New jersey

Old Guy kit: The original (left) and the second edition.

Old Guy kit: The original (left) and the second edition.

No Chris Christie jokes, now — though we are gonna be talking about new Fat Guy jerseys.

Several of you have expressed an interest in reviving the Old Guy Who Gets Fat In Winter Racing Team kit, and yesterday I emailed the fine folks at Voler to get an idea of the process and expense.

They replied straight away, and it seems they still have at least some of my original designs on hand.

So, the question is, do we want to revive one of the old designs, or come up with something entirely new for the 25th anniversary edition?

We’re looking at an order-due date of Aug. 4 and a shipping week of Sept. 22-30. Price is unclear at this point — I’m guessing we’re looking at a cost of $55-60 per jersey, but that is a dramatically uninformed opinion. I’ll speak with one of the sales guys next week and should know more then. Obviously, the more we order, the less they’ll cost.

In the meantime, feel free to chime in with your opinion as regards design: yellow original, multicolored second edition, or an entirely new jersey.


84 Responses to “New jersey”

  1. Jack Says:

    Thank Goodness!!! Figure I’ll need two! How bout the original and a new design for the anniversary issue.

  2. matlinp Says:

    I’ve got the second edition, which I still wear proudly. So, I’m with Jack, original flavor perhaps, or something new for the anniversary. How about a picture of El Fatso with a donut in one hand and a LUG mug in the other?

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Thanks Patrick! Wore out my original, and currently have a second edition that has some wear on it. I like the yellow original for the brighter color. But, if the muse smacks you upside the head for a new design, I would ask for a fairly bright background color. We would be in for two, and I might get a friend or two interested at the shop. Any chance they would offer it to the general public on their web site? Maybe as a fund raiser for Adventure Cycling?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, it seems you can set up your own online store with Voler these days. I don’t know anything about it, other than that the Drunkcyclist guys go that route with their kit. I should be better informed next week.

      The company that hosts the original DogS(h)ite also has some e-commerce options, so it might be possible to do an online store with them, too.

      Dunno about Adventure Cycling. I’ll touch base with them. Their plate is always full to overflowing, though; the curse of the non-profit.

  4. sachiwilson Says:

    I’d be happy to have any of ‘em!

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Wow, great!

    Patrick, I will leave to you whether to design a new one. Its your baby. I would think with your artistic talents, a new design would be something we would all appreciate. Perhaps a 25th anniversary showing the Old Guy in impending geezerhood would fit the bill for all of us.

    I still have a couple of the original yellow jersey and one second edition, so a new design would be fine with me. One yellow one is a “small” and…ahem…doesn’t get too much use since I no longer weigh in at my old racing weight of 144 lbs ( .

    My medium yellow jersey is hanging in there, but gets heavy use as it is one of my favorite workday commuting jerseys due to the bright and visible color.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    PS: And, of course, make some beer money for the Mad Dog.

  7. Andy Bohlmann Says:

    But, I’m fat all of the time.

    Put me down for a new one.

  8. Steve O Says:

    If you want to order a jersey one size smaller, as motivation to drop some winter weight, here’s something else to help:

    You Had One Simple Task: Secure the Keys to the Key Hook
    Kyle Vanhemert, Wired: “The wall-mounted keyholder has two hooks, one for your bike key, one for your car key. If you grab the bike key, you’re out the door and on your way. If you grab the car key, the machine drops the bike key on the floor, forcing you to stoop down and pick it up. At that point, you have both keys in your hand — effectively giving you a second chance to weigh your options.”

  9. bromasi Says:

    count me in,I’ll take two of what ever. Now how about some bibs. See what you started.

  10. Roadtoad Says:

    It would be cool to see something new for the 25th year anniversary. As far as the first and second editions, I prefer the multicolored second edition.

  11. Jay Fromkin Says:

    Oh, yeah. Original, I think.

    Jay Fromkin

  12. Sharon Says:

    Well, I don’t have a dog in that fight on the old fat guy jersey. However, if a second jersey would be an option, it might be cool to see something from the backside of a few people going up a massive hill. Something along the lines of the road goes on forever, but the party never ends (to quote Mr. Keen). That way, could be male or female. Just a thought.

