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Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

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Should there be a Bicycle Issues section on TDPF?

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Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:47 pm

Seriously. Can we not only A) get one, but B) have all the existing bike-related subjects moved there? Instant content. Come on now.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:54 pm

It might lack new content in the dead of winter.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby O.J. » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:55 pm

It's long overdue. I can only assume the admin. is waiting for the 2008 Elections to end.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby HOMOsapien » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:26 pm

Let me be the first to point out, riding your bike in the winter isn't as unpleasant as a lot of people believe. For one, there is little traffic to contend with on the urban paths (aka 'bike paths' that aren't really bike paths). Buy a pair of studded tires and you are golden. If you want to ride through deeper snow, get wider tires and deflate them a little so they splay. The city keeps the paths pretty clear, so they are typically easy to ride even if they are not 100% clear and ice free. One warning, and heed this. Don't corner too sharply on ice, even with studded tires, you will go down.

I won't ride if the temperature is below 0, but I'll ride up to that margin.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:49 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:It might lack new content in the dead of winter.

As opposed to the MAGNET section (RIP), which lacked new content in...well, when was the season for MAGNET?

I see 6 topics in the Best One-Liners section that have activity this year. Not even John Hughes' passing (a much more sincere RIP) could bump the Breakfast Club topic in that section.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:04 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:
Henry Vilas wrote:It might lack new content in the dead of winter.

As opposed to the MAGNET section (RIP), which lacked new content in...well, when was the season for MAGNET?

I see 6 topics in the Best One-Liners section that have activity this year. Not even John Hughes' passing (a much more sincere RIP) could bump the Breakfast Club topic in that section.

There also used to be a section on the Wisconsin Film Festival. My comment wasn't meant to defend continuing seldom used topic sections. I just question whether a biking one would be sustainable through our fucking long winters.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:06 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:There also used to be a section on the Wisconsin Film Festival. My comment wasn't meant to defend continuing seldom used topic sections. I just question whether a biking one would be sustainable through our fucking long winters.

Understood. I think a nice little corral for all the cycle topics would still be appropriate even in the dead still of January.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby ArturoBandini » Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:25 pm

I really enjoyed biking this past winter - the paths are quiet and sparsely populated. Studded tires, face protection, and patience make it a pretty agreeable experience. I would post in winter.

I like the Bicycling section idea. Do it.... Do it.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby robbie webber » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:06 pm

TheBookPolice wrote:I think a nice little corral for all the cycle topics would still be appropriate even in the dead still of January.


Corral? Sounds a bit ominous. Or separatist. Or ranch-like.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby green union terrace chair » Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:24 pm

The last thing you want to do to a forum that's seeing declining activity is to further fracture its subforums.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby TheBookPolice » Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:28 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:The last thing you want to do to a forum that's seeing declining activity is to further fracture its subforums.

Or, and I'm just spitballing here, wouldn't you make the Forum more inviting for bicycle fans and activists by making an official recognition of the volume of bicycle-related topics on TDPF? You can't deny that there are a lot right now, in a number of sections.

Y'know, like how the comedians want more formalized favored-entertainer-status from Isthmus?
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby Madsci » Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:36 pm

Jason must not like bikes nor comedy. I was hoping when I saw the Elections 2010 sprout.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby Human » Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:40 pm

I'm glad we have a Bike Issues forum now; I might even post to it one of these days.

But the forum would be even nicer if someone would clean out the spam that has been accumulating there.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby fennel » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:05 pm

A good opinion piece in the NYT.
But most of the resentment of rule-breaking riders like me, I suspect, derives from a false analogy: conceiving of bicycles as akin to cars. In this view, bikes must be regulated like cars, and vilified when riders flout those regulations, as if we were cunningly getting away with something. But bikes are not cars. Cars drive three or four times as fast and weigh 200 times as much. Drive dangerously, you’re apt to injure others; ride dangerously, I’m apt to injure myself. I have skin in the game. And blood. And bones.
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Re: Okay, is it time for a Bicycle Issues section yet?

Postby Ned Flanders » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:10 am

What's there to talk about? You sit down and pedal to an undetermined and/or predetermined location.

Repeat as necessary.
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