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What is keeping you from being active in the forum? (pick the closest answer)

I like to read, but I am uncomfortable sharing online
0 (0%)
I am no much of a "joiner"
0 (0%)
I don't think there is really anyone "like me" here
0 (0%)
I ride all the time thanks to the inspiration I get from the web, I just don't post much
1 (10%)
I am new to riding, or I am researching the idea of riding
0 (0%)
I feel the people here are mean and unwelcoming
0 (0%)
I feel there is nothing interesting going on
1 (10%)
I don't ride much, I just like to fantasize about it and dream of the things I might do one day
2 (20%)
I would like to ride more, just not sure what is stopping me
2 (20%)
I am a member of a secret society where I get all my riding goals achieved, I am only here for the comedy
3 (30%)
I am anxious around people I do not know, and it is hard to meet new people
1 (10%)

Total Members Voted: 9

Voting closed: September 22, 2017, 01:35:34 PM

Topic: Upcoming rides and events  (Read 206 times)

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Offline dredman

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« on: September 07, 2017, 01:25:23 PM »
Since there is a really cool ride this weekend with minimal interest, and a gymkhana towards the end of the month with only slightly more interest, just thought I would put some feelers out to see if anyone was still riding or if there were any other issues getting in the way.  Is it visibility, lack of time, lack of interest, or did everybody sell their bikes?

To me this seems the perfect time of year to be riding - as my "riding season" always seems to START this time of year, and runs till it gets too hot. So just a curious question (and a poll), to if we can diagnose the general malaise, and maybe light a fire or too to get some of the thrill back into this part of the country.  So please take the poll, and add any comments you feel are constructive.  By constructive I mean, feel free to say: "This place sux because X, Y, and Z", as long as the negative comments are followed by "so I think we need to do A, or B to fix it"

I know the loss of membership has a LOT to do with poor activity, and the loss of the old site may have even more, but we have some real rock stars as members still, and even rock stars lose interest when nobody shows up to clap, so that is my major concern - keeping the stands full for the concerts :)

I am looking forward to the comments and suggestions AND the poll results for those without solid opinions.  :o
« Last Edit: September 07, 2017, 01:36:53 PM by dredman »

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 02:08:51 PM »
I think that there are several things going on.  I've listed them below in decreasing order of impact, as I see them:

- People are working harder and have less disposable income and free time.
- More distracted drivers than ever, and they are even less apologetic when they screw up.
- Leftover baggage from the crash of BR 1.0 and even going back to the Copper Penny fiasco.
- Our society is becoming more aggressive in general, causing some people to withdraw.

As they say, though, "all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy."  What we need to do is offer as much fun as possible, with zero drama or judgement.  Always welcoming, positive, and supportive ---- never critical or negative.  If we do that, then BR 2.0 may eventually become what it once was.

I agree that this is the perfect time of year to ride.  I rode mine to work today, and it felt great.



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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 02:31:07 PM »
My summer has consisted of prepping for and hosting Estate Sales, working at race track, helping my Mom deal with a bad case of pancreatitis, mowing grass at both houses, volunteer firefighter, haunted house(now through October) and I've been replacing cam chain tensioners on main bike for past 2 weeks. 

I'm sure I'll be riding more soon.

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 02:31:56 PM »
It's all a matter of excuses for me, and I still have them.

As a married man with 2 daughters living at home and family members across the state, the weekends do not offer as much free time as I would like.  Also, I ride with two other groups so any group riding is usually with them (though there isn't much of that either)

So for the specific rides mentioned:
I was out of town last weekend for a football game in MS, and am out of town this Saturday for a visit with my mother in Mobile County.
However, I do appreciate a BamaRides event coming through our area!

As for Gymkhana - again, it's a bit distant so would have to be an all day event for me, and I'm not going to lie - I don't want to try low speed maneuvers on my heavy bike in front of so many skilled riders.  Yes, I KNOW it is beneficial and people are there to encourage and help, but I'm just being honest.

So what does Bamarides offer for a rider like me?

