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Old 03-23-07, 01:03 PM   #1
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I know im gonna regret this but what is a Fred, OCP

I have a feeling asking this makes me one of these and can only imagine the sarcasm i am calling down upon me but what is a Fred and a OCP
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Old 03-23-07, 02:21 PM   #2
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A fred is someone like myself that doesn't give a flying **** about having all the latest, fanciest **** on the market. OCP means obsessive compulsive poser, and that means someone who is just the opposite.
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Hi, my name is Fred.
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The guy in that 40-year old virgin movie is a stereotypical fred.

Commuting forum = Fred forum
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A fred is someone like myself that doesn't give a flying **** about having all the latest, fanciest **** on the market. OCP means obsessive compulsive poser, and that means someone who is just the opposite.
Hey, it's spelled Poseur! Get it right!
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Old 03-23-07, 02:30 PM   #6
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OCP threads: http://thecuda.com/BikeForums.htm (scroll to bottom of list of links)

Fred: There are differing opinions depending on who you ask. Either they are the utilitarian cyclist that doesn't look fast but could out ride you on any road on earth, or the guy who obviously spent a lot of money on bike gear but can't outride your typical 12 year old.

There are lots and lots of threads on both in the Road Cycling forum. Search and you shall have more reading material than you ever wanted.
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Old 03-23-07, 02:34 PM   #7
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Fred is a nickname for 40+ year olds (or younger, but not normally) who still bike and do so not for the performance but for the love of the art.
The name came from Fred A. Birchmore, the first person to cycle around the world. He did so in the 1930's on a single-speed.
I personally know the man, he is in his 90's, is a complete bad-ass, and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.

Reinhardt bicycle
Catalog #: 311,533, Accession #: 148,650
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From the Smithsonian Collection
The donor, Fred A. Birchmore, a resident of Athens, Georgia, bought this bicycle in Gotha, Germany, in July 1935. An "Original Reinhardt," it was made by Fahrradfabrik Otto Reinhardt, Bielefeld, Germany, and was bought for 67 reichsmarks. In the course of the next two years Mr. Birchmore rode it through western Europe, eastern Europe, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Siam, Indochina, and the Philippines, before pedaling his bicycle home across the United States from California.

It has been estimated that his travels covered approximately 40,000 miles, of which about 25,000 were on the bicycle, and the rest by boat. Approximately four saddle covers and seven sets of tires were worn out during the journey. The present tires were purchased from a shop in Calcutta, India.




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