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oh my -african
Sep 17, 2003 12:24 PM
Ruthless! ...nmt0adman
Sep 17, 2003 12:30 PM
re: oh my - mmmm ....t5rguy
Sep 17, 2003 1:16 PM
Big ring in front, biggest cog at the back? Tilted camera?
Chain stretched to the max!
Mini pump ?MR_GRUMPY
Sep 17, 2003 1:28 PM
53X23 ?? 16 mph ?????
couldn't you have picked a more difficult target?The Human G-Nome
Sep 17, 2003 1:37 PM
full fakta, seat bottles, mtnbike helmet, scattante, ill-fitting, big ring/big cog combo, tri wheels, etc.

you could just post this pic under "Fred FAQ" and be done with it. no need for words.

and...funknuggets
Sep 17, 2003 2:18 PM
wearing his fashion watch on his RIGHT wrist... oh for the love of GAWD...
You forgot to mention the Mail Order frame!!! nmTNRyder
Sep 17, 2003 2:23 PM
C'mon, guys. Stop making fun of my mom. At least she'sBigFatSal
Sep 17, 2003 3:56 PM
out there.... And she even shaved her legs and went to the tanning salon..... yuk, yuk.

After this ride I did mention to her (constructive criticism) that it's more comfy to wear the glasses on the OUTSIDE of the helmet straps.... She didn't take it well. Chased me with her wooden spoon but lucky for me she's kinda slow....

Are we mean? No, just having fun. Hell, my friends make fun of me too!
oh oh, I got another oneJFR
Sep 17, 2003 4:00 PM
His glasses are UNDER his helmet strap.
Saddle Height Policeteoteoteo
Sep 17, 2003 4:09 PM
Is it just me or is the lack of bend in his knee bothersome considering the crank arm doesn't even appear to be at the 6 o'clock--also check out the toe's down, another sign of bad fit Johnny.
Lance rides toes downKristin
Sep 17, 2003 7:56 PM
Is he fit poorly?
he/she is backpedaling? (nm)t5rguy
Sep 17, 2003 11:57 PM
Okay, I must confess. This is one I just don't get?Kristin
Sep 17, 2003 7:52 PM
Why MUST someone where the glasses OVER their helmet strap?? You look like a damn fool the first time you stop and take off your helmet and foget to take off the shades first.
I put my sunglasses under the helmet strap too.Ken K
Sep 17, 2003 9:54 PM
I guess I'm not cool.
Okay, I must confess. This is one I just don't get?mickey-mac
Sep 17, 2003 10:01 PM
I don't really care what anyone else does, but I always wear my glasses over the helmet strap because it's easier to take them off that way while riding. I often ditch them in the rain, when the weather turns dark, or in long tunnels. Putting them back on under straps would be a pain in the ass.

BTW, I've never tried to take off my helmet without taking off the glasses first.
Never had a bee in your helmet, eh? (nm)loki_1
Sep 18, 2003 7:31 AM
Never had a bee in your helmet, eh? (nm)mickey-mac
Sep 18, 2003 8:56 PM
I have and, amazingly, still managed to take off my glasses and my helmet before being stung on the noggin.
why must anyone think there's a 'proper' way to to anything.Steve_0
Sep 18, 2003 4:05 AM
whatever works for you. I'd love to see some photos of these critics in various aspects of their riding/lives.

(ok, the big cog/big ring aside - thats just bad).
Cause there IS!JFR
Sep 18, 2003 9:00 AM
There IS a proper way to do LOTS of things... but most of the Velo Cool/Gay game is just for fun 8-0

Personally, while I do find the game quite fun, and I do make some assumptions about people based on appearances, I would never snub somebody because they have a low Velo Cool score. Appearances are only so deep and assumptions can be woefully wrong. And as you alluded Steve, those throwing rocks are likely guilty of sins themselves.
Jeez, I never even thought aboutgeeker
Sep 18, 2003 4:30 AM
the over/under helmet strap thing. I suppose I go for "under", because I find it easier to put the glasses back on that way (I take them off to go up big hills). Had no idea it was fredly, but that makes me dig it even more ;-). Perhaps I find "under" easier because my helmet and/or straps are also fredly in some way...
Neither did I...JFR
Sep 18, 2003 8:40 AM
...until catching a couple of bees/wasps/bugs in the little gap between the strap and my head created by the glasses.

I liked wearing my glasses under the straps cause I felt like it helped hold my glasses in place. That's how I'd worn my glasses MTBing for years. But once I started road biking, it was pointed out to me that it wasn't Velo Cool to wear em that way. I didn't care THAT much about being cool and continued, until my third sting... that little gap between strap and head was like a funnel for bugs... at least for me. That's why I wear my glasses over the straps now.

