My annual meeting with the guys at Twin Six was heating up. “We need an awesome idea for the 2013 FatCyclist jersey design,” I said, between bites of ice cream. “Something that looks awesome and modern, yet resonates with the Friends of Fatty.”
I ate a spoonful of vanilla ice cream. Delicious.
“How about something with flames?” I suggested.
The dead silence on the other end of the phone told me everything I needed to know. I ate a spoonful of chocolate ice cream, and wondered which I preferred: vanilla or chocolate?
“You know, we could put a horn on the horse and call it a unicorn, then say the jersey has magical slimming properties.”
The Twin Six guys chuckled, politely.
I had another bite of vanilla. Just to see whether it was better than chocolate. But honestly, there was no way to tell. They’re both perfect.
“Maybe this year we should have the jersey feature a big picture of me on the front,” I said. “After all, I’m quite famous and award-winning, not to mention handsome.”
“No,” replied Brent and Ryan, emphatically.
I had a bite of strawberry ice cream, thinking about the strange fact that in a carton of Neapolitan ice cream, it’s always the strawberry ice cream that gets eaten last.
“All the more for those of us who like every flavor,” I thought to myself.
And that’s when it hit me.
“Guys,” I said. “I’ve got it.”
“The 2013 jersey,” I said, impressively, with dramatic pauses placed appropriately, “will bring back pink, and it shall be known, far and wide, as the Neapolitan.”
OK, actually I just made that whole story up. I didn’t notice the Neapolitan connection ’til someone mentioned it in Friday’s blog post. But it’s a good one, so I’m going to do my best to adopt it as my own.
But whether or not you’re a fan of Neapolitan ice cream, you’ve got to admit that the new 2013 Fat Cyclist jersey looks pretty darned cool (like ice cream is cool, get it? Ha). Here’s the front:
Seriously, the reason I brought back pink for the jerseys is that I’m planning on making the fight against cancer a massive focus in my life in this upcoming year, in particular with a couple of big book projects: Fight Like Susan (the book about Susan’s fight with cancer), and The Caretaker’s Companion (the writing and fundraising projects.
When you buy any of the FatCyclist gear here, you’re helping me out with those projects. So thank you. In advance
Anyway, check out the back of this year’s jersey:
And here are the details:
- 100% Soft Polyester Microfiber
- White full zipper
- Three deep back pockets
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Inside collar reads “FIGHT LIKE SUSAN”
So, you want to get one, don’t you? Wonderful. Here’s where to order:
As a rule I am opposed to telling stories without heavily embellishing them (i.e., without lying). In this one instance, however, I’ll make an exception: For the past three years or so, the only bibshorts I have worn are ones I’ve gotten from Twin Six. I wear them, without difficulty or discomfort for 100-mile road bike rides pretty much every week.
I wear these shorts for the Leadville 100. And the Rockwell Relay. And for everything else.
Furthermore, I wear these shorts without ever using any kind of chamois cream. And I’m not doing it to make a point, I’m just doing it because these shorts are plenty comfortable as-is.
In other words, these are really good bib shorts, for a really good price. Here’s the design for 2013:
Just in case you can’t tell, the “WIN” logo goes right above your butt.
You want more details? Of course you do:
- 8 Panel Construction
- 8 oz Micro Denier Knit Poly/Lycra
- Twin Six Silicon Grippers
- Super-soft, completely seamless and fully perforated gender-specific chamois
Here are the ordering links:
I have a little bit of an obsession about water bottles (I have, ever since the blog was young). Now, it’s not like I want ridiculous, impossible things from my bottles. I just want the following:
- No taste, plastic or otherwise
- An easy-to-use valve
- A non-leaky valve
- An easy-to-squeeze bottle
- Fast, easy flow
For the past few years, bottle makers have been steadily making improvements on what, ’til this point, has been a sadly-neglected part of the cyclist’s universe.
Finally, I think a perfect water bottle exists. Really: perfect.
It’s the Specialized Purist Hydroflo. It doesn’t have a plastic taste, nor does it hold on to the taste of whatever you most recently put in it. The valve flows fast, doesn’t dribble, and locks shut just by being pushed down.
And the plastic is so flexible you can squeeze fluid out of it faster and easier than ever before. Really, you will find that drinking while riding is much faster and easier than ever before with these bottles.
After Specialized sent me one to try out, I went and bought a dozen more. They’re seriously that good.
So, obviously, this is the bottle I’m putting the FatCyclist logo on this year:
Oh, and I did a little show-and-tell video talking a little bit more about why.
Normally, $12 might seem like a lotta money for a bottle, but this is actually a killer deal on Hydroflo bottles — they retail elsewhere for $15. So maybe you should click here to get one.
Or a dozen.
Hey, go back and watch that video of me talking about bottles again (or for the first time, if you skipped it earlier). Notice the helmet tan pattern on my head.
That looks pretty darned dorky, doesn’t it?
Well, just because I look like a dope doesn’t mean you have to. No indeed. Instead, use my dorkiness as a cautionary tale and start wearing a nice wicking cycling cap under your helmet.
And if you’re not bald, wear one just because it looks cool.
Here’s what it looks like from the front, left side, and right side:
And here are the details:
- Sublimated microfiber
- One size fits most
- Made in California
2013 Fat Cyclist Socks
You know, if you buy the right kind of socks, those can be the only kind of socks you wear. Specifically, if you get black 5″-cuff merino performance wool socks, you never have to wear any other kind of socks.
By which I mean to say that in addition to cycling, you can wear these socks to work, to fancy dress-up dinners, even — if you have the boldness to do so — with sandals.
Hey, why not?
That’s what I do, and I’m obviously very very fashionable.
I am entirely unwilling to be cold when riding. I simply will not put up with it. Nor should you. And while you are not putting up with being cold while riding, you really ought to set yourself up with something that looks good.
I believe I can help you. In quite a few ways.
First, if the day’s cold enough that you’re going to want long sleeves for your whole ride, the Fat Cyclist Long-Sleeve Jersey is going to be your best friend, ever. Except me, I mean. I’m your real best friend.
Check it out, for crying out loud:
It sports the same general awesome design as the short sleeve jersey, but with a thicker, fleecier fabric (which is still nice and breathable). Like it’s short-sleeved sibling, this long-sleeve jersey has a full zipper, three deep pockets, and is made in the U.S. Nice!
And here’s the jacket:
What I love about these is that they roll up into practically nothing, so they fit easily into a jersey pocket. This comes in really handy if you want to take them off partway through a ride, or to put them on partway through a ride, for that matter.
- Click here to order a windshell vest
- Click here to order a windshell jacket
- Click here to order a men’s long-sleeve jersey
- Click here to order a women’s long-sleeve jersey
If you’ve got questions, ask in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to answer. Better yet, I’ll do my best to get the Twin Six guys to hang out on my site today to answer questions, too, because they’re generally a lot more knowledgeable and helpful than I am.
I’ll get started with a few questions I expect you to have:
Q. When will I get my order?
A. In September.
Q. When do I have to order by?
A. July 17.
Q. I live outside the U.S. Can I still order?
A. Yes, but shipping’s going to be kinda expensive.
Q. What’s going to be behind the center pocket?
A. You’ll have to wait and see.
Q. Why no t-shirt?
A. We’re still thinking about what would make for a sufficiently awesome t-shirt.
Thanks tons for ordering your FatCyclist gear. I look forward to hearing tales of your uncontrollable urge to buy and consume mass quantities of Neapolitan ice cream while suited up.