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Well, roadies have freds...

Old 07-23-11, 05:06 PM
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Well, roadies have freds...

Just postulating---roadies have the lovingly referred to "freds." Everyone has their own different take on the actual definition of said fred.

Is there a SSFG equivalent?

I know we have the JA thread. Maybe just JA, terminology-wise?
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Old 07-23-11, 05:13 PM
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https://velospace.org/node/36454

perhaps?
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Old 07-23-11, 05:15 PM
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Hipster is probably the equivalent term.
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Old 07-23-11, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by xkillemallx16 View Post
yes

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Hipster is probably the equivalent term.
no.
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Old 07-23-11, 10:06 PM
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I don't really know what a fred is either, I think its either someone who has way to nice of a bike or someone who rides/wears whatever and doesn't care whats "cool" in the cycling world.
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Old 07-23-11, 10:25 PM
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Teds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH5W1Z23wPg
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Old 07-23-11, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by nuhtowel View Post
I don't really know what a fred is either, I think its either someone who has way to nice of a bike or someone who rides/wears whatever and doesn't care whats "cool" in the cycling world.
This.
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Old 07-23-11, 10:34 PM
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I think SSFG riders care too much one way or another to have freds
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Old 07-23-11, 10:34 PM
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Yeah there are two kinds of freds:

1. Guy who rides some ****ty/randomly assembled bike with way too many functional accessories. Has a beard. May wear birkenstocks. Sheldon was definitely this sort of fred. He cared a lot about bikes and cycling, but he wasn't really the most stylish guy on the road. Will probably go slower than you, but will also do twice your mileage in any given week.

2. The nu-Fred. Has a ton of incredibly expensive gear. Rides a full-carbon bike in team kit around the neighborhood for around 4 miles before "calling it a day". Has a cadence monitor but doesn't know what it does.
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Old 07-24-11, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
2. The nu-Fred. Has a ton of incredibly expensive gear. Rides a full-carbon bike in team kit around the neighborhood for around 4 miles before "calling it a day". Has a cadence monitor but doesn't know what it does.
That reminds me of the Cat 5/4s
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Old 07-24-11, 09:28 AM
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+1 on Hipsters
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Old 07-24-11, 10:49 AM
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Hamish said it plain and simple.
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Old 07-24-11, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by hamish5178 View Post
Has a beard.
and a recumbent!
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Old 07-25-11, 02:53 AM
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What about the people who buy themselves into a scene? They spend a ton of dough to have the nicest bike at the local bicycle bar/hangout but they really don't "ride." But after a while of people realizing that that person really doesn't ride their bike, the person actually starts to ride, a lot, to justify buying such an expensive bike with the expensive bits.
It's one thing to have the nicest chopper on the block because you're not expected to race it. But if you have the nicest Crotch Rocket on the block and you only cruise, in the end, you look a little silly. In the end, the so called people who don't care, really actually do, they're just trying to be different than what they perceive the rest to be.
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Old 07-25-11, 09:51 AM
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If you spend too much time worrying about anyone else's anything your won't enjoy your own whatever-it-is nearly as much. Who cares?
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Old 07-25-11, 10:25 AM
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Fred: A person riding a bicycle who is not as cool as yourself, for whatever reason.

We're all Freds to someone else.
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Old 07-25-11, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by hamish5178;12977100e
nu-Fred
This.

https://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009...ssic-fred.html

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Old 07-25-11, 11:24 AM
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TV Hipsters. people who just learn about this stuff on tv and the internet, etc. people who dont (or cant) actually go where things are happening. people from the midwest (just for example, not trying to offend anyone) really do have to wait until popular culture gets to them. usually its a couple years behind the original trend. not anybodys fault. basically, what im saying is: hows a kid from the midwest (just for example again) learn about fixed gears? (or anything going on in nyc for that matter). the answer is from television, so to speak
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Old 07-25-11, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by bbjones232 View Post
TV Hipsters. people who just learn about this stuff on tv and the internet, etc. people who dont (or cant) actually go where things are happening. people from the midwest (just for example, not trying to offend anyone) really do have to wait until popular culture gets to them. usually its a couple years behind the original trend. not anybodys fault. basically, what im saying is: hows a kid from the midwest (just for example again) learn about fixed gears? (or anything going on in nyc for that matter). the answer is from television, so to speak

Aaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha, how older are you? Try the internet.
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Old 07-25-11, 11:44 AM
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older then what?
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Old 07-25-11, 12:08 PM
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Jones......you're funny.
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Old 07-25-11, 12:12 PM
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Ha! Good catch. I'm in Fargo, ND. About as midwest as it gets. A lot of us here had the fixed gear gospel handed down to us by a guy that works at an LBS here. For me, I somehow saw a few videos on youtube and thought it looked fun. It was, so I still ride fixed. It always cracks me up that people from the coasts think they're hot **** because they beat the midwest onto some bandwagon or other (not implying this about you bbjones232, but lots of people I've met IRL and talked to on message boards think that way).
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Old 07-25-11, 12:25 PM
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i hear what youre saying.

people from the east coast dont think their hot**** from beating the midwest to the bandwagon tho. they make the bandwagoin to begin with. subtle difference. no biggie. everybodys got to learn about stuff somehow.

im a transplant from city east coast to small city west. people look at me like im a ******* idiot when i open my mouth.
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Old 07-25-11, 04:02 PM
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Haha... yeah, people from either extreme need to just relax a little and realize that their way is not THE way. And I still think it's stupid regardless of whether they started it or copied it first. And honestly, for more than a literal handful of people (ok, not literal, that would be like one baby at most) to say they "started" something is BS. That handful started it and everyone else copied it.
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Old 07-26-11, 08:16 AM
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And honestly, for more than a literal handful of people (ok, not literal, that would be like one baby at most)
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