Hey Velonews orphans-is it true this forum is done?
Last Post 03/05/2014 09:16 PM by Frederick Jones. 40 Replies.
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Berzin

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03/02/2014 07:37 AM
Is it true this forum is going under?

If so, where are the Velonews expats going to next?

Ride On

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03/02/2014 08:29 AM
The main page hasn't been updated in a few days, was wondering what was up.
Keith Richards

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03/02/2014 10:43 AM
I am going to check with Steve....
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
79pmooney

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03/02/2014 01:39 PM
Berzin beat me to it. It the main page hadn't changed, I was going to ping Keith as it's been a week for that Darach McQuaid headline.

Ben
The Short White Guy™

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03/03/2014 08:18 AM
Get CK to lobby ST for our very own special forum!
The Short White Guy™

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03/03/2014 08:19 AM
Then again...do I really want tri guy/girl giving me bike handling advice?

PS - If this forum group implodes today, I end up with the coveted #51 (post)!
6ix

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03/03/2014 09:32 AM
I was wondering that myself. I kept refreshing the page to see if Chrome just wasn't updating the site. I so, so miss the VN forum. I thought that this was going to be a good landing for the old forumites but it never really got going. Been looking at Slowtwitch and Cyclingnews but there are a LOT of a-holes in those forums. Not that VN didn't have jerks (or rather, one big jerk with 6 usernames), but the posters in Cyclingnews are vicious.
Keith Richards

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03/03/2014 10:33 AM
He is going to keep the forum up for us.

He said to me cryptically, "long story on the rest..."

So...it ain't good.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
winterale

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03/03/2014 12:19 PM
Shite, still miss Goatroper.
jrt1045

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03/03/2014 01:07 PM
I'll never forget the Sole of the Dark Night! Dude was nuts. A few other wild personalities over the years

Thank Steve for us KR

If this goes down it'll probably be it for me with forums and what not. Long live VN from back in the day. The other options all have a niche group I just don't want to deal with. Cyclingnews is a total wreck (one could write a book or a TV series with all its disfunction) , Slowtwitch is hard for me to even describe, Paceline - argumentative 50 year old hoarders, Velocipede Salon - a clever, clever club. The rest are kinda full of the unwashed. Hope this stays up
huckleberry

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03/03/2014 01:13 PM
..."argumentative 50 year old hoarders".

No $hit.

Thank gohd I'm still 49.
79pmooney

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03/03/2014 02:25 PM
huck, and I am 60! So I guess I've moved on.

I do have 6 bikes, but the ones I don't ride much (hoarding) are a ~1980 LeTour set up as a commuter (and weighs a full 30 pounds before WBs, lights and bags) and Team Dumpster, a bike I have crashed with real injuries to myself twice. (Neither the fault of the bike but I am having association challenges. Besides its replacement is way too much fun.)

To get back to topic, didn't one of the LA fans who bravely stayed on at VN to save the fort predict we would destroy this place like we did Velonews?

Ben
huckleberry

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03/03/2014 02:42 PM
Destruction by neglect...
Orange Crush

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03/03/2014 03:21 PM

Posted By Keith Jackson on 03/03/2014 10:33 AM

He said to me cryptically, "long story on the rest..."



My guess is the UCI is shutting this place down due to illegal discussions on jersey numbers.
longslowdistance

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03/03/2014 03:42 PM
Or some Specialized perceived copyright impingement. Those guys are mean!
79pmooney

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03/03/2014 04:07 PM
OC, if you are right, just ban me and inform UCI the troublemaker is gone. Specialized? We need to find an ACLU lawyer willing to take this on pro bono. And start twittering.

Ben
jookey

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03/03/2014 06:41 PM
-7 found out we are here and is shutting it down.
longslowdistance

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03/03/2014 08:13 PM
Or was it that weird guy who hated everyone and posted cool animal pics?
zootracer

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03/04/2014 11:45 AM
Was that "weird guy" bamboo or danboo, or whatever he called himself?

It would be a shame if this forum shut down. A place where everyone got along....
jrt1045

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03/04/2014 11:56 AM
both bamboo and danboo

wondered if he was the one with all the personalities? and the double decker Portand bike
Keith Richards

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03/04/2014 12:01 PM
Did danboo even make it over here?
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
huckleberry

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03/04/2014 01:12 PM
You have to say his name 3 times...
dkri

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03/04/2014 02:32 PM
Whatever it is that Velonation is going through Steve has my sympathy, these niche ventures aren't easy to keep rolling. In any case, they've done some great reporting and punched well above their weight.

Meantime I haven't participated in the forum really at all lately. It's been a good and busy start to the year, with a trip to AZ in January (can not recommend The Cycling House highly enough - wonderful people and just an awesome week), followed by a move from DC to RI (putting the RI back in DKRI after nearly a decade), new consulting/contract job in addition to November which is threatening to become a monster, and trying to stay in some modicum of shape to get ready for racing this spring.

It's funny to move from a place where cycling culture runs as thick as it does in DC, to a place where it does not. There are all these ridiculous beautiful country roads near the south coast RI/MA border where you literally don't stop pedaling for multiple hours (my brake pads will last FOREVER!) and you never see anyone out on them. At all. Looking forward to racing to start so I can figure out where everyone's hiding. First a side trip to the far east starting Friday.

