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Colorado / Introduce Yourself
« on: February 18, 2009, 06:42:08 pm »
This thread is for people to introduce themselves to the the community. Open to Adventure Cycling members and non members alike I'm hoping that this thread can break the ice and allow this board to help Colorado cyclists meet and get to know each other.

A quick self introduction. I'm John Sieber, the IT Manager/Web Developer here at Adventure Cycling Association. As I'm based in Missoula, MT I won't be a regular contributor to this board but wanted to get this thread started. Feel free to discuss any topics about cycling in Colorado.


I wanted to let everyone know that we have created a Regional Discussion Category on the forums and a new board in the category for discussion of items related to Colorado. This was a suggestion during one of the Colorado member meetings and if it works well we will be looking to add other states or regions in the future. You can find the new board at this link:

Routes / Re: Major League Baseball Stadium Tour
« on: February 14, 2009, 07:21:41 pm »
There was a story back in June of 2006 in Adventure Cyclist about a similar type tour. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

Routes / Re: Southern Tier............
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:44:56 pm »
A great resource for information about the southern tier are the journals for that route on

You can also check out the ride registry on this site,, and select Southern Tier.

I'm sure some other forum members can give their specific thoughts on your questions based on their personal experience with the route.
Have fun!

GPS Discussion / Re: General GPS How To Sticky?
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:46:36 pm »
A "sticky" thread for general gps information pertaining to cycling would be a great item to have. If we have a volunteer interested in putting one together I can assist in getting it set as a "sticky" topic.

General Discussion / Re: Partial RSS feed
« on: January 31, 2009, 03:16:01 pm »
The RSS feed shows only about half of the new posts every day here, using Firefox 3.0.5. Maybe operator error by this RSS newbie.

I look at the list of topics containing new posts from RSS, then go to the web site and see many more. How is it working for you?


Hi Fred,
It looks like the default rss link just shows the most recent 5 posts. I did a little searching and found this thread on the simplemachines forum that has a breakdown of the different options you can use. Hope this helps.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 20, 2009, 02:38:02 pm »
By upgrading without regard to the links that people have made to the old discussion forums you have broken every single existing link on the internet.  This means that all the great advice that people have bookmarked or emailed or saved no longer work.  In addition, you have provided no way for someone to find those threads if they have the old links.

This means that unless someone is willing to go through all the posts page by page, all the previous information here is virtually unusable.  I had 17 posts bookmarked and now I can't find any of them.  The search function dumps out lots of word hits but I would have to spend hours trying to find the posts I had saved just to relink to them.

This stunning lack of oversight makes me wonder what else is going wrong at ACA.


Hi Ray,
I'm sorry that you feel this way about the new forum and apologize about your bookmarks. The old forum software was no longer an option for us. As mentioned earlier it often timed out on users or gave errors. The search feature did not work and we received many complaints about it from users. We made every attempt to move all of the user accounts and content over to the new forums so that it is still a valuable resource. We were unable to redirect all of the old forum threads to their link in the new forum. We upgraded the forum software to resolve the current issues with our previous forum software and in hopes that a better performing forum with more features would help it grow and allow it to become an even better resource for traveling cyclists. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience that has occurred.   

Underground Railroad / MOVED: UGRR maps for sale
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:48:07 pm »
This topic has been moved to [Classifieds].

General Discussion / Forum Spam
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:51:16 pm »
We have been notified that spam was sent to the public email addresses from the forum member list this afternoon. In your member profile there is an option to allow your email address to be shown to the public. We converted this status from the old forums so that it was the same as the setting in the previous forum. Due to this incident we have marked all email addresses to private. If you would like to make your email address public you will need to log into your profile and change the setting.

I would advise leaving your email setting as not public and use the private message feature if you would like to contact other forum members or would like them to be able to contact you. Sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 12, 2009, 04:47:40 pm »
Does this mean a real NNTP newsreader, John? I would love to read with Outlook Express, leaving all the HTTP eye candy behind. Do we have an NNTP server now? Or should I get an add-in for OE that converts RSS to NNTP?

I think that you will need the add-in for OE that converts the RSS to NNTP. I tested the RSS feed as a live bookmark in Firefox as well as in a program called BlogBridge that I have used in the past to read newsgroup messages and rss feeds and it worked well but I was not able to get OE to recognize the rss feed. If you have some success converting the feed to use in OE let me know.

Instead of starting a new thread each time I think of a new feature that is worth mentioning I figure that this thread is as good as any place to discuss the new features. We have had requests in the past for the ability to view the forums from a news reader or live bookmarks. This is now possible by using the following link to feed your news reader or create your live bookmarks:;action=.xml

Creating a Live Bookmark in Firefox is a great way to easily see the most recent posts on the forum.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 11, 2009, 09:10:20 pm »
It seems to be exactly the same as the previous forum.  How is it any different?  The light blue text is slightly harder to read and it takes a little longer to log on to post a message. ::)
The content is the same as the old forum as it was all converted over to run in the new software. The old software often locked up and cause errors as well as slowed down the entire adventure cycling website. The old forum software was nine years old and no longer developed and impossible to get support for. The search feature rarely worked and we received a lot of complaints about the forum in general.

The new software is current and well developed. It is a full featured and I hope will provide a better experience for everyone using it. Sorry that your initial impressions were not good but I hope that they change over time.

General Discussion / Re: How do you like the new forum?
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:21:47 pm »
Answer my own ? How do i post Image -Image>Additional Options>Attach>
Hi Jim,
There are two ways that you can add a image to a message on the forum. One way is preferred over the other but both options are available. The first way is what you mentioned above. Images can be uploaded from your computer as attachments to the thread and displayed that way. This is a less preferable as we have a limited amount of storage space on the server so we need to limit the size and type of attachments.

The other option is to link to an image already hosted on the internet. There are a number of photo sites where you can place images to then link to on the internet or you can use your own personal web space that often comes with an internet account. Once the image is on the internet somewhere you can add it to the thread. An example would be if I wanted to show the current Photo of the Week from the Adventure Cycling website I would do the following:
1. Bring up the desired image in your web browser.
2. Right click, or control click on the mac, on the image and choose properties. Look for the url or location. For this example it is
3. In the message that you are composing look for the insert image icon. It is the second on the second row and if you hover over it a tooltip will appear that says, "Insert image".
4. Enter the url into the dialog and press ok.

The image should appear.

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