Monday, January 31, 2005


Huffy and West Coast Choppers?

Schwinn got hooked up with Orange County Choppers and the bickering Tuetels for the new Sting Ray. Jesse James went with Huffy, which is in Chapter 11 proceedngs. Read about it here.

Sunday, January 30, 2005


January 2005 comments have disappeared

"Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog."

Looks like any comments made in Janaury 2005 have been deleted by the recent install of the Haloscan software. Sorry to everybody who made comments.

Saturday, January 29, 2005


This is really, really great

This is Java based "refrigerator magnet bicycle poetry." Check it out, it is worth a click.


Fat Guy Cycling: "a tad roadiesque.... but good just the same"

When I started this blog, I never thought my blog would ever be called "a tad roadiesque." I guess my decision to bring my brother onboard to provide content changed the tenor of my blog a bit, albiet for the better.

In a way, this blog has indeed turned out as I expected, "a chronicle of zero to one hundred, presently closer to zero". My actual fitness goal is to lose 100 pounds, and increasing my nearly non-extant bicyling skills seems like a good way to help attain that goal. I remain presently closer zero in weight loss and bicycling ability because personally I lack exercise skills and knowledge on how to exercise. At least I have room for improvement.

It is also my intent that my blog serve as a resource to people who are at a beginner level of bicycling and/or fitness. Having fixedgear make interesting posts that attracts input from more experienced cyclists supports that intent.

Put that thing away department

Shamelessly lifted from and velorution and Please wear black shorts, there is a reason why most (male) cyclists do so.

Friday, January 28, 2005



Flickr is a free on-line photo-hosting service.

One of the cool things about Flickr is that one can search by tags, to find pictures of a certain subject. Here is a link to all the pictures tagged bicycle. Enjoy.

Three blogs for you to check out

DT's Fat Boy Deluxe blog is a good read. Sounds like he is in the DC area (I used to spend a lot of time in Arlington and Alexandria for work, keeping the world safe for democracy and all) and he rides fixies. Good stuff.

Velorution is just chock full of great images (check out that Chinese watercolor!) and good links from the other side of the pond where they ride fixed wheel bikes.

Special thanks to gwadzilla who pointed me to both sites.

Thursday, January 27, 2005


He's still the coolest

Mario may have lost a little speed, and sure, Petacchi is a better sprinter, but nobody has more style. He can even make that hideous lime green kit look good.

Wedding Bikes

Check out these great wedding bike photos.

Armstrong to go after hour record?

According to, Armstrong has assembled a team of experts called the 'F-One' group to work with him on his hour record attempt. The group includes Carmichael Training Systems (CTS), Nike, helmet-maker Giro, wheelmaker Hed, Advanced Micro Devices and aerodynamicist Len Brownlie. Not sure what AMD is gonna do (they make chips) but the roles of everyone else seem pretty clear.

Here is a link to the New York Times article mentioned in the piece. Note: Registration required. Visit bugmenot to bypass registration or enter 'presurfer' as both user name and password.

There are actually two hour records. One is the 'athlete's' or 'absolute' record, which must be set on a conventional bike. That record is held by Chris Boardman. The other is the 'technology' record or 'best hour performance' which is also held by Boardman using every aerodynamic advantage possible.

Edit: Here are the hour records.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Caffeine and Cycling - perfect together!

This is the definitive guide to staying caffeinated while cycling. Incredible resource. I have a cheap "thermos" bottle that I got at Dick's Sporting Goods that fits in a bottle cage and is fun to use on liesurely cold weather rides.

Fun cycling book of the day - QBP Catalog

The Quality Bike Parts catalog makes great bathroom reading. I used to get them from Branford Bike or Harris Cyclery. At $16 it was a great reference work, full of pictures, specifications and information on thousands of parts. Branford is no longer carrying them, but Harris Cyclery might. Anyway, the soft cover has been replaced with a hard cover for the 2005 version. Read about that here.

Monday, January 24, 2005


Daniel Rebour - Le Cycliste drawings

Here is a link to more Daniel Rebour drawings, with the captions translated from the original French to English.

Most were originally published in Le Cycliste and were later collected into the Data Book.

Lance Armstrong To Launch Signature 24 Hour Fitness Club

Is there anything this guy won't endorse?

See the story here.

Let's see...Dasani, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, Subaru, Comcast, Nike...what am I forgetting?

Sunday, January 23, 2005


Major Taylor - A Forgotten Hero and Fun Cycling Book Of The Day

Marshal "Major" Taylor was bigger than Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods put together. He was the best bike racer of his day.

This book by Andrew Ritchie is a great read.

More information can be found at Major Taylor - A Forgotten Hero.

More cool Brooks Saddles stuff

The (limited edition and expensive!) Brooks jersey

The Brooks bar stool.

Saturday, January 22, 2005


Fun cycling book of the day

The Data Book.

Danile Rebour was a French illustrator whose pen and ink drawings of bicycle components are just magnificent. The book is $40, but worth it. Interesting to see such 'modern' innovations as threadless headsets, suspension forks and hydraulic brakes from the middle of the last century.

Available here.

Still more reasons to ride a bike!

More reasons to ride. From VeloNews.

