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Old 05-13-11, 12:19 PM   #1
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Commuting forum moving up in popularity

Commuting is now the 4th most popular forum on Bikeforums.net. Seems like it didn't used to be so heavily used. Here are the top 6 forums as of 5/13/11:

- Road Cycling - 2,835,929 posts
- Single Speed & FG - 1,168,644
- Classic & Vintage - 734,882
- Commuting - 723,763
- Bicycle Mechanics - 544,536
- Mountain Biking - 433,476

At the rate the Commuting forum is growing, it could pass Classic & Vintage before long if (if gas prices stay so high). For owners of bikes with just one gear and sometimes no brakes, SS/FG riders sure have a lot to talk about. Meanwhile, Mtn Bikers must be spending more time in the woods than chatting on forums.
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Old 05-13-11, 12:21 PM   #2
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Commuting still seems more like home to me than the other forums, and I think I'm not the only one that feels that way.
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Old 05-13-11, 12:22 PM   #3
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I've noticed the "Number Viewing" on the commuting has gone up on average as well.
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Old 05-13-11, 12:23 PM   #4
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That's cause commuters are HARDCORE, man. Or something.
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Old 05-13-11, 12:30 PM   #5
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we just have more time on our hands
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Old 05-13-11, 12:36 PM   #6
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rocking at the FRED-fest.
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This has always been the first forum I visit. Never checked out Road, SS/FG, or C&V.
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Old 05-13-11, 12:46 PM   #8
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You mean... ther are other forums??
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You mean... ther are other forums??
I check Utility from time to time. It's basically commuters that do grocery runs too.
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As much as I'd like to do other types of riding more often (namely weekend road riding and touring) I still do over 90% of my cycling miles commuting. Accordingly I spend the majority of my time here. The only forums I look at with anything resembling regularity are this one, touring, and clydes.
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Spent some time in the C&V forums but I'm more into riding than restoring. This forum just seems like home. I also visit the advocacy and safety forum. It is ok but doesn't ever seem as positive as this one.
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Old 05-13-11, 01:38 PM   #12
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this sub-forum is definitely my home at BF.net as well. i like it it because, while it definitely has a focus on the specific activity of commuting by bicycle, it seems to be the forum most closely aligned with how i view cycling. to me biking isn't a sport, or a recreation, or a hobby, or an interest, rather it's an all encompassing way of life; it's how i move through and about my world every single day.

i also like this forum because it's not about a specific kind or style of bike. we have people in here commuting on all manner of two wheeled contraptions - race bikes, mountain bikes, touring bikes, vintage bikes, hybrid bikes, cyclocross bikes, single speed bikes, folding bikes, fixed gear bikes, recumbent bikes, cruising bikes, etc.

i also periodically check out the car-free, utility, and winter biking forums, but they're less active than this one, and hence less interesting.

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Old 05-13-11, 01:43 PM   #13
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I've been a roadie for many years, but identify more with commuters now since I commute almost every workday but usually rec ride only once a week. It's also more interesting (to me) discussing various commuter issues than arguing over Campy vs Shimano, weight weenie stuff, carbon frames and components, fastest speeds, etc.
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Commuting still seems more like home to me than the other forums, and I think I'm not the only one that feels that way.
I seem to be split equally between commuting, utility cycling and touring forums. They have a lot in common too. Although, I haven't visited here as frequently as I used to for a month or so.
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I've started posting in the commuting forum which probably explains it's recent increased popularity.
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Well of course it getting more popular, how else can we get through 8 hrs of boring work in anticipation for the commute home?
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I spend most of my time here, some in A&S, and the Clyde/Athena forum.
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Interesting. I should check out the other forums more often. I've never even clicked on SS/FG, but I imagine C&V would have something I like.

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Meanwhile, Mtn Bikers must be spending more time in the woods than chatting on forums.
Mountain bikers already have a great forum outside of BF, so I'm sure that plays a role too.
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I come here to get my Fred on.
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Yeah, I'm here, utility, some road...
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This has always been the first forum I visit. Never checked out Road, SS/FG, or C&V.
That is how I do it.
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I come here to get my Fred on.
I'm pretty new here, and I feel like an idiot for even asking, but what is all this "Fred" business about? I've been commuting off and on for a couple years now, I'm just not familiar with the term.
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I'm pretty new here, and I feel like an idiot for even asking, but what is all this "Fred" business about? I've been commuting off and on for a couple years now, I'm just not familiar with the term.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_(bicycling)
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I'm pretty new here, and I feel like an idiot for even asking, but what is all this "Fred" business about? I've been commuting off and on for a couple years now, I'm just not familiar with the term.
I'm from the modern stone age family...


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