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Join Date: Jun 2003
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OK. I went to visit. You need something to set you apart. Things look nice, but the words look a bit much like any other bike forums I frequent (that is, headers).
Geek is -- to an old guy like me -- an electronic age term. That is, geek is computer related. Geek turns me off (yeah, because I get sick of computers at work and elsewhere). You'll probably get a whole heap of visitors who are expecting computers riding bikes, or computerp-age technology that means they don't have to pedal.
Was your objective to set up a forum using particular software? If yes, well, you've done well. But did you consider which market you wanted to address?
Apart from bikeforums, check out bicycling.com's forums; check out the phred sites (there are like 10 or 12 of them, all very very simple to use); check out the myriad cycling sites on topica; check out cyclingplus in the UK; check out bicyclingadvocacy; check out crazyguyonabike which is not a forum as such, but damned near it for touring cyclists; and check out rec.bike... check out... well... you get the picture.
Things also don't happen in five minutes. Of five hours... or days... or months. It just seems to me you've come up with the idea of starting a major national daily newspaper lining up against USA Today... but without the angle.
Maybe you should appeal to the likes of some of the renegades here and elsewhere who love to abuse other subscribers and have been blacklisted. Start with D*Alex and pokey.
[EDIT] As a final piece of feedback, make sure your instructions on posting pictures are very clear. Only because you seem to have posted some very LARGE LARGE files on the Touring forum here that basically brought my little computer to a standstill. Not good for dial-up clients like me. It's usually the little things that kill a site.
Last edited by Rowan; 05-13-05 at 07:38 AM.