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Old 04-02-09, 09:12 AM
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Old 04-02-09, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
I'm a Fred, but I am am elite Fred.
Is that different from being a recreational Fred?
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Old 04-02-09, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Once again, do I fit in with the Freds:

Me on the way to work at 6:45 this morning:

Bike: Surly Crosscheck with road tires, Brooks Saddle, mismatched wheelset (front, cheap Alex, rear, hand built by me with a Velocity aerohead rim). Tiagra 9 speed with barcon shifters. Old Sakai SX cranks.

Accessories: Rear rack, trunk bag, various rear lights. Homemade, very, very bright, front light. Usual computer plus a heart rate monitor.

Clothing: Regular cargo shorts with boxer briefs. Bright orange long sleeved jersey from Performance. Shimano clipless sandals. Socks. No gloves. Helmet with mirror and blinking red light on the back.
I think you've pretty much got it nailed. Substitute a T Shirt for the jersey perhaps. Add a Garmin, particularly an older, larger hiking one with a home made mount. Maybe a bento box, and/or some panniers.

Beyond that, I think you've pretty much pegged the Fred meter.
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Old 04-02-09, 09:33 AM
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If "Fred" is a person who happens to be riding a bike but isn't a serious cyclist, I don't admit to that.

But if Fred is a non-comformist who doesn't follow any cycling fads and fashion, then I admit to it wholeheartedly.
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Old 04-02-09, 09:52 AM
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I don't mind Freds...except when they ride on the sidewalks or in the middle of the road.

Freds often give cyclists a bad rep...then again a lot of cyclists do.
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Old 04-02-09, 09:58 AM
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"Fred-22".

The latest BF code word.
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Old 04-02-09, 10:58 AM
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Fred is a non-conformist and doesn't keep up with the latest fads and fashions in the cycling world. This is the only thing I would like about being the Fred. I myself don't like wearing the skin type jerseys when training.

But Fred also has an expensive 5k bike, is stimulated to ride by seeing the tour de france, and goes 15mph on the flats while sporting his yellow jersey. Fred also conserves his energy until a pro tries pass to him, that way he can start sprinting and "drop" the pro for about 10 seconds. Fred is cool.
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Old 04-02-09, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by seb1041 View Post
I don't mind Freds...except when they ride on the sidewalks or in the middle of the road.

Freds often give cyclists a bad rep...then again a lot of cyclists do.
Except for the part about riding on the sidewalk, this sounds a lot like the groups of roadies who come through my neighborhood on their weekend rides.
Does that mean roadies are Freds?
I'm confused.
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Old 04-02-09, 02:48 PM
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<-- Fred.

I mean, DUH, look at me.
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Old 04-02-09, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Once again, do I fit in with the Freds:

Me on the way to work at 6:45 this morning:

Bike: Surly Crosscheck with road tires, Brooks Saddle, mismatched wheelset (front, cheap Alex, rear, hand built by me with a Velocity aerohead rim). Tiagra 9 speed with barcon shifters. Old Sakai SX cranks.

Accessories: Rear rack, trunk bag, various rear lights. Homemade, very, very bright, front light. Usual computer plus a heart rate monitor.

Clothing: Regular cargo shorts with boxer briefs. Bright orange long sleeved jersey from Performance. Shimano clipless sandals. Socks. No gloves. Helmet with mirror and blinking red light on the back.

No, you aren't a full-blown Fred. You are more of a commuter.

If we were discussing your clothes sense, one would say you're an aesthetically challenged, unmarried man. (I say this because it's easy to tell when some men are unmarried: if they were, they wouldn't dress like they do, because their wives would never allow them out the door without re-dressing them.)

I think Fred-ness requires some element of posing.
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Old 04-02-09, 03:12 PM
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is a dynohub automatic entry into fredland?
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Old 04-02-09, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
is a dynohub automatic entry into fredland?
Depends on the country.

I love mine, though. Wonder how many people would go, "WHAT.... THE... F...." if I got a dynohub built into a Zipp.
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Old 04-02-09, 03:34 PM
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I was thinking about getting a Dynohub for the front and a Powertap for the rear. Some zips would just complete the setup. think about showing up at a time trial with that setup
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I was thinking about getting a Dynohub for the front and a Powertap for the rear. Some zips would just complete the setup. think about showing up at a time trial with that setup
funny you say that, i might do this weekend's 300k with a dynohub front, rear PT combo...

gets damn heavy pretty quick tho with that setup!
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I'd see about getting some "ZAPP" decals made up, then.
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Old 04-02-09, 03:51 PM
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Am I a Fred?

Confession: I might be a Fred. Do you think so?

