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Ain't Got No Time fo no Jibba Jabba!

by Bryn — last modified Jul 12, 2007 09:01 PM
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What's all this supposed to be about anyhow?

Not a lot of posts from me over the past week  or two - I've been pretty busy on one hand and I've been getting way way WAY too stressed out about ride stuff making me want to back right off.  And that's not good.

I ride to relax, I ride to get away from the stresses in my life (work), I ride to give myself some exercise and I ride to socialize.  I really do want to share all of this with as many people as possible - it's just too good to be true!  I mean, what else can you do that gives you such a good time and doesn't cost you an arm and a leg?

Recently there's been some garbage going on in our cruiser community, a few people kind of wrecking things for everyone.  I've really tried to smooth things over, try and work out rides so they suit everyone but there's this great saying - you can't please all of the people all of the time.  You know what?  Some people just aren't going to enjoy themselves no matter what I do.  When it starts getting in to the rest of people's personal lives or even their livelihood then it gets really bad - we've all got to survive somehow.  When the people I really like to hang out with start taking off because of less desirable people being around then I need to stop and look back at what's going on.

I guess all of this comes down to my motivation here.  Just what exactly am I trying to accomplish with Vancruisers?  Why exactly have I put so much work into creating this site anyhow?

From the ground up this site is designed for sharing.  It's supposed to let all of you out there share your stories, your pictures, all that jazz with the rest of the world (and believe me, it really is the WORLD that checks us out!).  It's not supposed to be the all-Bryn show even though it feels like that sometimes.  I'm not trying to make a power grab in the cruiser community or corner the market on cruiserdom, but honestly find me another site that is set up to let YOU share YOUR stuff with all of us?  There's some other good Vancouver cruiser sites out there, like CruiserKirkam and CruiserBikeCentral that can boast more history, more authority, and are run by people who've been in this whole thing a lot longer than I have.  Check them out!!  But when you want to share your pictures, your stories, your videos there's only so many places you can go.  Truth be told there used to be another site out there that claimed such abilities (long since gone now) - I started by trying to share MY things there and got yelled at.  Ummm... yeah.  Not the vibe I was looking for. 

Well, what COULD I do but start scraping things together?  Vancruisers doesn't make me a penny (it in fact costs me a fair amount to run) - my wife thankfully tolerates a couple servers around the house and is pretty darn understanding that I need to put some time in to this now and then.  Really it's the best thing I can do to give back to the cruiser community - it certainly gives me a lot!  My motivation here is not to make money, it's not to prove anything, I just want to have a good time and help people all over the world discover what a great thing getting out on your bike really is.  I really have no interest in charging people to get at the site, or anything silly like that.  Yeah, I wouldn't mind a few advertisers that actually are willing to pay something real but that's another story.  It's not exactly something I'm out there actively soliciting.  It's all about one thing and one thing only: I LOVE MY BIKE(s)! 

So naturally when I start realizing that I'm NOT enjoying my bike, that I'm NOT enjoying my time out riding well... things have to change.  A bunch of us have been talking about what we're really out here for and it pretty much comes down to this:

  • We're here to ride.  Yes, there's hills in Vancouver.  You know what?  We meet up at sea level.  Unless we're only going to ride the same 3 or 4 routes over and over again we're going to HAVE to go up at some point.
  • It's about the good of the group.  I've said this before but if you don't want to do what we're doing that's fine - nobody's forcing you.  Feel free to leave!  But you don't have to wreck everyone else's evening in the process.
  • Cut the BS.  Really.  Nobody cares.  Just come out and be yourself.
  • Leave the agenda at home.  This isn't a social power struggle, this is a BIKE RIDE.
  • If you can't deal with how we ride then feel free to start your own rides!  I'm more than happy to have you post them - I'll even help!

Hopefully all the crap that's gone on in the background is now pretty much done and we can all get back to doing what we do best - riding our bikes.  Since the great 'revelation' earlier this week I've had 3 really GOOD rides, definitely in my top 10.  So that's basically it - I'm not babysitting anyone anymore.  Sorry!  I'm just some guy with a bike, hanging out with my friends.  End of story.  To the detractors, I wish it wasn't so but that's just how it's got to be.  Hopefully moving forward things work out better for everyone.  To everyone else, sorry for the rant but hey, sometimes things just need to be said.

On a more positive note, we're now up to about 15,000 page views a month, we're averaging 50 visitors a day and climbing!  Almost 50% of our visitors are seeing this site for their first time - if you've just rolled in then WELCOME!  Really this community is all about good times and not BS.  Post some pictures, write some blog entries, even just send your bike in to Reader's Rides and introduce yourself!  Vancruisers is in it for the long haul, despite any setbacks along the way.  Check us out and most of all ENJOY yourself - that's really what it's all about.

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no more Jibba Jabba!

Avatar Posted by Turkish at Jul 13, 2007 10:54 AM
Just a quick note of thanks from all of us to Bryn for the wonderful job that you have done for Vancruisers. Your sincere intentions, contributions, and hard work are never spoken of. The majority that matters, greatly appreciates it. Many years ago in Los Angeles, Rodney King asked "Can't we all get along?" If your a dreamer, your answer is "yes", if your a realist, your answer is "no". It's this either bring something to the "party" in terms of adding to the atmosphere, or you detract from it. And no, we don't have to make every one happy, just us! Keep on rollin'.....

Politics and drama suck

Avatar Posted by Ron Menagh at Jul 13, 2007 02:37 PM
Diggin dat! Freddie Mercury and Queen sang it a long time ago:"GET ON YER BIKES AND RIDE!!!."Later.

ridin out the stress

Avatar Posted by brokeassbuilder(josh) at Jul 14, 2007 10:46 AM
im new here same with my son matt we enjoy the cruises when were able to fit them in , and miss them dearly when we can not, this has become a father son ritual todays friday ride was missed due to transformers coming out so we had a hard desicion to make , anyways a pat on the back to you bryn for keepin the site up, regardless the work load amount. my two bits from the new guy who's still learnin names and lookin forward to burnin the stress out on two wheels every friday!!!


Avatar Posted by David Walker at Jul 14, 2007 10:46 AM
I agree totally ... this is about two wheels, good company, Great times, and beauty all around us. I am as happy on these rides as I ever was as a child.

good on ya

Avatar Posted by bryce rasmussen at Oct 26, 2007 08:48 AM
Indeed, well spoken...and I don't think of you as some sort of bossman leader guy-I jes' likes to ride. Don't mind the hills at all, cause the seawall gets a little boring.
A very cool thing I have noticed, in the various bike gangs, is the support. I'm not the greatest builder out there, but I keep going at it, and ya'll likes to see what I've done-which inspires me more. Plus, no bullshit tech tips, advice, without the condescending 'tude. I think my only worry is I'm a little goofy, and I tend to get a little loud sometimes, and I worry I'm wrecking the whole thing. Oh yeah, I do exactly what you do-stress? Feeling bad? Get on that bad boy and put the metal to the pedal! Oh, And I should sign up-got me some bike stories and maybe the odd pic to share.