Website Reminiscing – Don’t do it, you’ll only regret it

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  • Website Reminiscing – Don’t do it, you’ll only regret it
  • Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    While this place was down a short while ago I thought I’d just pop over to somewhere I’d not been in many years: BikeMagic.com

    I used to be a regular contributor there for many years, until they ballsed up the forum (that may be the reason I thought I’d go & have a look for some perverse reason) but bugger me, it’s dead over there.

    From what I can tell the forum link doesn’t work at all and the last news item is for the Cycle Show at he NEC, in 2015!

    A sad state of affairs.

    shermer75
    Member

    I used to love bikemagic! I’m still using a print out of their wheel building guide to this day in fact, about ten years on. It’s looking pretty tattered…

    Premier Icon SaxonRider
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    When I posted that link to an archived mtb-wales.com the other day, I got a bit teary.

    Otherwise, I have tried to get into an ice hockey forum, but it just doesn’t ‘work’ for me.

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    Factory Media were gonna re-launch it, then they didn’t.

    Shame really, I think they could have done well with an MTB property that was less gnar and yoof focused than Dirt.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Bikeradar is still running, barely. Posted on the ‘MTB general’ forum, my response is the 3rd most recent reply, a week later….

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    To be honest I don’t even understand the point of keeping it up if it hasn’t been updated for >2 years and the one bit that everyone used, i.e. the forum, can’t even be accessed anymore.

    I think i’d be happier to see it had died a death rather than a poor shadow of it’s former self.

    5thElefant
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    Factory Media were gonna re-launch it, then they didn’t.

    MXTrax went the same way. Unusable due to redirect ads, but still staggering on.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    To be honest I don’t even understand the point of keeping it up if it hasn’t been updated for >2 years and the one bit that everyone used, i.e. the forum, can’t even be accessed anymore.

    Probably the same reason as when it was alive, it probably still generates a trickle of add revenue everytime someone clicks through a link to it.

    Premier Icon BadlyWiredDog
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    <p style=”padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.2em; color: #444444; margin: 1rem 0px !important;”>To be honest I don’t even understand the point of keeping it up if it hasn’t been updated for >2 years and the one bit that everyone used, i.e. the forum, can’t even be accessed anymore.</p>

    Presumably it’s still getting traffic from back content and has some sort of notional commercial value on that basis.

    Factory now owned by some guys called Square Up Media who are specialists in free  glossy mags distributed to rich city boys so they can attract swanky premium advertisers…

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    <span style=”color: #444444; font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; background-color: #eeeeee;”>Even the forum works (a bit!)…</span>

    Perhaps we could all migrate over there for as little while until the problems here are ironed out? 😉

    Premier Icon keithb
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    Dammit. I thought this thread was going to be about the old burgundy and cream website.

    Never mind.

    scotroutes
    Member

    Mlehworld still exists…..

    Premier Icon MrOvershoot
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    Yep I was one of the original members on BM back in 98 IIRC

    A fair few are on here now under new names me included

    mickmcd
    Member

    what killed BM?

    Premier Icon The Pinkster
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    IIRC it got taken over/bought out by a company that didn’t understand its market then they redid the forum and screwed up a significant number of the regular contributors logins and couldn’t fix it..

    They all went somewhere else (most likely here, much like me)

    milky1980
    Member

    SaxonRider’s MTB-Wales link helped me waste a good few hours on there on my night shift, surprising how much of the site is readable still!  I was never a regular poster on there but read it a lot, mainly for ride ideas and keeping up to date with what was going on with the emerging trail centres etc.

    Never created a login for BikeMagic, was happy to just read it.

    Bizarrely there’s a C64 forum I used to use that’s still going!!  It got taken over by a previous member when it shut down and he relaunched it via Facebook back in 2009.  I can’t link to it though as it lives on the Dark Net (god knows why it’s hidden??) and you have to have an invite to join.  I’ve never been invited but am still in touch with two people I met on there that still play around with the computers.  They still trade games and programmes by sending cassettes to each other!

    Premier Icon smogmonster
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    There was another mtb website that existed around the same time (i spent hours on it whilst working at a Military Hospital as we sod all else to do about 1999/2000) that i used to frequent a lot. I cant remember what it was called, anyone got any ideas what it was? i think it started with ‘MTB’

    Premier Icon oikeith
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    I just went and spent some time on BMXboard.com cant believe the site and forums are still up and running!

    cokie
    Member

    Southerdownhill.com – first bike forum I was part of. Lots of fond memories. The they changed the name to Ride.io along with forum changes and died a death.

    Premier Icon pondo
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    <span style=”background-color: #eeeeee; color: #444444; font-size: 16px;”>MXTrax went the same way. Unusable due to redirect ads, but still staggering on. </span>

    That place properly died on its bottom – there’ll be weeks-old posts on page 1.

    Jakester
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    smogmonster

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    There was another mtb website that existed around the same time

    I cant remember what it was called, anyone got any ideas what it was?

    Chocolate Foot? ;-P

    allthepies
    Member

    chocolate foot, ah that was a classic!

    Prawn, Hora, Dango, MudFace the 50yr old truck driver[who married Prawn], some bloke with anger issues who used to storm out of 5-a-side games, Mr Smith was on there too I believe.

    Pigface
    Member

    The SSB is still going but tragically lost one of its members this month, RIP Yoda/Richard

    footflaps
    Member

    >MTB britain?

    I spent a lot of time on there and met loads of people through it. Was great in it’s day, but then just faded into the abyss.

    5thElefant
    Member

    That place properly died on its bottom – there’ll be weeks-old posts on page 1.

    Pondo. Recognise that name. I was Bronze.

    The two spin-offs have died too – dirtbikerejects and darksnow.

    I suspect the rejects fapped themselves to death. Or caught fire. Possibly at the same time.

    MTBRider.com

    Based in NI but a great site, finalist in the singletrack awards one year

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