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    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010 edited
     
    SDBikecommuter.com celebrated its first anniversary on January 16, Twenty-ten. This provides a chance to re-collect our purpose and scope, and to reflect on the possibilities of the forums.

    SDBikecommuter aims to construct, maintain, and sustain a viable culture of bicycle commuting. We also hope to draw connections between different bicycling “communities.”

    SDBikecommuter celebrates the spirit, practice, and ambitions of utility cyclists. We relish in the joys of leisure rides, the pragmatics of commuting, and the thrill of distance, ruff-stuff, and fast riding. While we embrace all forms of riding, we focus our discussions on the simplicity and common sense of everyday utility cycling. We endeavor to welcome new members to change their lives by riding their bicycles more. We also hope to provide encouragement and solidarity for lifelong riders and recent converts alike.

    At the same time, lengthy debates about cycling safety and highly technical discussions should occur in whispers or, perhaps best, on other forums that are more appropriate for such topics. While these topics do come up from time to time, and are important to commuting, our forums here should emphasize the everyday culture of utility cycling and community. We appreciate your cooperation.

    What do we want to see in 2010? First, we’d like to continue the great discussions and events that these forums have cultivated thus far. Second, we would like to bring more women riders into the discussions here. Third, we would like to encourage and have more discussions of riding with kids and cargo. Fourth, continue to have fun, geek out on bikes, meet other bike people, and bring folks into the fold by meeting them in real life and charming them into riding more and driving less.

    San Diego is one of the best places in the world to ride a bicycle. We have a huge number of cyclists here in town. SDBikecommuter can continue to serve as one place where people come together and feel as though we are part of something real. This depends on your participation. Please introduce yourself. Before you know it, you may have some new friends, too.



    Sincerely,
    The Moderators
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    Happy birthday SDBikeCommuter! This forum has come a long ways in a short period of time. With the guidelines above i can expect much more growth on the forum and ridership in San Diego for 2010.

    We have a great community here that welcomes new riders which is not so easy to find on must forums. Thanks to all the old hands for helping to keep this place from becoming scary to new riders.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    This is one of the best cycling forums I have seen. Great rides too...
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    congrats on the anniversary.
    hope i can make it out to a group ride to meet some of you guys.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2010
     
    Happy Birthday to the forum. The people on this forum have renewed my faith in the cyclists of San Diego.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
     
    Positive, supportive and encouraging. I love the energy here.
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
     
    This forum is one of the major factors behind San Diego's (First) Year of the Bicycle (that is, 2010).

    I'm really, really excited about the cooperation that is emerging between the people on this forum, the SDCBC, and BikeSD.org.

    The things we want to happen are beginning to happen--let's get even more people involved!
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2010
     
    Like others, I think this forums has been one of the best things I found after moving to San Diego in late 2008. Meeting so many wonderful, warm, like minded people has been so encouraging.

    I found the forums by googling something like "san diego bike commuter" and it was one of the hits on the first page in February 2009. I attended the first Down Townies ride and have rode on many Down Townies since. The positivity I get from these boards and in person is very infectious and the encouragement is just what I had been looking for.

    I'm so grateful that such a community exists. The start of my new life in San Diego has been so enriched as a result.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2010
     
    I've been a member of bikeforums since, oh, 2000 may, or earlier. I don't know. Also some others. Some neat stuff, but they grew to big, and things got lost (cool collabrative events, meetings, stuff like that), and, well, it was all global ish and cool, but it wasn't San Diego. And snarky became the rule of law (me, very guilty many times of being super snarky).
    Then came SDFixed, but, it was it's own life growing big in different directions.

    Now, sdbikecommuter. Which has grown "right" and is evolving "right". No bickering, no sillyness. Just people sharing thier common interest, getting together, having fun. Simple. Fun. It's what's missing in life. I've met some really neat people, and am starting to make some good friends. And, for once, in 10 years, San Diego is starting to feel a little like home.

    My encouragement for 2010: invite more to the circle. Come out to a ride. More so than that, meet up with eachother in person, have coffee, have a beer, enjoy a short ride or funny story, wave at others, be light and happy and peacefull. There's a million reasons in life to be angry, defensive, arguementative.

    But there is one reason to be happy; eachother.

    Let's meet, laugh, talk and ride in 2010.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeJan 24th 2010
     
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2010
     
    I've ridden with every group from the SDBC to Sierra Club and I just like riding with THIS group the most. Can't pin exactly why, but I guess that the fact that most of us use the bike for transport makes some difference somehow.
    • CommentAuthorrob1lu2
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2010
     
    although i'm very new here, i am pleased at how welcoming everyone has been. i was worried that it would be very technical (and sometimes it is above my head) or very exclusive, but you aren't at all! i have already encouraged several friends (women) to not only visit this page, but to become members and to join you (us - i haven't yet participated in my first ride) out on the streets.

    let's keep the love alive!
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      CommentAuthorKathy
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010
     
    Is there a way to add a chat function to the forum? Sometimes I see I'm online with people I'd like to say 'hi' to, but I can't. :-(
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010
     
    Kathy:Is there a way to add a chat function to the forum? Sometimes I see I'm online with people I'd like to say 'hi' to, but I can't. :-(


    Perhaps you can add your aim/yahoo IM name to your profile and if others on the forums do that, we could all chat with one another?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeMar 1st 2010
     
    Kathy:Is there a way to add a chat function to the forum? Sometimes I see I'm online with people I'd like to say 'hi' to, but I can't. :-(
    I don't know that there is a chat plugin for the Vanilla forum software, Kathy. I like Beany's idea about exchanging social networking (e.g, AIM and the likes, Facebook) handles, though.
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    Well, I figured I'd start, I added my Yahoo IM name to my profile.
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    There is chat... They had it on sdfixed. That was their first problem. I agree, it would work better on this forum.
    • CommentAuthorAshley
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2010
     
    I just joined sdbikecommuter today, so happy belated birthday! I heard you guys needed some gals around here, here I am! :)
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2010
     
    Ashley:I just joined sdbikecommuter today, so happy belated birthday! I heard you guys needed some gals around here, here I am! :)


    Hi Ashley! Welcome :)

    I know my avatar has the face of a green man. But I am neither green nor a man.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2010
     
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    Oh my! The new Stats bar makes me look like a total lurker! Or maybe I need a more demanding job. Yikes! Or, better yet, I have to start posting more to make the top poster list as well as top visitor list. A real wake up call, for sure.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2010
     
    i havnt been here in a while.
    • CommentAuthorT
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2014
     
    Any way to get more stats / updates to the forum? Per-year post counts ? etc ?
    • CommentAuthorsynthetic
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2014
     
    T:Any way to get more stats / updates to the forum? Per-year post counts ? etc ?


    quite some work, this is all volunteer run! Of course, I can take some hours off regular work and charge my consulting fee, $35 an hour. ;)