Life with a Hardcore Cyclist: The Seven ‘Fred’ly Sins

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Pro, cycling, commuting

Because we’re all a little hardcore sometimes

I recently heard the term ‘Fred’ in reference to certain kinds of cyclists (see “related posts” at the bottom). I thought it was pretty funny, because I like things that poke a little fun at cycling (that’s what this comic is all about).

I might be the last cyclist to find out about ‘Freds’ but just in case, here is a link to a hilarious article about the history and definitions of this term. One reason that I love this all so much is because I see a lot of myself in this description. Without realizing it, it’s kind of what I was going for in my About page! Maybe I’m a Fred after all?

And that is the inspiration for my latest comic, The Seven ‘Fred’ly Sins.

I want to add a brief disclaimer. It should go without saying that people are more than a stereotype. I think very few, if any, people actually fit into any of the categories that we have assigned to cyclists. Roadie. Hipster. Fred. I think that we’re all unique cyclists in our own way, and there is no one way to be a cyclist.

Wear what you want. Ride what you want. Bring what you want. Do what you want.

Get on your wheels, and get happy.

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Gear featured in the comic

This comic is actually based on what I wear/bring along when I ride. I’d like to take this moment to give a shout out to some of my favorite products, which are featured here (and I will likely give a full review at some point):

Po Campo bags: Relatively affordable, super cute, and extremely versatile!

Monkeysee Harness: Comfortable and stylish (and the ring lets you attach an extra light to your back!) Heritage used to sell them, hopefully they still do!

Chrome SPD shoes: Durable and comfortable

Echo Rivera – Chicago, IL

Echo is completing a phd in community psychology and her work consists of conducting research that addresses gender-based violence. She started cycling in 2010 as part of a quest for better health. She quickly realized that she hated exercise, but loved the feeling of exploring the town by bike. Every ride was an adventure, full of possibilities and spontaneity. 

It didn’t take long for her to become passionate about cycling and her dream is to tour the country with her partner and Australian cattle dog. Until then, you can find Echo riding her whimsical blue road bicycle on the streets of Chicago or her tough orange mountain bike on the trails. Although a non-competitive cyclist herself, she enjoys screaming and ringing a cowbell to cheer on her cyclocross-racing partner.

Her comic, Life with a Hardcore Cyclist, pokes fun at the ‘bike life,’ and is founded on the idea that anyone can be a ‘hardcore cyclist’ regardless of gender, race, income, weight, or reason for cycling. Echo can also be found on twitter: @echointhecity and on her blog:echointhecity.wordpress.com 

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