A Note from Fatty: Iâ€™m really busy right now getting the infrastructure of my new site set up, not to mention trying to write something for the blog each day. Which means that I havenâ€™t had as much time as Iâ€™d like to participate in my own forum. So I asked BotchedExperiment to act as administrator/moderator of the forum, figuring that since heâ€™s just working full-time, finishing his doctorate, and taking care of an infant and 4-year-old kid, he has plenty of spare time. Botched said heâ€™d help me out, and has already done some great things with the forum. Go over and see what heâ€™s done with the place. And be sure to pay Botched his due respect; he says heâ€™s itching to ban someone…just to prove he can.
Fatty is Selfish
In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to confess that I almost always act out of self-interest. When, for example, I set up the Ads-for-Schwag program, I wasnâ€™t simply thinking, â€œGee, wouldnâ€™t it be nice if I could give companies I like a cheap way to advertise to their target audience, while simultaneously giving my readers something cool for free?â€ Instead, I was thinking, â€œGee, wouldnâ€™t it be nice if I could convince both my readers and potential advertisers that it was to their benefit to advertise on my site, so that I could simultaneously get free stuff and make it look like my advertising space is in high demand?â€
In other words, while I definitely intend to use the Ads-for-Schwag program to give companies I like a place to get the word out and to give readers cool stuff, I also plan to keep some of that cool stuff for myself.
I did not, however, expect to be so sorely tempted to keep the giveaway for myself on the first go-round.
What You Can Win
Normally, Iâ€™d talk about what the contest is before describing what you can win, but I dig this jersey so much, I want you to get a good look at it right away:
How cool are the Vicious Cycles guys for giving away this jersey? Very cool, thatâ€™s how cool. My thinking on this kind of coolness goes as follows: If a company is going to be so cool as to give away this kind of jersey, theyâ€™re cool enough that you might want to give their website a look when youâ€™re thinking about a new frame. Or when youâ€™re thinking about getting the most awesome paint job ever for your bike.
Hereâ€™s the thing about this jersey, though: itâ€™s size medium. Which means that even at my lightest, it will not fit me. Which is good for you, because if it did fit me, I would be wearing it right now.
The Contest: What Do You Love?
A few days ago, I talked about something I really love: my Smartwool socks. Iâ€™m pretty confident that any cyclist would find a pair of Smartwool socks an excellent gift.
What Iâ€™d like to know is, what other bike-related stuff do you love? Itâ€™s got to be something that can be given as a gift, because Iâ€™m going to compile all the good answers into my annual â€œCyclistsâ€™ Christmas Wish List,â€ which you can then point your friends and family toward.
And how do you enter the contest? Just leave a comment with a suggestion for what should go in the list. Iâ€™ll choose a winnerâ€”at randomâ€”from all the responses I consider good enough to go in the list.
Good luck. Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ll win.