Retrobike Wiki:Community portal

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Thought I would start on the Community page, well the community of editors starting this thing off.

So who have we got ?

  • BoyBurning
  • Bryan555
  • Coomber
  • Drencrom
  • drystonepaul
  • elPedro666
  • Elev12k
  • FluffyChicken
  • JeRkY
  • Johnathon
  • MikeD

edit to add yourself! alphabetically good for a test.

or click here Special:ListUsers

Of course I have no idea what the community page is for. --FluffyChicken 08:40, 28 May 2011 (BST)

This can be cleared up at some point.

Any registered RB user can now edit

Now any registered RB user can edit the wiki.

very dangerous ; )

Sounds great! The more the merrier! Mtbmaniac 11:48, 6 July 2011 (BST)


I am now also admin on retrobike wiki. I will use the admin-tools to help create and maintain a sensible database structure, expand the database of articles, and do some cleaning up here and there. If anyone has any questions directly to me, I can be contacted on my user talk page. Mtbmaniac 11:47, 5 July 2011 (BST)

Signing your wiki posts on the talk-pages

To sign your post here on the community talk-pages (here, the user talk pages, or the article talk pages), just write four "tilde", like this ~~~~. When you save your post, your signature will appear, and other users will know who wrote the post. Mtbmaniac 11:54, 5 July 2011 (BST)

How to expand our wiki?

Ok, so John and I have been talking about how we can expand the database of articles, and we would like more users to take part in this discussion. We have some propositions:

  • Start with a list of articles that should be created, like List of manufacturers for companies and Mountainbike hall of fame for people. I can make a similar list for components or relevant retrobikes.
  • Arrange a competition, who can create the most articles? Everyone should get a prize of course :) Mtbmaniac 11:54, 5 July 2011 (BST)
  • Transfer material from the retrobike forum and archive to the wiki. A wiki is a very good database for such material.

Just some propositions. What do you all think? Mtbmaniac 11:54, 5 July 2011 (BST)

All sounds good to me, once we have a little more material added I'll start giving the wiki some heavy promotion John 11:05, 6 July (BST)
Sounds great. I will also create some more articles, just give me a few more days! Mtbmaniac 11:24, 6 July 2011 (BST)

Labeling: "bicycle" or "bike" in categories?

Here's a question for everyone. Should the article categories be labelled bike or bicycle? E.g. Shimano will then be categorized either as a bike part manufacturer or a bicycle part manufacturer, and Klein as a bike frame manufacturer or bicycle frame manufacturer. Mtbmaniac 14:37, 6 July 2011 (BST)

I know I use bike, but for some reason bicycle or cycle goes better with the road bike to me.
2pc here would be to use whatever is appropriate but 'bike' would get my vote as that's using in the site name

--FluffyChicken 18:54, 6 July 2011 (BST)

Think it'd be easier to decide on one or the other at this stage. I'd go with bicycle. John 10:08, 7 July 2011 (BST)

The right way to move over the FAQ articles?

Looking to move over (And expand) the existing FAQs. Any suggestions as to how this should be done? Move over individual posts and setup a FAQ category ? John 11:31, 8 July 2011 (BST)

Yes, moving individual posts and setting up category would be a good way to go about with that. It requires some copy-paste, but shouldnt take too long. Mtbmaniac 14:00, 8 July 2011 (BST)
What's the FAQ category going to be called ? I suppose I go look through history to find out FluffyChicken 13:24, 9 July 2011 (BST)
How about calling it Category:FAQ? :) Mtbmaniac 13:38, 9 July 2011 (BST)

Naming the 'weenie lists'

Not quite sure how to best name the component lists as being migrated from the weight weenie sections, esp given they are of course also useful as general lists. Options as I see it are.

  • Weenie Pedals (as per what FC has done so far)
  • Pedal Weights (as per what I did)
  • List of Pedals (as per MTBManiac)
  • Pedals

Probably option 3 on reflection John 11:26, 12 July 2011 (BST)

Actually giving it a little more thought I'd suggest we use the format
  • Pedal list
this allows better alphabetization (is that a word?) on the category page. We could also add a Component category to include (but not be specific to) these weight weenie lists. John 11:35, 12 July 2011 (BST)
Sounds good, since the article may contain items that are not particularily light, I think weight weenie is not precise enough. Pedal weights is ok if the list were to contain only weights, but there is potential here for adding alot more information, even pictures. Since the table may contains also non-clipless pedals, I think the title should be more general than List of clipless pedals. The title should emphasize also that the article is a list, we may get another article about Pedal. Mtbmaniac 11:52, 12 July 2011 (BST)
I used Weenie only so I could find it easy and that was the section name they came from, before I knew anything about categories, hence the slight mess with an extra article. Though 'weenie' is often not about being light, but about somebody that likes to weigh/know the weight of everything. FluffyChicken 17:04, 13 July 2011 (BST)

Naming of Bike Model pages

I was looking over Elev12k's pages and thought I would do the same for some of models I'm interested in. Bit before I do we're going to hit a problem

Many bike models from different manufacturers have the same name

for example DiamondBack also made a Ridge Runner named bike

  • So do we need to put the manufacturer in the title (which means Elev12k redoing quite a lot to keep things consistent) ?

FluffyChicken 13:33, 16 July 2011 (BST)

Front page

Tidied the front page a little and added some dynamic blocks to show most recent content - thoughts? John 16:00, 3 February 2012 (UTC)