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Old 08-02-09, 04:07 PM   #1
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Anyone done any bicycle writing?

Anyone done any bicycle writing?

I live in a bicycle-intense area.

Lots of great bicycle trails (MUPS) that are in great condition and relatively little traveled.

Folks in their "senior years" who are just getting into bicycling - like my two neighbors across the street.

"Recreational" bicyclists - folks who are attempting to get fit.

I've been thinking about writing a weekly article for our online paper - automatically published online, sometimes published in the local paper edition.

My target audience would be as described above, not the high-end Serotta folks, but the Trek hybrid and comfort bike folks. Not the young or gung-ho triple-by-pass folks, but the "I got over the 100 foot hill between Suplhur Gulch Trail and the East End Trailhead folks - YEA".

There are literally dozens of different, interesting, safe and enjoyable trail trips I can write about in a 20 mile radius of where I live, and at least a dozen right from the rec center, 1 mile from my home.

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Fun (easy and a bit harder) 5-20 mile rides for you and your family.

Places to go, have a snack - pie - (or whatever) and return.

Choosing a bike

Bicycle courtesy

Hydration and eating.

Finding time to ride.

Riding for folks with special needs

Links to photo-essays on my web site

Group rides

How not to get onesself in a situation they one not handle

Fixing a flat

Wildlife you can see and where

How should a bike fit

What one should carry on a bike

Riding safely on a MUP

How to get fit by bicycling.

Bicycling as a part of an over-all fitness program.

Upgrading to another bike

Minor maintenance

Bike trailers

Bike listservs

Shoes and clothing

Common bicycling injuries

Riding safely

Helmets

Commuting

Bicycle lights

Tires, tire pressure,

Goatheads

Riding as a "super senior" - 70+'rs

Riding with the family

The list is pretty inexhaustible. Just perusing the titles of threads in the 50+ forum and the Recreational Forum gives many, many ideas.

Also, "Send your questions and comments to XXXXXXXXX@CCC.com

Do you have any suggestions?

Perhaps, after a bit, and if it works, I would like to go to our local LBS, and ask if they would like to sponsor a paid column in our local newspaper.

Reactions, thoughts please!!

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Old 08-02-09, 04:15 PM   #2
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Anyone done any bicycle writing?
Nah - most of my writing tends to be about colonoscopys and viagra
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Old 08-02-09, 04:39 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=DnvrFox;9406385]Anyone done any bicycle writing?

I live in a bicycle-intense area.

Lots of great bicycle trails (MUPS) that are in great condition and relatively little traveled.

Folks in their "senior years" who are just getting into bicycling - like my two neighbors across the street.

"Recreational" bicyclists - folks who are attempting to get fit.

I've been thinking about writing a weekly article for our online paper - automatically published online, sometimes published in the local paper edition.

My target audience would be as described above, not the high-end Serotta folks, but the Trek hybrid and comfort bike folks. Not the young or gung-ho triple-by-pass folks, but the "I got over the 100 foot hill between Suplhur Gulch Trail and the East End Trailhead folks - YEA".



I Have not done any writing but would love to read what you write. If you do the writing put a link to the site so we can read.
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Old 08-02-09, 05:04 PM   #4
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I think you would do it well.

I was bike-ranting just the other day in front of a captive audience (endoscopy techs) who were interested about getting into cycling. I told them, "Remember, it's smiles per miles that's important". They thought that was very wise. I gave you credit for it, BTW.
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Old 08-02-09, 05:11 PM   #5
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I think you would do it well.

I was bike-ranting just the other day in front of a captive audience (endoscopy techs) who were interested about getting into cycling. I told them, "Remember, it's smiles per miles that's important". They thought that was very wise. I gave you credit for it, BTW.
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Have been free-lance writing for 30+ years with our main topic being tandem related.
Published w-a-y back when in Bicycling, BikeWorld, etc. More recently in Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine, DoubleTalk and various other smaller publications.
Doesn't pay much + some are freebies, but it helps to spread the word on Tandems.
Think you'll do fine as a writer Denver . . . good luck!
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Excellent idea, Denver!

