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Met a dude today...

Old 05-01-10, 10:06 PM
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Met a dude today...

...towards the end of my morning ride. He was on a 35lb full suspension mtn bike with enough spacers to make a BF poser choke to death on his own vomit; full blown Fred. The dude who was 56 came up to me at a stop light and introduced himself and said "Not bad for 80 miles huh" and proceeded to point at his bike. I asked him if he meant he was riding 80 miles and he told me yes. We chatted for a minute about how he knew he should probably be on a road bike but he liked his big heavy mtn bike. I told him he was awesome and that he should go with whatever was working for him.

That guy made my day, moral of the story, stop thinking so much BF.
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Old 05-01-10, 10:10 PM
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A Fred wouldn't point it out - he'd let you know when he dropped you... but point taken. Its good to not have an ego-trip once-in-awhile.
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Old 05-01-10, 10:11 PM
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If this didn't involve dropping the MTB Fred as punishment for riding such a road-unworthy bike then I don't see the point of this thread.
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Old 05-01-10, 10:12 PM
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was it a next...???
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so, the knave moved. i always wondered. later.
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Nah it was a decent mtn bike just heavy, he was sitting practically upright on it. The guy was so stoked his stoke rubbed off onto me and added to my own personal stoke.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Met a dude today...
The dude playin the dude disquised as another dude?
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Whatever gets you out and riding... I've mentioned elsewhere about a dude that rides a single speed surly with HUGE FAT tires I'm talk'in bout tires like this or maybe a tad larger :


...He did a century on it and is always riding around - spinning like mad around everyone (none of use are serious cyclists/roadies) , but I get a gut feeling if he were to acquire the skills of the race... he'd be a bit better than beginner status.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post

That guy made my day, moral of the story, stop thinking so much BF.
You're accusing BF of thinking too much?
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Old 05-01-10, 11:03 PM
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An here I thought this was going to be your coming out....
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Originally Posted by Tulex View Post
An here I thought this was going to be your coming out....
+1

Did you make a date out of this magical encounter?

Or am I thinking too much?
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mountain bikers are so the new pick up artist...
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He probably had ridden only eight miles and was just telling you eighty to see your response on your fancy smancy cf bike.
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man View Post
+1

Did you make a date out of this magical encounter?

Or am I thinking too much?
No you're just sick.

Anyways, yeah whatever floats the person's boat. It all depends how far you push yourself, the ride is just a preference.
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
Nah it was a decent mtn bike just heavy, he was sitting practically upright on it. The guy was so stoked his stoke rubbed off onto me and added to my own personal stoke.
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Never ever think that an old dude on a heavy MTB is a FRED

Some of those old dudes have more years of road racing and more miles ridden than all of BF's pseudo roadies put together.

Some of them have competed successfully on national and world stages.

Long live old farts on heavy MTBs.
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Isn't that the exact definition....?
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
...towards the end of my morning ride. He was on a 35lb full suspension mtn bike with enough spacers to make a BF poser choke to death on his own vomit; full blown Fred. The dude who was 56 came up to me at a stop light and introduced himself and said "Not bad for 80 miles huh" and proceeded to point at his bike. I asked him if he meant he was riding 80 miles and he told me yes. We chatted for a minute about how he knew he should probably be on a road bike but he liked his big heavy mtn bike. I told him he was awesome and that he should go with whatever was working for him.

That guy made my day, moral of the story, stop thinking so much BF.
Nice.
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Many years back I was in Yellowstone, we pitch camp and the guy next to us has a fully loaded touring rig.. We all go for a short ride down to local store and I ask him where his cycling shoes are and he says these are it.. I ask him how far he has ridden and he says he started in Maine..

The guy rode more than half way across the country in sandals.. Sometimes when you don't know any different it just doesn't matter.. Kudos to the guy and his MTB for going for an 80 mile ride..
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Good for him.


I've ridden several winter centuries on this ...





You can ride centuries on just about anything.
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Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
Never ever think that an old dude on a heavy MTB is a FRED

Some of those old dudes have more years of road racing and more miles ridden than all of BF's pseudo roadies put together.

Some of them have competed successfully on national and world stages.

Long live old farts on heavy MTBs.
how about... just stop thinking Fred is a derisive term. what you described is exactly what a fred is, and it's nothing to be ashamed of.
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Machka - cute kitty.
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Machka - cute kitty.
She's a sweetie ... I miss her. I couldn't bring her with me to Australia, so my mother is taking care of her.

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wait, did you meet the Dude or just a dude? later.
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