Thursday, December 25, 2008

Chistmas Eve Dinner UMMMMMMMM !

My favorite part of Christmas Eve is the Traditional Hot Rice pudding served with Butter Cinamin and Suger.
Then this morning I rode 10 miles on the Trek Fixed Gear. It was such a nice morning and mild weather.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Have a Merry, Merry Christmas !!!!!!!!!!!

Life is great. The economy is not, but we need to appreciate how great we have it here in the US and give thanks to our good fortune.................

Stay strong Elden &

WIN SUSAN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Monday, December 1, 2008


About Fatty

muggingHi. My name’s Elden, but please feel free to call me "Fatty," the nickname I picked up as a side benefit to writing this blog, "Fat Cyclist."

In the picture to the right (sporting my sassy new Twin Six-designed Fat Cyclist jersey — currently sold out), I’m not actually fat at all. In fact, I’m looking pretty darned good, if I say so myself. Better than I have in years.

Which was really the whole point of why I originally started this blog.

How it Started
For the past dozen or so years, biking — whether on the road or on dirt — has has been essentially my one and only hobby/activity/obsession. The thing is, though, cyclists need to be light if they’re going to be fast. So, a few years ago, when I went on a nice long bike ride and noticed I was having to walk up hills I had easily ridden not many years before, I realized something had to be done.

And yes, I also noticed my knees pushed into my gut with each pedal stroke. Shaddup.

I had known I needed to lose weight, but hadn’t really done much about it. As I pushed my bike up the road, I realized I had not tried one very successful diet tactic: humiliation. I resolved to start a blog, embarrassing myself by proclaiming my weight on a daily basis, no matter how bad I was doing.

I didn’t want to just post my weight, though. So I also wrote stories. Sometimes these stories are about rides. Sometimes they’re fake news (especially around Tour de France time, when there’s usually lots of stuff in the bike industry that begs for satire). Sometimes they’re about whatever bike-related thing has popped into my head that morning (lunchtime, evening, whenever).

And lately the blog’s been about a little bit more.

IMG_0390What’s Going On Right Now
The best way to get a summary of what’s going on in my life right now is to read the family Christmas letter, strangely enough.

But here’s a quick version.

Besides being a middle-aged guy who loves cycling, I’m also the father of four kids (2 boys, identical twin girls), and the husband of a woman — Susan — who is fighting metastatic breast cancer.

So while I still write lots of the jokey stuff I always have, I’m now more inclined to write the occasional serious post, keeping my family and friends (including the hundreds of friends I’ve made on this blog, but have never met in person) up to date with how that battle is going.

I also am prone to frequent contests for my readers, geared toward making money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, two organizations that have helped us in immeasurably in our fight against cancer.

How to Reach Me
It’s easy to reach me. Just send me email. You should know that there’s a reasonable chance I won’t respond, because, well, I have four kids, a wife who needs my help, a full-time job, a blog, a love of bicycles, and a short attention span. So follow these guidelines:

  • Ask one question when you email me, and keep it simple. If you ask a whole bunch of questions or a question that requires hours of work from me, I’ll think to myself, "I’ll have to get back to this one later," and then I never will. This isn’t me being snobby about email with strangers; this is how I am with everyone, including friends, family, and my boss.
  • If I don’t reply, try emailing me again. I’m probably not ignoring you on purpose. I’m just not very organized or responsible.

If You Want to Reprint Something I’ve Written
Once in a while, people ask me if they can reprint something I’ve written. If you find yourself in this situation, please seek help. It’s not too late to get the attention you need. Or you can just email me and ask. Generally I’m cool with it, as long as you give me credit. If you can give me extra credit, so much the better.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Huntington Day after Thanksgiving

Rode with Billy and his 2 buddies. I rode 4.51 miles then bailed for a personal family matter. We did a lot of climbing and had a blast. The Heckler is really a lot of fun. I was pretty wiped from the ride the day before.

