The 2012 Fat Cyclist Gear Pre-Order Started While You Were Asleep

07.12.2011 | 7:49 am


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 Jerseys

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:

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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:

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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:

Bib Shorts: Men’s and Women’s

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 whaddaya know, there’s a jersey that fills that bill right here, in both men’s and women’s sizes. Here’s the front:


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.

And, as I may have mentioned before, it comes in men’s and women’s cuts. Pre-order now from Twin Six here:

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.

The Fat Cyclist Bottle

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.

The Hoodie: Men’s and Women’s

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.


  1. Comment by AngieG | 07.12.2011 | 8:04 am

    Holy Cow, Christmas in July!! Fatty you really do have super powers.

    My question/comment: You didn’t change anything about the women’s bibs did you?

    Last years bibs are amazingly comfortable. I wore them on Sunday and I can honestly say certain girly parts were very thankful that I did.
    The chamois is awesome and so is the gel around the legs. That is much peferred over the elastic.

    No changes to last years bibs, or men or women. Same awesomeness. -T6

  2. Comment by Dave | 07.12.2011 | 8:05 am

    I can’t wait to make my order. I have to get home and find out what my allowance from my wife is this year. I would love to get the jersey and the bibs. Great job as always Fatty and Twin Six.

    Thank you! -T6

  3. Comment by Fat Cathy | 07.12.2011 | 8:23 am

    Nice Stuff!

    Are those pockets on the back of the wind vest?

    Yep, mesh pockets on the back of the wind vest, same size as the jerseys. -T6

  4. Comment by Anonymous | 07.12.2011 | 8:26 am

    Methinks you are missing a sentence or two at Wind Jackets.

    You’re right, I was! Thanks for the catch. Fixed. – FC

  5. Comment by Justin L | 07.12.2011 | 8:31 am

    Dang you fatty, for making me a even bigger fan after hanging with you. Now i had to spend almost 400 bucks on new gear, holy crap. Hopefully, I get it in time for King Ridge Oct 1st!!!!!

    PS I found my fatcyclist jersey when i got home. My 5 year old took it out of my bag, because she thought i would have to come home if i didn’t have it. Thank goodness i had my fat cyclist bibs and a back up jersey still packed!!! Sneaky girl.

  6. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 07.12.2011 | 8:33 am

    You’re a cruel man Elden. While this edition should successfully help with your kid’s college expenses, it looks like my children are destined for community college.
    “Specifically, 50% of all profits from this jersey go to the fight against cancer. (The other 50% gets split between keeping Twin Six in business and sending my oldest son to college.)”

    Now where’s my credit card?

  7. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 07.12.2011 | 8:35 am

    Only $400???? You are clearly leaving something (many things) off the order.

  8. Comment by Bacmapei | 07.12.2011 | 8:35 am

    About the bottle, which valve type? Mo’Flo valve like the T6 Team bottle or the WaterGate version?
    Also, the Purist bottles aren’t sold in Canada yet so this is an extra bonus/reason to order a Team Fatty version.

    We are going to roll with the Watergate cap – with self-sealing heart valve, leak proof design. -T6
    More on the bottle and cap we’re using here.

  9. Comment by HeidiR | 07.12.2011 | 8:41 am

    Tried Twin Six’s bibs for the first time with last year’s kit, and they are AWESOME! Totally agree with AngieG – the chamois is great, but the gel on the legs is what really rocks. Can’t wait for this year’s kit!

  10. Comment by Kit | 07.12.2011 | 9:00 am

    Any arm warmers this year???

    Not in this collection. Opted for long sleeve thermal jerseys, wind vest and jacket. Just about any of the arm warmers from previous collections would fit nicely with this kit as well. -T6

  11. Comment by PaulH | 07.12.2011 | 9:17 am

    “Where’s the T-Shirt? The Fat Cyclist T-Shirt will be rolled out and made available for order in time for the 2010 holidays.”

    That’s a pretty tight deadline – you sure you can hit it? ;)

    More seriously, can I order from overseas but get them delivered to a US address? Having them delivered to the UK risks adding 50% to the price with duties and fees.