I'm a 45 year old doctor, with a love of bikes. It's not like I'm rich because I can't afford a house, but then again I have young kids and live in a condo. (A house would be nice but this is Vancouver, and I buy too many books, too much nice red wine -- one-two glasses a day, quality over quantity -- and too much hiking gear. AND too much bike stuff...)

I have three ti bikes, all bought used. Two nice ones and a lower end one. (A few years ago, when my mom was dying, she gave me a couple of grand and said "buy yourself a nice bike", and I just kept it up.) I'm an SRAM Force and X-9 kind of guy, so as you can tell, I buy good stuff but not elite or the "best" stuff. I am 6 one and pretty strong but weigh ~180-ish when I should lose 10 off my torso and weigh 170-ish. It shows a bit when I wear lycra.

I'm not a poser since I don't really care what others think, but my bikes and bike stuff are probably "too good for me". Am I a Fred?
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I'm so lame I aspire to be a Fred some day.

This is o/t, but tkehler, is there really a such thing as a "lower end" titanium bike?
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Originally Posted by Al Criner View Post
I'm so lame I aspire to be a Fred some day.

This is o/t, but tkehler, is there really a such thing as a "lower end" titanium bike?
Good point. It's not like it's chopped liver.

But it depends where you stand on 3/2 vs. 6/4.

It was made by a company in the States that specialize in wheelchairs. I think (but am not sure) that their welders made bikes but now don't.
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I always thought Freds were fat dudes in Team Discovery kit. If so, I better start drinking soda and buying goofy clothes if I'm going to be a Fred.
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Old 04-02-09, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Is that different from being a recreational Fred?
Why, yes, it is. I am a Fred that won't take a racer paceline out by squirrelly riding.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:10 PM
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Old 04-02-09, 06:05 PM
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On my daily commutes, I'm Super-Fred:
  • Steel framed Surly LHT
  • Rack and panniers
  • Helmet-mounted mirror
  • Kickstand
  • Flashing tail light
  • ANSI Class II vest
  • Coffee thermos in downtube bottle holder

But, I also race, and when I'm out on the race bike, I'm definitely not Fred. Last night I rode the Wednesday night "training ride" with our two local race teams. It was my first time this year, and somehow I managed to hang with the lead group for the whole ride despite the fact that at age 56, I was the oldest guy in the group (at least 50% of the starters were shelled off). We rode 37 miles, with 2500 feet of climbing, at an average speed of 20.0 mph, and I spent 30% of the ride in heart rate zone 5...dying, and loving it.
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https://www.imeem.com/people/As6M-5/m...s-riding-fred/

He once shot a man just for snorin'
Got outta bed and shot him dead
Well his name was, I didnt know what his name was
So we just called him Fred
He was ridin cross the desert on a horse to another town
Lookin for a woman in a night gown
The horses name was, I didnt know what his name was
So we just called him Fred

Oh now
Fred's ridin
Fred's ridin
Fred
Fred's ridin Fred
Fred's ridin Fred
Fred's ridin Fred

Well he got to a town
met a woman in a night gown
And she was wearin a frown(hell it rymed)
Well her name was, I didnt know what her name was
So we just called her Fred,

oh now
Fred's ridin
Fred's ridin Fred,
Fred's ridin Fred
Fred's ridin Fred
Fred's ridin Fred!

that songs called fred

this song here was written under the influence of alcohol which has a tendency to make u think things are actually funnyer than what they really are had u been drinkin alcohol at the time of hearin the fred song youd be layin on the floor right now sayin "that fred songs whipin my ass turn it off"
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Originally Posted by tkehler View Post
Confession: I might be a Fred. Do you think so?

I'm a 45 year old doctor, with a love of bikes. It's not like I'm rich because I can't afford a house, but then again I have young kids and live in a condo. (A house would be nice but this is Vancouver, and I buy too many books, too much nice red wine -- one-two glasses a day, quality over quantity -- and too much hiking gear. AND too much bike stuff...)

I have three ti bikes, all bought used. Two nice ones and a lower end one. (A few years ago, when my mom was dying, she gave me a couple of grand and said "buy yourself a nice bike", and I just kept it up.) I'm an SRAM Force and X-9 kind of guy, so as you can tell, I buy good stuff but not elite or the "best" stuff. I am 6 one and pretty strong but weigh ~180-ish when I should lose 10 off my torso and weigh 170-ish. It shows a bit when I wear lycra.

I'm not a poser since I don't really care what others think, but my bikes and bike stuff are probably "too good for me". Am I a Fred?
Close. Do you by any chance listen to your ipod when riding? Do you wear a giro helmet by chance? Do you enjoy wearing lycra? Do you see Lance Armstrong in your rear view mirror when riding? Better yet, do you have a rear view mirror mounted on any of your bikes?
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Anyone who believes they are a "fred" is probably really a poseur. lol
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