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    Beware fred's: The roadies are out

    So today I begin my commute with the "chance" of a thunderstorm...let's just say the lightning was really cool The next misfortune is a flat about halfway through,at least the rain stopped. I had a great 8 mile balls to the wall "sprint " to get to work on time. I have a tire liner for the front just didn't put it in. Then after a great day at work I went to the local brewerey for a couple of ipa's before stopping at the market fort a couple of steaks.Then there they areroadies Being a fred I wanted to smoke the first one but he turnedthe second pulled his cell out of his jersey and pulled over for a chat and the others were on the other side of the road...so beware brother fred's No hate here just having a little fun after an interesting but nice day commuting...in fact all days are nice in one way or the other. Enjoy the weekend.

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    ummmm ... okaaaaayyyy ..... didn't quite get your point, but then I haven't had any ipas or steal today.
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    Every Fred, Doris, Lance, Roadie and "Bike Bear" will be out in full force this weekend for sure. It's going to be a summer preview in NYC with temps hitting the mid and upper 80's! Watch out!
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    Forgive my ignorance but what is a "bike bear"? I tried to find it on google but that was useless.
    Is it these?!
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    bike bears don't ride through the winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by iforgotmename View Post
    ...I went to the local brewerey for a couple of ipa's before stopping at the market fort a couple of steaks....
    IPA = isopropyl alcohol?

    I sorta knew things were bad but food forts? Can Mad Max and Tina Turner in lacey shoulder pads be far behind
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWPdx View Post
    Forgive my ignorance but what is a "bike bear"? I tried to find it on google but that was useless.
    Is it these?!
    Caution: bike bears are waking up

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    IPA = isopropyl alcohol?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_Pale_Ale

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    IPA= India Pale Ale and I don't even know what a market fort is

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    Indian Pale Ale - AKA IPA - proper beer, ale etc.

    Whoops Apricissimus got it covered.

    What Brewery iforgotmename?

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    The warmth certainly has brought the roadies out in force. Saw a matching pair this morning in very stylish red/black matching kits. How cute.

    Last year I got dropped by a few of them on rides home. This year I am bound and determined to lose some weight, get my fitness level up and bag me a roadie or two.

    I saw a few weak looking ones that I think I could have rolled, but, they were always going the wrong way.

    Is it bad form to blow a U turn and drop them while muttering "fred on your left" or maybe just an evil sounding muh-hah-hah-hahhhhh?

    Happy hunting, fellow freds.
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    I'm a fred AND a roadie so take that. Today I went out for a few hours on my road bike and then met my wife at the butchers (can't carry 20lbs of meat on a road bike!) and we rode home together. She still hauled ass with a full pannier and hybrid bike all the way home though! It must have been a rather amusing peloton with me all decked out in the riding gear on my road bike and her on her loaded touring bike.

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    Thursday, a week ago, I was passed on the MUP (opposite direction) by about 80 roadies in 4 groups and another couple dozen in small clusters.
    Last year when I latched onto the back of one group they averaged 25mph. That's only 8-10mph faster than me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtown View Post
    Last year when I latched onto the back of one group they averaged 25mph. That's only 8-10mph faster than me.
    Another way to put it would be that they were 40% faster.

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    Today was a Fred day for me. Took the Schwinn Mirada down to the beach & picked up chorizo tacos on the way home. Got me a milk crate nicely zip-tied to a Target-sourced rack. Ride wear for the day- shorts, hiking boots & a polo shirt. 'Bout a 20 mile round trip.

    I have a decent road bike for the days when I want to rack up miles quickly. I love having a bike that can be just ridden any which way I please no matter what I choose to wear. Pushing a well-tuned heavyweight bike gets one in shape just a little quicker it seems.

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    I dropped an older roadie who was dressed in full kit. I think he thought I sat in my recliner all winter, like he musta. Plus I'm guessing he thought since I'm a girl I would naturally eat his dust. No way! It felt great to zoom past him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldsue View Post
    I dropped an older roadie who was dressed in full kit. I think he thought I sat in my recliner all winter, like he musta. Plus I'm guessing he thought since I'm a girl I would naturally eat his dust. No way! It felt great to zoom past him.
    Can anyone think of a motive as to why this 'older roadie' may have LET baldsue aka 'since I'm a girl' drop him? I guess it would depend on how long it took her. .5 mi? 1.0mi? 2.0mi?...10.0 mi? Afterall, it IS spring...right? Not to say she didn't earn it, but guys will be guys...even 'older roadie' guys.

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    I don't think Freds have anything to fear from roadies. Roadies are cyclists, too. Usually fit, fast cyclists, on really light bikes, who aren't actually carrying anything. Why try to drop them? Unless you're dealing with a person who bought way more bike than they actually need, you're not going to drop anyone. Instead of trying to secretly and pettily race them, we should feel sorry for roadies, because they can't transport any beer at all on those little plastic bikes of theirs with those super-short chainstays, and, when it rains, their fender-less, rack-less bikes just make a total mess of things. You might as well drive around in a station wagon and try to race a Ferrari, never understanding that the Ferrari and the station wagon were designed for utterly different purposes.

    Personally, I'm proud to be a Fred, and just go about my business on the bike without worrying too much about what others are up to. (Actually, I spend most of my energy trying not to get killed by cars.) On those rare occasions when I do drop a roadie, I admit I'm a little pleased, but I don't change my regular pace to do it, and when it happens, I'm under no illusion that I've actually dropped a real roadie.
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    what an interesting thread. I have now understood what a 'fred' is. that was a new one. I am a roadie, but i commute daily on my 'little plastic bike' with a backpack in which i can put an amazing amount of shopping if needs be. I quite agree with bragi though, bikes are built for different purposes.
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    Can't we all just ride along?

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    I love all the brand new bikes out there, too...most are born in Spring, you know...
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    I get passed all the time by roadies when I'm on my 40lbs comfort bike. I know that I'm no match for them in the speed department. But if they ever want to challenge me to a bicycle joust or demolition derby, I say bring it on! That challenge is open to all roadies, except for those with bullhorn handlebars.

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    I just got back from the MUP.

    there is nothing like 80F and sunny to bring out all the huge fat guys in tight USPS team lycra kit with their guts hanging out while they ride an 17 pound Trek Madone.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that they are out riding. It's a good alternative to sitting on the couch watching TV and eating nachos.
    But still... As I come up on them from behind, the view makes me go .

    This is why I generally stick to the road. better views!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerben View Post
    I just got back from the MUP.

    there is nothing like 80F and sunny to bring out all the huge fat guys in tight USPS team lycra kit with their guts hanging out while they ride an 17 pound Trek Madone.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that they are out riding. It's a good alternative to sitting on the couch watching TV and eating nachos.
    But still... As I come up on them from behind, the view makes me go .

    This is why I generally stick to the road. better views!
    Instead of spending an extra $1000 for a bike that's a couple of pounds lighter, it's probably better to lose those same couple of pound from the belly instead

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    Instead of spending an extra $1000 for a bike that's a couple of pounds lighter, it's probably better to lose those same couple of pound from the belly instead
    that's what they are trying to do. Unless they are headed for the ice cream store.

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