    Oooh, thanks for the date catch. Fixed! I’ll let T6 answer your shipping question, though. – FC
    Yes, you can buy from UK address and ship to US address. -T6

  12. Comment by AK Chick | 07.12.2011 | 9:44 am

    Rowr! Awesome gear! :) I have a limited budget, but plan on ordering something. I really want the vest but would like the bibs too…not enough funds for both though. :(

    On the vest, I’m assuming it’s either men’s or unisex. Do I use the men’s sizing chart to figure out what size I need?

    My Twin Six jerseys and bibs (first bibs I’ve ever owned and love them!) are hands down the most comfortable jerseys and bibs (though I only own 1 pair of bibs) I’ve ever owned. No one has come close to the quality and style. LOVE TWIN SIX! You guys rock!! Plus there is no greater thrill than riding down the road with TEAM FATTY on your quads. Hee!

    Vest and wind jacket are men’s/unisex sizing, yes. For guys, order the same as your jersey size. For ladies, check the size chart. Thanks for the comments! -T6

  13. Comment by Doug | 07.12.2011 | 9:45 am

    I have never once seen a picture of T6 bibs, even on the site, except as line art. And bibs are really the most personal preference item of any kit. Would be nice to see, or know, what chamois is in there. Thanks. If I get anything this year, it’ll be just bibs. Thanks for making them work well with some of the past years. Although I guess that isn’t too tough if you just put in some orange.

    Our fault, they are really hard to shoot. We’re getting our act together and plan to have some professionally photographed for 2012. Here is an image of last years METAL bib shorts. You can also check out our Flickr page for more people wearing our stuff. -T6

  14. Comment by Darren | 07.12.2011 | 9:46 am

    Does the L/S jersey fit the same as the S/S jersey? I have a V6 S/S that fits perfect and would like to add the long sleeve.

    Great designs and a quality product!!

    Yes, same fit, just long sleeves and thermal fabric. -T6

  15. Comment by Anonymous | 07.12.2011 | 9:47 am

    Will the women’s jerseys be cut to fit like v6 or like v5?

    v6 -T6

  16. Comment by Judy | 07.12.2011 | 10:03 am

    Some day, T6, would you consider a 3XL in women’s cut? I have the boobs that cannot be contained and having to order men’s jerseys makes me cry.

    Noted. We will consider this pattern update moving forward. Definitely. -T6

  17. Comment by Raph | 07.12.2011 | 10:06 am

    Ordered… Patience is now key.

  18. Comment by Paul Guyot | 07.12.2011 | 10:21 am

    I am so glad Fatty introduced me to Twin Six. Such a stellar company. Whenever I see your gear in a bike shop I make a point of telling the owner how great it is, and I always buy something if I can.

    Now, for 2012… there will be a little something extra in your stocking at the holiday if you do a full-zip jersey with a “pull tab” on it.

    I am constantly having to unzip on climbs – because I’m a big sweaty Clydesdale and the pull tabs make my life so much easier.

    And it is all about me, right?

    Seriously, another great collection by T6.

    Thanks so much. We’ll consider doing a custom zipper pull in the future. Because we use a lot of different colored zippers, this may have to wait a while. Have heard of people clipping on larger pulls themselves. Not necessarily on our jerseys, but pieces with very small pulls. -T6

  19. Comment by Sara | 07.12.2011 | 10:29 am

    T6, You’re too awesome! And Attractive. How can we repay you?

    (Seriously, though, you’re awesome. Love all your stuff!!!)

    Thank you. Just continue supporting the cause and preaching the good word of T6 and Fatty. All we can ask. -T6

  20. Comment by a chris | 07.12.2011 | 10:30 am

    I’m ready for the bibs! Primarily black – good move as far as I’m concerned. But last year I paid an awful lot of duty, shipping, and “customs handling fee” on my jersey (which I love) so I’m sitting tight for now. That’s a lot of dough I could have donated directly if I hadn’t been so selfishly coveting the actual jersey.

  21. Comment by a chris | 07.12.2011 | 10:36 am

    OK, to make sure I’ve followed through, after my first comment I went and made a donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Thanks to Fatty and Twin Six for the kick in the butt.

