Talking with The Cyclist Lawyer about Bikes, Racing, Life, and Bicycle Law

02.3.2016 | 8:46 am

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A “Vote for Colorado” Note from Fatty: It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Camp Kesem. And I’m also a big fan of Colorado. And I would love to see a Camp Kesem at Colorado State. And you can help make that happen.

It’ll take just a minute.

You just need to go to the Camp Kesem Chapter Expansion campaign page and then scroll down to Colorado State, then vote for it. They’re in a serious underdog situation right now, so do me a favor. (Oh, and after you vote, if you post on Facebook or Twitter, you get a bonus vote, so do that too.)

Let’s get Camp Kesem over to Colorado State.

Talking with The Cyclist Lawyer about Bikes, Racing, Life, and Bicycle Law…on the FattyCast

Oh I know, let’s start start this post off with a lawyer joke: “How many lawyers does it take to do a podcast?”

Sadly, I have not yet come up with a clever punchline. I’m sure I will very soon, though.

Here’s the thing about my podcast with Megan Hottman, aka “The Cyclist Lawyer:” she’s an incredibly smart and nice person who loves biking about twenty times more than life itself and in fact pretty much shelved her law career to go be a pro cyclist.


She spends her time teaching cops how to respect people on bikes. She teaches bike safety to anyone who will listen. She teaches a spin class. She rides her bike to work every day, in spite of the fact that she lives way up in the mountains of Colorado, where the snow is currently eighty feet deep. She races more or less non-stop.

And she helps people who have bike-related problems, or bike-related businesses.

And in short, Megan Hottman is the lawyer all lawyers should want to grow up to be.


I’m going to call this episode of The FattyCast one of my favorites yet. It’s both fun and informative. And funny.

So do yourself a favor and listen to it on iTunes (please subscribe and review, for the love of all that’s good in the world), Stitcher, using my RSS feed (, or on Or, if you’re so inclined, just listen to it (or download it) below.


  1. Comment by Tom in Albany | 02.3.2016 | 8:52 am

    So, now I’m up to about 20 hours of Fattycast I have to catch up on. I need a business trip.

  2. Comment by Brian in VA | 02.3.2016 | 10:56 am

    Ditto Tom. Glad I’m traveling next week!

  3. Comment by chickenbocks | 02.3.2016 | 11:21 am


  4. Comment by wharton_crew | 02.3.2016 | 11:35 am

    Serious question: there are a lot of sites for Camp Kesem, is there a particular reason that Colorado is the best place? Is it because Colorado is a central location for west-region kids? Is it because of the nature? Is it because there are more cancer incidents in Colorado? What will Colorado State do that Cal Poly won’t?

    Just trying to be an informed voter…

  5. Comment by wharton_crew | 02.3.2016 | 11:43 am

    More info:

    There are 70+ Camp Kesem chapters, and this contest is to pick 3-4 more. The top votes are already ahead enough that they should get in. I read the bios for Colorado State, and they are kids of cancer patients, and really seem to be invested in this.

    I voted for them (twice).

    Thanks much for both asking and answering your question!

    I will add that my interest in having Camp Kesem in Colorado is that I grew up in CO and love the state. Having lived in UT most of my life, I still think of myself as a Coloradan. That said, I wouldn’t at all try to argue with someone from a different state saying they want Camp Kesem in their own state. In an ideal universe, we’d have a Camp Kesem affiliated with every single university. – FC

  6. Comment by CNY rider | 02.3.2016 | 12:27 pm

    Awesome podcast, Fatty.

    Right-hook Survivor, May 2010

  7. Comment by Marsi Pedelty | 02.3.2016 | 1:08 pm

    A message flashed on the screen that the second vote for the FB post stated that I voted for James Madison. That may explain why they appear to be running away with it.

  8. Comment by Miles Archer | 02.3.2016 | 3:36 pm

    punchline? “It’s fair use!!” or “Is it billable?”

  9. Comment by Jenni | 02.3.2016 | 3:53 pm

    MEGAN is AWESOME!!!!!!! I am so ridiculously excited to see her here!!

  10. Comment by Jarral Ryter | 02.4.2016 | 8:45 am

    How’s this for messed up lawyers.

  11. Comment by Chris | 02.4.2016 | 4:44 pm

    Woah! Awesome episode! But there was a question I was dying to ask of Megan: What role do things like GoPro cameras and GPS devices play in establishing the facts of a case? I would *think* they’re pretty solid, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t reliable as legal evidence.

  12. Comment by Shugg McGraw | 02.4.2016 | 4:49 pm

    Turns out I’ve been in the same room (well velodrome) as Megan as I was at the track event in Manchester where the rider got an 18 inch splinter through his leg – if that is indeed the incident she references.
    Just home from hospital after getting my nose rebuilt. Cost £0. In the US it turns out I couldn’t afford the ride to the hospital.

  13. Comment by Chris Cowley | 02.5.2016 | 8:21 am

    Question from Europe: Megan says she takes the lane and is very uncomfortable.

    In the UK, it is officially advised that a cyclist SHOULD take the lane if there is not enough space to be over taken ( We also have exactly the same rights on the road as a car – is that not the case in the US?

  14. Comment by Tucson Dave | 02.5.2016 | 2:27 pm

    The Bike Lawyer was your best podcast to date! Super informative and entertaining. Great job on the post-production, the sound was very well done.

  15. Comment by spaceyace | 02.5.2016 | 3:21 pm

    Great cast – as sort of a bike law nerd, I loved listening to Megan! I have only been able to listen to the first half but will listen to the second half asap. The only bike lawyer I knew of by name is Bob Mionske…any chance you could have him on the podcast someday? I loved his book Bicycling and the Law.

    To answer Chris’ question – it depends. Every state (and local jurisdiction) has its own set of laws, although they tend to be similar. For the most part, we cyclists have the same rights & responsibilities as motor vehicles, including taking the lane when necessary. Often we have additional rights. (Whether or not those are enforced, of course, is a different story.) I, for one, feel much safer taking the lane in many situations, but I could write an entire blog post about that. (disclaimer: not an attorney)

  16. Comment by Don Mackey | 02.5.2016 | 5:13 pm

    awesome podcast Fatty! I echo Tucson Dave’s sentiments above. Also one of the best lines of the show…Megan is planning on doing EPIC #@&$ in 2016. I think that is my new goal for 2016.

  17. Comment by Tim D | 02.6.2016 | 12:31 pm

    Shugg, me too. Aziz Awang from Malaysia was the guy, got back on his bike and finished third, before collapsing again!


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