About the website
First off, this post isn’t primarily about cycling – it’s about the website. I biked to Albina Press for coffee and carbs though, so I’ll credit it as a CLC ride also.
Albina Press is a nice place to hang out – spacious, excellent WiFi, close to Tiffany’s. I’m here instead of Seven Virtues, where I expected to start this ride, because I woke up early and Albina Press is close by and has an early opening hour. And decent coffee, but a somewhat slim food menu.
Second, an explanation and a bit of an apology. Most of the current users of the website probably know the background, but it was born when several of the Bicycle Life/Crazy Guy contributors either left or were evicted last fall. Hoping we could preserve something of the small Bicycle Life community, I decided to throw together a website we could use in its place, and bullied Rachael into getting it started. Neither of us had any idea what we were doing (or real interest in running a website, for that matter), and we ended up with this essentially WordPress framework as the easiest, low-tech path to a product.
For several months, it wasn’t apparent that the website would see any real traffic. With my hands full already with selling our home and preparing for a life mostly on the road, I haven’t invested much in the app. Among other things, I haven’t developed a ‘how-to’ section in the About page.
CLC has brought some new faces to us, and a few older ones who appear frustrated by how to work with the app. My apologies for not spending the time to write up what I’ve learned about the basics: how to post, comment, link, upload media, and so on.
I have two ideas in mind: First, I’ll add a how-to FAQ section to the About page, and add items to it as I find the time or see evidence that people need help. Second, I’ll try to figure out how to add a Forum to the website, so that we have a better way to raise questions or discuss issues with the website.
About the ride
Like I said, I got an early start – it was still dark when I left Tiffany’s. After our month at Stacey’s, we’re really enjoying how simple it is to enter and exit Tiffany’s place. What a concept – open door; step out with the bike; close the door. Amazing how small annoyances can grate on you over time.
After hanging around Albina Press long enough for the day to brighten and the morning mist to stop, I headed out on the big errand for the day: a trip downtown to REI to get a cargo net so that we can carry bulkier loads on the back rack. We’ve never used one of these before and are curious to see if they’re useful enough to pack around when we’re traveling.
On the way there I pass through Laurelhood Park, one of my favorite inner city parks in the city. It’s always attractive, and there’s often something interesting going on. Today there’s a sparring class of some sort.
Actually, I have two errands this morning. In addition to a trip to REI, I want to swing by a pair of murals near the Burnside Bridge that caught my attention when driving to a concert two nights ago. They were both still there and as interesting as I’d remembered; and while I was there I stumbled across the skateboard park beneath the bridge. It’s a pretty ragged neighborhood, but with some interesting details if you take the time to look around.
from there, I finally moved on to REI – a pointless exercise, as it turned out because they don’t carry them in store; you have to order them through the website. No matter – t was just an excuse for a spin through town anyway.