  22. Comment by fatgrrrl | 07.12.2011 | 10:40 am

    I don’t know if you’re the man to answer this, Elden, but how do bibs for women work with, um, delightfully large breasts? I’ve never worn bibs and have feared to do so because of the girls. Who can advise me on this?

    Great question. These are WOMEN’S bib shorts, not just small men’s bib shorts. Different upper, different pad, specifically for the ladies. The upper is very soft, breathable, flexible and supposed to be chafe-free. The women’s specific cut has a higher rise, more room through the hips and a slightly shorter inseam. The fully seamless stretch Diamante Pad uses three unique foam composites and fast drying ventilation for better comfort in any condition. Regarding the breast size, um, like I said, they are designed with the female body in mind. We haven’t received a single complaint on the women’s bibs. -T6

  23. Comment by Paul Guyot | 07.12.2011 | 10:44 am

    And another thing for 2012 since we have Ryan here…

    Kids jerseys! Kids shorts! Kids Fatty gear!

    Can I get a Huzzah?

    Noted. We’d like to do this eventually too. -T6

  24. Comment by Doug | 07.12.2011 | 10:46 am

    Thanks Ryan, but that’s not really what I was asking. I’ve seen pictures of Elden wearing them. And I’ve ridden with people wearing T6 bibs and they are pretty on the outside. But, I couldn’t ask them to take ‘em off and turn ‘em inside-out so I could see the chamois. That’s the most important part.

    Who makes the chamois? Or other details. Some of us are actually picky about this. Just take a picture please.

    TORINO PAD (image on our Flickr site here)
    “The Torino pad is the perfect all around pad. Completely seamless construction, and 3 level molded center increases ride comfort and reduces strain on pressure points. The ultra soft, antibacterial MircoXfine fabric is also fully perforated for additional breathability.”

  25. Comment by Jenni | 07.12.2011 | 10:50 am

    T6- I’m really interested in the tech running shirt, I have a very long torso, what size would you recommend?

    If you’ve ordered any of our cotton t-shirts, just order the same size. The tech T’s were based on that sizing, and tweaked slightly to make more appropriate for riding. There is a 2″ extension on the back, but otherwise, nearly identical to our cotton t-shirts. -T6

  26. Comment by Chris | 07.12.2011 | 11:09 am

    Any chance you guys could keep the pre-sale going until the 22nd? I don’t get paid until then and I’d really like to get at least a jersey.

    Gotta close it down sometime. Sticking with the 19th. Maybe shoot Megan an email and see if we can sort something out to charge you on the 22nd. -T6

  27. Comment by jodie_a | 07.12.2011 | 11:15 am

    Love the new stuff. I’m going to have to see what I need/want and put in an order. I’m even more impressed by the direct replies from T6. What other company would have a running blog dialogue with their customers? That alone makes me want to buy from Twin Six.

    :) -T6

  28. Comment by Sean | 07.12.2011 | 11:19 am

    I cannot wait to rock the Team Fatty gear! One slight problem though, I’m moving in 3 weeks to a new city and don’t have an address yet. Will Twin Six let me update my address before the goodies ship?

    Sort that out with -T6

  29. Comment by Not so skinny | 07.12.2011 | 11:22 am

    5′10″, 188 lbs. Usually on the border between large and xl, depending on the generosity of the cut. Which do you recommend?

    Male? Large if you like your jerseys snug. X-Large if you prefer a looser fit. -T6

  30. Comment by RedNBlondies | 07.12.2011 | 11:33 am

    Love the line this year! I am having trouble decided which items to purchase.

    I loved the women’s bib’s last year, which inspired me to buy some more. And the jersey! Love the jersey. I have a pink one, but would love an orange one now.

    Question for T6: How exactly are the male and female hoodies different? I tend to like my hoodies long and not tight. Any recommendation? I am leaning towards the male cut for comfort, unless you convince me otherwise.

    There are a few pieces from the other collections I am eyeing too.

    Thanks for the fantastic work. This is going to be pure torture knowing these were mailed home to Colorado, but I won’t get to see them until I re-deploy back to the States in April. Just in time to start acclimating to the altitude and getting my legs ready for Ride the Rockies.

