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What FRED gift did you get from non-cycling persons?

Old 12-26-11, 01:14 AM
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What FRED gift did you get from non-cycling persons?



I got this awesome water bottle fanny pack from my Dad and his fiance with the intent to use it on a bike ride as well as a non-cycling top with the same intent. Boy was it hard to hide my disgust with a smile.

In the summer I got a runners top with the same intent from my sister but it was from a garage sale so it was cool.

Number 1: there are at least 1 bike shops in every town in the twin cities.
Number 2: most people that work there should know what a roadie needs.
Number 3: they have seen my full battle gear numerous times for 5 years now.
Number 4: why are my family so ********? its been 5 years and they still don't know how easy it is to get me decent cycling swag.
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Old 12-26-11, 01:21 AM
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I was not disappointed this year as I left a browser window open with a gift idea clearly visible.

Guess what! That's what I'm getting (it was back ordered, so nothing to unwrap on the day).

Oakley glasses with clear-to-black transitions lenses so that I go out for a ride early in the dark and not need to carry a second set of glasses for when the sun comes up.
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Old 12-26-11, 01:59 AM
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Nothing like a grateful spirit to express the joy of Christmas. Congratulations on successfully concealing your disgust.
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Old 12-26-11, 02:19 AM
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ask for cash money
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Old 12-26-11, 07:50 AM
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A co-worker got me a Mcdonald's gift card for xmas...Guess i'll be packing on the lbs. this holiday season!

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Old 12-26-11, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by kbro1986 View Post
A co-worker got me a Mcdonald's gift card for xmas...Guess i'll be packing on the lbs. this holiday season!

Holy smokes... how could one possibly spend 100$ at McD's?
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Old 12-26-11, 08:32 AM
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Maybe they just think you're a fred.

Just teasing. I suppose if you're going to vent about it, you've come to the right subforum. I say take it with you on a nice hike and consider yourself loved by your thoughtful family who tried to get you some bike swag and missed the mark. Strap it on and head for Disneyworld. It's all good. Or put it lovingly into your "Garage Sale" box and spread the fredly love.

I got this from my cousin, who works for the publisher: https://www.falcon.com/the_advanced_c...-9780762770519



Pretty ok-- never hurts to have a book to read through, especially when my training regimen is basically "commute a lot on a bike that weighs a lot and eat a lot..."
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Old 12-26-11, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by JaceK View Post
Holy smokes... how could one possibly spend 100$ at McD's?
I can do that in about a week. Why else would I ride this stupid bike?
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Old 12-26-11, 08:38 AM
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It's the thought that counts.....
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Old 12-26-11, 08:50 AM
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To the OP...maybe you can use that if you go hiking or if you get into ultramarathoning? =p for my gift being 6'3'' and 190 lbs (already pushing being "average"), maybe I could get a morning coffee for 3 months?
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Old 12-26-11, 09:42 AM
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It makes you wonder how many people the OP gave gifts to are on a forum complaining about the stupid, useless gifts they received from him.
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Old 12-26-11, 09:46 AM
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My family has learned- don't go there- either ask or just give money. When friends/co-workers ask me about cycling gifts for their friends, relatives... I tell them they're best bet is a gift certificate to whatever shop they use, but don't try to buy them something. It NEVER works.
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In my opinion you should take what is givin and be happy you got anything at all. I find it tastless to ask someone to give money if they had something else in mind. The Holidays are not what they used to be.
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I got a neon yellow club cut jersey.
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I suspect you didn't hide your disgust very last year and now they're just buying you stuff to piss you off.

Disgust is never an emotion I've had when receiving a gift. Time to grow up.
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I got a book called The Bike Snob. Looks interesting.
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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
Oakley glasses with clear-to-black transitions lenses so that I go out for a ride early in the dark and not need to carry a second set of glasses for when the sun comes up.
I'd love to see the price, link and hear from you how good they are. Looking for decent transition lenses myself, so I don't have to wear 2 pairs of glasses if I get caught by dark fall.
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Old 12-26-11, 10:06 AM
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The Bike Snob is an entertaining read for sure. Love reading his blog.

For those complaining about receiving Fred gifts....try Amazon's universal Wish List. Works wonders.
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I find that sometimes the crappiest gifts are the ones you cherish the most. You can tell they really were thinking about you, and even though it might not be what you wanted, (or even ever use...) you can tell they really love you.
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
Disgust is never an emotion I've had when receiving a gift. Time to grow up.
This.

Disgust is a pretty strong term to use when someone is trying to do something for you.
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OP Fail.
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I am very glad I don't have a son like you.
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Originally Posted by Capecodder View Post
In my opinion you should take what is givin and be happy you got anything at all. I find it tastless to ask someone to give money if they had something else in mind. The Holidays are not what they used to be.
PM me your address so I can send you a fruit cake.
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What an awesome person you are for being able to hide your "disgust" at a gesture of giving. Well done!
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This thread is Deja Vu all over again.
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