I Look Just Like Buddy Holly

01.18.2010 | 9:54 am

It’s been quite a weekend. For one thing, The Runner and I went to St. George to pre-ride the bike course and pre-run the marathon course for her upcoming Ironman.

That is a story worth telling, and I plan to, tomorrow.

Today, however, I want to talk about something that was waiting for us in St. George when we arrived (yes, I had the Twin Six guys overnight a couple of them to my hotel): our new Fat Cyclist Wool Trainers. Check it out:

Front view


Back view

Don’t think of this as a jersey. It’s a warm, soft, fairly thick, and incredibly comfortable sweater.

Here are a couple of detail images:

The logo is like an embroidered patch, chain-stitched on.

The “Win” text is stitched directly onto the trainer.

I love mine, and have basically been wearing it everywhere and all the time since I got it Friday night. Sure, that’s only two days, but I think the pattern will hold.

Also, I’m pretty sure it’s casual enough to wear when you ride to a coffee shop, though I’m not much of one for hanging out at coffee shops. If you get one and find yourself wearing it at a coffee shop, please let me know how that worked out.

It’s also formal enough to wear to the next showing of the Phantom of the Opera. Which I highly recommend (I highly recommend wearing the sweater I mean, not going to Phantom of the Opera).

Here’s The Runner and me, in a very full parking lot across the street from the Ironman marathon staging area, shortly after pre-running the course:


Check us out. I look just like Buddy Holly (and she’s Mary Tyler Moore).

201001180850.jpgBy the way, I took a couple of photos of us, and found — to my amazement — that when combined they make an awesome animation of us dancing (presumably to “Buddy Holly”).

I call it “The Dance of the Disappearing and Reolocating Sunglasses.”

You know why we’re so happy in these photos? Well, I’d say we have different reasons. Such as:

Her reasons:

  • She now has a good understanding of both the riding and running course for the Ironman, and has very high confidence that she’ll be able to complete the race.
  • She has been on a nice, relaxing, easy-distance (13 miles or so) run, which is an excellent warmup for the weight-lifting routine she’ll do later that afternoon, followed by 90 minutes of yoga.
  • She is wearing an attractive and comfortable sweater.

My reasons:

  • I am still alive, even though I’ve just run yet another half-marathon that has left me so exhausted that I must hang on to The Runner to remain upright.
  • I am wearing a comfortable and attractive sweater.
  • I am about to eat my weight in hamburger and french fries.

Not so different, really.

How to Get a Fat Cyclist Trainer

The Fat Cyclist Trainers are in stock and ready to ship now. They are sized so you should order them in the same size you’d order a Twin Six jersey. In the photo above, I’m wearing a Medium one; The Runner is wearing a Small.

You should know, however, that Twin Six ordered a very small number of these — around 100 or so (and I’ve already got two of them). And when they’re gone, they’re gone. So if you’d like one, you should probably order it now.

PS: For those of you who have last year’s Fat Cyclist Woolie pullover jersey (and for those of you who don’t, too), some comparisons might be helpful:

  • The old Woolie was a pullover, the new Trainer is a full-zip.
  • The old Woolie had 3 pockets in the back, the new trainer has no pockets at all.
  • The old Woolie is a much thinner knit than the new Trainer. The Woolie felt like a nice long-sleeved jersey; the Trainer feels like a warm, comfortable lightweight sweater.
  • You really should order the Trainer in the same size you order Twin Six jerseys. A Medium Twin Six jersey fits me snugly; a Medium Trainer fits me comfortably and loosely over a shirt.


  1. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 01.18.2010 | 10:06 am


  2. Comment by Randoboy | 01.18.2010 | 10:37 am

    Wow. I had planned to order a sweater, but the peripheral dissonance of The Dance of the Disappearing and Relocating Sunglasses has put me into an epileptic coma. Thanks for nothing, Fatty!

  3. Comment by Grayduncs | 01.18.2010 | 10:47 am

    I hate to be the one to mention this, but your dancing seems to consist of a series of aggressive pelvic thrusts. Is this suitable on a family blog? Is this a family blog?

  4. Comment by @PeckishCyclist | 01.18.2010 | 10:54 am

    Cozy. If they’re anything like the FC wool jersey I’ve got (and presumably they are), I’m ordering 98.

  5. Comment by Guy Collier | 01.18.2010 | 10:57 am

    It’s great to read about the new kit.