Personally, I like the riding games section.  Most of my reasons for riding other than my daily commute have involved trying to find a specific tag or theme.   I have ridden to new areas for the purpose of documenting a trip to a few ghost towns, and I am currently getting out for short periods on weekends to get pics with local structures on the National Historic Registry.

One of the reasons I tend to ride solo is to get an early morning start and be back before the rest of the family is fully functional.  So going out with a purpose gives me a good reason and encourages the social aspect of the site, even if it is from a solo ride.

Plus, Bamarides has always excelled at encouraging riding.  The trip reports and photos encourage me to go out and to contribute when I can.  I'm currently planning my first ever weekend trip to Tellico Plains and roads in that area because of so many reports I have seen posted here.

I don't expect as much group interaction in points south of Birmingham, but I am fully aware that it is up to us in the other areas to try to get that going.  It seems I've met more Bamarides members from eating at Flash mob events than actually riding together, but that's fine also.


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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 02:52:13 PM »
I guess that life just gets in the way is my biggest excuse.  I'm using most of my vacation this year doing family stuff.  I'm not sure how much longer my dad is going to be around so I'm spending some time with him.

Being too lazy too plan ahead is number 2. 

I was hoping to have a much more active year of riding but it's still hasn't been too bad.  I'm looking at around 12-15,000 miles this year.  I have posted a number of rides and events but only a few were posted more than a few days in advance.  Participation at those rides and event was Ok but not what we used to have when Jrob or Slowroad planned rides way in advance in the old days. 

I have made it to a few rides and events posted by others that were reasonably well attended.  The Tellicho ride for pie, Falkville Gymkhana and Dual Sporting the Free State come to mind. 

I'm looking forward to Gymkhana and Vintage Fest.  I'm also hoping to post a few more rides and at least one flashmob before the end of the year. 

I'd love to make it to GP8 but between my work schedule and location that's not likely to happen.

I'm going to do my best to generate some interest for Gymkhana and get a ride together to get down there from here. 

As for the poll, none of the answers apply to me. 

« Last Edit: September 07, 2017, 03:22:57 PM by klaviator »

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 03:03:26 PM »
My reasons for not posting in depth ride reports?

Simple......the crash. I, among many others, put alot into the old site...only to have it gone in the blink of an eye.
 The site should have been backed up. It was not.
 On ADVRIDER you can read the very first posts and that site dwarfs this site.

I know this is a sore spot and some might get their feelings hurt. But the question was asked and I gave my honest answer.

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 03:29:38 PM »
My reasons for not posting in depth ride reports?

Simple......the crash. I, among many others, put alot into the old site...only to have it gone in the blink of an eye.
 The site should have been backed up. It was not.
 On ADVRIDER you can read the very first posts and that site dwarfs this site.

I know this is a sore spot and some might get their feelings hurt. But the question was asked and I gave my honest answer.

Having the site crash sucked but even ADV is not immune as many ride reports have become worthless due to the photobucket fiasco.  All my ride reports were done with PB pics until about 2 months ago.  I've been working to salvage the highlights of my reports before my current contract with PB expires sometime this month or next. :( 

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 04:23:17 PM »
My reasons for not posting in depth ride reports?

Simple......the crash. I, among many others, put alot into the old site...only to have it gone in the blink of an eye.
 The site should have been backed up. It was not.
 On ADVRIDER you can read the very first posts and that site dwarfs this site.

I know this is a sore spot and some might get their feelings hurt. But the question was asked and I gave my honest answer.

Having the site crash sucked but even ADV is not immune as many ride reports have become worthless due to the photobucket fiasco.  All my ride reports were done with PB pics until about 2 months ago.  I've been working to salvage the highlights of my reports before my current contract with PB expires sometime this month or next. :(
Photobucket is a off site photo hosting site, not under the control of Baldy or Don R.. What Photobucket did was really crappy in my opinion. I am in the process of swapping over to smugmug. A site that Baldy (owner of ADVRider) started and is now ran by his son.
 So while I can relate to and sympathize with your frustration, I can not see what it has to do with the subject at hand...the down turn in posting here.
 Personally I do not think this site will ever achieve what we had at one time.
 