Be sure to post a link so we can read and appreciate what you've written.

Given your top-notch communication skills, this should be easy for you.

I'll bet that many people will be very happy with your articles. You're targeting the under-served groups who need the affirmations to keep on keepin' on.

I'm impressed -- keep up the good work!
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I've written on chess history, and even have a couple of awards on my wall, but nothing on cycling aside from a now-closed blog and Bike Forums. I'm thinking of writing a memoir of my weight loss. Not that the story I tell is so different from other folks, but I can't help but think I'd tell it extremely well.
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Just do it. I think it will be well received.

One question though, why would you think the bike shop should have to pay for a cycling article to appear in the paper?
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Go for it.

The way to tell if you are a writer is to give it a try and see what happens. If you write, you are a writer. If not, you are just a thinker which is not all bad.

Based on the screen pixels you arrange here, my guess is that you may already have turned out to be a writer. The condition is usually not fatal.
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Just do it. I think it will be well received.

One question though, why would you think the bike shop should have to pay for a cycling article to appear in the paper?
I see all the time paid advertisements with an article as a part of the advertisement. Rather than an article in the paper, it would be an advertisement with an article.

I don't know if that would be appealing or not, but we have just one big LBS in town, and they do make money, given the bicycling climate. Also, I know one of the old timers in the LBS - his wife (deceased now) used to be the manager, and her brother now owns the store - one of three big ones
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Anyone done any bicycle writing?
I've been known to dabble. Couple magazine articles, stuff for the local bike club newsletter, fiction, etc.

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I don't know if this counts or not.

I'm currently working on a Powerpoint presentation which will morph onto the website of the local chamber of commerce and our convention/visitors bureau. We're planning to put a link on the chamber site that includes a half dozen (to start) routes in the local area as well as information about the routes, elevations, cue sheets, etc.

We're using this site from the Fredericksburg, TX chamber page as a model, though we're not nearly as sophisticated yet.

http://www.cycletexas.com/

The Powerpoint presentation will be presented to Rotary, Kiwanis, and a few other groups around town to raise awareness.
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I like what you write Denver

I've been blogging my biking adventures. I don't know IF anyone reads it or not. The local paper asked me to contribute to a small series on beginners photography.

I've not floated the idea to them for a health/fitness/biking article.

The state is trying to change by adding many walking/biking trails from the rail-trails. Who knows it could be an opportunity to raise the awareness here.
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Well, it's barely writing but I get 150 words and 3 photos in our (Del Webb Community) monthly magazine about our Bike club. I write an occasional "article" about a specific ride for my old bike club's on-line newsletter and just had my write-up of this year's AIDS/LifeCycle printed in another montly Senior News.
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I have written one "rant" in the local paper about the uselessness of electric cars vs. bicycles, it was fairly well received. Of all the topics you list, I think "Choosing a bike" is the most important. Too many people choosing their bikes obviously do it without advice, get a poorly fit "throw-a-way" from a department store which ends up hanging in the back of the garage.
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See all the articles here. Check in every week as I add stories.

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I wrote a newspaper column three to five days a week for almost 30 years (they changed the schedule on me every so often), and over the course of my career probably did a few hundred on cycling. Many of the topics you mention seem fine to me, but I'm wondering about the audience.
If you want to write just to write (nothing wrong with that; I still do it even after two years in retirement), go for it. Seems to me, though, that the potential for a paying gig is pretty limited. People who already ride and know about cycling aren't going to find you or read you in a general-interest publication, and beginners won't know you're there. I'd consider it a public service, and if you can get even $25 a column, you'll be doing well (newspapers pay squat to freelancers). Also, you're trying to break into a business where 8,000 trained, experienced reporters are out of work right now. My old paper advertised for one reporter and got nearly 400 resumes. Then they took another budget cut and didn't hire anybody.
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I wrote a newspaper column three to five days a week for almost 30 years (they changed the schedule on me every so often), and over the course of my career probably did a few hundred on cycling. Many of the topics you mention seem fine to me, but I'm wondering about the audience.
If you want to write just to write (nothing wrong with that; I still do it even after two years in retirement), go for it. Seems to me, though, that the potential for a paying gig is pretty limited. People who already ride and know about cycling aren't going to find you or read you in a general-interest publication, and beginners won't know you're there. I'd consider it a public service, and if you can get even $25 a column, you'll be doing well (newspapers pay squat to freelancers). Also, you're trying to break into a business where 8,000 trained, experienced reporters are out of work right now. My old paper advertised for one reporter and got nearly 400 resumes. Then they took another budget cut and didn't hire anybody.
Yes, I am not in it for the money, fully realizing the economics of the print business.

