Actually, this post isn't entirely about a bike giveaway. I recently came across the blog of a guy who goes by Fat Cyclist, or Fatty for short. I given my 210-lb frame, I feel I have a little in common with the guy, and he seems to have a pretty good sense of humor, so I've been following his blog. I'd also love for someone to take his logo and put that on a cycling jersey. I'd love to be able to ride in that because it's perfect for me.
Today's post involves a potential giveaway of a brand new Trek Superfly 100 mountain bike. That's a nearly $5,000 bike. Really swanky, something I could never afford. Here's the gist of the situation. Fatty has had a little trouble motivating himself to get down to his racing weight of 158 lbs from his current 170 lbs. All I can assume is that the guy is also a midget. If I were 170 lbs, I'd actually be rail thin and would never wear a shirt. I mean never. They'd have to fire me at work because I would walk into my classroom and teach Shakespeare in nothing but slacks and a pair of loafers, but then I'm 6'3". I guess one guy's fat is another guy's tall.
Anyway, the guy bought this bike back in January and told himself he couldn't put it together until he reached his target weight, which apparently hasn't really budged since then. Desperate for motivation, he decided to publicly offer it up as a prize to anyone donating to his LiveStrong campaign if he's unable to reach his target weight by June 3. Every $5 you donate through his team page (linked on his post) earns you an entry in the contest. If he fails and you win, that's a sweet bike. If he succeeds, you don't get a bike, but you've also made a charitable donation to help fund the fight against cancer. Even if you're a total jerk, it's a tax deduction, so there's that.
Also, the cancer thing is personal for this guy. His wife died of breast cancer in 2009, so it's not like he pulled the charity out of a hat. This isn't really about winning a bike (although I wouldn't mind having it myself.) This is more about doing something good for everyone involved. This is something that is worth supporting.