This is the only forum group that's ever been worth it for me. Shame if it goes.
formerly dkri
ChinookPass

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03/04/2014 02:59 PM
There are all these ridiculous beautiful country roads near the south coast RI/MA border where you literally don't stop pedaling for multiple hours (my brake pads will last FOREVER!) and you never see anyone out on them.


That's a great endorsement for RI/MA. Have to put that on my wish list.
Keith Richards

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03/04/2014 03:31 PM
DKRI...I spent a year detoxing and riding up in Rhode Island back in 94-95.

Easily the best riding I have EVER done on a regular basis. Riding out to Sciuate Reservoir...awesome riding.

But like you said. No riding culture. My landlord and co-workers would come in on Monday, 'Keith I saw you ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STATE on Saturday?!?!?"

But they know their Italian food up that way...man.

So are you moving November Bikes up that way?

Yeah....Steve did it right for as long as he could. So much competition on the interwebs now.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
jookey

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03/04/2014 04:18 PM
Makes me want to ride around the reservoir right now, but it's too cold, there is snow on the roads and there are coyotes out there now. There is quite a bit of riding going on up here in the RI/MA/CT area. You just need to know where to look.
longslowdistance

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03/04/2014 05:48 PM
Huck, LOL!
Tortue Volante

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03/04/2014 07:43 PM
Hi Gang,

Long time no see/hear/write. Life has been chaotic, but generally in a positive direction. And now that I finally check back in, y'all are talking about bailing!

To be honest, I think the main reason this site has not had the energy of the VN site is that the format is too divided up by topics. As frustrating as the VN site was, it did foster a freewheeling exchange of random ideas...some of them even bike-related. This site is fine if you want to check in for specific information, but not to hang and chat with your buds.

Now, I know this is likely to get me lynched, but what if Keith set up a Facebook Group for all us refugees? I've been connected with a couple of FB groups, and they actually work fairly well. Of course, the downside is that we will probably all discover far more about each other than we really want to....

Anyway, that's my $0.02.

Hugs,

Rachel
pabiker

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03/04/2014 10:13 PM
also haven't been around much.

I do agree with Rachel that too many topics make for a bad forum.

Said as much to Steve when we migrated and he said he'd monitor it. Definitely not complaining, by the same token I haven't been around much either.

Have a couple of Facebook groups going and I really feel that would be the best option for us VN ex-pats for now. You can lock it down as secure as you like. There will be no spam, no bots, easy to post pics and links; honestly, I don't see a downside.

If some Luddite here doesn't have a FB identity he/she could create it solely for the VN page and set preferences as such. Wouldn't be much different than creating a login here.
LouM

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03/04/2014 10:26 PM
Hey all.
Been around. But silent.
Recently retired last November and read this forum regularly with my morning coffee. Came over from VN. I can remember the Goatroper saga if that's an indication of how long I've been lurking. Not much to add to many topics. But I enjoy the reads just like I enjoy the rides.

LouM (formerly Yogi)
Dale

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03/04/2014 10:31 PM

Posted By Keith Jackson on 03/04/2014 12:01 PM
Did danboo even make it over here?



HA! You'd have known within about five nano-seconds
Orange Crush

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03/04/2014 10:34 PM
Look what's all coming out of the woodwork.

Don't agree on the topics format being root cause for lower traffic here. Simply by clicking on "active topics" you get the same feel of old forum with all topics showing together. The usability of this site is much better than the old site in this respect IMO.

The key ingredient lacking compared to old phorum is perhaps that you can't see who's on-line. So for all you know you may just be talking bull to yourself. That limits its functioning as a chatroom.

Same with the FB VN group (it already exists) getting little traction. Apart from your "friends" you can't tell whose online (no PA, that wasn't Danish, those are things you eat).
pabiker

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03/04/2014 11:26 PM
What there's a VN forum FB group and you ba$tards didn't invite me?

Is that where Gurb is?


longslowdistance

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03/05/2014 06:37 AM
agree with OC about using the active topics link to filter the interface. Only one topic is active now.
Some of the lost energy is lost jerks. It's better now.
Some of the lost energy is no Lance to hate or defend. It's better now.
Keith Richards

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03/05/2014 11:06 AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/22446392901/

Here is how you get to the FB group.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
jacques_anquetil

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03/05/2014 12:40 PM
where is the Like button for Keith's post?
SideBySide

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03/05/2014 12:51 PM
The biggest issue with FB is that you have to remember which handle is who.
Dale

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03/05/2014 01:11 PM

Posted By SideBy Side on 03/05/2014 12:51 PM
The biggest issue with FB is that you have to remember which handle is who.



Dale = Dale.

I tried to make it simple.. also I tend to be more polite when not behind an anonymous screen name. Not that watermoccasin was a jerk but it makes it easier to be accountable to myself
79pmooney

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03/05/2014 01:29 PM
Dale = Dale.

I tried to make it simple.. also I tend to be more polite when not behind an anonymous screen name. Not that watermoccasin was a jerk but it makes it easier to be accountable to myself


I use the handle "Ben". If I forget, I can look in my wallet!

Ben
Keith Richards

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03/05/2014 08:49 PM
Just spoke with Steve.

The forum will NOT. I repeat NOT be shutting down any time soon.

You are free to move about the cabin...
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
longslowdistance

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03/05/2014 09:16 PM
The main page is disappearing. Like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Creepy. Are zombies soon to follow?


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