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Old 04-06-08, 10:34 AM
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attack of the freds

Today there was a duathlon just down the street from where I live. I rode over there to check it out, and my eyes were accosted by maximum fredliness. There were tons of people with incredibly blinged bikes and very little speed to justify such purchases. The worst example was a late middle aged woman with a cervelo fully equipped with deep section hed rims and a pointy aero helmet. Any aerodynamic benefit of the helmet was negated by her loose, baggy rain jacket (it wasn't raining, although the ground was wet). She methodically made her way through the transition area and could barely get her leg over the top tube when she mounted the bike, knocking a water bottle off in the process. The epitome of Fred (or whatever the feminine version of Fred is). Man I wish I had 1/3 of the awesome equipment some of these folks had. It was probably the first time 99% of the bikes even got a speck of grime splashed on them. What a shameless marketing machine that persuades people to buy stuff that won't even help them go any faster.

Okay, rant off, time to go ride.
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Old 04-06-08, 10:40 AM
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multisport athletes dont care about winning, they care about looking like a multisport athlete.
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Originally Posted by ilpirata87 View Post
Today there was a duathlon just down the street from where I live. I rode over there to check it out, and my eyes were accosted by maximum fredliness. There were tons of people with incredibly blinged bikes and very little speed to justify such purchases. The worst example was a late middle aged woman with a cervelo fully equipped with deep section hed rims and a pointy aero helmet. Any aerodynamic benefit of the helmet was negated by her loose, baggy rain jacket (it wasn't raining, although the ground was wet). She methodically made her way through the transition area and could barely get her leg over the top tube when she mounted the bike, knocking a water bottle off in the process. The epitome of Fred (or whatever the feminine version of Fred is). Man I wish I had 1/3 of the awesome equipment some of these folks had. It was probably the first time 99% of the bikes even got a speck of grime splashed on them. What a shameless marketing machine that persuades people to buy stuff that won't even help them go any faster.

Okay, rant off, time to go ride.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall a certain mustachioed young rider who started showing up for the DCC and P rides wearing a UNC jersey at least two sizes too large. Am I wrong?

We all have our moments in the Fred.
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Old 04-06-08, 11:32 AM
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The epitome of Fred (or whatever the feminine version of Fred is).
Uh, would that be a Wilma?
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Old 04-06-08, 11:33 AM
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Sometimes new bling helps get people on the right track toward a lifestyle change.

And if not, the bling will go on Craigslist where I can reap the benefits!
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Old 04-06-08, 11:36 AM
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Reminds me of the woman I saw in a shop yesterday taking a gorgeous Roubaix out for a test ride giving the bars a quizzical look and asking "So where do my hands go?"

Disgusting.
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Old 04-06-08, 11:42 AM
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What Nickel said. I long ago stopped worrying about what people did with their purchases. Dollars spent on bike stuff, regardless of if it gets ridden. Sure not everyone with fast equipment can take full advantage of it, but who cares? I fail to see who is hurt by the purchase. A different choice than I would make, but if they have the means, so be it.*

Note that this is not a comment on relative tradeoffs of spending, but I see enough folks around here with $1000+ handbags, that I don't really care if they spend $2000 on zipps that hardly get ridden.
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Originally Posted by elemental View Post
Reminds me of the woman I saw in a shop yesterday taking a gorgeous Roubaix out for a test ride giving the bars a quizzical look and asking "So where do my hands go?"
You're right, everyone should start riding on a rusty bike they found in an alley.
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Old 04-06-08, 11:55 AM
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Really guys. Who cares what other people ride. They make enough money to afford it. Good for them. If I made more money I would have a better bike.
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This is why Rivendell was invented, so folks like me with beerguts could still blow our entire paychecks on bicycle stuff, but not look quite as ridiculous as the 50 year old CPA who tries to dress like Levi Leipheimer.
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Old 04-06-08, 12:24 PM
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Doesn't bother me terribly, though it does make me feel cooler when I place better than such people whilst riding steel.

And as noted, I'll be looking forward to seeing some of it up for sale for cheap before too long!
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Doesn't bother me terribly, though it does make me feel cooler when I place better than such people whilst riding steel.