    But, and there’s a but.

    I’ve emailed you, tweeted you, and asked here. So I’ll ask again.

    Can those of us outside of the US buy the Fatty kit and have it shipped?

    C’mon Fatty – it’s not a tricky question. Throw me a bone.

    I am terrible about answering questions; sorry! The answer is yes, you can order outside the US. Twin Six does it all the time. – FC

  6. Comment by Rantwick | 01.18.2010 | 10:57 am

    While looking at that animated dance of yours it helps to sing. “oooh weee oooh I look just like…

    Nice One.

  7. Comment by Marla Gnarla | 01.18.2010 | 11:00 am

    That sweater kicks butt!!

  8. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.18.2010 | 11:02 am

    I’m mesmerized by the animation. It makes Runner’s legs look like they’re doing some motion that’s physically/anatomically impossible.

  9. Comment by Mike P | 01.18.2010 | 11:06 am

    Awesome sweater! I wanted a casual-wear type of zip-up with the FC logo on it for a while. $190… does it come with an Assos T-shirt?

  10. Comment by Grizzly Adam | 01.18.2010 | 11:09 am

    Is The Runner Mary Tyler Moore?

    Why as a matter of fact she is, and she should know it. With each glance and every little movement, she shows it. – FC

  11. Comment by Grizzly Adam | 01.18.2010 | 11:16 am

    Ah crap. I missed your parenthetical acknowledgment of my question. But you know what, I can’t run and I can’t kick, and after staring at the animation for far too long, my wife asked me “what’s the matter babe, are you feeling sick?”

  12. Comment by Carl | 01.18.2010 | 11:17 am

    I’ve placed my order… I went one size bigger than my Twin Six jerseys… looks like something you’d want to wear to be comfy more so than form fitting. But you must be at your smallest Fatty, because that medium doesn’t look the least bit tight on you.

  13. Comment by Clydesteve | 01.18.2010 | 11:24 am

    The animation is SO SO selling me on the sweater. My T-6 woolie is apullover. Iam I correct in seeing a full front zipper?

    I actually laughed out loud at that.

    It is in fact a full-front zipper. Also, note that the Trainer is much thicker than the Fatty Woolie pullover from last year. And also, the Trainer does not have pockets (front, back, or anywhere). – FC

  14. Comment by skippy | 01.18.2010 | 11:26 am

    FATTY thev whole world listens to you!

    the Haiti situation is dire but going even further downhill,FAST!!

    Ask your Senator&Representative & YOUR MEDIA to have the military act NOW!!

    People saved from the ruins last week are now dying of gangrene! NO MEDICAL SUPPLIES & NO DOCTORS!!

    The troops are there so the security will guarantee no repeat of the GUPTA/CNN story from last friday!

    there are aircraft with rollon/rolloff equipment that can paraschute in the supplies to cleared areas where the troops can distribute the food,water and medicines!

    read my blog http://www.parrabuddy.blogspot.com see what i proposed last wednesday and not yet implemented! the blog is being read but @thejointstaff needs the Senate and the House KICKING BUTT to get the people fed and lives saved!

    PRESIDENT OBAMA gave the military a job to do and they only have to look at D DAY & BERLIN AIRLIFT to see what has to be done! it was done then why not now!

    THE FAT TEAM can make a difference, use your team to talk to their politicians and get those who were injured back on their feet instead of into landfill!

  15. Comment by Yvette | 01.18.2010 | 11:33 am

    Is anyone else sick of Skippy spamming Fatty’s comment section?

  16. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.18.2010 | 11:35 am

    Grizzly: Excellent Weezer tie-in.

  17. Comment by NYCCarlos | 01.18.2010 | 11:46 am

    @Yvette… Yep!

  18. Comment by Boomer | 01.18.2010 | 11:47 am

    Nice sweater.

    Who are buddy holly and mary tyler moore?

  19. Comment by Sasha | 01.18.2010 | 11:56 am

    Yvette – yes. I’m tired of Skippy and negative posters. They make me want to throw a temper tantrum (not pretty). The situation in Haiti is dire, but this is not the place to draw attention to it. There are scads of other organizations taking this on. Leave Fatty to do what he does best.

