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Our logo icon makes no sense

Does anyone know what our site logo is supposed to represent? A box? A Transformers® character? Is there any desire to have a better logo? If it has to be squarish, I'd suggest a penny-farthing ...
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Bicycles Stack Exchange swag for top users

Update We mailed out the packages last week, but unfortunately our warehouse only included one water bottle instead of two. They'll send out the 2nd bottle in a separate package ASAP. As a thank ...
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Design for Bicycles Stack Exchange.

I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all sites ...
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Are “identify my bike” postings on topic here?

Every week or two there is an "identify my bike" post on bicycles.stackexchange.com, typically with no other information besides a picture and the wording from labels on the bike. Is this considered ...
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Avoiding 'Just Buy A New One' or 'Here's A Link' Answers

I've started to notice a growing trend with some answers which I'd like to expose and try to stem early on: It's very easy to answer a question with a link to an online product retailer, or with a ...
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Does “LBS” make sense to a first time user?

I saw an answer to a question told a new user to take their bike to their LBS. If somebody is new to cycling they're unlikely to know this is shorthand for local bike shop. I think using language like ...
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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. I have made a few tweaks on the design ...
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Future questions? Future answers.

The low hanging fruit is rapidly being picked. What do people think a typical bicycling question will look like in 3 months? In 6 months? Bicycling and bicycles face the issue that this is not a ...
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Questions to identify a model/brand/year add little value

I fail to see the value of questions that ask to identify a specific bike, often based on a single photo and little textual information. I'd like to suggest to make these off-topic. Even if a bike ...
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Zombie threads--new answers for old posts?

StackExchange noob here, just trying to get a sense of how SE is different from most other forums. On the other cycling-related forum I frequent, bumping old threads is seen as a pretty big no-no--...
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Twitter + Stack Exchange Specialized Giveaway (UPDATE: We Have Winners!)

---- This contest is now closed ---- You were warned. The bikes giveaway is now officially on... (Note: This giveaway is not sponsored by Specialized.) The Prizes: First: A Specialized Tricross ...
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2014 Community Moderator Election Results

Bicycles' second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, and ...
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Who wants water bottles? Who has a catchy tagline? (UPDATE! - New Bottle Design, Art)

Stack Exchange will soon be shipping custom water bottles to moderators and users with sufficient reputation. But that's not all. We haven't yet finalized the design for the bottles, in particular,...
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Should we have an associated blog?

I've noticed some interest from some users in stuff on [bicycles.SE] that would be useful or interesting, but just doesn't fit in with the [StackExchange] QA format. Bike reviews for instance. A blog ...
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BMX on Bicycles?

I ride most forms of bikes, but mainly BMX. I understand there is little talk on this Biclyces around BMX. (Search gave me 2 Questions, one which an answer I gave). (I cant add the new tag BMX, as im ...
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Help for new (and old) reviewers

This question and it's answers collect reviewer experience to help new reviewers. Feel free to edit and add more suggestions. I should mention that the only other related post I found was Seeking ...
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Is there a difference between cog and sprocket?

We have two tags: cog and sprocket neither are described. As far as I know, cog and sprocket are the same thing, but there may be a technical distinction that I'm not aware of. Should I make this a ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Bicycles's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering,...
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Let's Build an Active Chatroom for the Betterment of the Community

This is a request for anyone and everyone who loves bicycles, no matter your rep, experience or cycling type, to come join The Velodrome chat room. I would love to see this chat room accumulate some ...
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How do I ask a good “ID My Bike” question?

When asking an "ID My Bike" question what information about the bike should I include? Would a good "ID My Bike" question need all of the following or are there a few key things that would offer the ...
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Is “how much is this worth?” on topic?

I'm curious whether a question relating to pricing a bicycle-related component or whole bike would be on topic. I know we generally frown on the "do my shopping for me" questions, but also allow the ...
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Are tricycles, recumbents and velomobiles on-topic?

Recumbents and velomobiles are banned from international bicycling championships, because they are too fast. Many are tricycles and therefore technically not bicycles. Is it on-topic to ask questions ...
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How to deal with an accepted answer that seems completely incorrect?

