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FRED?(12 posts)

FRED?cydswipe
Feb 20, 2002 3:28 PM
I'm new to this board. What is a FRED? I see it on discussions over team clothing kits and pro paint schemes. Is it like a poser, but worse?
re: FRED?Cherry1
Feb 20, 2002 3:46 PM
they are referring to Freddy Rodriguez US Pro Road Champion
re: FRED?cydswipe
Feb 20, 2002 3:53 PM
But it seems to be used in a manner that is less than flattering. I don't get the inside joke?
He's full of sh-t. Fred = fixed gear devotee swipe. nmmorrison
Feb 20, 2002 4:04 PM
re: FRED?Cherry1
Feb 20, 2002 4:06 PM
There in no inside joke. Fred is short for Fred Rodriguez. He even post from time to time.
Certainly the "search" function would yield results...Crankist
Feb 20, 2002 4:07 PM
After I did so, I spent four days removing reflectors and my 'coon tails. Kept the bells.
Mike
Certainly the "search" function would yield results...Cherry1
Feb 20, 2002 4:10 PM
i have been told that works too a many instances
POP!Crankist
Feb 20, 2002 4:46 PM
re: FRED?Velocipedio
Feb 20, 2002 6:33 PM
Fred: A cyclist wannabe who tries too hard; many Freds are poseurs; Freds usually don't have the chops to go along with their cool gear and kit; on the other hand, a Fred can also be an environmentally-conscious utility cyclist who takes no interest in cycling as a sport; in effect, Fred is a common term of generic disapprobation among cyclists. It is used mostly be arrogant velosnobs.
re: FRED?cydswipe
Feb 20, 2002 6:39 PM
thanks Velocipedio!!
re: FRED?Cherry1
Feb 20, 2002 7:08 PM
you mean it has nothing to do with fred rodriguez
re: FRED?cyclopathic
Feb 20, 2002 7:58 PM
fred n.
1) a person who spends a lot of money on his bike and
clothing, but still can't ride. "What a fred -- too much
Lycra and titanium and not enough skill." Synonym for
poser. Occasionally called a "barney".
2) (from road riding) a person who has a mishmash of old
gear, does't care at all about technology or fashion,
didn't race or follow racing, etc. Often identified by
chainring marks on white calf socks.
2a) Used by "serious" roadies to disparage utility cyclists
and touring riders, especially after these totally
unfashionable "freds" drop the "serious" roadies on hills
because the "serious" guys were really posers. According to
popular myth, "Fred" was a well-known grumpy old touring
rider, who really was named Fred.