And as noted, I'll be looking forward to seeing some of it up for sale for cheap before too long!
Ain't nothin' wrong with steel! I have a CAAD9, but the only bike I've ever raced on is an '84 steel trek. I love the thing

That being said, I hope that stuff doesn't come up for sale real cheap. I'd like to see people enjoy riding, even if it is for Tri's only. The more people that ride, the better. Period.
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Originally Posted by ilpirata87 View Post
Today there was a duathlon just down the street from where I live. I rode over there to check it out, and my eyes were accosted by maximum fredliness. There were tons of people with incredibly blinged bikes and very little speed to justify such purchases. The worst example was a late middle aged woman with a cervelo fully equipped with deep section hed rims and a pointy aero helmet. Any aerodynamic benefit of the helmet was negated by her loose, baggy rain jacket (it wasn't raining, although the ground was wet). She methodically made her way through the transition area and could barely get her leg over the top tube when she mounted the bike, knocking a water bottle off in the process. The epitome of Fred (or whatever the feminine version of Fred is). Man I wish I had 1/3 of the awesome equipment some of these folks had. It was probably the first time 99% of the bikes even got a speck of grime splashed on them. What a shameless marketing machine that persuades people to buy stuff that won't even help them go any faster.

Okay, rant off, time to go ride.
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Old 04-06-08, 01:44 PM
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Yeah but he won that race botto...
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Yeah but he won that race botto...
where did i suggest that fred's can't be fast?
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Old 04-06-08, 03:29 PM
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What you are all missing is that he could have, should have ridden the ACC Virginia Tech road race on their awesome course. As it happens, no one from UNC made it.. That would have been more fun than watching Duathlons
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Originally Posted by curveship View Post
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to recall a certain mustachioed young rider who started showing up for the DCC and P rides wearing a UNC jersey at least two sizes too large. Am I wrong?

We all have our moments in the Fred.
hahahahaha hmm i wonder who that could have been? embarrassingly enough i think it was the smallest size they had, i just have a stick-like upper body. and i don't mind being dubbed a member of the order of Fredhood as long as i can still win races
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where did i suggest that fred's can't be fast?
Good point.
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and i don't mind being dubbed a member of the order of Fredhood as long as i can still win races
Unacceptable.
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Old 04-06-08, 07:13 PM
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What you are all missing is that he could have, should have ridden the ACC Virginia Tech road race on their awesome course. As it happens, no one from UNC made it.. That would have been more fun than watching Duathlons
yeah our team's lame as hell, i should've been there. apparently the basketball team didn't show up for the kansas game either... how did the race go anyway?
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Old 04-06-08, 08:34 PM
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Race went ok thanks. The course was amazing, but really hard. I usually have to drop back a bit on climbs and eventually I was unable to get back on. But I lasted til near the end.

It was actually my best ever Collegiate C results. Nevertheless, still null points and only Wake Forest left for me (I have exams, so cannot go to WVU). Must score 1 point!

[edit] whatever happened to UNCs powerful womens A squad? They were strong last year.
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whatever happened to UNCs powerful womens A squad? They were strong last year.
Well, last year we had 4 women's A riders and 1 B rider. Of the A riders, one graduated, two decided they don't give a crap about the team anymore and would rather race USCF, and one burned out on racing in general. The B rider moved up to A and is actually doing pretty well. But it's unfortunate that they aren't dominating like last year.

PS Don't worry you'll score that 1 point!
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Would the Attack of the Freds movie star Will Smith?

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From Wikipdia, apparently the female version of a Fred is a Doris.

Why that name was chosen is beyond me.
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Originally Posted by ilpirata87 View Post
Of the A riders, one graduated, two decided they don't give a crap about the team anymore and would rather race USCF, and one burned out on racing in general.

PS Don't worry you'll score that 1 point!
Rather race USCF? Are they nuts? We get to ride some of the nices road courses in the mid-Atlantic. The courses in Boone, Charlottesville and Blacksburg, not to mention the WVU course are stunning. Who would rather ride in some USCF crit somewhere?

I worry greatly about scoring that one point. The top 12 C riders are essentially as fast as B riders, so the intensity is hurting me a lot, since the races are shorter. And no one would recognise a do or do prime attempt as such. It would be seen as an attempt to solo off the front for 30 minutes and chased mercilessly.
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