Besides the "funnel for bugs" reason, I think it's mainly a fassion thing. I doubt the results of a crash would be much different in either case.
People, people!jtolleson
Sep 17, 2003 4:29 PM
Let the poor boy R.I.P. He posted this seeking legit advice, and even if he was a bit thin-skinned in picking up his toys and running off, let's give it a rest.
OK, I must come cleanTNRyder
Sep 17, 2003 4:38 PM
I my freinds, am a FRED. There i said it. I ride a road bike with MTNbike shoes and pedals. I wear a MTNbike helmet while riding said roadbike. My legs are gloriously hairy. I wear a hydration pack in which I keep a multi-tool, tire levers, and a mini-pump (thank goodness I have never had the need to use it on the road). I have been known to wear purple socks with a green Jersey. (OUCH!)

Coming from the wild world of mountian bikes, I am too fast for the beginner road rides, but too slow to hang on the advanced road rides. Therefore, I (by choice) am consistently dropped by the fast guys as I huff and puff at the back of the group. Promptly after being spit out the back I take a moment to recover and then start to ride my twice-a-week ITT. Sometimes, If I am lucky, I will manage to pick up another rider who was blown out the back of the pack and is even more blown-up than me. This makes me feel better about myself as I can then rationalize that I am not the weakest rider in the group, just the slowest!

I also use way too many parentheses in my posts and tend to think and type in very long rambling run-0n sentences that I am sure some people have a hard time following.

Sorry about the thread-jacking, just had to blow off some steam.
OK, I must come cleanlemmy999
Sep 17, 2003 6:11 PM
I have road shoes, but MTN bike helmet and a hydration pack with a super heavy Alien multi-tool (got a lighter Hummer on the way though) and a mini-pump (no CO2). The hair will stay. I am too busy to shave even if I wanted to. I am also in same boat as you on rides (right in the middle). I usually end up riding with my wife because she is only slightly better than me. I guess I am at least 3/4 FRED.
What's your point?PaulNYC
Sep 17, 2003 6:49 PM
A position like that would certainly allow someone to ride three miles in 6 minutes.

Paul
I noticed his watch was.....High Gear
Sep 18, 2003 2:18 AM
on the right wrist. Doesn't that mean something?
yeah, means he's left handed. nm.Steve_0
Sep 18, 2003 4:05 AM
yeah, means he's left handed. nm.mobil1
Sep 18, 2003 7:35 AM
Not that there is anything wrong with that......
Isn't this the guy who said he can TT faster than Lance? (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 18, 2003 7:00 AM
ALL FREDS UNITE! SAY IT LOUD, "I'M FRED. I'M PROUD"...BigFatSal
Sep 18, 2003 8:02 AM
Ah, if everyone were the same, what a boring world it would be.... And then who would we be able to poke fun at??? So, let's all celebrate the Fred-dom, the Freddies, the Freddettes, and enjoy the Freedom of Fred because, afterall, Free and Fred are almost spelled the same.... ;>)

Next time you're having your picture taken, all dressed in your finest, purest, roadiest gear - smile and say "Fred!" cuz, face it, without the Freds, you just wouldn't look so cool.... Thanks to each and every one of the Freds in this world - I love you all! And in honor of you, dear Fred, I will today go for a ride, aspiring greatly to join your ranks of Freak-Flag-Freds. Yes, I will wear my finest Fred-threads proudly today. (hmmm.... I just hope no one sees me.....)......
Face it guys, we're all freds to the "normals" (nm)Turtleherder
Sep 18, 2003 11:14 AM
mtb helmet????TNSquared
Sep 18, 2003 9:30 AM
Seriously, what makes a helmet and mtb helmet vs. a road helmet? The obvious answer is that it must be the visor, but even the Giro Pneumo, certainly an acknowledged "roadie" helmet, comes with a visor, does it not?

I wouldn't expect someone riding a 3 mile time trial to choose using the visor due to aerodynamics, but for basic road riding I can see many circumstances where a visor could offer some benefits.

So attaching the visor makes it a mtb helmet? ..rrright...
Yes, the visor...Dwayne Barry
Sep 18, 2003 9:56 AM
makes it a "mtb helmet". The proper road cycling style if you desire a "visor" is to wear a cycling cap, ideally sans helmet if going for maximum cycling style points.
re: mtb helmetJS Haiku Shop
Sep 18, 2003 10:13 AM
visor makes for more neck strain holding head up to see the road from a layed out / aerodynamic position. most mtb positions are more upright and visor is used to deflect mother nature and elements.

all bets are off during 'cross. i wear a cycling cap under my mtb helmet (sans visor) because it #1 puts me in the mode/mood, #2 helps with frequent winter precipitation, and #3 earns style points, which is really the most important thing you could achieve at 'cross races. i may cross the line last, but i'll look marvelous. you know, it's better to look good, than to feel good.

-J
the vents on a MTB helmet have a different configuration...innergel
Sep 18, 2003 2:38 PM
that help optimize cooling at average MTB speeds. They are more on top of the helmet to vent heat straight up at slower speeds and in a more "normal" upright MTB riding position.

Road bike helmets have their vents more towards the front, to scoop in air and channel it over your head and send the heat out the back. Since the road position is more stretched out, the front vents are preferrable.

Or so I've read :-)