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January 2008 - #4
twice and all the calendars have changed... How did it get to
be 2008, anyway!? I guess as long as we're here, we might as well
enjoy it, eh?
December 22nd is always a turning point, where the sun stays out
just that little bit longer (sorry about the northern hemisphere-centricism)
and nature teases us into believing that we'll see another spring.
Of course, for many of you, that spring lies buried under snowdrifts
and cycling is limited to in-depth maintenence sessions which
sometimes ends with toothbrush polishing of normally hidden threaded
bits. It is the season in which riding rollers or trainers indoors
begins to seem alluring. Those should be a warning signs of a
most extreme degree, of course. They do, however make you appreciate
the warm summer days and late sunsets in a way that us folk in
milder climates never will.
also one of the reasons this list is so special. Whatever grumpy
thoughts took root earlier this month after the pilots aborted
two landings and took us allll the way back to our starting point,
a little breezing through the day's posts let me forget I was
stuck in Vegas. Getting lost in the minutiae of Riv-folks' endeavors
was a true healing force. Thanks!
it's year-endish (although the list isn't yet a year old), I wanted
to mention a couple of "big themes" with this SOTL report.
numbers have been hovering around 525 for the last month. This
seems to create steady traffic without having to rely upon one
or two people for the bulk of the topics. Further, there are more
posts by a wider variety of members, which helps to keep things
fresh. Newer members and "ex-lurkers" post (I'm guessing here)
because a read through the archives shows that the attitudes here
have been positive and thoughtful. Thanks to everyone on that
point. It is a rarity in this format, and it requires a bit more
of members to keep it that way.
Since we seem to be all kind and knowledgeable people here, there
will be a tendancy towards broader topics and questions. Certainly,
some of this is unavoidable, but another strength of this list
is its specificity. An RBW-focused list allows discussions to
sidestep the sometimes harsh polemics of "Riv is this" or "Riv
is that" threads that pop up in other venues. It lets us talk
about specifics of design and function, as opposed to say, the
Retrogrouchical Existentialism which get sometimes gets attributed
to Riv. It also lets us have Catlog/Reader tracking threads without
folks mocking us... ;^)
is a wordy way of saying that it is important that we not become
a "Mini-Me" of the iBob list. It's not that I think that is happening,
but list-entropy will tend to push us that way unless we conciously
Other than that, thanks again for contributing to or simply enjoying
General Topics (Reprinted from last issue)
Broader technical questions and non-Riv stuff are well covered
by the iBob list, the 650B list and others hosted by alex wetmore
on bikelist.org - http://www.bikelist.org
- This is also where you can find the pre-March '07 archives to
the RBW list. Peter White runs the "Bicycle Lifestyle" google
group, which is here - http://groups.google.com/group/bicyclelifestyle
Resources get put onto the RBW-Owners-Bunch pages here:
Most are either mirrored or enhanced here: http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw
The Official RBW Gallery is on Flickr -
Of course, my feelings get hurt if you don't send photos to the
Current Classics (or other) Galleries ;^) http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc
We now have a FAQ! The FAQ has one Q which was A'd enough.
Posts from new members (or old members changing their email) are
moderated. So, it means that if someone joins, their first messages
will have to get my (or an acting list admin's) OK before being
sent to everyone.
Projects and Features
RBW website now sorts the "Rivendell News" blog in reverse chronological
order, so that the more recent posts appear at the top.
with the "Knothole", but there hasn't been a post there for a
Pulled an end-of-the-year effort and posted all the photos in
the queue to the Galleries. There are a pretty amazing array of
Riv's in the Current Classic Gallery -
a couple of interesting articles and photos on the RBW page -
thing that has happened is that some of the photos of the RBW
weekends which occurred prior to 2007 have gone away. If you have
photos (either digital or scannable), feel free to send them my
way and I'd be happy to cobble together an archive.
_still_ thinking that with the Rambouillet "asleep", it would
be appropriate to create a page specific to that model. I'm pretty
sure that I have a couple of flyers in in the archives, so that'll
be a part of it. If anyone has some Rambouillet 'artifacts' -
let me know.
format will be similar to the QB, Bleriot and Hilsen pages -
probably makes sense to document the other early models, such
as the Longlow and All-Rounder.
Statistics & Housekeeping
List began: March 26, 2007
Members: 526 (Up from 475 on 10/15/07)
Activity: Medium activity (Unchanged)
December 2007 was our highest traffic month so far, with 844 posts.
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