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Shedding Fredishness

Old 09-30-08, 04:25 PM
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Shedding Fredishness

I want to know the proper technique for ridding myself of Fredishness. I need guidance from the enlightened ones on the forum in order to finally feel that I am not a Fred in any way, shape or form. What elements must I let go of and what must I foster in myself, my look, my attitude, and my bike in order to be counted as part of the pantheon of the elite? How is it possible that the majority of this forum (bikeforums.net) is actually inhabited by so many Fred without it collapsing into a heap of Huffy scrap metal?


BTW, what are non-Freds called?
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Old 09-30-08, 04:26 PM
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first step is to get rid of any fenders, reflectors and mirrors.

you can keep your lights.
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post
I want to know the proper technique for ridding myself of Fredishness. I need guidance from the enlightened ones on the forum in order to finally feel that I am not a Fred in any way, shape or form. What elements must I let go of and what must I foster in myself, my look, my attitude, and my bike in order to be counted as part of the pantheon of the elite? How is it possible that the majority of this forum (bikeforums.net) is actually inhabited by so many Fred without it collapsing into a heap of Huffy scrap metal?


BTW, what are non-Freds called?
a squid.

what you really need to shred is the idea that what others think about you matters. fred, squid, dweeb, stoner, jock, whatever, just ride!!
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If you have to try not to be a Fred, you are one. Embrace your inner Fredness....
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fred, squid, dweeb, stoner, jock, whatever, just ride!!
Correct.

Everything else is white noise.
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Old 09-30-08, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
fred, squid, dweeb, stoner, jock,
Actually, this describes your average MTB Forum participant quite succinctly.
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Old 09-30-08, 04:33 PM
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Actually, this describes your average MTB Forum participant quite succinctly.
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I am a MTB Forum participant.
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It's like being cool. If you have to think about it, you aren't. If you do what all the cool people do, you're still not cool, you're just a non-cool person doing what the cool people do. Banerjek has the right answer.
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I am a MTB Forum participant.
Yes, but a below average one.
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Banerjek has the right answer.
Banerjek doesn't even understand the friggin question.
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OP, Just submit a picture of you riding your bike and we will provide a little "feedback" for you to follow. Then, submit a 2nd image incorporating the "feedback" on shedding Fred for some additional comments. It's that easy!
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What is the Fred Factor of this bike?

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https://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/
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Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
OP, Just submit a picture of you riding your bike and we will provide a little "feedback" for you to follow. Then, submit a 2nd image incorporating the "feedback" on shedding Fred for some additional comments. It's that easy!
Is this a free service of bikeforums.net?
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What is the Fred Factor of this bike?

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https://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/
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Just to ask the question is to locate yourself so clearly in the center of the vast Fred universe that no amount of travel, even at the incomparable speeds of the best of the Road Nazis, could ever allow you to reach the edges of that domain, let alone move beyond it.

Sorry.
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post
I want to know the proper technique for ridding myself of Fredishness. I need guidance from the enlightened ones on the forum in order to finally feel that I am not a Fred in any way, shape or form. What elements must I let go of and what must I foster in myself, my look, my attitude, and my bike in order to be counted as part of the pantheon of the elite? How is it possible that the majority of this forum (bikeforums.net) is actually inhabited by so many Fred without it collapsing into a heap of Huffy scrap metal?


BTW, what are non-Freds called?
So what you are saying is that you want to de -evolve ?
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Just to ask the question is to locate yourself so clearly in the center of the vast Fred universe that no amount of travel, even at the incomparable speeds of the best of the Road Nazis, could ever allow you to reach the edges of that domain, let alone move beyond it.

Sorry.

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So what you are saying is that you want to de -evolve ?
Maybe. Or just return to my feral state.
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post
Good one, Fred.
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post


What is the Fred Factor of this bike?

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I have the same seat! Its on a rigid Redline Monocog though...
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
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first step is to get rid of any fenders, reflectors and mirrors.

you can keep your lights.
Fenders are more than OK for foul weather group rides.

And getting rid of your Freddishness is hard because it goes all the way to the core.
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I have the same seat! Its on a rigid Redline Monocog though...
It's not a seat, it's a saddle...................FRED!!!!
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We should all learn to come to terms with our Fredliness, embrace it, relish in the pure joy of being a Fred. Otherwise you're living in denial.
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post


What is the Fred Factor of this bike?

Courtesy of the Bike Snob....

https://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/
It's been over twenty minutes and I'm still thoughtless. I'll have to go on the trainer and sort thru the image. How long are your inseams? 24"? Geez!
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