I see plenty of product recommendation requests ("what product or brand fills my need?"), but apparently no (easily findable) reviews/answers ("here's my experience with brand X model Y"). I was looking for bike reviews, but perhaps that's somewhat out of scope for an SE site.
The position I find myself in currently: There are say 6 new bikes I'm considering, and I'm looking for insights beyond what I can glean from spec sheets and test rides - what living with those bikes is like for months or years. I can pose that as a big super-question or 6 more-specific questions. I'm not sure what response I'd get though, nor how long it might take to get owners to contribute a review's worth of answers.
The position I'll be in in a year: I will have bought and ridden bike X for 6 months, and I intend to write a review of both how I narrowed the field and chose the bike, as well as how I'm liking that bike. I would post that to a couple bike forums, but I'd also be willing to post it here.
Right now, I find myself wishing Bicycles.se held a union of all forums' review threads (cleaned up and voted into best-answer form) - that's what I'm looking for right now. So that's why I'm curious at the complete lack of bike reviews here currently. This seems like the best forum-spanning place to centralize and aggregate that information - but maybe not? I realize reviews are probably not a big part of most SE sites' traffic ("practical, answerable questions"), but they seem very near and dear to most bikers' interests.
So my questions:
- Should I ask 6 specific "what's your experience with bike X?" questions, or a combo question, or don't ask at all?
- Should I eventually post a review of my bike selection process?
- Should I eventually post a review of bike X? (plus rejected bikes y/z/a/b/c too?)
- Should I enter 'placeholder' questions so I have a place to put my reviews as answers?
Or are bike reviews just not appropriate for bicycles.se?