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Old 02-16-09, 01:35 PM
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I'm Fred?

The other day, as I wheeled my bike into the LBS, two hipsters were standing there and one began to say Fre…. But trailed off as I glared at him. The other, comprehending where the under-breathed comment was headed looked at me and began to laugh. The two punks with their super tight black jeans, hoodies, and store-bought fixies seemed to think that just because they joined this neo-fixed gear trend that anyone on something other than a fixed is not a true cyclist. Now, I have nothing against hipsters; I am all for any trend that promotes cycling, and who knows, maybe these hipsters will evolve into commuters. And, the fact that they were calling me Fred wouldn’t have bothered me at all, because I am a little Fredish. What did bother me was that they said it as an insult. Made me want to slam their heads together and make them choke on their inanity. Was about to tell them off and say lets race for bikes, I’ll dust my fixed off and ride you into the ground. But my maturity won out, and I got what I needed and went on my way.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MrRamonG View Post
Now, I have nothing against hipsters;
I do. Don't like em one bit.

They are either walking their bikes around or running lights/stop signs and being self indulgent a@#-hats. Many, like yours, tend to hang out in shops or cafe's and never really ride their bike.

I guess somebody needs to buy the chrome Pista.

so, to sum up, f 'em
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Old 02-16-09, 01:49 PM
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Eh, deep down they probably didn't really mean anything by it. Just being stupid kids. We all do it sometimes.

Hopefully your maturity made some kind of impression on them.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:52 PM
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BUT....I AM SPARTICUS! Oh, I mean: FRED!
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Originally Posted by adamt View Post
I do. Don't like em one bit.

They are either walking their bikes around or running lights/stop signs and being self indulgent a@#-hats. Many, like yours, tend to hang out in shops or cafe's and never really ride their bike.

I guess somebody needs to buy the chrome Pista.

so, to sum up, f 'em
Blanket statements like this is what's wrong with the world today.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:54 PM
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We had a great post here once about a guy on a fixie in NYC heading out for a Sunday ride, and finding himself in the middle of a ton of fixies doing the exact same thing on the same bike and dressed the same way.

It's how they express their individualism.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:56 PM
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Been there.

I started riding again on a SS after years off. I just needed something simple after a complicated few months. I started reading the bike forums, especially the SS/Fixed. Honest to god, I laugh sometimes at the Zen like talk about Fixed. That being said, it seems its a relative new trend, with relatively young folks. Sometimes I think they are dumb arses, but then again, when I look back on my youth, I think I was a bit of a Dumb Arse too. lol.

I had a similar experience in my bike store the other day. I was looking at the touring bikes when a young guy came in with his Fixed (really beautiful bike by the way) and did the smirk thing at me for what I was looking at. I did kind of want wipe the smirk off his face.

Luckily I have my son (18 year old) around to tell me to quit ranting like an old man about such things. lol.
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Old 02-16-09, 01:56 PM
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Isn't that when you're supposed to glance at them, stifle a snortle and mutter, "Baaaa, sheep, Baaaaaaa"?
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Old 02-16-09, 01:57 PM
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You could have asked the shop guys (really loudly) things like:

"HEY, DID MY SUPER-TIGHT CHICK JEANS COME IN YET!?"

"HOW ABOUT MY SHEPARD FAIREY TOP TUBE PAD!?"
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Originally Posted by MrRamonG View Post
But my maturity won out
right up until the time you posted this thread.
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If it isn't one thing it is another. Laugh and go on with your life.
Heck I was told by a pimple faced teenager that riding with my 5 year old on a tag along was gay.
That was barely worth typing into a sentence on BF. *shrugs*
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Old 02-16-09, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Phrenetis View Post
Blanket statements like this is what's wrong with the world today.

So that's it eh? I knew something was screwing things up, but I never would have thought that it all could have been traced back to blanket statements.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 02-16-09, 02:40 PM
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You are just as bad as they are, if not worse because you had to post a story about it for others to take your side and hate on them. They probably got a good laugh at you and went on with their day not giving you a second thought. Grow some thicker skin.
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Wow ... now I FINALLY know where to go when I need advice on how to live my life and how to act.
This thread has changed my life forever.

[please prepare sarcastic responses responsibly {{shakes finger**** ]
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Old 02-16-09, 02:56 PM
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I have plenty of worthless advice if you want any.
Always ride a fixed gear without a chain guard while wearing pants with huge cuffs. Weee!
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I once repsonded to a similar incident by saying "You are going to feel pretty silly when a guy in tights kicks your *****". It shut the kid up right away, but I felt a little stupid for stooping to this level.
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I tend to view everybody who's not me as being more Fred than I.

Including the entire Tour of California pelton.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
right up until the time you posted this thread.
+1000. How utterly, totally sandbox.
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Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
+1000. How utterly, totally sandbox.
and we want both of you to feel right at home.
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Hypsterz ugh, if they aren't toting their skateboards under their arms and tugging on whispy whiskers hoping for a beard they're out of control. At least in a few years there will be a lot of cool frames for me to build up three speeds. I call everybody fred it saves time.
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Well, I for one, get far more upset when I find gorgeous young women breaking into laughter at the sight of me. Which is a lot worse than how I felt when I realized that I reached an age where gorgeous young women just didn't even notice me anymore. So hipsters and racer boys can yell fred and laugh at me all they want.
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Pot, meet kettle.
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The truth probably is that you reminded them of some overly-critical instructor/coach that got on their nerves. At least you warranted enough attention to get made fun of. I would begin to worry, when you are so out-of-scope that they don't notice you standing there at all.

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Originally Posted by I_bRAD View Post
Pot, meet kettle.
I was thinkin fred meet hipster.
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