However, the Director of our Rec Department is interested in what I am doing and wants to archive my articles.

I guess I am doing it mostly just to "do it," and see what might happen, if anything. Perhaps the Rec Dept might put together a booklet, etc. Who knows? Our rec dept has no shortage of funding, and is VERY public relations oriented.

Thanks for the feedback.
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I seem to recall when we rode together saying that we didn't get a lot of miles but there were a lot of smiles in the company of your wife and friends. In the same way you can make your writing interesting to more people if you use what they say and how they say it as inspiration. Then it will be interesting and alive to your target audience. Thus, they will read what you write. In that way word of mouth will help people find your articles and increase your readership.

As a relative newbie I sought everything I could find on cycling. Most of what I could find focused on racing, competitive cycling, or selling something. Very little was aimed at someone who just wanted to ride for fun but wasn't in the Ride The Neighborhood group. So, if you can do a bit of active listening you can produce a product that is both interesting and informative.

Two other things might help. That is to recognize that the learning curve for cycling is pretty short. It doesn't take long for someone to know the essentials. Also to recognize that for many people cycling is a social thing so perhaps reporting local riding group acivity might help develop your publication.

Say, isn't there a free weekly newspaper there in Denver? I seem to recall it on just about every street corner. That might be a viable medium to reach your target audience.

Just some ideas for you to consider as you try to do something I think is very worthwhile.
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I seem to recall when we rode together saying that we didn't get a lot of miles but there were a lot of smiles in the company of your wife and friends. In the same way you can make your writing interesting to more people if you use what they say and how they say it as inspiration. Then it will be interesting and alive to your target audience. Thus, they will read what you write. In that way word of mouth will help people find your articles and increase your readership.

As a relative newbie I sought everything I could find on cycling. Most of what I could find focused on racing, competitive cycling, or selling something. Very little was aimed at someone who just wanted to ride for fun but wasn't in the Ride The Neighborhood group. So, if you can do a bit of active listening you can produce a product that is both interesting and informative.

Two other things might help. That is to recognize that the learning curve for cycling is pretty short. It doesn't take long for someone to know the essentials. Also to recognize that for many people cycling is a social thing so perhaps reporting local riding group acivity might help develop your publication.

Say, isn't there a free weekly newspaper there in Denver? I seem to recall it on just about every street corner. That might be a viable medium to reach your target audience.

Just some ideas for you to consider as you try to do something I think is very worthwhile.
Thanks for all the feedback. I really appreciate it, and will try to integrate what I can into my regular writing style.
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I think your articles read nicely. I've done some writing ( a couple of barbecue/meat smoking websites ) and have learned that most people reading on the web want to be entertained. Just keep writing it down as if you were talking to your best buddy.

Will you still have rights to use the articles yourself? You might want to put them all together in a book of your own someday.

Have a good one,

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I think your articles read nicely. I've done some writing ( a couple of barbecue/meat smoking websites ) and have learned that most people reading on the web want to be entertained. Just keep writing it down as if you were talking to your best buddy.

Will you still have rights to use the articles yourself? You might want to put them all together in a book of your own someday.

Have a good one,

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Thanks!!

I think each of us has our own "style" and it is difficult for us to write in someone else's style - it tends to come off stiff and forced, IMHO. I've tried dialogue in the past - and I should not have. It was awful.

Anyway, I'm having a ball, and it lets me know how much I have learned over the years.

I am preparing my 4th article now -

What you should carry on your bicycle and a ride just for you, “Hills are your Friends!”

and will be posting it soon.
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