Yet Another Cycling Forum

Off Topic => The Pub => Topic started by: Pedal Castro on February 10, 2019, 10:40:07 am

Title: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Pedal Castro on February 10, 2019, 10:40:07 am
Enjoying my coffee this morning I gave silent thanks to YACF for alerting me to Coffee Compass which is where I now get my coffee beans from rather than a supermarket. Better tasting coffee and slightly cheaper to boot!

It got me thinking where else I have gained, some highlights (in no particular order) are:
1. Silk glove liners, superb addition to my cycling wardrobe (thanks for the tip Kim)
2. Philips dynamo front light on special offer at Amazon (Kim again)
3. Escape from my information filter bubble. Lots of interesting and contrasting views put intellectually (most of the time).
4. Queries answered usually with lots of options to peruse and consider.

There are more but these spring to mind.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 10, 2019, 10:51:31 am
Assos shorts (because my bum's worth it)
Putting my bottom bracket in the freezer to get the bearings off it.
Loads of useful advice (and people listening to my rants, which kept me just about sane) about crumbly old buildings.
A bit of a laugh about some things you might otherwise cry about.
Recipes.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 10, 2019, 11:21:18 am
The great thing is that it's a forum of cyclists rather than just about cycling.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 10, 2019, 11:32:39 am
The filth and general perversion.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 10, 2019, 11:36:13 am
The filth and general perversion.
The words you're looking for are "erudite smut".  ;D
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: road-runner on February 10, 2019, 12:22:50 pm
My No. 1 benefit from YACF has been getting out and riding with others on forum rides. I had not heard of audax nor CTC club rides before joining the forum, two more lovely opportunities to ride with others.

Other than that, the general knowledge of this broad church covers too much to mention but the level of knowledge is superb.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: T42 on February 10, 2019, 01:07:40 pm
The filth and general perversion.
The words you're looking for are "erudite smut".  ;D

Aye, but bloody funny smut at times.

Above all YACF's a great bunch of knowledgeable, often witty, chums.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: De Sisti on February 10, 2019, 02:45:51 pm
Good selling (to) and buying (from) forum.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: hellymedic on February 10, 2019, 02:47:38 pm
My No. 1 benefit from YACF has been getting out and riding with others on forum rides. I had not heard of audax nor CTC club rides before joining the forum, two more lovely opportunities to ride with others.

Other than that, the general knowledge of this broad church covers too much to mention but the level of knowledge is superb.

The yacf massive gets most of the King William College quiz answers every year and that's a pretty wide-ranging selection.

Did we totally miss any answer this year?

yacf is not just about cycling...
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: IanDG on February 10, 2019, 02:49:45 pm
Support when your down and and life's throwing you a sh1t deal.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Gattopardo on February 10, 2019, 02:55:05 pm
The filth and general perversion.

And I, for one, thank you.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Gattopardo on February 10, 2019, 02:56:50 pm
Support when your down and and life's throwing you a sh1t deal.

Alot of the time, this place, reminds me how good and nice people are.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: orienteer on February 10, 2019, 03:20:04 pm
Firstly, learning of the various difficulties people suffer, I realise how fortunate I have been in life - so far at least!

Secondly, whatever problem you have, there is usually at least one expert on here who can help.

Thirdly, an infinite amount of cycling knowledge and experience.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Gattopardo on February 10, 2019, 03:47:28 pm
No one has mentioned the cat thread ;)

Nor what amazing things blodwyn pig finds whilst riding.

This thread has made me smile today.  Thank you.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 10, 2019, 03:55:47 pm
No one has mentioned the cat thread ;)

 :o
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Kim on February 10, 2019, 11:22:26 pm
Sorry, I've been busy:  The cat thread.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: essexian on February 11, 2019, 07:19:21 am
Sorry, I've been busy:  The cat thread.

Another +1 for the cat thread....from someone who was up at 6am this morning cleaning up moggy vomit.

Also I like the general lack of trolls here abouts and those that do stick their heads up, quickly get taken down in a very polite way  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: IanDG on February 11, 2019, 07:54:33 am
Support when your down and and life's throwing you a sh1t deal.

.......and I've got to meet some great people over the years too 🙂
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Palinurus on February 11, 2019, 09:03:33 am
Advice, but particularly DIY advice

I still remember when I was decorating and found these big gaps around the windowframes and I had no idea what to do about it. Got advice on here and the the whole thing took a few hours to sort out.



Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Beardy on February 11, 2019, 11:32:44 am
+1 for the emotional support, complete with lack of judgemental overtones.
I came for the cycling info, I stayed because I feel welcome and although I haven’t yet met any of you IRL I think of many of you as friends. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll get my bike out again. 
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: cycleman on February 11, 2019, 07:52:23 pm
Everything  :)
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: SteveC on February 11, 2019, 07:57:13 pm
Are we allowed to include YACF's predecessors? If it hadn't been for finding a cycling forum sponsored by a magazine, a scarily large number of years ago, I doubt that I would have ever taken up cycling regularly again, which helped in the weight loss programme the following year (and four of the five stone lost then are still missing), and I would not be anything like as fit as I am now.
Since then it's been a mixture of help (cycling and otherwise) and general enjoyment. Pretty well the first site I check in the morning and the last in the evening.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 11, 2019, 08:45:39 pm
Ah yes, I started as a C+ forum person too.  ISTR that a number of people got kicked off by hardline moderators and then it turned into BikeRadar, which is just silly.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: hatler on February 11, 2019, 09:07:50 pm
This. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=19613.msg350628#msg350628)
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: hatler on February 11, 2019, 09:10:52 pm
yacf is still a daily habit of mine.