  13. Jack Says:


  14. Patrick24 Says:

    I think the colors in the old design look better. Any chance of design a t-shirt version of this?

  15. Russ Williams Says:

    I wouldn’t rule out a new design but still like the original design like the one you sold me at Interbike years ago.

  16. Doug Glondeniz Says:

    I’m in no matter what you decide.

  17. Dale Says:

    First I’d like to say that I like your OGWGFITW design. Now I’m gonna say that I’ve never dressed appropriately in my life, so I most likely won’t buy one.

    When I was a kid, I PO’d my grandmother for wearing a jacket in the summer when I was the RED RYDER. I PO’d my grandmother in the winter for not wearing a jacket when I was a grunt in WW2 taking some little town in France from the Nazi’s.

    I don’t own any Spandex, and I lost my cycling gloves about 30 years ago. It seems I haven’t gotten around to replacing them yet (it’s on my list).

    I have a history, so if you see some old guy dressed inappropriately, it just could be me.

  18. veloben Says:

    always wanted the original and was really bummed when I missed out. Bring back that maybe with “Bigger. Hairier. Closer to the Ground” worked in.

  19. gopi Says:

    Awesome! Been looking for one for a long time and got old in the process. Perfect timing! Love the new design.

  20. John Dallager Says:

    Love the bright colors on the original…..safer too no doubt…..but would also order a “special POG autographed 25th anniversary edition”.

    Also have some cyclist friends who would likely be interested.

    Good on ya, POG!!

  21. JimI Says:

    I have the original would like to have #2. My brother who is a demented old fart needs one. He lost his original. Go for it, us old guys need all the help we can get. Watching the gofasters fall down laughing at the jersey while I get away is fun.

  22. Jeff Cozad Says:

    I’m in! WooHoo!

  23. John Loesch Says:

    I vote for the original although I would consider a new design. THe original is hard to beat. And I would need at least 4.
    Dr John

  24. hurbenHurben Says:

    Seeing as I took the long way to this blog & arrived late, I lean towards an original. Regardless, I’ll take one of however many designs you produce.

    Have Voler eased up & now ship to the rest of the world?

  25. Charley Says:

    I’m qualified on at least two counts; old and porky! I’m in. Old or new.

  26. Debby no longer in Longtucky Says:

    I’d love to have one, but not being a guy, I guess I can’t. 😦

    I think the red and white one looks great. The original is good too.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Can we have an Old Gals Who Get Fat in Winter version, or is that too politically incorrect?

      • Debby no longer in Longtucky Says:

        well, I’m old and I get fat in winter (and stay fat!) so I’m good with it. 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      One reason I have lived to the ripe old age of 60 is that I have rarely cracked jokes about women and weight.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Natch! You won’t get far with using the words OLD and FAT on something you’re trying to sell to women. I’m still trying to live down describing someone as “giant goldilocks” one time. She looked just like goldilocks – blond hair, pretty face, etc. but she was 6′ tall – hence “giant goldilocks”. Didn’t go over well.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        There be danger there!

  27. Pat O'Brien Says:

    How many Chris Christies does it take to ride a bike?

    Sorry, but someone had to start this.

  28. Grumbly Oldguy Says:

    I’m in for either design, or even a new one if it is in the pipeline. Tshirts would fun. I like bold colors they make me a better target on the bike.

  29. Jon Paulos Says:

    First of all, I’m in no matter what you decide. In multiples because who knows how long these will need to last.

    Second I’d like a twenty fifth special edition AND one of the others. The family will get the others, and I’LL get the special edition.

    When can we order? Do we order from Voler?

  30. Jon Paulos Says:

    And t-shirts too. Let me know if you want help with a vendor. Christmas gifts doncha know.

  31. Steve O Says:

    The only thing better than a new design would be an original, and the only thing better than an original would be a new one.

    Glass half full x2.

  32. Weaksides Says:

    Late comment here, but I’d probably be good for at least one of whatever you come up with. And why do you have to hate on winter? Getting fat can be a year-round thing you know!

