Miscellany and Mysterious Clues

05.13.2011 | 11:59 am

It’s a little-known fact that on Fridays, nobody reads this blog. Nobody. At all.

For a while, I used to write something on Fridays, thinking that people might read it on Saturday, and then I realized that nobody reads this blog on Saturday, either.

Seriously. You are in fact the first and only person who is or will be reading this blog entry.

Which is lucky for you, because I have some interesting tidbits of information, as well as a considerably more-interesting tidbit of non-information, for you and you alone.

201105131120.jpg Tidbit the First: Size Doesn’t Matter After All

On Wednesday, I reminded you that if I don’t get down to my racing weight (158 pounds) by June 3, I’m giving away my still-boxed Superfly 100, along with the (still not-used) Bontrager XXX wheels I bought for this bike.

That’s of course an intriguing possibility for those of you who also would ride a bike with a 17.5″ frame, but for those of you who might need a different size, this contest might seem a little less interesting.


Yesterday I talked with my good friend Travis Ott, and told him about this little problem — i.e., I felt like I was unfairly limiting the people who might want to enter the contest to a certain height.

“Is the bike really still in the box?” Travis asked.

“Yep,” I answered.

“You are a sick puppy,” he replied, having never before witnessed such strange behavior — i.e., buying a dream mountain bike and then letting it set unopened and unused for several months.

“Yep,” I answered, even though Travis had not asked a question.

“OK,” he agreed, “If you lose the contest and have to give up the bike and the winner needs a different size, I’ll trade out for a different size.

So there you go. If what’s been holding you back from this contest is the fact that a 17.5″ Superfly 100 would be too small — or too large — a frame for you, that’s no longer a problem.

Go ahead. Click here for details, and then click here to donate. At the very worst, you’ll have helped LiveStrong with the fight against cancer. And at the best, you’ll get a Superfly 100 MTB, in your size.

Tidbit the Second: You Might Want to Check This Blog Early on Monday

The reason I didn’t post yesterday was because the post I wanted to write started growing and growing and growing. I fell in love with the story I was telling and decided that instead of cutting it short or posting it in two parts, I’d just finish writing it during the weekend and post the whole thing on Monday.

Then, yesterday late afternoon, I got an email that made me — once again — change my plans. Based on the email I received, I have decided to push the post I started yesterday and will finish during the weekend to Tuesday, because I now have a time-sensitive post I need to put up first thing Monday morning.

And by first thing Monday morning, I mean that for real. I’m going to set the auto-post thingy on my blog so that it will publish at 12:01am PT on Monday, at which point I believe it is fair to say that it is truly Monday morning, everywhere in the US.

In case you’re wondering, no, it’s not earth-shattering news about the world of pro (or amateur) cycling. It’s just something really cool and I recommend you read it fairly early in the day on Monday.

Tidbit the Third: Yann and the Awesome Sycip

One thing I have always been irrationally excited about is the amazing fact that when I do bike contests to raise money for the fight against cancer, the winners are (almost) always incredibly excited to have an awesome and beautiful dream bike (and it doesn’t hurt that showing this excitement encourages the companies who have given up their product to support these contests).

Yann, an outrageously good guy, is the latest to be in love with the bike he won: a hand-made bike from Sycip, outfitted with top-notch components from Shimano.

Here’s Yann with his one-of-a-kind beauty:


And it’s definitely worth checking out some of the detail work Sycip did, like the dropout:


And the fork:


And the headtube and downtube:


Nice. Very nice indeed.

In fact, it kinda makes me get all excited to do another bike contest soon.

PS: No, Monday’s post will not be me launching a new bike contest. I just am getting excited to do one soon, that’s all.


  1. Comment by Dale | 05.13.2011 | 12:04 pm

    Sorry to inform you that you are incorrect. I do read this blog on Fridays.

  2. Comment by 1000crashes | 05.13.2011 | 12:05 pm

    Even the cat is in awe of the awesome-ness of the Fight Like Susan on the fork.


  3. Comment by JamesInPhoenix | 05.13.2011 | 12:10 pm

    But if the winner gets the bike in a different size, how are they going to let you ride it when you’re hanging out with them as you’ll be best buds after that?… ah not to worry you’re going to make the weight then build up the bike -I want another live blog session like when you built up your SuperFly Single Speed.

