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I need help- am I a Fred?

Old 02-18-09, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Hezz View Post
Ya, if your willing to do all or most of the following.

No bike racks.
No more than 1 small headlamp and only if riding in the dark.
No headlight on helmet except in 12-24 hour off road bike race.
No casual clothes - Bike specific clothes only must be color coordinated.
No flapping clothes in the wind or loose clothes.
You must sacrifice comfort to lightness and aerodynamics.
Willing to be cold on the bike in cool weather to maintain that total road racer look.
No more than 1 small seat bag, only on training rides or commutes.
A small backpack or messenger bag may be allowable for a fast commute as long as it is reasonably light and form fitting.
700cc bike with drop bars only.
Chopped flat bars or bull horns OK if on a fixie set up like a track bike.
If you are on a fixie you can probably dress like a messenger without being a Fred if you know how.
Flat bar mountain bike on off road trails only.
no reflective tape all over bike or helmet.
small reflective accents OK on bike clothes if tastefully done. As in part of the manufacturer design.
Few or no reflectors on bike.
Clipless pedals and serious cycling shoes only.
Road helmet only on road bike, even in winter.
Thick winter hat under helmet is a big no-no. Must be form fitting and stealth looking.
If it's really cold you can't ride because you would have too dress I little like Fred.

This list is by no means conclusive, exclusive or all inclusive.

There are some who say that "Fred" is a state of mind and that the outer choices are only a reflection of the inner Fred. So only you can decide how much Fred you are going to be.
I pretty much straddle the line between a Fred and whatever the "other" is. So I just call myself an urban cyclist. Modern road bike with fenders and 28mm tires, giant mess bag, technical clothing but no spandex or chamois, and some of my clothes do flap in the wind.

When I completely de-Fred myself (or go for a squid ride, as I call it), I feel fast and light.
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Old 02-18-09, 02:59 PM
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I took the kickstand off my MTB because it didn't work unless the ground was paved and level. Now I miss it every time I want to work on it in my basement. AGH! I have to bolt that darn thing back on ...
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Old 02-18-09, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by lshaped View Post
essentially we're all freds to some degree- although, does the fact that i've acknowledged fred tendencies mean that i'm not a fred if you go by the wikipedia definition?

You guys are confusing "definition" with "usage" and "encyclopedia" with "dictionary."

I think the "definition" cited in the Wiki is pretty accurate, but in common usage it's meant to either endear or self-depricate. At least around here. Maybe it's different in the roadie forums, but I don't have as much fun there, so I don't go.
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Old 02-18-09, 03:31 PM
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The commuters are a jolly bunch aren't they? We're not all hyped up with a need for speed, I guess.
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