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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:27 pm 
Ain't no party like an S Club party
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Anyone noticed this?

I'm being redirected to homeloans usa or the server login page...?

Anyone know the score...?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:05 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Same thing happened a few months back. Came back after a day or so. Lets hope the same happens again.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:35 pm 
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Somebody kindly took a copy of the entire site for me a while back. If the site doesn't come back up (and I'm sure it will) we can go from there.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:20 pm 
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That is smart. The vintage world will worship you for that if the site doesn't show up.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:12 pm 
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I experienced the usual server hick up several times over the past few years. But this time the error message has gone and some start page is loaded that surprisingly looks like the domain has been taken over by someone else. What i also noticed some days ago: on every page a telephone hot line concerning bike stuff was mentioned.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:13 pm 
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Was a great site, very useful. Always wondered how long it would stay up for.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:35 pm 
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In the meantime there will always be this
http://web.archive.org/web/200807011226 ... kepro.com/


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:27 pm 
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Whoever owns the domain is hiding behind a private domain provider. If it has been bought then it has been done prior to renewal so would have cost a few quid. I'd go for technical problem as a new owner should point it at something rather than display an error.

What's the story behind bike pro anyway. I know it was not a site you could buy from now, but was once. How did it fall from favour if it did sell all that lovely stuff?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:37 am 
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ishaw wrote:
How did it fall from favour if it did sell all that lovely stuff?

I guess because all that lovely stuff fell from favour.

BikePro was the mail-order branch of the Pedal Pusher bike shop in Santa Rosa, California. In pre-Internet days they used to produce a paper catalogue that contained much of the detail that was reproduced on the website. The man behind it all was Frank Walburg:

http://www.webicommerce.com/frank/frank.html

I also ripped a copy of the entire BikePro site a number of years ago, just in case. I think I still have it somewhere.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:52 am 
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one-eyed_jim wrote:
ishaw wrote:
How did it fall from favour if it did sell all that lovely stuff?

I guess because all that lovely stuff fell from favour.

BikePro was the mail-order branch of the Pedal Pusher bike shop in Santa Rosa, California. In pre-Internet days they used to produce a paper catalogue that contained much of the detail that was reproduced on the website. The man behind it all was Frank Walburg:

http://www.webicommerce.com/frank/frank.html

I also ripped a copy of the entire BikePro site a number of years ago, just in case. I think I still have it somewhere.


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(This on-line book was originally created to be printed. We converted the files from the originals to the needed gif and text files to make the HTML pages you see.)

The original was produced in a desktop color pre-press environment. When we started on this project in 1990, some of the techniques we use weren't defined yet. What appear to be color photographs are really 24 bit color still digital images that have been captured using a Sony DCX-537 camera with a CA-325A adapter make produce an NTSC S-video signal. (Early images in the project were taken with a less resolute Sony DCX-425) The still image was captured using a Color Snap 32 capture board from Computer Friends.

The images were manipulated, color corrected, cropped and re-sampled to a greater depth using Adobe Photoshop (versions 1.0.1 to 2.5.1). The text was written and edited using WordPerfect for the Macintosh (versions 1.02 to 3.0.1). The table were created in Table Editor a program bundled with Aldus Pagemaker. We are probably one of the last color desktop users to have never experimented with Quark Express, there just hasn't been time to try to learn a new layout program.

In the beginning we used original Mac II with 020 running at 16 megacycles. We moved up to X models (CX & IIX) then Radius Rockets, then a Quadra 800 with 72 megs of RAM for one of us and a CI with 32 megs of RAM for the other. We have a Lino L330 image setter with RIP 30 to put out our film separations directly from electronic files that have been stored on 18 Gigabytes of hard disks. We use large capacity 1.2 or 2.4 Gig Fujitsu drives exclusively.

In the early days of the project we tried all sorts of storage solutions. SyQuest cartridges were found to be too slow, too small, and too volatile to trust for daily use or as an archive medium. We tried magneto optical drives, writable/erasable CD disks that are supposed to be permanent for 20 years. We found both the Maxoptix Tahiti I and the Ricoh E model were ultimately incapable of even reading their own low level formatting, much less our files with in a couple of months. Repairs to the Tahiti never made it work, or restored our confidence in the drive. We have had a disk drive failure from about every manufacturer but Fujitsu. We have failed drives from MiniScribe, Quantum, Seagate, Maxtor, and Rodime and these are just the makers that we can easily recall. We settled on Fujitsu because they had the longest MTBF (mean time between failure), were the first to guarantee the mechanism for at least 5 years and actually are a drive manufacturer (not a driver writer, re-packager/reseller). The Fujitsu hardware with consistant backups delivered the project.

The project was largely the work of two people, Frank and Susan Savage. Mr. Walburg wrote all the reviews, created the tables and "took" the digital images. Ms. Savage formatted the text, corrected the layout of the tables, made all the corrections to the images and performed the page layout. In the last month, there was assistance from Matt Ornbaun in image capture, George Rangas in the color output and Clay Akey to make sure the part numbers and pricing were reasonably accurate.


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