Anybody else getting this crap in their normal email inbox referring to you by your BCSB user name? The text that follows is what appeared in my home email, the one connected to BCSB.
I was looking through the club database and I noticed that you haven’t yet logged into the new club website. We launched the new site about 4 weeks ago and there are loads of new facilities. We now have more than 80 different forums, so if you have changed bikes or if you are lucky enough to have more than one, we’ll still have a forum for you.
We have also launched a stunning new innovation called the Bikers Map. We noticed that there is a lot of information that gets lost in the forums and that isn’t always easy to find with the search facility. People often ask “why can I get cheap types near me” or where shall we meet for that ride-out and you have to go trawling though old threads to get the information. Sometimes people would like to know what other members live near them so that they can meet up for a ride out and that isn’t available.
The Bikers’ Map is designed to put all that information at your fingertips. It’s is a zoomable, interactive road map, which covers the whole of Europe right down to street level! Using the search facility on the left hand side of the map, you can find a whole host of different points of interest (POIs) that have been recommended by other members. These include things like: Sunday morning meeting places, Biker friendly cafés, great roads to ride (with downloadable maps and GPS routes), cheap places to buy tyres, you can even see which other members live near you and contact them, no matter what bike they ride, so you can meet up for a blast. All the POIs on the map have been recommended by other members, so you get genuine, unbiased recommendations, made fellow bikers. When you chose a POI, the name of the member who recommended it along with a short review appears on the right of the map, so you can get further information. You can then add your own review if you’d like to either agree or disagree with the member who first recommended it.
Just click search and then choose the type of POI you’d like to find. Then key in your full post code and hit “go”. A list of entries will appear in the left column, you can then click on each one to see it on the map and more details on the right.
The map is for bikers to share information. It YOUR place to build up a fantastic resource for everyone to use. If you have a favourite café that you use, or road that you ride, or if you know where to get a great deal on tyres, don’t keep it to yourself! Use the “Add POI” function to let other members know about it. That way we’ll all be helping each other get the most from biking. Most importantly, drop in and add yourself to the map, you never know what other members might live on your doorstep.
We now also have a dedicated Bikers Auction site, a Tours sections where you will find all our big trips abroad planned and a shop where you can book them and buy other club stuff. Please pop back and check it all out when you get a chance.
If you have any trouble logging into the new site or using the Bikers Map, there are some technical tips below. If they don’t solve your problem though, please do not hesitate to contact me.
You can find the new club homepage at:
I hope that you enjoy the new functions and that you can make one of our big biking events next year.
All the best and ride safe.
Some technical notes:
If you are having any trouble logging onto the club site please try the following instructions:
Clear your browser cookies. You need to do this to clear the old cookie that our old site used before we upgraded. You can do this by going into Internet Explorer, click “Tools” then “Internet Options” the “Delete Cookies”.
Go to the forum homepage and login by filling in your Username and Password in the boxes on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
The biker’s Map:
The map has been extensively tested with Internet Explorer but not with other browsers. Please use IE to get the best from it.
If you have a firewall that is very tightly locked down, you will need to allow the java plug-in that the map uses to connect to our map server so it can get the road level detail. If you get any problems – try temporarily disabling any firewall or privacy software you have running.
The map had the facility to search by address or postcode, but postcode is much more efficient so just fill in that box when searching for stuff or adding yourself as a member."