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Sunday, May 11, 2008
By Yokota Fritz


Bikeness is a new bicycle website with discussion forums for casual and avid cyclists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check it out: Bikeness.com.

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I'm all for local sites and all, but isn't it a little overboard that a brand new, nearly empty site heralds itself as "San Francisco Bay Area's number one bicycle forum"?
 
It looks like these guys completely ripped off bikeforums.net. Looking at the forum descriptions, I thought they looked familiar:

Road cycling:
BF: The road bike is the most efficient machine known to man. There is nothing like riding a nice road bike, on a nice road. Chat it up with other roadies in our road cycling forum.
Bikeness: There is nothing like riding a nice road bike, on a nice road. Find other roadies in our road cycling forum

Commuting:
BF: Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.
Bikeness: It's easier than you think. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, and safety requirements for riding your bike to work.

Charity:
BF: Whether you're looking for riders, sponsors, or volunteers, this is the place to tell the world that cyclists can make a difference.
Bikeness: Riders, sponsors, and volunteers making a difference in this world

Mechanics:
BF: Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.
Bikeness: If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

This is some pretty blatant plaigarism not to mention very poor taste. How did they think people would not notice?

IMO steer clear of these guys and chat on the BF Northern Cal forum instead; there's a lively group of friendly riders and good community.

I'm sending this comment to BF admin Joe Gardner in addition to the Bikeness forum admin.
 
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