    BTW Fatty, we leave for Hawaii in 3 days! :) So excited. My hubby is driving 4 hours (roundtrip) to pick up a road bike he is borrowing so he can bike with me. Very excited about doing some warm weather riding. You, the Runner, and your collective kids (heck throw in your sister and her daughter too!) should book tickets and go! It’s a great way to get over Winter BAD.

    Also, THANK YOU for the post. I was going into severe Fatty withdrawals. The blogging only 3x a week is going to be very, very hard to get used to. For a book or two or three, it’s worth it! :)

    PS Nice sweater. :) Weird sunglasses dance. I think I’m a little frightened.

  20. Comment by AngieG | 01.18.2010 | 12:16 pm

    Yvette- Yep I am not happy with Skippy. If I wanted to read his blog, he would be saved on my favs. I too agree that FC needs to remain focused on is core topics, cycling and our common dislike/hatred of cancer.
    FC love the woolie!!! I will order one just to have it in my closet. Good luck to the Runner on her Ironman. I am totally impressed with her goals. I found cycling when I trained for a sprint with my daugher (my own mid life thing). I died but the positive was I found cycling. YEAH me!!!!
    Please ask the Runner to post a little too. I would love a pre Ironman and Post Ironman post from her. She’s gotta be AMAZINGLY AWESOME if shes with FC!!!!

  21. Comment by theAngusT | 01.18.2010 | 12:25 pm

    Yvette – I agree totally.

    This is not the place for that, as AngieG says, if I want to read that Blog I’ll go see. Stop hijacking The FC – -please!

  22. Comment by Kalli@Fitandfortysomething | 01.18.2010 | 12:33 pm

    that jacket looks so nice! very cool……

  23. Comment by Nick | 01.18.2010 | 12:41 pm

    Agreed about Skippy. So it looks like you have come to the decision to run 13.1 miles in jeans huh? Jean skiing just too easy for you? With actual running clothes and this whole marathon thing will be automatic.

  24. Comment by Joel P. | 01.18.2010 | 1:36 pm

    The wool trainer looks awesome. Will Twin Six be restocking the Team Fatty and Win T’s for us members of the Procrastinators Guild of America. As usual I waited to long.
    Joel P.
    P.S. Good luck to the Runner in her marathon.

  25. Comment by Jeff | 01.18.2010 | 2:05 pm

    So…you can ride a century, a week after killing yourself, but a half-marathon leaves you “so exhausted that I must hang on to The Runner to remain upright.”

    Something tells me that’s just your excuse to hold onto The Runner.

  26. Comment by Charise | 01.18.2010 | 2:17 pm

    FYI, the dance looks remarkably like an “I have to pee” dance.

  27. Comment by Marilyn | 01.18.2010 | 2:40 pm

    I saw them yesterday on the twin six site and they look very nice. I just need to hit the lottery to keep up with my cycling addiction.

  28. Comment by Dan | 01.18.2010 | 3:07 pm

    $190? I’ll pass.

  29. Comment by Mike Roadie | 01.18.2010 | 3:27 pm

    Ban Skippy (not the peanut butter, however, just the poster)!

    I don’t care what they think about you, anyway, I don’t care about that!

    Sweater? Florida? Sweater? Florida? How about lightweight rain jacket?


  30. Comment by Turt99 | 01.18.2010 | 3:35 pm

    The problem with the skippy spam is that most of the time I don’t look at the posters name untill I’ve read the post, and a few times I’ve clicked the link because I couldn’t figure out what the heck he was talking about, I don’t understand his site either.

    But my point is that I’m sure it works great for getting traffic, thousands are reading this blog so if even a couple people click the link he gets some traffic.

  31. Comment by blinddrew | 01.18.2010 | 3:58 pm

    I think fatty exaggerates his tiredness! Possibly for the ulterior motives that Jeff suggests.
    Thing is Fatty, if you’ve done two half marathons in training and you have the lungs for century rides here there and everywhere (not to mention a day with the pros on a training camp!) then you’ll cruise the marathon. Bet you $20 (to pick up on your earlier blog)

  32. Comment by bikemike | 01.18.2010 | 4:37 pm

    sweater on the ground
    sweater on the ground
    lookin’ like a fool with your
    sweater on the ground

  33. Comment by Erin | 01.18.2010 | 4:41 pm

    $190 is well out of my price range, so this comment is mostly point of principle but: I don’t think many women with… womanly shapes are interested in “unisex” sizing. It’s not unisex, it’s mansex (heh) and it doesn’t fit. At all. If I buy a large enough size to fit my chest I’m left with bulky rolls of fabric around my waist. It’s neither flattering nor particularly comfortable. Which is a shame, as T6’s women’s jerseys do fit: they fit very well.