    The women’s hoodies are just a women’s cut. It equates more to the women’s t-shirt size. So, order up the same. If you like them looser, get a size up, or men’s version. -T6

  31. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 07.12.2011 | 11:44 am

    Fatty and T6, you guys have outdone yourselves this time. Thanks for keeping the pink accents. Much to the chagrin of my bank account, this collection is going to look AWESOME with my pink helmet!

  32. Comment by Sara | 07.12.2011 | 11:58 am

    @RedNBlondies: I have the women’s L hoodie from last year. I wear T6 women’s L t-shirts with no problems (a little tight at first, but they loosen up during the day). The women’s L hoodie fits similarly in that it’s tight on me. I love it, but I do sometimes wish I would have gotten the men’s version or a women’s size XL to accommodate better my busty-ness. I wear it unzipped because of that, but since I live in Houston and for 10 months out of the year don’t require extra clothing to keep me warm, it works out OK.

  33. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 07.12.2011 | 12:02 pm

    I’ve got last year’s men’s short sleeve jersey in medium. I find it to be a bit small relative to my other (lesser) jerseys, also mediums (Capo, Verge, Voler, Pactimo).

    Q: Is this year’s manufacturer the same as last year’s?
    Q: If so, are they known to run a bit on the small side?
    Q: If not, how do the new manufacturer’s sizes run relative to last year’s?


    Same manufacturer, yes.
    Some would say our jerseys are on the smaller side of the spectrum, yes.

  34. Comment by South Fla Fatty Follower | 07.12.2011 | 12:12 pm

    There is a store locally in Ft. Lauderdale that carries T6 gear. Can my order be shipped there, does that save anyone time/hassle or money?

    Unfortunately, no. All of our online orders (especially PRE-orders) ship direct to you when the gear arrives here. -T6

  35. Comment by AngieG | 07.12.2011 | 12:13 pm

    @Fatgrrrl, get the bibs. You will love them and so will your girls. The straps go around them rather than over them. As T6 indicated, the straps are a very soft mesh type material. You don’t even know they’re there.

    You’ll also like the fit better than shorts. The only challenge is when using the restroom. The jersey’s gotta come off to do that. That’s the nature of bibs for both men and women though. The comfort well makes up for the restroom hassle.

    Well said. -T6

  36. Comment by South Fla Fatty Follower | 07.12.2011 | 12:18 pm

    Question for women that wear bibs… I am an avid road cyclist and triathlete. I have never worn bibs but I am intrigued by your comments. Don’t the bibs make rest stops an “extend stay” type experience. I’d like to try them but… I am afraid I would find them frustrating.

    While the jersey does have to come off to… relieve yourself, we’ve got plenty of women endurance and 24 hour athletes swearing by bibs. -T6

  37. Comment by Dagwood | 07.12.2011 | 12:24 pm

    Order done!
    Now I’ll have my very own Fat Cyclist gear next year. Thank you team Fatty Davis for pulling me to my first century! It was awesome!!!

  38. Comment by South Fla Fatty Follower | 07.12.2011 | 1:05 pm

    @Fatgrrrl, I bought the bibs too… wow nothing like impulse shopping.
    Are you sure you are not on the T6 staff? :)

    Now, I have to try and get to a Livestrong event in 1012. The group I ride is putting on a Livestrong fundraiser in Ft. Lauderdale in Oct. if anyone wants to come on down…check it out. Wear your Team Fatty gear, I will be

  39. Comment by Sarah | 07.12.2011 | 1:36 pm

    I ordered the bibs last year and I have some rather big girls (DDD or F). No issues with the straps at all. I also love not having anything constricting at the waist, because there’s no waist band.

    But the bathroom issue is a deal breaker for me — I hate taking off my jersey too. (Where do you put it in a porta-potty so it stays clean?) I was reallly hoping for shorts this year.

  40. Comment by Kevin | 07.12.2011 | 1:58 pm

    Finally grabbed a full Fatty kit last year and i’ve raced & trained in it and T6 team bibs exclusively this year. Coming from PI P.R.O. bibs, I’m VERY happy with T6 products. It seems like you guys kick something out the door every month that I just have to have.
    I put in my order for the 2012 Fatty kit just after midnight this morning- can’t wait to get it! Love the new designs.

