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Feb-16-10 10:38 am
Fate of cuesheet central?
Category: Social

I have written to both Will and Phil about the future of BBCTalk and cuesheetcentral. The status of these programs will be a Board meeting agenda item in March.
BBCTalk will be replace by the forums. If you subscribe to a forum(s) , you can receive an email on your iPod or smartphone. My guess is that until the club shuts down BBCTalk, a lot of members will not make the switch to the forums.
Cuesheetcentral is more problematic. I really like getting an email of the next two days rides and I really like the smartphone applet that puts the entire schedule in a simple column that I can access with my Blackberry. The issue of the past history of rides as a guide to decide which ride to lead in the future had not occurred to me. It seems a good feature and losing it would not be helpful.
I have posted my upcoming rides for March on both cuesheetcentral and the new ride calendar. What I miss in the new ride schedule that I have in cuesheetcentral, is going to the library, picking a ride, and clicking on "lead it" and then having only to put in the date/time.  Will has assured us that the cuesheetlcentral  library will be copied to the new web site before cuesheetcentral is closed.
What I would like to suggest to Will and Phil is keeping cuesheetcentral for the indefinite future and use it as a 2nd PORTAL post rides to the new web site. In other words, a member could post rides on either CSC or the new website and the posting would appear on both programs. I have no idea of how complicated the programming would be; if it is very difficult, it would be a killer to the idea. The other problem, of course, is that maintaining CSC will slow down the use of the new ride schedule. While I find the calendar view of the ride schedule very  nice, the are a lot of appealing features of CSC in posting rides, finding rides and reading the ride schedule on a portable phone that I am really reluctant to give up.

Ed Cahill
BBC Secretary

Feb-06-10 12:32 pm
advising BBCTalk Subscribers of BBCTalk ending
Category: Social

Hi Janet
I would suggest that you put up a message on the BBCTalk site announcing that the site will be shutting down. My suggestion is that the latest date would be March 1st. The message should have a link to the club website. The message should advise them that they will need to create a website account to use the forums. After March 1st, the message directing  subscribers to the club website would remain, but they would no longer be able to post a message on BBCTalk. I don't know if Yahoo will allow this option.
I would also ask Will if he has any suggestions about directing  BBTalk subscribers to the website and the forums.
In other words, I think it is advisable to prepare BBCTalk subscribers to upcoming change, give them time to use BBCTalk to ask questions, and make it as easy as possible to move over to the forums on the website.
Ed Cahill

Feb-03-10 01:14 pm
Category: Social

Will the library of rides on cuesheetcentral come over to the new website? Please do not close down cuesheetcentral until this is done.
Ed Cahill

Feb-03-10 12:59 pm
Category: Social

I miss having emails from BBCTalk and cuesheetcentral to my Blackberry. Going to the website on my browser on my Blackberry does not work; there is too much data for it. Anyway to get emails of posts and the ride schedule ?
Ed Cahill

Feb-02-10 10:20 am
Category: Technical

Hi Joe
There is an old saying about bikes and bike parts--cheap, light weight and durable; you get to have any two but not all three. The same can be said about bike computers; if your wife wants bike computer functions combined with any sort of physiological data, she will have to have a HRM built in. None of the ones that do that are cheap. But this is where bike computers are going. Before I used a Garmin, I had a VDO MC 1.0 wireless and used a Sigma HRM to give me what the Garmin gives me in one unit. Both VDO (http://www.cycleparts.de/en/produkte/produktstart/) and Sigma have unnits in the $100-$200 range that give you HRM and bike computer info without GPS or PC downloads (that ability kicks the price up another $2-300). Polar has units with both kinds of info but are more expensive.
Ed Cahill

Feb-02-10 08:41 am
Category: Technical

Hi Joe
Before I went to the Garmins, I was very happy with the VDO's. I also liked the Sigmas. This is a fast moving area for development. Bike computers seem to obsolete quickly and in any case don't have a very long lifespan; and I am taking road not off road cycling. There is a lot to be said for a very basic simple computer. I just like to know my altitude gain and current grade; that always puts me into the more expensive bike computers.
Ed Cahill

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