As I get older (I’m 45 as of last month, thanks for asking), I find myself trying to be more refined. Classier. I think of what the high road might be in a given situation, and then I try to take that road.
Sadly, in all ways, I have failed at this endeavor.
No, wait. All ways except one. For this year, the Fat Cyclist jersey is — by a leap, a bound, and then a click-of-the-heels — the classiest jersey one could possibly own without removing the “FATCYCLIST” part.
Which, by the way, is something the Twin Six guys proposed. “Hey,” they said, “We think your jersey would be more awesome if we put pretty much any text other than ‘FATCYCLIST’ across the front.”
Which, as you might expect, made me start to cry.
By the way, I just made up that whole part about Twin Six proposing removing “FATCYCLIST” from the Fat Cyclist jersey. And the part about making me cry.
Oh, am I rambling? Sorry about that. This is no time to ramble; this is a time to reveal and pitch the . . . 2012 Fat Cyclist Collection!
The Fat Cyclist jersey — available in both Men’s Cut and Women’s Cut — is what all other items in the Fat Cyclist Collection (for some odd reason, I suddenly find myself calling this a “collection” instead of “gear.” Weird.) are designed around. They’re what everything else matches, goes with, complements, and basically emulates. And stuff. So let’s take a look at the cornerstone (capstone? touchstone? I don’t know) of the 2012 Fat Cyclist line. First, the mens’ front:
And now, back:
This year, I didn’t want people to have to choose between the orange and pink designs, and I didn’t want gender to make that choice for them. I just wanted the Fat Cyclist jersey to look snazzy, and I wanted the FIGHT LIKE SUSAN collar to be pink, and the WIN text to be pink as well as visible to everyone.
Of course, the cut itself is different for men’s and women’s jerseys. See if you can spot the difference in the women’s cut, front view:
Am I the only one who gets just a little bit turned on by the shape of women’s-cut jerseys? Please tell me I’m not the only one.
For those of you who care and were about to ask, the zipper (both men’s and women’s cuts) is 3/4 this year, and for very good reason: zippers can be full-length, or they can be hidden. In order to not have a zipper visibly bisecting the design and text on the front of the jersey, the zipper’s gotta be 3/4-length. Make sense? Of course it does.
Pre-order them now from Twin Six:
You do wear bibs on all your rides, don’t you? Of course you do. And if you don’t, now’s a good time to start. And here’s the thing: these shorts have got the orange and white stripes to go perfectly with your jersey, but they’re also primarily black, so they’ll go with your other jerseys (if, for some sad, sad reason, you happen to have jerseys that are not Fat Cyclist jerseys).
Plus, they put the words “Team Fatty” right on your butt. Which other people might find hilarious, until you tear their legs off in the climbs.
The design is the same for Women’s and Men’s; but of course — wisely — the cut is not. Choose your gender, then pre-order your bib shorts from Twin Six:
Long Sleeve Jerseys: Men’s and Women’s
Oh sure, it’s a 92 degrees at 3:00am right now, but just you wait. Soon the kids will be going back to school (thank goodness!) and the mornings will be getting cooler (thank even more goodness!). And then, before you know it, it won’t be just the mornings that are cool. It will be the whole day.
It’ll be Autumn, the best season of the year for riding . . . provided you’ve got yourself a nice, warm, thermal long-sleeve jersey.
And here’s the back:
I have the 2011 version of this jersey and love it. I use it not just for riding on cold days, but for running on cold days, too. And, for really cold days, with a wool base layer underneath for hiking or snowshoeing.
This sucka’s versatile. Not to mention all soft and fleecy and cozy.
Tech T [aka Running Shirt] (Unisex)
Does this make a great running shirt? Yes it does. Is that all it’s good for? Heck no. I use my 2011 Tech T for mountain biking, too. And to fancy dinners. It’s comfortable, it’s technical, it looks awesome. Check it out from the front:
And the back:
Yes, it costs more than the tech-t’s you get for free when you do a running event. But they’re nicer too. I love my 2011 Tech T enough that I bought another, so I’m more likely to have one clean and ready to use.
Pre-order the Fat Cyclist Tech T from Twin Six now.
Wind Jackets (Unisex)
What if it’s windy outside? You don’t want to put a garbage bag over your head when you’re riding, do you?
No. No you do not. Because that makes you look like a rolling bag of trash, that’s why. Plus, there’s that danger of asphyxiation. And there are few more embarrassing ways to die than of asphyxiation by trash bag. We shall not enumerate these ways here.
Instead, avoid the whole “I look like a trash bag” thing by wearing this lightweight water-resistant windshell. It’s windproof, water resistant, and very durable. It’s got a dual directional full zipper and vented side panels. No back pockets, and the sizing skews more toward men’s, so women: be sure to calculate accordingly.
Check out the front:
And the back:
Pre-order the Fat Cyclist windshell now from Twin Six.