    Thank you. -T6

  41. Comment by PaulH | 07.12.2011 | 2:40 pm

    For the ladies wondering about bibs + bathroom breaks, I pull one arm out of my jersey sleeve and unhook the bib strap before putting the arm back through the sleeve. Repeat on the other side and you can ‘drop trou’ to attend to your business while remaining dressed on top, and it only takes an extra couple of seconds. Reverse once you’re done, of course.

    Now I’m a man, so I don’t have quite the same problem with ‘the ladies’ that some of you do, but I’ve made quite a study of them and I think they’d still work with this method.

  42. Comment by curtismchale | 07.12.2011 | 2:52 pm

    Well I was looking for a reason to purchase more fine Twin Six clothing. Guess I’ll be sporting full Fatty stuff next year.

  43. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 07.12.2011 | 3:30 pm

    Can’t wait until I get myself to the point where I can fit into T6 stuff. I’ll still be 6′5″ though so hopefully that won’t be a problem. :-)

    T6 guys — your web site rocks. Every time I go to it I’m impressed with the graphics and the layout.

    Thank you. Been fun to put together. -T6

  44. Comment by LauraS | 07.12.2011 | 4:27 pm

    Yay! Now I will have FatCyclist gear. T6- I love my Mach 6 jersey. I presume this one will fit the same?

    Yep, same as 2011 T6 Collection. -T6

  45. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 07.12.2011 | 4:41 pm

    Off Topic:

    Texas 4000 just rode by my house here in Marin. I couldn’t remember our cheer, just gave a shout out to them as they passsed. Then I remembered…..

    WE WANT PIE! (repeat, repeat, repeat)

  46. Comment by Karena | 07.12.2011 | 4:45 pm

    As a bib-wearing lady, I’ll second PaulH’s method of pulling an arm out of the jersey to get bib straps down without removing my jersey. Also, if I wear a ss jersey (and if the sleeves are stretchy enough), I pull the jersey strap off my shoulder, out through my arm hole, and over my arm. Reversing the process is a bit tricky, but is doable.

  47. Comment by Jeff Dieffenbach | 07.12.2011 | 5:40 pm

    I’ve long heard people rave about bibs. I finally broke down and purchased a pair as part of the 2010 (not 2011) Tour of California green jersey/bibs kit. (Anyone who has seen me climb will understand why I opted not to pickup the red KOM kit.)

    The jersey and bibs are both from Hincapie, and I couldn’t be happier with the fit and feel. That said, I don’t find the bibs to be any more comfortable than my mid-range Pearl Izumi shorts. And with that “tie” in mind, the edge goes easily to the shorts for the restroom reasons mentioned above.

    So, am I missing something? Why exactly do so many people rave about bibs?

  48. Comment by Carl | 07.12.2011 | 6:57 pm

    I ordered all my stuff today!!! It’s getting to the point that I can’t remember which bibs go with which jersey. I have the last four years. You gotta love Twin Six stuff!

    Nice batch of stuff to mix and match. I wore Fatty bibs today with the T6 Masher jersey from 2011. Great combo. -T6

  49. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 07.12.2011 | 7:19 pm

    I vote with Judy, some larger sizes for the Girls with big girls that need to be tamed. It is such a bummer to always have to buy guy’s stuff. Big Gals want to look cute too. This is Fatcyclist after all……..

  50. Comment by fatgrrrl | 07.12.2011 | 8:18 pm

    Hmm…I shall consider the bibs! Thanks for the advice, @AngieG and enabling, @South Fla. (Love to join you, but I’m in Vancouver, Canada!)

    I’m going to second those calls for larger sizes, T6. I’m a big girl, but I’m not THAT big, and yet your women’s XL t-shirt that I ordered doesn’t really fit, and I’m disappointed to always see 2XL on your sizing charts, but only sometimes in the actual merch. I am indeed a fatty, but I run 10Ks and ride centuries, and me and my fathlete friends want to spend money on fathlete clothes that fit. And your stuff is so nice. Really this isn’t a complaint. It’s a rambling compliment dressed up as a whine.

