Some interesting comments once again. Also hope the move of the road secton up the forum helps.
Maybe the real problem is the Roadies already have good enough places to go that better serves there purpose.
I'm not 100% sure that they do. Anyone else comment on this?
More a open question from me. What's the competition/complimentary sites. I'm sure there are some Vintage sites around.
Sure to be links to them here. But I think it's more established as road racing has been around a lot longer. Maybe in the local clubs for older people.http://www.velo-retro.com/links.html
or maybe 'general chat' needs to be pulled out so that BoTM, though currently general 'retro', is not lumbered in the MTB chat which is pretty much general chat now for most of the time rather than specific 'Retro MTB' chat
I know we have Off Topic but its hidden away down the bottom. Bring Off Topic to the top, call it General Chat or something better and keep MTB specialist, Road will follow and maybe eventually BMX will as well.
Interesting. It's not my perception that retro mtb chat is general chat. Myself and the other mods do work to try and keep in vaguely on topic. Putting OT lower down was deliberate, this is a bike site after all.
I should probably have expressed it better,
My thinking is Retro MTB
is currently MTB and General Bicycle chat
. If there is a question about bikes, not specifically a road question, it's asked in there even if it is with reference to modern parts, information, can I run a 9 speed chain on an 8 speed setup and is often cross platform or just in general has something to do with bikes.
I was thinking more have a 'General Chat' which is 'General Bike chat' (not Off-Topic to the site chat and, we should still keep the off-topic near the bottom as well
Place this before all others at the top and the general bike information can go in there, even modern questions (though please for the love of trees, keep it related to it's use on old bikes
Then we can have the real Retro chat where it should be and 'general bike talk' will not by default end up in MTB section.
It's even used by the mods as a general section. BoTM/PoTM/coolwall/evets calendar link/how much worth/broken parts/introduce these are all general things and not normally targeted directly at MTBers and the Road section needs access to these while not being branded as 'MTB'
But a general chat needs to be before everything otherwise people will not see it first so not go looking for it.
So splitting it out, put Retro/Vintage MTB and Road dedicated talk on equal levels.