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Declining Active Riders
 Did member offline
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Member since: Oct 2003
Home: Crozet, VA 
Specialized Roubaix Expert SL4
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posted 12/16/2018
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A check on the number of active bj riders posting mileage this year is 2,050. As I recall the number was about 2,400 in 2017 and around 2,900 in 2016. It appears bj riders are aging out, using other apps or have just given up logging or living.

The bj home page lists 57,240 "active riders." The word "active" here doesn't appear to be an accurate description. I believe it represents the number of paying and non-paying members. So it appears that 3.58 percent are actually pedaling and posting their mileage.

Can or should anything be done to reverse this downward spiral? Will slantz just let it dwindle down and die on its own? It has had a good run, but its future seems dark and getting darker.

As a bj member since 2003 and a premier member for most of that time, I'm wondering if I should renew my premier membership next month and continue riding a sinking ship or move on? It's been a good ride in many ways for which I will always be thankful to slantz and the dozens of riders I've met, including those in Mena, AK; Cardsten, AB, and Belvidere, IL.

 rmillay member offline
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2,437 5,600 mi
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Member since: Mar 2006
Home: Dallas, TX 
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posted 12/16/2018
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I suspect Strava and the like has something to do with it. A number of members I know still ride plenty, but don't log their rides any more. A couple of them have stopped riding for the most part, and a few, sadly, are dead. BJ provides a good logging tool, both for ride progress and bike maintenance, and I am used to logging miles from my days as a runner. My old Garmin 200 won't speak to my computer, and I'm too cheap to upgrade, so that avenue is closed to me. I guess I'll plod along until one of us dies. Maybe I'll get to be in the top ten eventually!

 raymondj member offline
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Home: Leipzig, Germany 
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posted 12/16/2018
at 4:26:15 PM
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My former fleet of 4 bikes has been sold off and reduced to one. My remaining bike has a simple old Cateye Mity 8 wire-sensor bike computer. It has no interface ability with another device. I like the old Cateye because it has zero re-sale value. If I lock the bike and leave it parked for awhile, I don't have to remove the bike computer. Thieves won't bother to steal something that has no re-sale value.

Like rmillay said above, I like the manual log method in BJ for my bike rides. The secondary benefit is I have all the major wear components set up for logging miles of use.

 Thorn member offline
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Home: Austin, TX 
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posted 12/16/2018
at 5:17:31 PM
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Declining membership doesn't affect me, Did. I decided to re-up my premier mem'ship just last week. I did the old format we're using here. Not interested in Strava or GPS-linked apps. or what. Enjoy this forum. Why change?

 smoab member offline
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Member since: Jul 2006
Home: Huntingdon, PA 
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posted 12/16/2018
at 6:15:42 PM
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why change

 handyhannah member offline
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posted 12/16/2018
at 7:38:50 PM
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I have a wahoo gps. I manually log my miles here. I have never been on strava or any other sight
I wouldn't know how to sync my gps to anything. It is too bad there is a decline. As a paying member, the only thing I would love to have is an app for BJ which will allow us to post pictures. It is a struggle to post here. I figured out Photobucket and now that is not an option. I can't figure out everyones suggestions on posting.

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Member since: Mar 2006
Home: Roscoe, IL 
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posted 12/17/2018
at 6:52:48 AM
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I'm old school and enjoy manually entering my ride info on bikejournal. I also like how bikejournal can manage components and tires. I also love the added statistical information the Premier Membership offers, so I will stay until I'm no longer able to ride or the website folds.

I also use Garmin Connect, as it was free with my Garmin Fenix 3HR, and also signed up for the free version of Strava because I'm a statistic freak and Strava has some different statistical information that Garmin doesn't have.
I also love the Strava Flyby feature. If I'm out riding and see someone, I can check the Flyby and see who it was, if they also use Strava.

One thing I've grown to enjoy on Garmin Connect is the Goal feature, it provides a little incentive much like the Challenge and Goal threads here on bikejournal do.

My Garmin privacy settings are both set to Private. My Strava settings are set so only my friends can follow me.

I'd love to see bikejournal do better, it certainly has the potential if the effort, time and money were put into it. But I've given up on worrying about it.

 smigli member offline
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Member since: Apr 2018
Home: Boston, MA 
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posted 12/17/2018
at 6:57:45 AM
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Have only joined this year and will renew for as long as I continue bicycling long distance.

The Garmin that I use to record my journeys detaches from its mount very easily and goes into the handlebar bag that comes with me whenever I lock the bike. By the way, Garmin Connect is what I use to transfer my recorded data...

I still have to learn to properly this site (kudos to Sean for maintaining it!)and search blogs.

 GeeWizMan member not displaying online status
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Member since: Sep 2004
Home: South Lyon, MI 
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posted 12/17/2018
at 7:32:48 AM
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I have been having the same thoughts as you are Dean. I will most likely continue with my premium membership as long as I can, but the end does seem like it might be just around the next bend in the road.

 dasmith44 member offline
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Member since: Feb 2007
Home: Bonita Springs, FL 
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Suncoast Cycling Club
posted 12/17/2018
at 8:52:22 AM
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Will continue to use it, and pay for it.

 Bikeman630 member offline
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1,948 2,400 mi
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Member No. 53456
Member since: Mar 2014
Home: Lecanto, FL 
Ross Signature
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posted 12/17/2018
at 11:18:00 AM
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I will continue to use bikejournal as long as it continues to have a thread of hope. I have been waiting to pay my dues for Premier membership as a goal for getting back to cranking on my bike. Once I feel I deserve the yellow jersey I will reward myself with a Premier Membership again. Plus the riders still using Bikejournal are the type of cyclists I would want to ride with, and call friend.
Be safe everyone.
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