Pedal Room 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!

Jan 13 2013

Pedal Room Shirts/Stickers

I've still got a few shirts and stickers left from our first run, and once these are gone, I'll be making some more.

So if you want a shirt, contact me and we'll work something out via Paypal or whatever. Quantities and sizes are limited. Right now in red, I have 5 size smalls. In gray (which has that weird darker gray defect area on the upper part of the front, see last picture), I have 4 size smalls. Shirts are $10 shipped in the US for the red ones and $6 shipped in the US for the gray ones, because they've got that weird defect (see last picture). I'll include some Pedal Room stickers and random other bike stickers in each order.

And I hope to get started on the next run of shirts soon! Cheers!

Dec 22 2012

Some Plans for the Future

So yesterday I promised a post about what's coming in the near future, and while I'm still not 100% sure on what exactly is coming and when, here's some of what I've got planned.

Something I'm really excited about is a rating system for bikes that will personalize your bike browsing experience. For example, if you rate a bunch of  classic Italian steel bikes highly, you'll see personalized suggestions for more Italian steel and similar bikes we think you might enjoy based on what users similar to you like. I think this will really be great, and I'm super excited to build it out.

For bikes with bike history, I'm working on better management manage stages and photo. For example, dragging and dropping photos to stages, which is buggy, will be fixed soon.

Another thing in the works is better moderation and management of content, including community flagging and a small moderator team to help keep things in check.

Finally, I've got some improvements to the marketplace, including a feedback system and search, that will be launching soon.

I've also toyed with the idea of building a feature/mobile app to find others to ride with as well as provide a calendar of planned rides/events, but I'm not quite sure on that yet. I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks of this.

That's some of what I've got planned, but that's definitely not it, and I'll be working hard to improve the site a lot in the coming weeks. Let me know what you think, and what you'd like to see on the site. Cheers!


Dec 21 2012

Some Small Improvements

So over the last few days, I've been working like crazy on the site. Most of what I've done is behind-the-scenes stuff, like catching up on technical debt and cleaning up the code base. In doing that, I've made it easier and faster to improve existing features as well as develop new ones, and have also improved a few things.

  • Speed is key, and I strive to make Pedal Room fast, so I've improved the page load times significantly when sending messages or posting new comments.
  • Some of the styling and page-interaction code has also been simplified and cleaned up, which should result in some speed increases as well.
  • The forms on most sections of the site have been cleaned up to use nicer, consistent buttons, which are also faster, because they don't use any images.
  • If you get a lot of messages, the inbox now has pagination and loads much faster thanks to database improvements.

There were also numerous bug fixes and slight improvements here and there, and there's a lot more coming soon! Hopefully I didn't introduce any new bugs, but if I did, please let me know and I'll get them fixed ASAP.

PS Tomorrow I'll post about what's coming in the near future for Pedal Room.

Dec 11 2012

Interview/Shop Visit with Tall Bryan of Emerald City Bicycles!

Recently I visited Tall Bryan of Emerald City Bicycles and shot some photos as well as did an interview about his shop, Seattle riding, and his beautiful Tommasini Sintesi!

Read the interview and see the photos here!

Dec 10 2012

Announcing the Pedal Room Marketplace!

Today I'm happy to announce the launch of our new Marketplace! It's been a long time coming, but it's finally done, so be sure to check it out here, and let us know what you think!

By the way, there are several improvements planned for the marketplace in the near future, such as a buyer/seller feedback system, improved photos, and search features. Stay tuned!

Dec 03 2012

Interview: Tim and his LOW// x Death Spray Custom

"I didn't know too much about what he was going to do to them, and in honesty I didn't care, I love everything that comes out of Death Spray Custom"

Read the full interview with Tim about his LOW// Pursuit x Death Spray Custom, alleycats in the UK, The North Race, and more!

Aug 13 2012

Interview Part 2: Faz and his Cervelo

A while ago we interviewed Faz about his Leader Kagero. He's still rocking the Kagero but now has built up a Cervelo R3, and we spoke with him about it. Check out the interview here!

Jan 27 2012

Drop Bars Not Bombs

Last June I broke my clavicle. My first weekend back on a bike, I met up with Zach and others and we had a great time cruising around Seattle. More at ZLOG!

Nov 28 2011

Bad News/Good News!

The Bad:

The site has been in an awful, broken state for a couple days. It appeared that all messages, favorites, and even comments were gone. There were also issues adding photos, and random bad errors.


The Good:

It only appeared that way. No comments, messages, favorites, or anything else was lost. And the site is close to fixed now.

What happened was that over the weekend I was hard at work on the site, upgrading the site's software to the latest and greatest versions. The goal was to make everything better with the site, and ease development going forward.

However, it introduced an odd bug. Normally a responsible developer (usually me) would catch these before they ever went live. But in a rush to get released, I didn't do much testing of the site, figuring nothing would be terribly wrong since it was a basic upgrade that others had done several times over with no issues.

So I'm sorry about the issues over the last couple days! I won't let it happen again, through improved testing and not rushing stuff out to the live site.

I'm hard at work tonight fixing everything completely, and working on some new improved stuff too! Stay tuned!


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