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    What does "dont be a fred" mean??

    I'm probably a FRED for asking this question. I think it means don't be a geek or a butthole, what I really don't know, do the letters in FRED have meaning, like Flippin ****** Educated Doofuss, or is FRED a real geeky guy on tv that everybody refers to when someone is being stupid. I was always told, the only stupid question is one you don't ask...... anyway let me have it...

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    I mostly hear the term on the internet, not in real life. Either means someone who has all the equipment but isn't any good anyway, or someone that that doesn't dress the part but is really pretty good. So if you have a $5,000 bicycle and ride 13 mph, you're a fred. If you show up on your 1972 Schwin with flipflops and pass everyone, you're also a fred, but the other kind.
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    I think originally it referred to unsophisticated cyclists. There is a newer definition for people who spend lots of money and dress up fancy but can't ride, but the word "poseur" already exists for them.
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    Poser: Those that dress(and talk) like they can......and you've never actually seen them ride, because they don't. VERY common in the dirt bike world.

    Our dirt bike races:
    First row: Pros. All dressed up in sponsor gear. Looking good and riding better than that.
    Next few rows: Very good riders that can almost keep up with the pros, yet have little/no sponsorship. All their money goes into the bike and getting there. No money for good-looking gear. Can ride great.

    Last few rows: Posers. Look like they belong on the first row but that is the last time you see them....until you lap them.
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    Fred is a........ a nerd, a geek, a wallflower, a clumsy person,oddball ,etc.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
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    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...gards-to-Bikes 3 pages of this discussion done for ya already there's lots more if you use the search feature too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I mostly hear the term on the internet, not in real life. Either means someone who has all the equipment but isn't any good anyway, or someone that that doesn't dress the part but is really pretty good. So if you have a $5,000 bicycle and ride 13 mph, you're a fred. If you show up on your 1972 Schwin with flipflops and pass everyone, you're also a fred, but the other kind.
    That is the problem with the term, it has become the generic insult. Sooner or later some fool is going to call Eddy or Bernard a Fred.
    Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.

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    It is a term used by an individual who gets their rocks off labeling other people. The individual hurling such names have self esteem issues and really don't feel good about themselves so they endeavor to bring other people down.
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    I'm Fred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddles View Post
    So Tom only hires people that are nutty? Is part of the requirement to be a moderator on this site is that you have to be nuts??
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    Relish in your Fredness.
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    Freds are riders who eschew the racer wannabee paradigm for practicality. Practical items like rear view mirrors, capacious seat bags, frame mounted pumps, dork disks, etc... are the Fred's hallmarks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Freds are riders who eschew the racer wannabee paradigm for practicality. Practical items like rear view mirrors, capacious seat bags, frame mounted pumps, dork disks, etc... are the Fred's hallmarks.
    Yes!! Bring out your inner Fred!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    frame mounted pumps,
    Frame pump? Doh, ok, yes I'm a Fred.

    check out my frame pump, under the top tube where it belongs.


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    Reminds me of a term that I used to use when I was into Sport Bikes... Squid: This was the person who liked to ride in a wife beater and flip flops (of course, no helmet) who had 3" chicken strips on each side of the rear tire. Meaning all about "looking good" and possibly going fast in a straight line, but they couldn't couldn't corner, thus the fresh rubber along the edges of the rear tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    rear view mirrors,
    Check.

    capacious seat bags,
    Check.

    frame mounted pumps,
    Check.

    dork disks,
    Ewww, no, that went too far. Dork discs are for dorks!

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    Proudly Fredly. I wave at drivers, too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by david58 View Post
    Proudly Fredly. I wave at drivers, too!
    I wave at oncoming bicyclists--they aren't quite as hip as my motorcycle brethren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I mostly hear the term on the internet, not in real life. Either means someone who has all the equipment but isn't any good anyway, or someone that that doesn't dress the part but is really pretty good. So if you have a $5,000 bicycle and ride 13 mph, you're a fred. If you show up on your 1972 Schwin with flipflops and pass everyone, you're also a fred, but the other kind.
    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Freds are riders who eschew the racer wannabee paradigm for practicality. Practical items like rear view mirrors, capacious seat bags, frame mounted pumps, dork disks, etc... are the Fred's hallmarks.
    Does that make me two kinds of Fred? I passed two spandex clad roadies on a climb a few weeks ago on my hybrid complete with 700x42 tires, heavy steel hybrid frame, complete with front and rear lights in strobe even though this was about 3pm. I was waring my usual work attire, ankle boots and Carhartts, and carried a backpack full of clothes and tupperware.

    To give them the benefit of a doubt though, I have no idea how hard they had rode at that point. I was about 3 mi into my 5mi ride home.

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    I am a Fred, even have the shape of Fred Flintstone, long torso, skinny little legs. Since we are talking about terms, how about someone letting me know what "the 41" means. I have searched but "41" is too short for the search function.
    Let me clarify that I am the slow Fred without proper bike equipment/attire.

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    Do I qualify with 2 of these, never stated all or just 1.

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    Check.



    Check.



    Check.



    Ewww, no, that went too far. Dork discs are for dorks!

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    HOLYCRAP, there is more to this "FRED" thing than I ever imagined. Thank You everyone for taking the time to explain it to me. I have a headlight, a tail light, a rack and bag, I guess I will have to change my name to FRED

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
    I am a Fred, even have the shape of Fred Flintstone, long torso, skinny little legs. Since we are talking about terms, how about someone letting me know what "the 41" means. I have searched but "41" is too short for the search function.
    Let me clarify that I am the slow Fred without proper bike equipment/attire.
    The "41" is specific to www.bikeforums.net and relates to the road cycling sub-forum. For example, we arw currently posting in the "7".

    You will see the number in the URL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
    It is a term used by an individual who gets their rocks off labeling other people. The individual hurling such names have self esteem issues and really don't feel good about themselves so they endeavor to bring other people down.
    I like this thought.

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    A Fred is a conspiracy theorist. Cycling is a conspiracy of Freds. Freds are the 99%.
    "If we don't change direction, we will end up exactly where we are headed."

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