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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: FatBooks (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615563694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615563695
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elden “Fatty” Nelson started writing Fat Cyclist in 2005 as a way to hold his own feet to the fire as he tried to lose weight. Now in its seventh year, FatCyclist.com has won the Best Sports Blog Bloggie award three times, as well as Bloggie’s Lifetime Achievement award. In real life, Fatty is an imposing figure, commanding attention and frank adulation wherever he goes. He is strikingly handsome man, tall and powerfully-built, with a steely gaze, square jaw, and rippling pecs. Or maybe he has jiggly pecs. Could go either way, really.

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I like to ride my bike.
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Full disclosure- I read Fatty's blog, but this book is interdependently awesome.
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I found myself laughing out loud a number of times while reading the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Visschedyk on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been reading the Fat Cyclist website for a few years, and decided that I enjoy Fatty's writing so much I would buy the book. It's a great read. It's interesting to see that at one time he was a "fat" cyclist, and started the blog so that he could hold himself accountable for a 30 pound weight loss.

Even his first few posts from 2005 were self-deprecating and made me smile while reading it on the subway. Now he is a world famous cycling blogger (which I think is like bragging you won a race you were the only entrant), and raises a ton of money for cancer relating charities.

This is not a book only for cyclists, though to be honest, it would help. Fatty, as he does on his website, has filled the book with great stories of various rides he does and as a cyclist myself, I can relate to his struggles and triumphs. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who does endurance athletes, even if they have never read the fat cyclist website, and would be a good read for the patient significant other of an endurance athlete.

My favourite part of the book is the advice that Fatty provides. It's not how to ride faster, that's boring. Instead, how to make an excuse for not riding on a beautiful day, how to make a cyclist crash, or how not to get invited to the next group ride. All of them, both truthful and funny.

Ride on!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hansen on December 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been a pretty faithful reader of the Fat Cyclist blog for a few years now. When Fatty wrote his book, though, I didn't rush out to buy it -- why read what I've already read, right? Then the Kindle version was published and it is just too simple to one-click, get the instant download, and have the book available on the iPad. I figured it could fill a few spare minutes from time to time -- waiting for the bus, waiting for the doctor, waiting for Godot. Whatever. And if I never tapped it open and decided instead on another futile run at level 15 of the most recent Angry Birds update, it was only ten bucks spent, no big deal.

In one of my downtime moments, though, (waiting for a rehab session for my most recent bike-associated broken bone, if you must know) I read the first entry. And then the next, the next, the next, and the next. It was like chocolate chip cookies -- or popcorn -- or one more hill interval (well, scratch that one). Once you start it is hard to stop. Even if you have read the stories before, you find yourself smiling and saying "Oh, yeah, I remember that one." It's a bit like riding a route you haven't ridden yet this season -- familiar, but new. You see things you didn't see the last time you rode it. It's precisely, exactly the same as it was, but different. (And if you haven't read the stories before, this book will be a good introduction to the Blog, and easier than clicking back through the archives once you get hooked -- as well you might.)

Why do people read Fatty. Not, sorry Fatty, for his great wisdom. Not because he will give you the technical advice you need to be a better rider. Not because you will necessarily want to ride what he rides, with whom he rides, how he rides, or where he rides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the doctor on December 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love this book. The only problem is that I have to stop reading it because I am laughing so hard I can't see. A must have for any cyclist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chase on December 22, 2011
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I have been following the website for a few years now and just got he book. It's great! All the stories are funny, charming, and full of "Fatty" making fun of himself and others around him. I had to get another copy to give out as a Christmas present.

The best part is all the stories are short and easy to read one at a time in 10 mins or less!

A great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Fleming on December 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
"Comedian Mastermind" is laugh out loud humor. For those that are cycling enthusiasts, you will see yourself in Fatty's tales. For those that aren't cyclists, you will laugh at the wacky perspective of cyclists. I've been reading Fatty's blog for more than two years now, and this book really is a great insight into an "every-man's" view of cycling. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark H. Morris on December 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I am writing this "review" not because I enjoyed the book (although I did) but because Fatty is once again using his blog to beg us to do this for him. 8-)

How could anyone resist a book written by someone who calls himself "Fat Cyclist"? You are probably thinking that this screams of another high brow text on the finer points of cycling written for the snooty intelligentsia who ride expensive bicycles. If you are not thinking this, buy this book NOW! If you are thinking this, buy this book NOW! Either way, you will find yourself drawn into the strangely exciting and often mysterious world of Elden Nelson aka Fatty.

Not only is Fatty a clever and witty story teller (read the book), he is also a faux-famous super-blogger (read the blog... <...>). Looking past the power of his keyboard, Fatty is also one of the most prolific charitable fundraisers of our day. He takes his cancer fighting seriously (read the blog archives) and this book will help him with that fight. Buy the book, read the blog, and join with the rest of us helping Fatty to "Fight like Susan"!

-Mark...a skinny cyclist
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