On the question Why aren't average speeds computed over distance?, there is an accepted answer: https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/40672/8273. The answer is written by the OP, in such a way as ...
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Should we add valuations to our list of close reasons?

We get questions asking us to assess the value of a bicycle relatively frequently. There seems to be some consensus that we don't deal with these questions. I was wondering if we should add them to ...
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Old Shopping Questions: To close or not to close?

The community has decided that shopping questions aren't a good fit for the site. Every once in a while, a straight-up shopping question pops up that is still lurking around from the bad ol' days. It ...
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Commuting question — why is this on-topic? Or is it?

How to clean up at work after a commute? This question has very little to do with riding itself, but it is a common question, and an important one to bike commuters. One could argue that this is a ...
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We have a blog, who wants to write a post?

After discussing this with the community--and then bringing it up to the Stack Exchange people--we now have an official community blog: bicycles.blogoverflow.com. As you can see, there's nothing there ...
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Interest over winter

Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. I think that a significant amount of our community is North of the Equator. How are we going to maintain interest when lots of people are putting away ...
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Delete tag “mechanical”

The mechanical tag is pretty useless -- nearly the entire bike falls under this category, so using this tag doesn't really help anyone. There are a few electrical issues (which may go up as electronic ...
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Beta privileges will change with next week's launch

At long last, the site will launch! All our hard work here is finally paying off. This is quite exciting. But please be aware that this is not without cost. As painful as it may be initially, users ...
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Seeking consensus on closing problematic questions

It seems like there's been less voting to close since Pro-Tem moderators were appointed. Us moderators can only close a question, we can't vote to close, and we'd prefer to have the site run ...
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2011 Community Moderator Election

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Bicycles Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, November 12th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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What to do when a comment is a good-enough answer?

People often post quick answers as comments. This completely makes sense if you're not sure whether you're correct or if you don't have the time to make a complete answer. However, I've noticed that ...
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Cannondale Mountainbike Giveaway - Winner Announced

The giveaway is on! The Prize: A Cannondale Trail SL 29er 3 - or a bicycle of equal or lesser value purchased through REI The Rules: Ask a question or leave an answer anywhere at Bicycles....
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How do you feel about the icon used for this SE Bicycles site? [duplicate]

I think the icon is bland and it looks like a stock option. Can we have it changed? How do other people feel about this icon? I think it should be more bicycle-related. Do you feel that this ...
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Can I ask questions about unicycles here?

I am considering a unicycle, and I would like to know whether I could ask that on this SE.
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Nutrition and Diet tags

Should the nutrition and diet tags be merged? They seem to be used interchangeably.
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Are questions on professional cycling races on topic here?

Are questions relating to rules or common practices of the Tour de France, Giro d'italia etc appropriate here? By that I mean a question that is solely to do with being a fan of the sport as opposed ...
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Should we add “No valuations” to the FAQ?

I think we should put "no valuation questions" in FAQ because they're purely opinion-based. The value is specific to the seller and the buyer, and at best local to the time and place that the buyer or ...
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What (type of) bike should I buy?

The forum seems to be getting almost one of these questions per day at the moment. Whilst each question contains its own nuances (so probably unreasonable to dismiss them as duplicates), the ...
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Do you like hats? [closed]

Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo ...
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Canned Moderation Responses

I have a doc that I keep with some "canned" moderation responses. I add them as comments when going through the mod queue. Since a large portion of the community participates in moderation activities, ...
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Bike Contest - Reconsidered

Your concerns about the stolen bike contest have been heard and the contest is being reconsidered. First, let me tell you that as part of the CHAOS team, it's my job to bring in new users from the ...
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A milestone reached: 10000 questions

As the Questions page shows, the site now has over 10000 questions! The graph of questions per month shows that the rate at which questions are asked is also growing, with obvious seasonal ...
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YouTube video embedding is now enabled

It is now possible to embed YouTube content in posts here. Embedding Video Upload the content you want to embed to YouTube. When composing your post, paste the URL to the uploaded video in the body, ...
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Suggest a domain name [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write and Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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Bicycle Jokes: on or off topic?

In particular, referring to this question: What's the best bicycle joke, story or tale? Are jokes on topic, or off topic? Do we want to allow some silliness, or keep this site for serious questions ...

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