

    you frequently put things in perspective for me. thanks for everything.

  29. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.2.2009 | 2:04 pm

    Fatty – Column idea for you, although this might require a colabo with BSNYC:

    Should not someone mercilessly rip the models, clothing, article and magazine for the “Lycra-Free Cycling Clothing” spread.

    Are those zombies or hipsters they used for models? In any case I want to stay away from them and the clothing they wear, and the places they go. And the boys makeup stores.

  30. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.2.2009 | 2:22 pm

    That is a very nice article. You must have had a little celebrity moment there, when you signed yourself up for the Great Divide Race… :-)

  31. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 11.2.2009 | 2:25 pm

    Clydesteve, great idea. The first thing I thought when I flipped through that “spread” was “eeeeww” and then “normal people don’t look like that” followed shortly thereafter by “I wonder what this would look like with normal people and normal clothes”.

  32. Comment by Heather | 11.2.2009 | 2:44 pm

    I don’t get the magazine…but I’ll definitely pick a copy of this issue. Looks like a great article. Thanks for continuing to inspire me and so many others…and a great picture of you and your children. Sorry to hear Captain Duct Tape didn’t make it out on Halloween…was looking forward to seeing that… :)

  33. Comment by Luke S | 11.2.2009 | 2:48 pm

    Just FYI, there is a facebook group for Movember. It can be found at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=167492324682&ref=nf

  34. Comment by Joel P. | 11.2.2009 | 2:56 pm

    Read the article this past weekend, very nice. Just finished listening to the podcast. HHHarrdly nnnoticcedd the ssstammmerrring. Any friend of Fatty’s for life is a friend of mine.
    Joel P.
    PS MattC for president.

  35. Comment by gus | 11.2.2009 | 3:43 pm

    Rock on Brother. This article was the best!! I normally don’t go for Techno-Porn, but I may just get an e-subscription to Bicycling now!! Hug your kids, even the boys, and keep fighting.

  36. Comment by gus | 11.2.2009 | 3:47 pm

    P.S. My Movember started 40 years ago, when I was 13. Except for Basic Training, I have had a “Mo” the entire time. It is also my birth month!!

  37. Comment by Susan Helene Gottfried | 11.2.2009 | 3:47 pm

    LOVED the article; it was a pleasant surprise last week. As for Movemeber? We’re on it over here; just did a Tour de Neighbors with the nine-year-old.

  38. Comment by JJ | 11.2.2009 | 3:59 pm

    Hey Elden.

    I had recently picked up the mag and had read the article the day before my Austin LiveStrong ride. Your note at the end is priceless advice.

    Hope to get to chat with you next austin livestrong.


  39. Comment by Claire | 11.2.2009 | 5:56 pm

    Great article and podcast!!

    For what it’s worth I am one of the “other non cycling” type of readers and I am still hooked even if you do talk about gear ratios It’s educational.

    A couple of guys in line behind me at Starbucks the other week were having a deep in depth conversation about a new rigid SS that one of them bought. I had to resist the urge to turn around and tell them that I new exactly what that was and ask them what kind they bought….so as not to look like a random crazy lady :)

    You guys even tempt me to get on a bike more often than a couple of times a year.

  40. Comment by Triflefat | 11.2.2009 | 6:04 pm

    Is it just me, or are all these comments mostly very nice and positive? (Well, maybe except for dug’s and even that was a slap with a ticklish feather)

    Where are Botched Experiment and Uncle Al Maviva? Let’s inject a bit of their left-field perspective on the days proceedings.

    Come back Al and Botched. We miss you. All is forgiven

  41. Comment by Marilyn | 11.2.2009 | 6:05 pm

    When was the Fatty Jersey on the cover of the magazine? Were you the one sporting it as only you can??

    Never have I been excited about november getting here but knowing I have a new jersey and vest coming makes it good. Just hope the weather holds out to show them off. Great article!!!

    I like your idea Mattc for keeping it light till at least 7. Thank goodness I am self-employed and can excape and ride during the day other wise I would have to be committed.

  42. Comment by cheapie | 11.2.2009 | 7:20 pm

    dude…you were way better on the podcast than you led us to believe. did a great job articulating why you started the blog and how important the fight against cancer is for you. great job.

  43. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 11.2.2009 | 7:25 pm

    Lovely story!

  44. Comment by Stephanie | 11.2.2009 | 7:25 pm

    LOL @ Jim!

