1) n. 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) n. 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. 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. This term is from road touring and, according to popular myth, "Fred" was a well-known grumpy old touring rider, who really was named Fred.
see also: chainring tattoo, rookie mark, idiot lever, O.D., off the back, pokes, poser, retro-grouch, schmooz, spike, tea party, techno-weenie, tricked out, Ugly Greek Jerseys, weight-weenie and winky
You might be a Fred if: You put your helmet on backwards, and don't notice.
You might be a Fred if: You went to change a flat tire, and ended up with your cluster apart in your hands.
You might be a Fred: if your bike looks like this:
You might be a Fred if: You ride and dress like this:
You might be a Fred: If you lead a ride like this.
Send your favorite Fred stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, if we like them we may publish them to this page.
Disclaimer: Club (Recyclers) rides typically range from between 30 and 50 miles at an average speed of approximately 15 MPH. To the best of our ability, we try to keep the group together during rides by making route instructions available prior to the ride and by regrouping at various points along the ride. Routes are subject to change without notice. Riders are responsible for their own actions and ensuring that they can find their way if they become separated from the group. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The club makes no representations as to safety; road, traffic, animal, or weather conditions; level of difficulty; accuracy of route descriptions; or availability of provisions and/or facilities on routes provided for club rides.