Friday, January 21, 2005


Fun cycling book of the day

Bike Cult by Bavid B. Perry. An encyclopedia. If you can get past the slightly cheap feel of the book - newsprint-like paper, poor quality illustrations and photos - there is a wealth of great information here.

Here is a link to the Bike Cult web site, and a link to NYC Bikeworks.

Thursday, January 20, 2005



Like football, the best way to see the Race Across America is on TV. This Saturday, catch the 3,000-mile long 2004 Insight Race Across America in a two-hour NBC Sports show, 2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. EST. Check your local listings.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Inauguration Day

Tangentially related to bicycling (Get it? Tangentially.), bicycles will not be permitted on Metrorail on Inauguration Day due to the expected large crowds.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


Wanna ride the world's larget bike?

Here ia a link to a great story on the world's largest bike, which the article says one person can "peddle."

Monday, January 17, 2005


Why ride a bike?

Ten good reasons, from VeloNews.

Sore Ass Department

Italian ultra-cyclist Alessandro Colo has set a new record for riding an indoor bike (spinning), doing so for 201 hours, 1 minute and 8 seconds between December 27, 2004 and January 4, 2005. Colo covered 5819 km in his stationary ride, and along the way lowered his previous record time for 5000 km to 174 hours, 12 minutes and 29 seconds. Everything was checked with an odometer and an ergometer and during the rides he only stopped briefly to use the bathroom.

Colo, who conducts spinning classes in Rome, used the attempt to gauge his fitness for the Race Across America, which he plans to do this summer. He competed in the endurance event last year, but did not finish.

Editorial comment: Ouch.


Fun cycling book of the day

The Dancing Chain

A little more esoteric than The Quotable Cyclist but a fascinating read. It covers the development of modern derailer systems, with copious illustrations. Probably not at Barnes & Noble or Borders, but you can get it here.

Saturday, January 15, 2005


Wanna sponsor a team?

Want to sponsor a team? Team Colavita-Bolla (yes, the Colavita Olive Oil and the Bolla wine folks) is auctioning space on their jersey. See the eBay auction here.
Read more here. Team Fat Guy has a nice ring to it, no?

Fun cycling book of the day

We did bike builders A-Z, now we'll do cycling books for some wintertime diversion.

The Quotable Cyclist
. Great Moments of Bicycling Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor. Edited by Bill Strickland. Available from Amazon and your local bookstore (maybe).

(That is a special Fat Guy one. When Eddy stopped riding, he, uhh, bulked up a little. He's since slimmed down considerably.)

  • "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." JFK

Thursday, January 13, 2005


Great Idea File

From the "why didn't someone think of this sooner" department, I give you this. Brilliant! Particularly great if your shop happens to be located on/near a bike path or popular commuter route.

Looking for a century to ride?

The century, or 100 miles-in-one-day bike ride has been a cycling staple since the days when men oiled their chains and waxed their moustaches. Or is that waxed their chains and oiled their moustaches? Either way, if you (like the Fat Guy) are looking for that perfect century to ride, you might want to check out and their new web site.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Abandoned Bikes of New York

Great link to a photo site chock full of, well, abandoned bikes.


Unfortunately Named Bicycle Department

Phat cycles had a great idea for a new cruiser bike. They were gonna call it the Tsunami. Ooooops.

The bikes arrived in the states right around the time of the Tsunami. So they decided to sell the bikes anyway, and donate $20 from the sale of each bike to
World Vision.

Read the full story here.

Monday, January 10, 2005


New Bobke Jersey

If the Discovery Channel Cycling team jersey leaves you a little flat, you might like this one from Bob Roll's new team:


New Discovery Channel Cycling Team kit

The has pictures of the new team kit.

Caution, registration is required. A picture is here and doesn't require registration ;-)

Or you could just look here:

I saw a few promos on Discovery Channel while I was watching the Teutels argue, errr, watching American Chopper. In one commercial, the team was shown in last year's TdF wearing their Postal Service uniforms. In another spot, the postal Service logo was photoshopped out, covered in blue.

Some folks are landing here by following Google or Yahoo web searches like Discovery Channel Jersey or Discovery Channel Cycling Team Jersey. If that is you, you can buy one here with a portion going to Tsunami relief. Leave me some comments.

Jan goes to camp

T-Mobile starts training camp, Jan sez Lance will ride the 2005 Tour. Details here. From VeloNews.

Fuji, Schwalbe Join In Tsunami Relief Effort

Fuji Bicycles and Schwalbe North America stepped forward to aid those affected by last month's devastating tsunami. Schwable is donating 10 percent of its January web sales to the American Red Cross; Fuji is donating mountain bikes to relief workers in Southeast Asia.

Read the full story here.

From BRIN.

Thursday, January 06, 2005


Will he or won't he?

In a move certain to delight his new sponsors at Discovery Channel, Armstrong told a Belgian journalist that he is not interested in riding the 2005 Tour. Details here.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005


Cycle 'round Oz?

Monday, January 03, 2005


Come Mr. Tally Man, Tally Me Banana

I swear I am not making this up. This is a real product, and words almost fail me.

I found this in a British cycling magazine.

Apparently this is a huge problem on the other side of the pond.

You supply the caption!

New Single Speed Bike for the Masses!

The bike that made Milwaukee famous?

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