  4. Comment by Herb | 05.13.2011 | 12:14 pm

    Cool, I was one who wouldn’t donate because of the bikes size. Now that changes my plans of not donating to donating.

  5. Comment by CLB | 05.13.2011 | 12:18 pm

    Fatty, I have COMPLETE faith in you, which is why I just entered the contest!

  6. Comment by Dave | 05.13.2011 | 12:20 pm

    Who are all these people posting comments? I thought today’s post was just for me!

  7. Comment by Greg Furry | 05.13.2011 | 12:32 pm

    boy wouldn’t some ice cream and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies taste good right now?

    Sorry but there is a SuperFly on the line here. :-)

  8. Comment by Dan | 05.13.2011 | 12:46 pm

    Ummm…it won’t be Monday in all the US at that point, let alone all the US territories…but who’s counting?

  9. Comment by Dr. Lammler | 05.13.2011 | 12:55 pm

    Very clever of you to post all these fake comment postings.

    It looks look like you have several readers on a Friday.

    Even though you don’t.

  10. Comment by Dave | 05.13.2011 | 12:56 pm

    That SyCip is absolutely gorgeous.

  11. Comment by Scott M | 05.13.2011 | 1:00 pm

    .umm, brauts and beer, umm…

  12. Comment by Elizabeth | 05.13.2011 | 1:17 pm

    Forget Monday, I’m excited about TUESDAY’S post!

  13. Comment by centurion | 05.13.2011 | 1:39 pm

    I have often wondered, well not often but once in a while(sometimes), why you didn’t post on Friday’s. Thanks for considering me, and everybody else, a “nobody”. Thanks a lot.
    BTW have you seen the new triple decker Oreo’s yet? I think you should eat a package, and give us a full report. With ice cream.

  14. Comment by jess f | 05.13.2011 | 1:39 pm

    Long time reader, first time poster…

    You know, I am almost disappointed by the new ‘any size’ amendment, because I was just thinking yesterday that I would enter to win, despite the fact that a guy’s bike is unlikely to fit me, just so I could have the fun of figuring out another fundraiser whereby Fatty could earn back his Superfly 100 MTB. And then I noticed it was a 17.5″, which actually might fit me, so I could be really greedy and just keep it. Now, thanks to this new amendment, I have no dilemma. I am encouraged to be greedy. I will have to figure out some other way to Pay it Forward. Assuming Fatty fails to make his nickname ironic, *and* I win.

    Awesome as always. Thanks Fatty!

  15. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 05.13.2011 | 1:39 pm

    It’s Friday so I didn’t read the post.

  16. Comment by JamesinDallas | 05.13.2011 | 1:44 pm

    17.5 inches = 45 cm. I still don’t know if that fits me…

  17. Comment by NYCCarlos | 05.13.2011 | 1:56 pm

    Fatty, you’ve lost 5.4 pounds this week after gaining 2. You’re ridiculous.

    Also… whoever won the orca and is selling it on ebay… BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  18. Comment by Dave T | 05.13.2011 | 2:18 pm

    What? Our choice of size if we win? And to think I was working so hard to get down to my ideal height for a 17.5 inch bike.

  19. Comment by Doug Porter | 05.13.2011 | 2:55 pm

    Not loving that weight chart. Donated anyway.

  20. Comment by Dan in Sac | 05.13.2011 | 2:57 pm

    I guess I’m Noe Bawdy #19.

    That Sycip looks like it’s trying to float from Yann’s finger tips. Lucky dude and pretty kitty kitty.

  21. Comment by Libby | 05.13.2011 | 3:08 pm

    Read the blog every day! Really enjoy it. I am a cycling-newby, still waiting to get a great bike…so…I do not even know what size I need!! LOL

  22. Comment by yann | 05.13.2011 | 3:10 pm

    yann here, the guy who won that beautiful Sycip. Glad I read today’s post. I have now been put on the spot, in a good way of course. I love the bike. My 2004 Trek 5200 has been gathering dust since I got the sycip. I do owe Fatty a write up on the experience of winning the bike and the selection process. I will work on it this weekend.


  23. Comment by GTM | 05.13.2011 | 4:19 pm

    Now that us 6′7″ MTB riders are supported I am in! btw – You should read “Why we get fat and what to do about it” if you have not already.

