A Note from Fatty for People Who Just Want the Link: If you’re in no mood to read and read and read just to find the links to the 2014 FatCyclist.com gear, you’ll find all of it on my very own page at Twin Six.
And here’s a quick bullet list of links for what’s available, for you impatient types:
- Short-Sleeve Jerseys: Men’s and Women’s
- Long-Sleeve Jerseys: Men’s and Women’s
- Bib Shorts: Men’s and Women’s
- Wind Jacket
- Wind Vest
- Cycling Cap
- Hydroflo Bottle
Remember, the pre-order ends on July 16. Everything will ship in September.
Usually, I start with a lot of jibber-jabber. And no small amount of hyperbole.
I try to build some excitement, try to tease you a little, try to build a little buzz. I figure that if I get you worked up a little bit, you’ll be as enthused about the FatCyclist.com jerseys, shorts and other gear as I am.
But for the 2014 FatCyclist.com gear, what I really want to do is just show you. Because I simply cannot imagine that you won’t think this is a monumentally cool-looking jersey.
When you first look at it, you can’t help but love the subtlety of it. The understated elegance. And then you look a little closer:
Yep, an infinite field of pie, bratwurst, and the FatCyclist.com logo. The very concept of it is just so…so…perfect.
And here’s the equally perfect back of the jersey:
A few details:
- This is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. For what it’s worth (not much!) I wear a size Medium when I weigh less than 165; I wear a Large when I weigh 165 – 180; I wear an XL when I weigh 180+.
- The zipper is full-length. And it’s hidden, so as to not disrupt the beautiful pattern.
- There are 3 pockets. Each of them is deep and large enough to hold a couple bratwurst. Or a slice of pie. Although I’d think carefully about packing pie on a ride.
- “Fight Like Susan” is on the inside collar, as it is every year.
- Made in the USA. In fact, all the FatCyclist.com clothing items are made in the USA.
It may be difficult to imagine right now — with temperatures in the low ten-thousands — but someday it’s going to be Autumn again. Indeed, one might say that Winter is coming.
So maybe you should have something nice and cozy for those cold days on the bike. May I recommend the thermally-soft-and-warm FatCyclist.com long sleeve jersey?
It has the same design as the short-sleeve jersey, with the same pockets and fit, but the inside is nice and fleecy and warm. This is the jersey you’ll wear more often than any other from October through March.
That’s half the year. Almost. And it feels like 2/3 of the year
It seems to me that you deserve a nice jersey for the cold half (almost) of the year, too.
I wear Twin Six bib shorts on pretty much every ride — both road and mountain biking. That includes hundred-mile mountain bike races or training rides with 13,000 feet of climbing. And I never need any kind of chamois cream. Is this because I am an uncharacteristically hardy man, able to withstand extraordinary pain?
It’s because these are really good bib shorts, at a price way below the price of most really good bib shorts. And here’s what the FatCyclist bib shorts are going to look like this year:
It’s a little tricky to crack the code on this illustration, so I’ll help you out. The Pie / Bratwurst / Horse pattern is on the suspenders, for you and you alone to admire as you check out your fabulous physique in the mirror prior to donning your jersey.
The “WIN” logo goes right above your butt. People behind you will think it’s a challenge. You, of course, know better.
The wind. It scares me. It slows you down and — on a cool day — freezes you. And while this wind jacket won’t do anything about the “slowing you down” part, it can help you not be anywhere near as miserable.
Note that the wind jacket — unlike jerseys — does not have back pockets.
I’ve also used this jacket for the rain. And while it’s by no means waterproof, it does a pretty darned good job of keeping out everything but a full-on downpour.
And when you don’t need to wear it, it rolls up nice an small, fitting into one of your jersey pockets.
It’s like a wind jacket! But without arms! Because sometimes, you just need a little something to protect your core.
I am a simple man, with simple needs. And one of those needs is to not have to have one kind of sock for riding my bike and another kind of sock for those unfortunate moments during which I am not riding my bike.
Which brings us to the new FatCyclist.com sock:
This is a sock that looks exactly right when you’re on the bike, but stealthy enough that you can wear as business socks, or wherever. Including with sandals. In fact, especially with sandals. A 5″ cuff looks awesome with sandals, and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
You can’t be dressed head-to-toe in FatCyclist.com gear unless you’ve actually got something on your head. This tech cycling cap — which means it wicks really nicely and is fantastic for wearing both off and on the bike — should do the trick nicely.
And a little tip for the guys: these caps cover baldness really really well. Not that I would know anything about baldness.
I am pretty much completely obsessed with water bottles. I like the bottles to be reasonably big. I like them to stay put in their cage. I like them to be easy to squeeze. i like them to not retain the taste of the last thing that was in them. I like liquid to come out when it should, and to stay in when it should.
These are all reasonable wants. But there is only one bottle that actually does this. And that is the Specialized Hydroflo bottle with the Watergate cap. It is, without question or exception, the best bottle there is.
Here’s how much I like them: I bought twenty for myself last year. It’s one of the best bike-related purchases I’ve ever made, too, because now I no longer have to use bottles that are hard to squeeze with valves that have ridiculous locking mechanisms or lids that dribble liquid out.
I’m not saying you should buy twenty of these. But you know, maybe you should buy a couple. You’ll see.
Pre-Order Week Starts Today!
Every year, I put my FatCyclist.com gear up for pre-order, for just a few days. This year, the pre-order goes July 8-16. So be sure to not wait to place your order.
If you’ve got any questions, ask them in the comments box; I’ll do my best to answer them ASAP.
PS: A huge thanks goes out to Twin Six for — once again — outdoing themselves with a fantastic design.
PPS: Congrats to Nancy S, who won the complete FatCyclist.com kit by randomly being selected from the folks who bought a Twin Six T-Shirt of the month subscription. Email me, Nancy!