  33. Ryan Says:

    I have a second edition that survived a pavement wipeout unscathed (YMMV). its also the Jersey that gets the most comments hands down…mostly from ladies who want to get one for their husbands. I have switched over to wearing merino wool but this is one poly jersey I will never part with – love to see a new run.

  34. michael lanham Says:

    Hey we have 7 guys that wear the jersey in Dallas/Richardson TX and we have tried to get more jerseys from Velo Gear but to no avail. I have written them and they claim not to have any more at all. We get lots of great comments on our jerseys and have had our pictures taken dozens of times (well pictures of the Jerseys anyway) at rides all over Texas. We would love to order another round and would be happy to use another provider if you choose to. No love lost for Velogear – pretty lousy customer service in my opinion.

    Let us know where and when to order!!!

  35. michael lanham Says:

    We agree – some dri-fit t-shirts with the same art work would be fantastic. Let’s do it and offer 2-fers!

  36. michael lanham Says:

    In case you still want votes – use the red and white art work on the original jersey – the cartoon cyclist is what makes it too funny.

  37. John in GJ Says:

    Whoa, been out of town and missed this post. Dinosaur National Monument was unreal, go when you get the chance. Visit Echo Park and thank David Brower that you can without drowning.

    DEFINITELY count me in for at least one jersey, in XL (I’m not a scrawny climber, that’s for sure). I’ve often regretted not getting one when I last had a chance. That’s what I get for saying “next paycheck” too many times.

    Of the two, I prefer the red/white with cartoon design (gotta love PO’G cartoons!), but a new design would be very cool too (might I recommend a cartoon?).

    One suggestion: how about a 3/4 length hidden zip this time around? Being over here in Dysfunction Junction, where summer fun often means heat stroke, and the progress of global warming (despite insistence to the contrary on the part of the intentionally uninformed), venting gets to be something of a priority.

  38. Downhill Bill Says:

    My 2nd edition is worse for the pavement wear. One of those AND a new one would be great. FWIW the “In dog years I’m dead” on the back of the MDM jersey gets more comments than anything.

  39. James Says:

    New one, with new ‘updated’ design. Maybe some silver to commemorate the ‘silver anniversary of the OGWGFIW’ series. The super rare MDM jersey (red & black) is a classy one too, but sadly not as cool or comment catching. Either way, I will be getting one in – GASP! – a smaller size as the originals are getting too big. LOL

  40. John A Levy Says:

    wouldn’t mind thew original as mine suffered a sad road rash demise. Second version still intact.

  41. Russ Williams Says:

    I think I asked you this question before at Interbike but don’t remember the answer. Why was this jersey available in S and Medium? I’m not even sure a size Large is appropriate. Like my Dad used to say… you don’t pound a 10 penny nail with a tack hammer. This jersey should be XL and XXL.

  42. Kevin Says:

    I have been looking for this jersey for a long time…love the short sleeve/yellow version…count me in for at least one XXL!

    Kev@Plains Bike

  43. Lowdog Says:

    I have both of the old designs, so would consider a new one. Always get comments on the jerseys.

    • Russ Williams Says:

      I can’t remember how many years its been since the original jersey came out but how about something like… ” 25 years and still fat”

  44. Mr. P Says:

    I bought the original (yellow) jersey 10 years back and I’m now too fat to wear it. I’m in – but assuming I’ll lose the weight (an assumption I regularly make), I’d go for a new design. Thanks!

    ps. While you’re at it, how about a new cartoon book?

    • Russ Williams Says:

      Speaking of too fat to wear it… like I am. Did you ever wonder why the jersey was offered in small and medium? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the lofty goals of this team?

      • John in GJ Says:

        The “smaller” sizes were for the Old Guys Who Get Fat In Winter Cycling Team support staff. For example, the soingers wear them in the feed zone so they can be easily recognized. Then again, since it often takes two hands and a strong back to lift just one of our Old Guys Who Get Fat In Winter Cycling Team feed bags, the soigners often stand out due to their Popeye like arms.

        The team masseuse has it easy. It’s like giving a massage to a bowl of jello.

  45. David Schweizer Says:

    Thanks! I’d prefer the old one, as it shouts that I’m a member of the team. Besides, it’s the only yellow jersey I’m ever going to wear…

  46. Shane McCartney Says:

    I just saw this jersey for the first time this evening on my commute home. I realize you had an order date of the 4th this month, but can I put a last minute order in?