    The fringe sizes go quick in just about everything(Smalls, XXLs, and XXXLs) when we’ve got a popular piece. In the not-as-popular pieces, those sizes are left… sometimes for a long long time. We order based on what has sold in the past, and what we perceive will sell well in the future. The t-shirts are definitely an “athletic cut”, and far more slim fit than a cheap boxy t-shirt. That being said, they run pretty true to size when compared to our jerseys. The nice thing about a pre-order is that – in theory – everyone has time to think about what size they are, and place their order. We literally take the pre-order, and have the order made (plus a handful). Everyone should get what they want. -T6

  51. Comment by Jene' | 07.12.2011 | 8:33 pm

    What is the length on a women’s XL jersey?

  52. Comment by Mike@Squirrelhead | 07.12.2011 | 8:42 pm

    My order is IN!!! I cannot wait for the new gear to arrive. I even went ambitious and went with the XL size. By the time the gear arrives they should fit nicely.

  53. Comment by Nibbler | 07.12.2011 | 9:26 pm

    Is the women’s long sleeve jersey as fitted as the short sleeve? The graphic makes it look very square, similar to the mens’s.

    The image is the same, but yes, it’s a long sleeve WOMEN’S specific jersey. We’ll try to update that graphic. Will fit the same as the short sleeve jersey. -T6

  54. Comment by Bacmapei | 07.13.2011 | 5:36 am

    Sizing opinion/feedback needed. I’m happy with my white v5 3XL. My orange v6 long sleeve also in 3XL is looser.
    Should I give the 2XL a try this year to better match the v5 sizing?

    Get the XXL. There was a small sizing adjustment. -T6

  55. Comment by NYCCarlos | 07.13.2011 | 5:40 am

    @Jeff – 2 big reasons for me:
    1) Bibs don’t ride up, or fall down. they just stay exactly where they belong.
    2)Bibs don’t cut into your gut. there’s no elastic in the waist or drawstring or anything to cut off the circulation to your lower body.

    I have to say I’m not familiar with the bathroom problem everyone has with bibs… if they’re cut low enough in the front, you can get everything out and ready with a little lean forward and pull down on the bibs… they’re stretchy lycra! I guess ya’ll are referring to #2, but that takes a while anyways, so what’s a few extra seconds removing your jersey?

  56. Comment by Cookster | 07.13.2011 | 5:54 am

    It’s only money. I have placed my order and am now going downstairs to wait by the mail box for it to arrive.

  57. Comment by stu | 07.13.2011 | 7:16 am

    Hi Elden – nice collection – presumably your autumn collection (or fall as you guys call it)? I’m looking to order the Tech T and am about the same size as you ie 162 lbs, what size do I need as it’s a long way to return stuff from the UK?

    Medium fits me just right. – FC

  58. Comment by DM | 07.13.2011 | 9:39 am

    The stuff looks great and I would love to be wearing a set this year. However, I just cannot do it. You see, before I became sucked into this cycling cult, I was, and still remain, a big football fan. In my location, our most hated rival and the most annoying school in the universe both wear orange, with one being orange and black. Now, I realize that orange is the website theme and that these clothes do not reflect an affiliation with any school whatsoever. However, I cannot be seen wearing an orange and black kit. I would have to disown myself. I wish that it would have been offered in pink, but I also realize that you can’t throw out a bunch of different designs to accomodate everyone. I will probably order a hoodie since it has minimal orange and I will look forward to a possible alternate color next year. The whole kit does look fantastic, other than containing my least favorite color, of course.

    A question for T6 would be this: If I were to order a kit in one of the other styles offered, could some of the proceeds still go to the fatcyclist charity? I know it’s a longshot but I thought I’d give it a try. I’d like to help out but, you know…orange and black.

  59. Comment by KT | 07.13.2011 | 9:54 am

    While I’ll probably end up ordering the vest, I’d like to make a case for future sleeveless jerseys … California is far too hot (IMO) for even short sleeved ;) Great stuff!

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  61. Comment by roan | 07.13.2011 | 10:38 am

    YA know sometimes I’m not sure if Fatty is pulling our collective legs or not…he got my blood to a simmer with the ‘T6 suggestion’, I almost missed the the leg pulling sentences.
    TwinSix, I have more of your other jerseys & such(once I figured out the sizing)than I do Team Fatty.
    Fatty, I’m working on that flaw.
    I always check the T-of the Month…missed out on June 6th…sold out too quick as usual. Wanted to sharpie ‘ANTHONY’ on the bun.
    I tip my helmet to Megan too, she was great helping me send a ‘T’ as an anonymous gift when I didn’t have the recipient’s address or need to know it.