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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2017, 04:43:25 PM »

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 Personally I do not think this site will ever achieve what we had at one time.
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Maybe........that's really up to us.  It could get back to what it was or even better.  It's a matter of enough people putting in enough effort.  I don't know if that will happen but I'm not giving up either.

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017, 05:32:38 PM »
Why am I not riding(much)? Two reasons:

1. My health is declining. I have enough energy to work or have a life. Not both on most days. I spent my energy on this house over the summer, because of reason #2.
2.  I'm scared of my driveway and I want the hell outa here. I know it's crazy, but I hate leaving this driveway alone. I've dropped my bike a couple times and almost been plowed over once when trying it on my own. I am physically compromised with my health already. I don't need a broken arm/leg/head, too.

Any spare time/energy I have I want to work on the house to GET IT GONE! The one event that should resolve both #1 and #2.
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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2017, 05:54:39 PM »
Chitza, you do NOT have a drive way. You have a launching ramp/landing ramp for a British aircraft carrier. ..just saying.  ;)

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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 06:14:46 PM »
Chitza, you do NOT have a drive way. You have a launch pad for a NASA Rocket. ..just saying.  ;)

Fixed it for ya'  ;)

Thanks for validating my fear hahahaha
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2017, 06:20:46 PM »
Chitza, you do NOT have a drive way. You have a launch pad for a NASA Rocket. ..just saying.  ;)

Fixed it for ya'  ;)

Thanks for validating my fear hahahaha
I have a few cousins that live in Telluride Co. on the side of a mountain....same driveway as yours just longer.  ;)

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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2017, 07:32:02 PM »
Time....there's almost never enough time.  I don't consider riding time to be disposable time because it is such an important element to maintaining my sanity.  But, there is a chronic shortage of time, none the less.....so much so that I somewhat object to quantifying riding in terms of distance or miles.  It is the length of time on the bike that matters to me.  We live such rapidly paced lives now days, I think many of us struggle with managing our time to our best benefit.  I often feel obligated, probably rightfully so, to spend time doing other things.   Other times, we have little to no choice.  Work, for many, demands too much of our time....IMHO.  And, I think we've become accustomed to and complacent with this unfortunate and potentially harmful condition.

I've ridden many hours in many days this year but have posted very little.  I enjoy doing ride reports so I can't nail down exactly why the lack of posting and reporting....it may be a "gland" thing but another reason might be that reporting and posting also consume some portion of precious time. 

It has been written many years ago (and lifted fairly effectively for a line in Star Trek: Generations) that "Time is the fire in which we burn".  I could not agree more....in terms of relentless conflicting demands for time....not the literal agonizing loss of flesh due to burning.  ;D
In the original writing it was also noted that "Time is the school in which we learn".  I hope to learn to more effectively use my time.
I don't think we were designed to live such rapidly paced lives and believe that it affects our behaviors mostly negatively.

As far as organizing rides and events, I simply stink at organizing and commitment.

Postscript:
Photobucket was indeed a kick in the gut. 
I agree that none of the poll selections are applicable.
I sincerely hope to see site activity and member interactions improve.
I wish I had some more stickers....talked at length to 3 riders in 2 days this weekend that will almost certainly forget bamarides.com and get on Crap-Facebook and end up seeing Bamariders and promptly forget that we had a nice conversation about riding and community and wish they'd punched me in the nose instead.   :'(

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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 07:38:07 PM »
Chitza, can you haul the bike to a nearby retail, etc spot then unload and go?

I ride off road most Sunday mornings. There are fewer folks on the road while hauling the bike. And things just seem quieter in general. I slacked up in July with all the heat advisories we had.

I don't post many pics with the need to load to a hosting site first then post. Lame/Lazy I know. Besides, any 'epic' shots I may have had happened a long time ago. We didn't even consider taking a 35mm camera with us.  :o

As for the board itself, we have been lacking the Yetti that sparks thought provoking conversation and passion for the sport while stirring the pot, so to speak, at times. :D