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Old 07-01-09, 07:16 PM   #1
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How many cyclist out there know about these forums?

What are the odds that a fellow cyclist you see around town has been to bikeforums.net? If you look at the number of views and active members on the boards, it is less than a few hundred. But they are hundreds of thousands cyclist out there. So does this mean that 99.9% of cyclists don't have a clue about the wealth of information that is available in this forum? Without this forum I would have no idea what bike to buy, lights to get, vehicular cycling techniques, and lots of other lifesaving things.

It's kind of shocking that the vast majority of cyclists just rely on their LBS or their own instincts. I suppose some do consult magazines.
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Old 07-01-09, 07:39 PM   #2
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Boy, you said it. Just think how many cyclists out there don't know how to urinate on the bike: Proper Technique to Pee on the Bike?
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Old 07-01-09, 08:00 PM   #3
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Well, to give you an idea, the Tour Dallas has about 2,000 riders, and there's maybe a dozen of us on these forums that rode it. So yes, it's a pretty low percentage.
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not that many, I see only one person from my area that regularly posts on here
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I certainly wish I had found this place sooner
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I have met a fair number of riders from my area through these forums. Thus, my response is a tad biased.
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Maybe most cyclists spend their time riding instead of talking about it.

But obviously I'm not one of them.
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Well - how did you find this forum in the first place? I'll start: I Googled for bicycle mechanic forum. Found this and some others. Changed the search parameters - found others. So I was actively looking for something like this.

And you?
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Old 07-02-09, 05:20 AM   #9
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If memory serves, I first heard about BF on the rootsradicals board.
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So does this mean that 99.9% of cyclists don't have a clue about the wealth of information that is available in this forum? Without this forum I would have no idea what bike to buy, lights to get, vehicular cycling techniques, and lots of other lifesaving things.

It's kind of shocking that the vast majority of cyclists just rely on their LBS or their own instincts. I suppose some do consult magazines.
Perhaps 99.9% of cyclists don't give a darn about divining "clues" from amongst the pile of dreck and conflicting and fooish posts. Especially the "clues" from the self appointed experts on the subjects of "what bike to buy, lights to get, vehicular cycling techniques, and lots of other lifesaving things."


In fact maybe 99.9% of cyclists already have a clue about the bicycling that they wish to do, and recognize that bicycling isn't Rocket Science and it isn't necessary to get an "idea" about what is the "ultimate" gee-gaw before "pulling the trigger."

Some cyclists, maybe .01%, find the entertainment value quite appealing.
BF is fun for those who participate for entertainment. If some actually learn something useful, wonderful. I did learn about Alert Shirts from this list, after all.
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there are too many bike forums all around.

some people likes to stick with their local BBS forums of their communite

some sticks with certain brands

and the rest of us that likes to know more about the world comes to bikeforums.net

do not get confused with bikforum.net which is motorcycle site.

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What are the odds that a fellow cyclist you see around town has been to bikeforums.net?
So low it might as well be zero; I've never met anyone in real life and later found out that they're on BF.

There are many experienced and accomplished cyclists out there that heve never been here. Or here, here, here, or here.
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What are the odds that a fellow cyclist you see around town has been to bikeforums.net? If you look at the number of views and active members on the boards, it is less than a few hundred. But they are hundreds of thousands cyclist out there. So does this mean that 99.9% of cyclists don't have a clue about the wealth of information that is available in this forum? Without this forum I would have no idea what bike to buy, lights to get, vehicular cycling techniques, and lots of other lifesaving things.

It's kind of shocking that the vast majority of cyclists just rely on their LBS or their own instincts. I suppose some do consult magazines.
The forums stats at the bottom of the main page list 155,931 members with many more visitors. Now if each member told five other cyclist they know of ,or find on the web, and those people told five more people etc. this wonderful forum would grow by leaps and bounds!
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The forums stats at the bottom of the main page list 155,931 members with many more visitors. Now if each member told five other cyclist they know of ,or find on the web, and those people told five more people etc. this wonderful forum would grow by leaps and bounds!
And the signal-to-noise ratio would get lower. No, thank you.
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I wish I found this place sooner. How about we get some jerseys made up
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There have been many attempts to do this; at least one or two of them must have gotten off the ground.
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By way of comparison, I spend about 2 hours a day in a car, and don't ever visit a car or driver forum, and have never thought to look one up.
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So does this mean that 99.9% of cyclists don't have a clue about the wealth of false information that is available in this forum?
Fixed.
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So low it might as well be zero; I've never met anyone in real life and later found out that they're on BF.

There are many experienced and accomplished cyclists out there that heve never been here. Or here, here, here, or here.
I didn't know there were so many other forums. I've met 2 people that are on this forum, and met one after I found the seat bag that fell off his bike earlier when he came back to look for it.
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I smell 'operator' around here....<sniff> <sniff>
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And the signal-to-noise ratio would get lower. No, thank you.
Bull puckey!! Every salesperson worth their salt knows that word of mouth is the most powerful way known to man to gather sales or a crowd.
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Perhaps 99.9% of cyclists don't give a darn about divining "clues" from amongst the pile of dreck and conflicting and fooish posts. Especially the "clues" from the self appointed experts on the subjects of "what bike to buy, lights to get, vehicular cycling techniques, and lots of other lifesaving things."


In fact maybe 99.9% of cyclists already have a clue about the bicycling that they wish to do, and recognize that bicycling isn't Rocket Science and it isn't necessary to get an "idea" about what is the "ultimate" gee-gaw before "pulling the trigger."

Some cyclists, maybe .01%, find the entertainment value quite appealing.
BF is fun for those who participate for entertainment. If some actually learn something useful, wonderful. I did learn about Alert Shirts from this list, after all.
so the "clue" you got regarding the "ultimate" gee-gaw in cycling shirts was from BF when you "pulled the trigger" on your alert shirt.

...and did you know that you constitute a big part of that .01% of the entertainment value here?
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...and did you know that you constitute a big part of that .01% of the entertainment value here?
Yep, I know it. Intelligent BFers can appreciate, maybe even enjoy discussing different points of view; the morons and jackals/jackasses can't.
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My thought was, it's a wonder some of you folks manage to get your own shoes tied, given the apparent inability to do anything without first consulting an internet forum to find out if anybody else does the same thing. I swear, if I open up Bikeforums some morning and see a thread titled, "Do you fold or crumple your toilet paper?", I won't be one bit surprised.
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