  62. Comment by Ingriddeke | 07.13.2011 | 1:50 pm

    My order is in! This will be my third set. I’ll probably never meet other people in Fatty Gear while biking, because I’m from The Netherlands. That makes it even more special. Wearing the gear makes me feel stronger on the bike, like Johnny Hoogerland, my fellow countryman who continues in the Tour de France, even after that terrible accident with the car.

    Live strong and fight like Susan!


  63. Comment by MattC | 07.13.2011 | 3:39 pm

    Oh, and Fatty…just so ya’ know…when I ride with Greg, there is NO SUCH THING as ‘just a ride’…have not doubt, it’s a race. EVERY TIME. And he has this calm cool personna like he’s not really racing, but below that quiet calm lies the heart of a man waiting to CRUSH you. Or die trying. So now you know why I ride like I do…there’s no hiding behind his wheel, I go head to head with him until one of us dies. Sadly, the last 2 years it’s me who dies. But back in 09, THAT was my year! Ahhhh…sweet memories!

  64. Comment by Whitney | 07.13.2011 | 9:10 pm

    So excited to order this years kit! Based on what people have said here I’m going to bite the bullet and spring for bibs too. First, a question. Last year I got the Men’s SMALL jersey since I wanted orange and it fit pretty well, except for the fact that I am a woman:). So I’m assuming the Women’s MEDIUM would be about the same in the chest/shoulders right? I am about a 35″ bust size but sort of broad in the shoulders with only a subtle waist(about 30″) but wanted to try the slimmer fit this year. The T6 sizing chart has me as a women’s small based on chest alone. Advice? As a reference, I wear a medium in Sugoi brand jerseys, if that helps.

  65. Comment by a chris | 07.14.2011 | 3:13 am

    Whitney, I got the women’s medium long-sleeved jersey last year and your build sounds reasonably similar to mine. I’m about 5′6″ and I find that with the elastic at the bottom it rides up a bit at the back. The full-length zip causes a bit of buckling at the front. But it’s really nice to ride in. There’s a photo on my blog at but I’ll warn you I wasn’t in exactly the same shape as usual at the time.

    Out of curiosity I got the tape measure to check my size against the T6 team shorts chart, even though I’m determined not to place an order this year. At least I remembered, before _actually_ wrapping the tape around my waist, that I’m currently 8.5mo pregnant and this could conceivably affect the measurement. D’oh.

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  67. Comment by Whitney | 07.14.2011 | 2:12 pm

    @achris, Thanks for the reply! From what I can tell you are about the same build as me and I am also 5′6”.Probably should have mentioned that before. I’m going with the medium.:)

  68. Comment by zeeeter | 07.14.2011 | 3:47 pm

    Hoodie or track jacket . . . . dilemmas dilemmas . . .

  69. Comment by Not much further... | 07.14.2011 | 8:32 pm

    Has anyone ordered a ladies long sleeve in the past – is it same fit as short sleeve or do I need to order a larger size to allow for another top (or two!) underneath? Don’t want it too tight across the bust!

  70. Comment by ChristineG | 07.15.2011 | 7:57 am

    I don’t even know why I give myself a budget for cycling clothes i go way over it every time. I was just going to order the jersey then i realized i wanted the socks and the water bottles. Then with everyone raving about the bibs shorts I had to finally try them.

  71. Comment by Fat Cathy | 07.18.2011 | 7:45 am

    @Not much further… I purchased the ladies LS jersey last year. It is basically the same fit as the jersey, but did seem a bit roomier. I no issues putting another jersey or two under it.

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  73. Comment by Craig | 07.26.2011 | 4:00 pm

    If we were unable to order during the preorder time, will there be later opportunities to order?

  74. Comment by Jim Gray | 07.29.2011 | 8:13 pm

    Is there a chance to order a shortsleve jersey xxl and bib short L, and a XXL Hoodie. I would love to place an order. Feel ftee to reply or send me an email.

    Great stuff!



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