Rider working on a Bicycle Software Project
Never thought I'd be working on software for bicycles! When we started working with some really talented open-source people we decided we would change from another (very secret) domain to something we could all relate to somewhat and I woke up thinking "Bicycles!" about 8 months ago. Now things are far enough along that I'm test firing scripts to test the compatibility of bicycle components as they are virtually assembled into a drag and drop "assembly / or build box".
Well, I posted a question on ceramic ball bearings and learned a bunch from and some about this forum. About testing, about the industry, about some personalities here, and even a few things about ceramic bearings
There have been something like 35 responses already and many have been useful/most, constructive, interesting, and insightful.
What a great and active watering hole this is!
We're up in NE Wisconsin in Door County and this is one beautiful spot for biking: http://www.doorcounty.com/
water all around us. Folks from other states will often now know about our secret "cape cod of the mid-west" or that our limestone bluffs are part of the Niagara Escarpment... mostly flat is good... no coincidence that Holland is a bicycle haven.
Conceptually the software project is a "Builder" project but over my 30 years of programming I've picked up some tricks so I think we are going to be able to take it further in several particular directions. If you don't know what a "builder site" is and are interested here is one for assault rifles, sorry but it is the best one I have seen yet: http://www.ar15builder.com/
And indeed we have something several times more elaborate working for bicycles in Beta now.
The reason I bring this up is I am not a bicycle expert and don't think I will live long enough to know what some of the folks on the Mechanics Forum here have forgotten. I'm a lifelong casual rider with a bend toward touring. I worked at the ceramic innovation center attached to Alfred University for awhile and got to know Peter the BicycleMan. What a great shop he has! He / his shop rather rekindled my interest in bikes and I leased a Linear from him but settled on an adult Trek 7300 when it came to the final decision. My back had a few more years on it but one of the few things I can think of about aging I'm looking forward to is an excuse to try recumbents again! Some of those trikes look like real fun and I have a "pin up" now of a ICE 'T' model on my computer - the first piece of English Machinery that has lit my fire for long while.
Is there a chance anybody else is interested in software and bikes?