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Feb 29 2016

NAHBS 2016 Coverage and More

Today we've got some special coverage of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show by my buddy Rob of Domestic Bikes.

Over 125 photos and notes are up at http://www.pedalroom.com/nahbs2016, and there's more!

On the NAHBS 2016 Coverage page, we're experimenting with new higher-res photos, which should show to users with high-DPI displays (like the Apple Retina display) on desktop browsers. Let me know if you notice any quality or speed differences. I hope to introduce higher-res photos to all bikes on the rest of the site soon if all goes well.

I also fixed a couple bugs around photo uploading. Photos should no longer be rotated incorrectly, and when a bike photo is replaced, the new one will always show now.

Please let me know what you think. Things are going good and there's a lot more coming soon. Cheers!

-Coomer

Mar 08 2014

Photogrid & Member Page Improvements

Today I released some quick improvements to photogrid search results and member profiles.

TallBryan's profile on Pedal Room

Member profiles now show much larger photos of bikes, and the page layout has been tweaked a bit to accomodate them.

And when you view search results using the photogrid option, the page now loads faster, and bike titles are now overlayed on the images so you have a better idea of what you're looking at.

Hope you enjoy the quick tweaks. There's more coming tomorrow, and I'm still hard at work on mobile apps and preparing the backend of the site for them. Let me know what you think, and stay tuned!

-Coomer

Jan 27 2014

More Speed!

Speed is king. Faster websites are better for both the visitor and the server, and as Pedal Room has grown, bits of the site have gotten a bit too slow for my liking.

So over the last couple weeks I've been working on lots of small improvements, mostly behind-the-scenes and mostly speed-related. Several pages, including bike searches, bike pages, and member profiles should be a bit faster. The speed tweaks will be especially necessary when I release the Pedal Room mobile app, which is currently under development and should be done soon!

Also, the home page design has been tweaked a bit to be more compact and load faster.

Several people have requested this, so you can also now browse all of the previously featured bikes. And ordering searches by most-favorited is back by popular demand too.

Cheers! Let me know what you think!

-Coomer

Jan 10 2014

Search and Speed Improvements

Today I'm happy to announce the release of new search tools for Pedal Room!

The biggest change one will notice is that searching or browsing for bikes is now much, much faster. Also, bike pages, the browse bikes page, bikes by tag, member profiles, and your logged-in control panel should all be much faster.

Another big change is the way the search engine now works. Bikes are now only shown if they match all keywords (before it used to be if a bike matched any keyword.) It can also handle smarter phrases, so the following search terms all now work:

colnago master -pista

bikes with keywords "colnago" and "master", as long as keyword "pista" is not found

@title cannondale track

bikes with title that matches both "cannondale" and "track"

"columbus max"

bikes with exact phrase "columbus max"

The search engine now also matches shorter words (as short as two characters) and usernames. Furthermore, the search engine now matches only bikes with photos by default. You can still do a search for bikes without photos from the bikes search page if necessary.

Finally, the browse bikes page has gotten a facelift. It now shows photos of recently added and updated bikes. Also, the updated bikes column now excludes recently added bikes so that a new bike doesn't show up twice on the page.

New bikes page on Pedal Room

Hope you guys enjoy the new search features. I'm excited because searching is not only better and faster, but the new search engine paves the way for some of the location-based features coming soon. Stay tuned, and let me know what you think!

-Coomer

Dec 27 2013

Improved Comment Notifications

Today I finally revamped the comment notifications so that they work a bit better.

Diagram of Notifications

First, when you post a comment on a bike, you'll now be notified when someone replies to your comment.

Also, when you're the owner of a bike and someone posts a reply, you'll now get an improved email notification noting that there's a reply and linking directly to it on your bike's page.

These two changes should improve commenting and make it harder to miss replies. Let me know if you've got any feedback or suggestions to make the site work better. Cheers!

-Coomer

Dec 17 2013

Forum Topic Notifications

I just released some work on the forums to allow anyone to subscribe to a topic. Once subscribed, you'll receive email notifications when a new reply is posted.

Subscribe link

You can unsubscribe anytime, or see/unsubscribe from all on the new notifications page at http://www.pedalroom.com/notifications (works only once you're logged in), which is also now linked to from your control panel.

Subscribe link

Let me know what you think and what else you'd like to see. I'm also working on things like a quick reply for the forums (which is tricky due to the image uploading) and some other nice improvements. Cheers!

-Coomer

Dec 11 2013

Messaging Improvements

Today I'm happy to release some long-overdue messaging improvements.

Messaging Details View Preview

The biggest change is that messages going forward will be in a threaded format, so that all replies back and forth are captured in one view. You can also tell if the recipient opened the message based on the icon next to any sent message.

Messaging List View Preview

There are also changes to your inbox, as shown above. You can see all messages, including sent ones, at a glance and see reply counts, now that messages are in a threaded format.

Let me know what you think, and if you've got any concerns or suggestions. And stay tuned for more improvements coming very soon!

Nov 25 2013

Some Updates, and More Coming Soon

It's been a long time! The last few months have kept me busy with mending a relationship, nursing injuries and illness, and work to pay the bills, but I'm happy to finally be back into the swing of things with Pedal Room!

Today I released a couple small tweaks.

First off is flagging of forum posts and bikes. There have been some problems lately with trolls, spammers, and fights, and that's going to stop. The first step is community flagging. Now, when you see a forum post or bike that violates the rules (spam, hateful, not a bike, etc.), you can click the "Flag" link, add some comments, and flag that content. I will then review it and take whatever action is necessary. I'm also working on moderator tools and appointing some moderators to help me manage the site.

Second, bikes now show a "last updated" date. Small, but progress!

There are a lot of upcoming changes coming soon, and I'll be posting about those more in the next few days. Cheers!

-Coomer

Apr 02 2013

Blog Changes

Today I'm happy to release the new Pedal Room Blog. The design has been refined, and more importantly, the blog should now be much, much faster.

The main reasoning behind this is that Pedal Room's old blog host, Posterous, was aquired by Twitter and is closing its doors on April 30. So the blog had to be moved.

But aside from the blog not going down, there are also great benefits to the new blog. It's hosted on Amazon S3, so it's more reliable. It also uses static HTML, so it's much faster (key parts of Pedal Room, like the home page, also do this to keep things fast). It also gives me control over the codebase, meaning I can fix bugs that existed previously and do things like integrate the blog better with the site in general.

The ease-of-posting with the new blog, coupled with the recent infrastructure upgrades, should also encourage me to post more as I get some much-needed work done on the site and work on new things like the Pedal Room mobile app, which is currently under development.

I plan to migrate comments over in the next few days, along with some other tweaks to Pedal Room in general. In the mean time, feel free to email me at coomer@pedalroom.com with your comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions. Hope you like the blog!

Mar 08 2013

Maintenance This Weekend

Just a heads up that you may experience slight downtime this weekend as the servers the site runs on are upgraded. The new servers will allow for a faster site with improved features such as better searching (not immediately, but soon), and should be more stable as well. Follow @pedalroom on Twitter for updates as I transition over to new servers. Cheers!

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