Cooler than Fonzie

I do not like Las Vegas. It’s too hot. It’s too crowded. It’s too creepy. The entertainment doesn’t entertain me. At all.

I used to have to go, once a year, for Comdex. While pretty much every other tech nerd I knew counted the days ’til they got to go to this weeklong software orgy, I would look for excuses to stay home.

Examples of contemplated excuses follow:

  • “I think I’ve been poisoned.”
  • “My goiter is acting up.”
  • “I had a vivid dream that the Armageddon starts this week, and it begins in Las Vegas.”

None of these excuses were successful, and I always wound up going.

What irony, then, that for Interbike — the one show I’d actually be excited to go to, even though it’s in Las Vegas — I actually have a genuine ironclad reason for not going: It’s end of quarter, and I am buried neck-deep in a project that actually affects the future of my company.

Oh well, maybe next year.

Unbelievably Cool
Of course, all the bike and bike accessory companies are rolling out their wares for ’08 at Interbike. Which means my favorite companies have got some cool new stuff to show.

In particular, Twin Six has some new jerseys coming out that I absolutely must have. First, there’s the Speedy ’08:

I really, really dig the retro, home-made look of the jersey, where the stripes, the lettering and the “6” have the color of the jersey show through, like the silk screen was running out of … um … whatever stuff they use to silk screen onto shirts.

The other jersey out of their ’08 collection I am absolutely going to add to my collection is The Cross:

This jersey makes me think that the next Fat Cyclist jersey — should I decide to do one — will be black and red.

Rewarding Awesomeness
Twin Six has more cool new jerseys and T-shirts coming out for ’08. You should go to their site and check them out.

And then, you should consider this: Twin Six is not a huge multinational company. They just seem that way because they keep doing everything right. They’re actually just two guys in Minneapolis, doing their part to make cyclists everywhere look cooler than we actually are.

So here’s what I want you to do. Go visit your local bike shop and talk to the guy there who’s going to Interbike. Tell him you would really like to be able to start buying cool jerseys from his shop, and that he ought to make sure he takes the time to swing by the Twin Six booth and talk with your good buddies Brent and Ryan (yeah, you’re on a first name basis with them). Tell him to tell Ryan and Brent that Fatty sent him.

And then you can feel good about yourself for the rest of the day, knowing you’ve done your part to rid the world of cringe-inducinggoofy novelty jerseys forever.

PS: Speaking of jerseys, the original Fat Cyclist Jerseys are now officially all sold out. If you didn’t get one, you don’t get one. there are only four three of the original orange-and-black Fat Cyclist Jerseys left for sale in the whole world:

They’re all size LargeTwo of them are size Large, and one is Medium, they’re ready to ship, shipping’s free, and when they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Click here to order one (Twin Six is out, so you’ll have to order from me). First come, first served. I don’t expect these to last through the day, so if you take some time to contemplate, you’ll probably miss out.

You can still get the pink WIN edition (Unisex sizes only — women-specific sizes are all sold out) from Twin Six. Stock’s starting to run low in some sizes, though; if you want one, you should get one.

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