You, faithful readers, will be the ones to pick the Best Bike Blogs of 2005. Leave a comment below for nominations of your favorite bike blogs. After the list of nominees is created, you will have the opportunity in December to vote for your favorite blogs next month.
I'll select a few that I think are worthy of mention, but beyond that it will be a pure popularity contest. Remember to vote early and vote often when the time comes.
If you know of some easy-to-use voting/survey software then please let me know about it. MySQL and PHP are available on my server.
The blogs don't have to be purely about bicycling, but they should have a strong bike flavor. The type of biking isn't important: lifestyle, roadie, MTB, OCP, bent, race news, utility, advocacy, VC, facilities, CM or whatever -- it's all open for nomination.
The blogs that are in my blogroll are automatically nominated, but please feel free to mention them anyway in your comments. Please nominate your own blogs. Please help spread the word!
IMPORTANT: Please post comments for this article at the new CYCLELICIOUS 2.0 version of this page.
Should be a fun contest! Two survey/polling solutions you might want to check out are Perseus SurveySolutions Express http://express.perseus.com/perseus/asp/login.aspx and PollMonkey. FreeBlogPoll.com also looks promising. J-Vicious (a contributor on my blog) used SurveySolutions Express for the booth babe contest he put up the other day http://express.perseus.com/perseus/surveys/1734848031/64bff3be.htm
It gives an unprecedented level of control for a free tool. There are no ads and unlimited questions and choices. Highly recommended, but more difficult to use then something like freeblogpoll.
Thanks for including my site in this list! Stay tuned for some solid new stuff in the next month or so.
As for my vote, even though this thing will go down as an out-and-out popularity contest, I'm placing my hand in the air for Bike Portland.
The site itself is a great exercise in community building and is a really good example of using the Internet to raise awareness about advocacy issues in a particular area / region. Sure, Bike Portland doesn't have the latest images of gear or reviews of the 'good stuff', but it does have info on how to make Portland a better place to be -- something that's way more important than how someone else thinks the new El Caminos work on the trail.
amy has a good idea there may be a short term free test of the survey monkey
if you do go ahead with this BEST BIKE BLOGS thing
I think that the word of mouth needs to spread
perhaps there should be a logo and a flyer then each blog who has been nominated should put the flyer and the link to the survey on their blog
wish my links were more extensive and up to date
I nominate myself I nominate martino's bike diary I nominate velorution I nominate bicycles and icicles then of course there is Fatmarc and many spin offs in my region DT used to have a great blog but it lost priority he debated going big but I think he need to shift his concentration who else who else I bet there are three bicycle blogs that I regularlyu go back to but have not mentioned
matt chester usually has something interesting to say about cycling, simple living, and the consumerist culture we live in: http://www.mattchester.com/blog/
michael rasmussen has documented cycling in his life for 3 years now, starting from the moment he stopped being a couch potato and started becoming a commuter, then a fixie rider, then a tourist, and more recently, a full-fledged randonneur. he also just changed software and it looks a lot nicer than the old page: http://www.patch.com/words/
good old ed knows how to crank out the satire (and paranoia from apparently being the only cyclist in oklahoma) and i'm surprised no one has mentioned him yet: http://cycledog.blogspot.com/
and, what the hell, i have no shame. me: http://bikefridaywalter.blogdrive.com/
lastly, though i wouldn't necessarily consider this an official vote, i know at least one friend who without a doubt would vote for.. http://drunkcyclist.com/
hate to say it, but i'd like to include cyclelicious in there.
Great idea! I'll nominate BikePortland.org. In addition to being well-written, topical and visually appealing, the blog covers the Portland bike scene like a blanket. Jonathan's blog is a must-read for any cyclist Portland. He's committing a friggin' public service!