  47. John Loesch Says:

    Any progress on a jersey order? I have not seen a post to that effect and I check in everyday. Hope your move goes well and that you have sufficient ammo and whiskey for your new abode.

  48. Russ Says:

    Has your impending move brought the jersey product to a screeching halt? When it happens, who and how do we pay for them?

  49. john brewer Says:

    hi any new news on the jersey’s

  50. john brewer Says:

    still trying to get an update on the jersey’s ,

  51. antoniobesteban Says:

    Please let me know when these will be available. Thanks

  52. David Schweizer Says:

    Winter is coming on and the “get fat” part of my annual training cycle is already well underway. (The “get old” part marches on relentlessly, of course.)

    I’m soooo looking forward to having one of these in the Spring! Please….

    • Russ Says:

      I know the old part and the fat part too! I figured the jerseys went to a back burner with O’Grady’s move, Interbike and exploring his new digs. Hopefully he won’t forget abut us though.

  53. Russ Says:

    Any word on when the jerseys might be available for sale?

  54. David Schweizer Says:

    Taking turns with Russ keeping the fires burning here.

    The days are just starting to get noticeably longer. It won’t be long before my excuses (too dark, too cold, too wet, etc.) for not riding become totally ludicrous.

    Checkbook ready…

    • Russ Williams Says:

      Does that mean it’s my turn? Please oh please oh great and wondrous oz… I mean O’Grady. May we buy jerseys from you if we promise to be good little bikies?

  55. Dale Tapley Says:

    I was wandering if you have more jerseys to order?

  56. David Schweizer Says:

    *sigh* Over on a different post our jersey hopes were dashed again for the time being:

    The line’s out the door, O’Grady, the line’s out the door.

  57. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Howdy, everyone. Quick update: We’ve been enjoying an extraordinary run of expensive misfortune (dog surgery and home repairs), and with Herself working outside the house five days a week instead of two my free time and uncommitted resources have been greatly reduced.

    I have my fingers crossed that the worst of it will be over here in a couple of weeks, and then we’ll see what’s what. The folks at Voler will be ready when I am. I’ll talk to them about setting up an online store to keep things simple. The Drunkcyclist guys have something similar going on.

    Apologies for the extended delay.

    • Dale Tapley Says:

      Awesome, Thanks Patrick. Best wishes

    • David Schweizer Says:

      Thanks. Fingers crossed for you — and perhaps jersey sales will help replenish your coffers.

      • Russ Williams Says:

        Sorry Patrick. There was just so much we didn’t know. I can’t kick a man when he is down. I hope things get better.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No worries, guys. I’m delighted that there’s so much interest in new kit.

      It’s just been one thing after another since we made the move from Bibleburg to Duke City, but we’re nibbling away at it. The biggest deal was eye surgery for our dog, Mister Boo — big bucks at once followed by a lot of little bucks later for meds and follow-up visits to the veterinary ophthalmologist — but it was all worth it, ’cause the one-eyed little swine is back to enjoying life after an extended recovery period.

      The rest of it is just shit breaking and needing repair, which wouldn’t be so much of a problem if it didn’t all break more or less at once.

      So, yeah: We’re getting there. And I need some new kit, too, so don’t abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Not quite yet.

  58. David Schweizer Says:

    I’d be better able to celebrate the first day of Spring if I could go for a ride to start shedding my Winter weight gain in a nice new jersey…

    Subtle as a brick, a friend used to say about me.

  59. Chris Marshall Says:

    I love my old man jersey. People comment on it all the time. I would love to have a new design or even a few different ones. I would definitely buy a couple of them.

    • Russ Says:

      I would never demean old nor fat since I am both. If I only had the jersey to show my pride.

  60. Dale Tapley Says:

    Im sure ready for some new jerseys Maybe we can get some before CX season.

  61. David Schweizer Says:

    Maybe it would help if we all sang Happy Birthday to this post! One year ago yesterday!

    I’m older, and fatter, and my other gear is more worn, so my need is greater than ever…

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