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Am I a Fred?(14 posts)

Am I a Fred?John R.
May 2, 2001 1:07 PM
Okay, there has been alot of talk about what a Fred is and I'm afraid I might be a Fred. Here are some stats on my cycling habits and gear. Please be honest, I can take it:

1. 100-120 miles per week at peak of season.
2. Ride a hybrid.
3. Commute by bike.
4. Spray-painted rear-rack with a plastic box bolted on.
5. Own 3 Specialized products (light,helmet,seat).
6. Own 5 Performance products (shorts,shirts,gloves,panniers).
7. Enjoy perusing the Nashbar catalog.
8. Wear a Nathan reflective vest.
9. Adidas sneakers, crew socks, cotton shorts and a cycling jersey.
10. Altimeter on my cyclocomputer.

John R.
Hell with themThioderek
May 2, 2001 1:17 PM
Hell with them.

You ride, that is all that matters.
Looking like it. Join the club. Are we having a coming out?that'smrfredtoyou
May 2, 2001 1:32 PM
I have a 97 cad3 w/ mavic friction shifters, performance front hub, MA30 rims, mavic chainrings, Ultegra fills in the blanks. Oh, brakes from a Centurian of questionable heritage. Shimano shoes, and I don't wear a helmet. My front brake is on the right, MX style.

One more. No cyclometer. I just keep trying to improve my time over several of my usual routes.


I use the plastic old school bar tape. It seems to annoy the weak.

I'd ride with you anytime. Having a wingman is key.
re: Am I a Fred?dug
May 2, 2001 3:18 PM
No way! The first rule of being a FRED is NOT having a clue that you are one..
Does that rule me out?that'smrfredtoyou
May 2, 2001 3:25 PM
If your postulate is true, I'm not a Fred. This could really cost me a second mortgage in counseling....still, I'm not giving up my lucky brown socks--they work as well as coolmax.
'fraid so...Mel Erickson
May 2, 2001 3:38 PM
but who cares? Come ride with me anytime.
re: Am I a Fred?xxx
May 2, 2001 3:41 PM
All applications can be mailed to 'thatsmrfredtoyou'. He seems to be King of the Freds. He sounds scary.
Look out, I might use the Jedi Mind Trick to pull you in.....that'smrfredtoyou
May 2, 2001 3:48 PM
Scary? What are you afraid of Starling? Quid Pro Quo.
Look out, I might use the Jedi Mind Trick to pull you in.....phs
May 2, 2001 4:06 PM
This sounds like love is starting. My god! Gay Freds. That's a whole new post.
My god! Gay Freds. That's a whole new post.that'smrfredtoyou
May 2, 2001 4:15 PM
At least it'll extend the thread...
May 3, 2001 12:19 AM
Hey Triple
Have you ever made a contribution to this board that didn't involve calling someone a Fred. If you know so much about cycling why don't you share some of that knowledge with us. Answer some questions and help some new cyclists enjoy the sport. If you could help someone save money, be more comfortable or even avoid some road rash wouldn't that be a better use of your time and energy. Helping people might not feel as satisfying to you as tearing them down, but you can learn. Hell, you might even get over your fear of cyclists who aren't exactly like you.

Enjoy the rides
Am I a Fred?xxx
May 3, 2001 9:05 AM
I will never get over my fear of Freds. Freds scare me. Anyone willing to put a 3" piece of of metal with a mirror attached several inches from their eye - in an false pretense of being 'safe' is scary. So, in my off-handed way, I'm educating. I'm quite sure you've read my previous posts, and in so've responded here. So, I've got you thinking, huh? And it should make you think. I work in a position where I have to grin and bear a lot of people that I would not normally assosciate with...whether they be freds in one sport or this is a fun way to get back without being known. But again, it's fun, it's humorous. If you don't appreciate it...don't open it...(but I know you will). It makes people think doesn't it, and some of the answers are as funny/perposterious as the questions. I have a hard time beliving that people need answers to some of the just plain dumb and/or common sense questions. (And, for your info, I've anwsered some of the legitamate questions with other sign in I'm not all that bad, huh?) I still don't know how someone could answer 'how do I pee with bibs on' without some sort of sarcasism. It's just too funny and I will continue when called upon. Legitamacy will be answered with such.....- I honestly think about 12 people read this this isn't going to be changing the world.
Maybe you are rightDERICK
May 3, 2001 4:57 PM
Perhaps you are right. I certainly agree that anyone who puts their life or the life of others at risk (not wearing helmet,riding wrong direction in traffic,poorly maintained gear etc.)is a fred and does a disservice to us all.
I have to admit that the humor was not lost on me. Some of that stuff was pretty funny. I guess my only concern was that new people coming to this board would see 5 or 6 large threads making fun of people and decide not to ask any questions here or possibly anywhere else for fear of being ridiculed. I know it's a stretch but why chase anyone away from cycling.
I never thought you were a bad guy. I also don't think a post about freds is particulary bad. It was just disturbing to see such a large number of threads on the subject in such a short period of time. It seemed very uninviting. Thats all.
I hope this clears things up some.

By the way, how do you guys pee in bib shorts?
re: Am I a Fred?James
May 2, 2001 9:34 PM
I would just like to say sorry to anyone named Fred who is reading all this stuff. It is not until now that i thank my parents for the name James, Even all those years of being called Jamie by my mom and granny!