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Yesterday at the end of my ride I stopped to buy some lemonade from a little girl who'd set up a stand by the side of the road (blazing hot day). The girl's mother said I was the first cyclist "in matching clothes" (she meant a team kit) to stop, and the girl said "Yeah--most them just scowl at me." And sure enough, a guy in full kit rode by and gave her a dirty look, probably angry at the idea that anyone would even suggest to him that he slow down or stop.

So: if you stop for lemonade, you're a Fred. If you scowl at little girls, you're a cyclist. Or maybe just a d!ckhead.
 
Jul 31, 2009
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Out of the four "You might be a..." threads I've got quite a bit of Fredness.

2. If you have a beard then you might be a fred.
I don't have a real beard, but I only shave once a week so that 6th or 7th day it's basically a beard.
12. If you don't file off the lawyer tabs on your fork, you might be a Fred.
I had to look up what these were, and I don't think I'd feel comfortable filing bits off my carbon fork.
if you wear lycra shorts and don't shave your legs, you might be a Fred
Nope, don't shave my legs.
if you wear more hi-viz yellow (or orange) when you ride than you'd find in a road construction crew, you might be a Fred
When I ride to work I wrap a high-vis vest around my backpack because it's black and I'd rather improve my chances of not getting hit by a car again.
If you ride aero bars with a backpack you are...
That's me riding to work with my work clothes in my backpack. I generally don't actually use my clip ons with the backpack but I'm not going to remove them just to ride to work.
 
Jul 29, 2009
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If you are not being paid to ride then you´re a Fred .

At the end of the day regardless of what else you might think, you're just doing it for fun.

Whether it be national amateur events with all the top of the range gear, sportives, on a recumbant or with your child in tow etc doesn't matter.

It's great that cycling can be enjoyed in so many different ways.

Now being a w*nker is something else
 
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You're a Fred when I pass you going uphill on my way home from work riding my Fredmobile I bought for a 100 bucks that you don't ride anymore b/c you now parade around town in a full "race" kit on a > $2000 road bike.

My Fredmobile came resplendent with vertical bar ends, mirror, gel seat, old school computer, huge light, 45 different reflectors, and of course a Fred rack:

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I've kept it "stock" as my commuter/crusher of bike path egos.
 
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Wallace said:
Yesterday at the end of my ride I stopped to buy some lemonade from a little girl who'd set up a stand by the side of the road (blazing hot day). The girl's mother said I was the first cyclist "in matching clothes" (she meant a team kit) to stop, and the girl said "Yeah--most them just scowl at me." And sure enough, a guy in full kit rode by and gave her a dirty look, probably angry at the idea that anyone would even suggest to him that he slow down or stop.

So: if you stop for lemonade, you're a Fred. If you scowl at little girls, you're a cyclist. Or maybe just a d!ckhead.

Or you might be a Fred because you wouldn't spend two quarters to buy lemonade from a little girl while spinning a set of Zipp wheels at 12 mph. Fred's are tight with their pennies.
 
Rip:30 said:
You're a Fred when I pass you going uphill on my way home from work riding my Fredmobile I bought for a 100 bucks that you don't ride anymore b/c you now parade around town in a full "race" kit on a > $2000 road bike.

My Fredmobile came resplendent with vertical bar ends, mirror, gel seat, old school computer, huge light, 45 different reflectors, and of course a Fred rack:

blackburn_mountainrack_04_m.jpg



I've kept it "stock" as my commuter/crusher of bike path egos.
nice. i passed two teammates on S-Works Tarmacs going up one of the local climbs. i was on Frieda. you can see her here. .:D
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usedtobefast said:
nice. i passed two teammates on S-Works Tarmacs going up one of the local climbs. i was on Frieda. you can see her here. .:D
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My commuter is Freder than Fred.

It keeps me from being a hipster and compensates for the poser points I scored on the Poser thread.
Although you got an edge over me with those road pedals on the ol' MTB.