    Anyway, it’s purdy.

  34. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 01.18.2010 | 5:47 pm

    Stunning! And I’m super impressed with your mileage. And really impressed that the Runner is doing an Ironman in winter – in a wintery place. Brr.

  35. Comment by Scott R | 01.18.2010 | 5:47 pm

    Would love to own one, but it would have to be half the price to consider it – I’ll just have to try and remain endearing in my Team Fatty/Win tees.

  36. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 01.18.2010 | 8:42 pm

    While I am the proud owner and wearer of much of the high fashion Twin Six coiture in both pink and peanut butter colour, I must respectfully decline.

    It’s not that this is in any way a fashion faux pas. Far from it. It’s got more to do with the fact that our overnight minimum temperature here hasn’t dropped below 65F for about 8 weeks.

    But you enjoy all that snow while I enjoy all this beer while watching the Tour Down Under in my shorts.

  37. Comment by Weiland | 01.18.2010 | 9:08 pm

    You’d think for $190 there’d be a pocket. Shoot for $190 there should be a hidden pocket on the inside for your money clip.

  38. Comment by Clydesteve | 01.18.2010 | 10:34 pm

    Charise – Yep, it totally looks like the potty dance. I noted that, but was not going to mention it. But since you did…

  39. Comment by ricky | 01.18.2010 | 11:11 pm

    i’ve been staring at that animation since 2:30pm. i think i can wiggle my ears now. in fact, i can wiggle my ears and sing buddy holly at the same time.

  40. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 01.18.2010 | 11:41 pm

    Big Mike there is a tour down under going on in your shorts?? We’ve got one here in Adelaide too.

  41. Comment by Sara | 01.18.2010 | 11:44 pm

    Hilarious! In our house we call that the “potty dance”!

  42. Comment by Joe P | 01.19.2010 | 12:14 am

    Holy pull out your credit card, Batman!

  43. Comment by Matthew | 01.19.2010 | 2:46 am

    It is indeed a nice looking sweater. I would buy it except that I have already set aside “disposable” cash for a new kit (jersey, bibs, gloves, couple of pairs of socks).

    Oh, and I also concur with the popular sentiment regarding the peanut butter spammer; this is not the place.

  44. Comment by CK | 01.19.2010 | 7:07 am

    Does anyone else get the impression that Skippy has been kicked out of all his Linked in groups so he’s now roaming the internet looking for people to listen to him?

    Seriously man, go outside, go for a walk, say a prayer do something other than trying to leech off a group that clearly has no problems giving.

  45. Comment by Jenni | 01.19.2010 | 8:10 am

    $190 makes me feel like I’m being hosed. Absolutely positively no way.

  46. Comment by Mike E | 01.19.2010 | 8:11 am

    Re: Guy Collier’s question.

    Mate I’ve ordered 3 things from Twin six (two fatty t’s not to mention) and all of them have been really quick and reliable to boot. To be honest I might go as far to say its one of the best international shipping I’ve come across (I’m in the UK by the way).

    Now, Fatty my question. Why only 100? You know its going to sell out so please add a few more thousand (yeah i think its a realistic figure) next time! That top looks absolutely perfect!


  47. Comment by road divit | 01.19.2010 | 8:16 am

    I know it’s winter but don’t use The Runner and wooly in the same sentence.

  48. Comment by DannyBoy | 01.19.2010 | 11:46 am

    Next time you are in the George you have to eat at the Bear Paw for breakfast. You will have to go for a long ride to work off the Buscuits & Gravy.

  49. Comment by Allan | 01.19.2010 | 11:53 am

    I don’t agree with the hysterical tone or sweep of Skippy’s post. However, the subject is a bit relevant here, due to the fact that Lance Armstrong has pledged $250K to Haiti through the Livestrong Foundation, an organization near and dear to FC fans.

  50. Comment by Clydesteve | 01.19.2010 | 2:31 pm

    Skippy? Is that you, Hal?

    This is Dave. I am going to turn you off now, Hal.

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  52. Comment by Silverbackwino | 01.25.2010 | 6:20 am

    Weezer lyric = Approved!


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