More Pics

Thanksgiving Morning

After I finished peeling Yams and Potatoes to feed 20 people I was able to slip out for what I thought would be a cold and quick ride. It was about 45 degrees and overcast. I headed up to Troutbrook via Bradley Road off Valleyforge Road. The parking lot was packed. Mostly hikers and dog walkers. Very few bike racks. I decided the take the Tourquise loop on the left and roll up to meet the White. I've never ridden left to right. It turns out this is a great way to enjoy the park
and not kill myself with the Hard climb on the right to JumpHill as the start. I must have counted 25 Dogs walking packs of people in the woods. Fairfield County only allows Labs apparently. Take a look at at the scenery I got to enjoy as I forgot it was Thanksgiving and we had company filling the house back home.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

KanyonKris: Mountain Bike Lights For Under $65

KanyonKris: Mountain Bike Lights For Under $65: "Interested in a light setup for mountain biking at night for under $65? Here are the features:

* Two light system - one on the helmet, the other on the handlebars
* 190 lumens output for each light (380 lumens total) *
* Blue-white light good for illuminating mountain biking terrain
* 2 hours of full light, 2.5 hours of usable light
* Uses high-capacity, light-weight lithium ion batteries
* Durable LED light source good for 50,000 hours
* Tough, water-resistant housing
* 4.1 ounces (116 grams) for each light with battery

* The retailer states 230 lumens but this is simply the output claimed by the LED manufacturer at 1 amp of current. A commenter at DealExtreme stated the output is closer to 190 lumens."

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Wilton Woods as a spectator

Free Ride

I could not pass up on this Free Ride Santa Cruz Heckler. I was also looking at a few Bullits but felt this was enough travel. I have several rides with in Wilton Woods this weekend and it climbs like crasy and is stiff and stable on the decents.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lemond Litespeed Titanium Frame set 56 - eBay (item 120326663438 end time Nov-09-08 18:47:36 PST)

Lemond Litespeed Titanium Frame set 56 - eBay (item 120326663438 end time Nov-09-08 18:47:36 PST): "Circa 1991 Greg LeMond Titanium frame w/ Kestrel Fork

This LeMond, made by Litespeed, was one of the Team Z colored frame sets, originally Blue and Grey. I had it repainted and have decided that I have no use for it. Frame set is in good condition."

Ok , here is the chance to own a Titanium Fixed Gear Conversion Frame. Look at those Long dropouts. This Frame has SS / Fixed written all over it. In fact I do not remember finding any Ti Frames with these long drops. If the bidding stays low enough I may jump in, but I still have 3 more bikes to sell before I can start a new project.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fat Cyclist » Blog Archive » Getting the Ending Right

Wow talk about sadness. I have been following Fatcyclist for at least a year and have tried to be a supporter. Fatty and Susan and their family have been through so much. I hope many people will read this and appreciate what we all have and take a moment to think.........

Fat Cyclist » Blog Archive » Getting the Ending Right: "Yesterday’s trip to the oncologist taught me exactly how easy it is to hear what you want to hear. Specifically, when last week I heard “dramatic improvement,” what I didn’t hear was the context: Susan’s brain is filled with too many lesions to count, and the ongoing inflammation can only be moderated — not eliminated — by steroids."

Yes, the size of the lesions had dramatically improved. But the truth is, the brain is delicate. When you throw a handful of gravel into it, the size of the individual pebbles is only one of the things that matters.

So while I’ve been pinning the blame of these episodes on Decadron, the fact is they would be happening regardless. The timing would just be different.

So: we’re up to twice as much Decadron now as we used to be.

But the truth is, it doesn’t matter much. Things are changing fast now.

Here’s what I mean.

As we got back from the doctor yesterday — around noon or so — and I had gotten Susan into the wheelchair to go into the house, the weather was so perfect I suggested we go for a walk instead of going into the house.

That sounded good to Susan.

So I pushed her around the neighborhood, loving the feel of Autumn: warm sun, cool breeze. The trees in the valley are changing colors, and the sound of a wheelchair rolling over crunchy leaves is incredibly soothing.

We talked, and Susan seemed — for the first time that day — to be happy and herself again.

After an hour or so she was tired, so I wheeled her home and got us lunch.

By the time lunch was over, she could no longer remember that we had been on the walk. She couldn’t remember the trip to the doctor. And for a while, she was certain that she was not at her home at all.