Windshell Vest (Unisex)
So you’re riding along and — as you knew it would — the weather turns semi-ugly. Or maybe you’ve reached the top of the big climb and now it’s time for the 10-mile descent into the morning mountain air.
The vest you oh-so-cleverly purchased and now have rolled up in your jersey pocket is going to make you feel prepared. And comfortable. And you’re still (because in the scenario I’m imagining, you’re also wearing a Fat Cyclist jersey) going to be flying the Team Fatty colors.
You’re so awesome.
Check it out (front and side view side-by-side, just to mix things up a little):
Pre-order the Fat Cyclist Windshell Vest now from Twin Six.
For the past couple years, I’ve gone with Cambelbak for my bottles. Then, a few months ago, Twin Six sent me a couple of the new Specialized Purist WaterGate bottles to try out.
You know what? They’re better. In fact, these new bottles are the best.
First and foremost, you don’t have to squeeze / suck so hard to get water (or whatever) out. That’s because the plastic’s low density. Next, the nozzle is simpler, doesn’t leak, and is easier to keep clean.
These are nice, big bottles, too — the 26oz size.
And no plasticky taste. At all. These are, simply, the best bottles out there. For more details of why, read CyclingNews’ review of the Purist WaterGate. Or check out the Purist site for more info on this bottle. Specialized has done a really good thing here.
Oh, and we’re selling these at a screamingly good price, too. Indeed, I’m pretty sure you won’t find a 26oz Purist bottle with the WaterGate cap for $8 anywhere else. That’s nice, isn’t it?
Pre-order the Fat Cyclist bottle from Twin Six now.
Fat Cyclist Wool Socks
They’re soft, thin merino wool. They are comfortable. They look beautiful and will go with everything you own. Wear them in the Summer. Wear them in the Winter. And don’t just wear them when you’re riding. Wear them to work. To church. To the mall. To bed. Hey, why not?
I recommend you order fourteen pair and throw out all your other socks. No more sock-matching problems!
Pre-order your Fat Cyclist socks from Twin Six now.
Track Jacket (Unisex)
You aren’t always wearing a Fat Cyclist jersey, right? Because nobody does that. Except me, and I figure I’m a special case. But for the rest of you, when you’re wearing people clothes, why don’t you also wear a Fat Cyclist track jacket? It’s comfy. It’s cozy. It’s California fleece.
I understand that Californians grow the very best fleece.
By the way, you can wear this at places other than at the track. I just wanted to be clear on that point.
Here’s the front:
And here’s the back:
Pre-order the Fat Cyclist Track Jacket from Twin Six now.
Last Winter, I wore my Fat Cyclist hoodie pretty much every day of the week. That may have been at least partially due to the fact that I work in the basement of my house and not much heat makes it down here. But part of it was that it’s a very comfortable hoodie, and looks good too. And it’s very important to look your best when you’re working in the basement of your house. Check out the front:
And now check out the back:
The colors are the same for men’s and women’s hoodies: black, with white and orange art. The only thing that differentiates the men’s and women’s hoodies is the cut. Yeah, I didn’t know there was such a thing as gender-specific hoodie cuts either. Turns out there is.
To pre-order a hoodie, select one (or both — I’m not fussy) of the following:
Wear Fat Cyclist Gear, Fight Cancer
Did you know that when you buy a Fat Cyclist jersey, 50% of the profit goes toward the fight against cancer? Yeah, it does. And really, that’s what Team Fatty is all about. Just by wearing the clothes, you’re doing something good.
And that’s pretty darned awesome.
(Oh, and also you’re keeping Twin Six in business, and helping me send my oldest son to college.)
Questions and Answers
Got questions? Of course you do. And I’m going to be checking the blog a lot today, and so will the Twin Six guys. Post your questions in the comment section; we’ll do our best to answer them really really quick-like.
Meanwhile, here are some questions I expect you might have. And I’ll update this list as necessary.
- How long does the pre-order last? From now (Tuesday, July 12) ’til 5:00pm July 19 (Central time).
- When will my stuff arrive? Late September.
- Can I order if I live outside the U.S.? Heck yeah.
- What about sizing info? Check out the Twin Six Sizing page here .
- Will there be a super-secret and very meaningful quote behind the back middle pocket? Yes there will. You’ll have to wait to see what it is, though.
- Where’s the T-Shirt? The Fat Cyclist T-Shirt will be rolled out and made available for order in time for the 2011 holidays.
- What if I don’t order now? Well, we always order a few extra of everything, but there’s a pretty good chance that if you don’t order this week, you’ll miss out. I like to do the money-making part of the blog in one big push.
Thanks, once again, for supporting the fight against cancer. And for supporting my good friends at Twin Six. And for supporting me (and the son I need to send to college).
You’re gonna love your Fat Cyclist gear. But by now, you probably already knew that.
PS: Got questions about the 2012 Fat Cyclist Gear? Ryan — one of the honchos of Twin Six — will be monitoring the comments posted today and answering them inline. So ask away! And also, if you love T6 stuff (and who doesn’t?), maybe also give them the kudos they deserve.