I think my head has stopped spinning from the ever-revolving SPEZI in Germersheim. Busy, doesn’t really come close to describing it. However, I believe Peter had some pleasure in taking a step back from the position requiring him to record and document the event–I’m certainly looking forward to getting the write up finished before my thoughts evaporate! Meantime, here’s my signature panorama, taken on a slightly dull day one.
The whole trip could have been a bit easier if we’d had a few bikes to hand, probably with trailers, definitely something to consider for next year. It would also have been wonderful to share the experiences with some more VV readers… and while alone at 4am in Manchester airport the advantages of leisurely and comfortable coach journey became apparent.
I have noticed that a good number of people have registered for the new forum and site, which is great. There is also a growing number of people for whom registration has not been completed. I did have an issue with registration, password reset and recovery which I fixed with the help of one member, so if you are one of the people still trying to register, please first try the Lost Password link and see if that now works for you.
Welcome, one and all! Please have a browse around, search out any bugs, register for the new forum and get posting 🙂
I’m sorry that its taken a little later than I promised, but finally we’re running on the correct domain. I’ve learnt a lot along the way, and if I were to do it all again at least I now know how to do it quicker.
Hopefully, you can see that the new website is an improvement in some ways over the previous Velo Vision site. Various factors were influencing me when I was considering how to work with and manage now old Velo Vision site.
The WordPress platform used here is much more flexible and responsive in terms of viewing on different devices and I think this is increasingly important as more and more people use mobile devices for their browsing.
The forum on the old site is no longer supported by Phorum, and we needed to find a solution to the persistent post truncation bug.
I also wanted to create a site that was more easily updated and on which I could link in the social media that some people find important.
The shop too is more flexible and I can more easily add digital content including things for free download which may be a nice feature for contributors who want lots of high resolution files or media that is too large to email.
I hope you will agree that look and feel of the new site is intuitive while being loosely based on the previous menu structure.
If you have any ideas or find any problems with the site, please post them in the Forum or contact me directly.
I have to admit that working through the development of this website and grappling with the administration needed for Velo Vision has been tough. Which is why I am so grateful for the number of messages of goodwill that have been coming in from the readership, contributors, cycle dealers, makers and distributors. The encouragement really has helped me through.
It is great to hear personally that the magazine has a strong following of enthusiasts and supporters. Your help now is even more important than ever, so anyone who has an idea for an article that they would like to see in print please step forward! Also, I will be drafting the survey in the next few weeks and will be reading your suggestions with great interest. Exciting times ahead for Velo Vision 🙂
Only a week until the new Velo Vision website is officially for public viewing. Whether I manage to get it online, running from the velovision.com domain on time remains to be seen!
At times it has felt like I’m getting a little bogged down, but if you’re reading this and most of the site looks presentable then it may have been worth it.
Please do add your views on the site and its content below, or contact me directly. If you need some particular Velo Vision content reinstating, I will try to bring it back for you.
I am delighted to be introducing myself to you in my new capacity as writer and editor of Velo Vision. With the greatest of thanks to Peter and all of his able colleagues, I am now in the position to take Velo Vision magazine onwards from issue 49. With his continued help and yours too, dear readers, we will see much more high quality Velo Vision in the future. It is my intention to retain everything that makes Velo Vision special – considered and balanced writing, excellent photography, careful analysis of cycles and equipment and adventurous readers’ stories.
Since the start of Velo Vision, reader participation and contributions have always played an important role, by enriching the magazine and adding the all-important human interest. Topics ranging from cycling adventures, cultural experiences and artwork to innovation, build projects and technical analysis all make up the Velo Vision mix. If you would like to share your cycling adventures with other Velo Vision readers, do get in touch.
I wrote about the reasons for providing a new website here. Peter Eland, Simon Ward and many other contributors, together, built up a considerable volume of content and I am happy to say that the old site virtually in its entirety, is still available via the Archived Velo Vision website link. Some parts of the site will not work, e.g. the forum login and the shop, but all the story and forum content is ‘sealed in aspic’. For an even further look backwards into not so distant past is to try the Wayback Machine – well worth a look to see how far we’ve come!