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Bikeradar is dead

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by vbc, 23 Apr 2008.

  1. vbc

    vbc Guest

    Location:
    Bristol
    Well...not actually deceased but it's so slow, quiet and out of date that it might as well be.

    If I recall correctly, the old C+ site was quite amusing and active, very active at times. Full of helpful, amusing and at times bloody annoying people but bikeradar is a shadow of its previous incarnation. The news and pictures that they use are chopped from the cyclingnews website and the equipment reviews they use are usually from the 2 month old C+ magaizine, so they're now posting reviews of winter clothing just when we're probably looking at bib shorts and summer jerseys!

    Bikeradar, rest in peace.
     
  2. yello

    yello Guru

    I think in Bikeradar we have a good example of what is wrong with the corporate vogue for centralisation, 'efficiency' and cost saving. Yes, by amalgamating the forums, Future Publishing save on cost... but they result is unwieldy and turgid, lacking in personality... and complete shite. Like so many mouseketeers singing Disney's praises.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I agree. If they'd have listened to the forum users -you know, those people they rely on for their income- in the first place then it needn't have come to this.








    <slightly concerned that this is going to drag out the old argument from when the split happened.
     
  4. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    A genuine comment here....
    C+ was good, i was a member for some time. It had some very good members, but unfortunately, some very uptight ones as well.

    There used to be a regular pattern of someone (myself included) asking an innocent and genuine question...and a small minority of regulars used to jump down your throat. Jeezus, they were uptight.

    BR was just plain crud for me personally...just didnt like it..period.

    CChat is the best there's been. JMO.
     
  5. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    they had the cheek to publish a david millar training article last week when it was published in the mag last year! with the same pics! that was enough for me.
     
  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    know what you mean.
     
  7. yello

    yello Guru

    nah, doesn't need to go that way. what's gone is gone and long live the king... or something.
     
  8. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Location:
    York
    They still seem to get large numbers of one-off posts along the lines of what bike/saddle/gear mech/cotterpin should I buy, but have very little discussion about any real issues to do with cycling. I suspect Future are very happy to have a large number of different people passing through as they get more advertising revenue that way.

    As far as I can see the only thing that most of the regulars are interested in is the endless, and juvenile, Girls In Lycra thread.
     
  9. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Ooh, is that still going? Must have a look.
     
  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Tech and race are moving along quite nicely on Bikeradar. Soapbox is quiet, but most of the regulars on that section came here.
     
  11. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    I'm getting a bit fed up with the mag too. Seems to go round an endless loop of much the same stuff. Or is that just me?
     
  12. hambones

    hambones Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Waltham Abbey
    Disagree entirely with the sentiment of this thread. Ok it's not the best thing going but there are plenty of active topics.
     
  13. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

    The Bikeradar forum puts this place to shame when it comes to issues actually connected to cycling!

    The "Cycling" bit of this place is just a cunning cover so we can lob bricks at each other in Soapbox and drone on about tea here.
     
  14. Renard

    Renard Guest

    That ACF seems to be dead too 7 posts in the last 3 hours even though a stack of people are supposed to have logged in today.
     
  15. spesh

    spesh Well-Known Member

    Read any of the cycling magazines for long enough, and you'll see the same old articles -or subjects, at least - reappearing on an approximately annual basis.