  24. Comment by Carrie | 05.13.2011 | 4:27 pm

    I read this blog on Fridays!

  25. Comment by Scott R | 05.13.2011 | 5:05 pm

    Beautiful bike Yann!

  26. Comment by Anonymous | 05.13.2011 | 5:44 pm

    I read the blog Fridays! It’s 7:44 and I am already in my PJ’s….prepping for Ironman 70.3 in Orlando on Sunday!!! Have a great weekend, Fatty! Looking forward to the post Monday!

  27. Comment by Squirrelhead | 05.13.2011 | 7:21 pm

    That Sycip is a sweet bike! While I hope that you achieve your goal I am glad to hear that I can swap the bike for the right size if needed.

  28. Comment by Jacob | 05.13.2011 | 7:48 pm

    Sweet. I’m 6′3″ and would probably need the bigger bike. However, this completely screws up my plans. I’m poor and will be saving up for a good road bike to replace the loaner I currently ride. Because I’m a perfectly irrational person, I’d already planned on selling your bike to finance my asphalt dreams. Now I’ll have to save up and work for my road bike and take up mountain biking too.

  29. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 05.13.2011 | 8:33 pm

    That Sycip is one sexy bike.

  30. Comment by Slowstdy | 05.13.2011 | 10:40 pm

    I’m a double no bawdy, I started reading on Friday, 11:55pm and finished 12:03am on Saturday .. I read every day.. I thought you repeated a lot, disappointed now.

  31. Comment by david | 05.14.2011 | 12:10 am

    it will publish at 12:01am PT on Monday, at which point I believe it is fair to say that it is truly Monday morning, everywhere in the US.
    Ouch, here in Alaska, a state for more than 50 years, we’ll be just getting into bed, Sunday night.

    Sorry for that mistake, David! I can’t believe I’m such an oaf. – FC

  32. Comment by HeidiR | 05.14.2011 | 8:27 am

    I LOVE the detail work on the Sycip!

  33. Comment by cece | 05.14.2011 | 11:38 am

    Fatty! Don’t you know we check in with you EVERY DAY?

  34. Comment by ActionGirl | 05.14.2011 | 11:40 am

    I think it’s a winner is selling the Orca. These contests have grown tiresome.

    Blog, save the contest crap, is still pretty good though.

  35. Comment by roan | 05.14.2011 | 7:14 pm

    I usually only read this blog if I’m at work. On Fridays I’m trying hard to get the work done that I didn’t during the week because…you guessed it…I was reading this blog.
    Hummm…today is Saturday, what gives…I was looking for something neat to read on your blogroll.
    now I’ll go back and read what you had to say on Friday…I just couldn’t get beyond the first sentence with at least piping up.

  36. Comment by Cookster | 05.15.2011 | 6:09 am

    Hi Fatty,

    I am about to pick up a Specialized Roubiax (my first serious roadie) and am doing a 200km ride for ConquerCancer.org.au in august.
    Is it cool your way coco with marshmellows and warm muffins i here are pretty good. I would love to replace my old ‘97 bianchi mountain bike.
    Keep up the posts.

  37. Comment by Kupe | 05.15.2011 | 8:26 am

    How about us Sunday readers who don’t get a chance to read the blog on Friday, Nice to see stuff show up over the weekend.

    I need to go back and look at the rules

  38. Comment by Derek ence | 05.15.2011 | 10:33 am

    Keep it up fatty. You are looking good, your weight stats that is. Watch what you eat today. Sundays are my down fall.

  39. Comment by MrDaveyGie | 05.15.2011 | 7:02 pm

    Dear Fatty,
    Not true. I once read your blog on Friday. :-)

  40. Comment by Chris From Oz | 05.15.2011 | 10:23 pm

    Its been Monday for almost 14 hours now, come on already!

  41. Comment by zach in a cubicle | 05.16.2011 | 8:20 am

    “or too large — a frame for you, that’s no longer a problem.”

    Ha Ha Ha.. your always so funny…. no seriously people shorter than you read this blog?

  42. Comment by Jesse Hedges | 05.16.2011 | 9:38 am

    This is still bad news for those of us with a 28″ inseam who will never be able to (comfortably/safely) ride a 29er. However, in the event that I win, would you mind horribly if I traded it for a Top Fuel 9.8 or Elite 9.7?


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