of the Rivendell Bicycle Works Owner's Bunch Mailing List
June 2007 - #1
have been moving along pretty darned well for the Rivendell Bicycle
Works Owner's Bunch List during it's first couple months. We seem
to have pushed away from the dock without running aground or plowing
over anything. Hopefully, you have enjoyed the group and found
it to be both entertaining and instructional. It's
been a real pleasure to continue the conversation of the earlier
bikelist.org RBW list and I look forward to more Rivendell tour
tales, tech talk and the odd product preview.
it is always easier to keep your boat on course when it's pointed
the right way to begin with, I thought that it might make some
sense to comment now, with the wind at our backs and calm seas
surrounding us, on the list in general.
off, again, let me thank everyone who has followed this list to
its new location, made comments, asked questions or given answers
while maintaining an encouraging tone in their posts.
discussion is only as good as the words we share, and it seems
evident that people have been weighing their opinions, and taking
the time to make sure that they are in keeping with the spirit
and topic of the RBW Owners' Bunch.
feel strongly that we insure the vitality of this list by maintaining
the focus. Many of you are veterans of other lists, and some of
you even remember the dial-up days when Usenet had mostly good
info, with the odd crank here and there. Dunno if you've been
there in a bit, but when I finally left a few years ago, the ratio
had been altered significantly.
same sort of increasing noise has moved into a lot of other forum
and list discussions, and while some of the change has to do with
the sheer volume of people accessing the net these days, it rests
squarely with the attitudes and behavior of everyone.
short, we all make this discussion what it is. The core attraction
of this list remains a reasonably low traffic and focused discussion
on RBW products and designs. Other lists have a broader spectrum
and invite a wider variety of topics, and many times those may
be a better venue for more general comments.
worry a little that mentioning this might tend to stifle contributions,
but semi-public forums always seem to suffer what the project
managers call "scope creep", so it makes sense to me to bring
it up from time to time. We're all going to verge off-topic now
and again, but we're also mature enough to recognize it and not
spiral off on too many tangents.
to restate it, I think things have been going very well so far,
and felt it was worth just considering and acknowledging that
a bit as we move forward.
the Google Group Pages:
I've created a few pages* here -
me, the Google Groups page building software is clunky, slow and
tends to render oddly, so it's much quicker for me to create pages
within the Cyclofiend site.
The Cyclofiend RBW page has been inverted, so that it moves in
a more blog-like fashion (newest stuff at the top of the page)
links have been aggregated onto that page, and there are now separate
pages for Bleriot, Quickbeam and A. Homer Hilsen bicycle models.
I'm going to add some Reader Scans about the AHH "Intro" pretty
soon, much the way I did on the Quickbeam page.
you want to see all of the Rivendell bikes in the Current Classics
Gallery, here's where they are gathered: http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/cc-maker.html#rivendell
trying to finish off the Weekend #3 Writeup, but just got a bit
slammed this week. The last part is semi-written and mostly outined,
so hopefully soon...
I mentioned this idea to a few people on the RBW Weekend, and
the response was reasonably positive. The thought is to do a 4
page e-newsletter in Adobe PDF format, which could be emailed
or downloaded to those who are interested. It would probably help
if others wanted to submit articles of regional interest, RBW
outings, etc. It might aggregate some of the info on the list,
but would hopefully expand upon it.
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be more than happy to continue the discussion on any of the topics
mentioned above, but in the interest of clarity, it might make
sense to either email me directly or to create a new topic thread
specific to your comment. Thanks again for your contributions
and enjoyment of the list.
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