And she got worse as the day progressed. She’s now confused, lost, and afraid most of the time. It is unbearable for me to watch. Not so much that her reality is slipping; I expected that to happen eventually. What I hate is that it’s slipped into such an awful place.

So I spent the afternoon trying to answer the question: how can I be kind? Kind to Susan, and kind to the children, who can’t understand what’s going on and find themselves frustrated and scared when they try to answer Susan’s impossible questions (”Is that me walking around upstairs?” “Have I died?”).

The answer I’ve come up with is something like this:

I know how this will end now; the last chapter of Susan’s cancer is already written. I can’t control that. I can however try to exert some control over how Susan experiences this last chapter. And equally important to me: I can control how my kids experience it.

So we’re switching to hospice now, and the emphasis of the medication Susan takes will be on blocking the fear and confusion she’s feeling. I can try to make her time with the family pleasant for her, even if I can’t hope to have her understand it.

And meanwhile, I’m explaining as best as I can to the kids that mom has spent her whole life taking care of us, and now it’s our turn to take care of her.

There’s one big piece of this puzzle I haven’t figured out yet, though: I am clearly pretty messed up right now, but I’m dealing with it by staying extremely busy. I feel OK whenever I’m making myself useful. So far, that’s working, because I have a lot to do. But I know it’s not a permanent solution. I’ll get to that later.

For now I need to focus on my wife and kids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 1 at OutDoor Demo East : Interbike Times

Day 1 at OutDoor Demo East : Interbike Times: "What a day here in Providence. Great weather, riding and energy for a perfect opening to our inaugural East Coast edition of the OutDoor Demo. We had great turnout at the event and a constant stream of riders heading out to the trails on new bikes. The NBDA Seminars and tech clinics were standing room only. We ended the day with a fun industry networking party where we served New England clam chowder, corn on the cob, corn bread, pizza, beer and refreshments. Met a ton of dealers from all over the East Coast. A few shops from New York City had rented vans to bring all their employees up for the event. Saw a few retailers from places as far away as Tennessee and Virginia, too. Heard that some shops had employees coming up on different days so that they could keep the shop covered and still experience the Demo."

Hindsight - Like eyes in the back of your head

The Nike Hindsight cyclist's glasses from designer Billy May (we loved his Torn lights before) are designed to do one simple thing: stop cyclists from getting hurt on the roads. At the extended side of each lens is a carefully arranged high-power Fresnel lens that captures the view to the sides of the wearer's head, and sends it into the peripheral vision.

charitybuzz | The Young Survival Coalition

charitybuzz | The Young Survival Coalition

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer.

The organization was founded by three young breast cancer survivors in 1998. All under the age of 35 at diagnosis, they were discouraged by the lack of information and resources available to young women, and concerned about the under-representation of young women in breast cancer studies.

Unlike their post-menopausal counterparts, young women diagnosed with breast cancer face higher mortality rates, fertility issues and the possibility and ramifications of early menopause. The YSC seeks to change the face of breast cancer by: advocating to increase the number of studies about young women and breast cancer; educating young women about the importance of breast self-examination and early detection; and being a point of contact for other young women with breast cancer.

"Young women don't get breast cancer' is a refrain we hear frequently," says Randi Rosenberg, past president of the YSC. "Yet, here we are, right in front of the medical and research communities representing the global voice of all young women living with breast cancer. If they begin studying breast cancer in young women, they may unlock the key to why all women are diagnosed with this deadly disease."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wilton Woods Ride

This morning was incredible. Cool, dry and sunny. Wilton Woods is in great shape although the trails are covered with leaves which proved a problem on some of the newer runs. I ended up dong just a bit over 7 miles and had a blast. The new Black Diamond trail is really great. Did that run 3 times. Clearing everything with ease now even the big dip shown in the video below. The trees turning are incredible as well. Really enjoyed the experience today.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Smaller Tires for the Trek. 700x38c Tioga cityslicker

This bike seems to be getting most of my road attention. Between las weekend and yesterday I have had 3 great road rides.
Tonight a road ride to break in the Tioga 700x38c cityslicker tires.
The Niterider Trail Rat is ready to go.
Now If I can sell the Lemond and Shadow I may be get a 29er Frame to start my next project. Working an a few deals