  45. Comment by Lindsey | 11.2.2009 | 7:27 pm

    I thought the interview was awesome. I heard the same number of “uh’s” come out of both of you;)

  46. Comment by kentucky joe | 11.2.2009 | 7:55 pm

    great article, and MattC, let me now when you run because I am voting for you and your time change policy and bike parts/riding gear tax dedcutions

  47. Comment by bubba seadog | 11.2.2009 | 8:07 pm

    very nice article about a very nice guy. your familys crusade to fight cancer together with the terrible blight that had befallen yours has made the world a better place.we who read and subscribe to the blog hold you in very high esteem. some day in some way we all will beat down cancer. fight like susan…;

  48. Comment by BamaJim | 11.2.2009 | 8:23 pm

    It was a great article. Probably the only thing my wife has ever read in Bicycling. (And I’m glad I’m not the only one that thought the non lycra clothing article was creepy)

  49. Comment by megan | 11.2.2009 | 8:23 pm

    You’re American! I don’t know why this always surprises me when I hear the accent of people who I’ve been reading for a while – I guess in my head everyone is Australian.

  50. Comment by joesaintjohn | 11.2.2009 | 8:28 pm

    When I got back from Austin, I searched and searched for a Team Fatty to register for Movember. There wasn’t one, so I started it. The team is growing rapidly. Grow your MOs, Bros. You can register here:


  51. Comment by Lisa | 11.2.2009 | 8:51 pm


    I went to the Movember site cause as a chick with a little fuzzy mo I wax off every month, I was willing to sign up and let go of my vanity in support of the cause, but , alas, no check box for a woman willing to get ugly for the cause! :)

  52. Comment by Mike | 11.2.2009 | 8:59 pm

    Hey fatty, great article indeed. I’d agree with those thinking Bicycling could regularly feature you!

  53. Comment by joesaintjohn | 11.2.2009 | 10:18 pm


    If you sign up as a MoSista and let that fuzzy little lip grow-grow-grow, you are destined to become a Movember demigod. In fact, I will personally build a MoShrine to your legendary lip. And, all of us men, with our mustachioed machismo, will be thoroughly humbled. Please, grab the banner, raise the flag, and join us for this MOst awesome cause.


  54. Comment by Anonymous | 11.2.2009 | 11:10 pm

    I was in the doctor’s office today and noticed a Bicycling Mag on the table … I eagerly picked it up, hoping to read the aforementioned article. Alas, it was not the right edition … It looks like I’ll have to wait until next year’s annual physical to catch the current issue.

  55. Comment by Sheri J | 11.3.2009 | 12:59 am

    Thank you so much for posting this Fatty!

  56. Comment by Lisa | 11.3.2009 | 9:10 am


    Consider it done. I think because I wrote that last night that I had a dream that I was sitting at a table outdoors at a restaurant reading my book and Lance with Anna and some of his folks were sitting at the other table. I take that to mean that I am with you all in spirit.

    Or that I have been reading too much FC.

    Thanks for the invitation but I’ll pass on the demigod. I’ve just had it with cancer after going through the journey of Hodgkins Large T Cell Lymphoma with a close friend from May through now and seeing what it did to his young self and wife, not even 30 years old.

    I believe what @drew said on his website yesterday that thoughts and actions DO count.

    Thanks for what your doing.
    And thanks to Elden for this platform and meeting ground.

  57. Comment by NYCCarlos | 11.3.2009 | 11:33 am

    Proud Team Fatty member for MOVEMBER! :)

  58. Comment by Me (still Kenny's neice) | 11.3.2009 | 4:11 pm

    Your boys are taller than you. How does that make you feel?

    It makes me feel relieved. I’m cool with my shortness at this point, but there was a time when I was not. I’m glad that’s one thing they don’t have to deal with. For what it’s worth, on Susan’s side, their grandfather and great-grandfather were both 6′4″. So it may be that they’ll be much, much taller than me. – FC

  59. Comment by geraldatwork | 11.4.2009 | 7:18 am

    Congrats. It was a great article about a wonderful family. Also interesting the 2nd page was next to the Bike Snob.

  60. Comment by TimOD | 11.4.2009 | 7:27 am

    Ha Elden,
    When you get round to talking about Movember
    you mention this fine crew.

  61. Comment by Laurel (aka Lily) | 11.5.2009 | 9:38 am

    Haven’t been by in a long time. Great article and I’m so very glad that you and your family are sorting through life. Keep up the great work.

  62. Comment by Ron | 11.5.2009 | 11:23 am

    I saw the article and noticed it was right before BikeSnobNYC’s column and thought–bet Fatty’s pumped that he got 3x the space that BikeSnobNYC got. I was certainly proud.

  63. Comment by Jennie | 11.6.2009 | 3:24 pm

    A friend of mine said that he would grow out a mustache for me. We’ll see how it goes.

    I think I may need to wait and register only once I have proof there’s a mustache attempt underway.

    Do I get extra points if I can get him to dye it pink?

  64. Comment by lyndap | 11.8.2009 | 5:53 pm

    Very cool! Keep on pedal’in.

  65. Comment by Heidi | 11.8.2009 | 7:56 pm

    I really enjoyed listening to the podcast!


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