It has informed so many area of my life; politically, cycling, books, DIY.

It provides great escapism in the Ride Reports board.

So much more.

Where would we be without it ?

('zilla, shouldn't you pop something in here about how it's paid for?)
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Jaded on February 11, 2019, 09:15:06 pm
It is rare that information or advice on YACF is called out as being Wrong (meaning, it is wrong).

For this to happen in a small forum with a small number of members is rather wonderful. And very valuable.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: hellymedic on February 11, 2019, 09:33:12 pm
Most folk here know to STFU if they have no Clue.

This is a relief and a blessing.

For myself, I state if I am uncertain about an answer I give and follow up with a fact check.

Many here do similar.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Canardly on February 11, 2019, 10:48:14 pm
Ensuring that Marmite will never die.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: madcow on February 11, 2019, 10:55:07 pm
Ian's food rants, other people's problems, helpful advice freely given, great photos.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Torslanda on February 12, 2019, 11:36:32 am
Being utterly selfish, the help, advice & support when I started the bike shop.

Nearly 6 1/2 years ago!
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Jurek on February 12, 2019, 12:01:56 pm
I confess to frequenting other cycling fora.
I'm sure that it is my loss of pride, dignity and general self-respect that has led to this.
But this is the only forum that I would consider as home.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: T42 on February 12, 2019, 01:22:22 pm
I confess to frequenting other cycling fora.
I'm sure that it is my loss of pride, dignity and general self-respect that has led to this.
But this is the only forum that I would consider as home.

Yeah, ditto - my browser is permanently set to the YACF tab.

Nuther thing I like here is the absence of that "family forum" humbug, which primly censures any word not found in the 1955 Oxford School Dictionary.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Tim Hall on February 12, 2019, 02:43:56 pm
I confess to frequenting other cycling fora.
I'm sure that it is my loss of pride, dignity and general self-respect that has led to this.
But this is the only forum that I would consider as home.

Yeah, ditto - my browser is permanently set to the YACF tab.

Nuther thing I like here is the absence of that "family forum" humbug, which primly censures any word not found in the 1955 Oxford School Dictionary.

Oh yes, that. Very much.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Beardy on February 12, 2019, 02:48:19 pm
The lack of significant trolling. Whether this is a consequence of draconian moderation before I joined of because any troll is quietly corrected and then fed no further (I suspect the later), it is highly unusual on the interwebs and somethin to be applauded.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Kim on February 12, 2019, 02:55:25 pm
Absolutely.  The closest we tend to get is tongue-in-cheek recommendations of inappropriate technical solutions, and the usual holy wars over the likes of tubeless tyres, disc brakes or electronic shifting (which get a bit circular, but tend to be reasonable discussions).

Sometimes the politics threads get heated, but rarely to the point of personal attacks.

The extremely low incidence of spam is also notable.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Jurek on February 12, 2019, 03:10:11 pm
My nephew recently joined the forum.
He bemoaned the number of times his application had to undergo an approval / confirmation process - something I was unaware of as I had an indefinite visa from the other place. I assume that that is representative of the troll / bot filter.

Oh, and while I'm here, has someone had a word with Tigerrrr recently?
I used to enjoy his dispensing of alternative medicinal procedures.
They appear to be a bit thin on the ground of late.

Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 12, 2019, 09:39:41 pm
If your nephew is trying to sign up with an email address like stayhardallnight@cheapmeds.com, he will have issues.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 12, 2019, 10:41:10 pm
Nuther thing I like here is the absence of that "family forum" humbug, which primly censures any word not found in the 1955 Oxford School Dictionary.
We allow all the four-letter words here: bike, fork, ride, tube, tyre...
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Kim on February 12, 2019, 10:42:22 pm
w*lk?
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Deano on February 12, 2019, 10:45:21 pm
W*rk.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Jaded on February 12, 2019, 10:49:19 pm
**nk
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: trekker12 on February 12, 2019, 11:37:44 pm
**nk
Tank?
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Jaded on February 12, 2019, 11:43:57 pm
Unexpected loss of glycogen.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: HTFB on February 15, 2019, 09:29:44 pm
Unexpected loss of glycogen.
... cons leggy fools.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: IanDG on February 15, 2019, 09:41:19 pm
Unexpected loss of glycogen.
... cons leggy fools.

https://youtu.be/povLa5qvf6Y
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Butterfly on February 15, 2019, 09:44:13 pm
If I have any kind of problem, I ask the forum. If my laptop is on, the forum is on a tab. I am proud to know some amazing people through the forum and it's predecessors. The general lack of nastiness is notable as is the fantastic helpfulness of forumites. It is the place that feels like home, even when I am barely cycling.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: IanDG on February 15, 2019, 09:52:53 pm
Unexpected loss of glycogen.

as experienced when climbing Quarry Bank (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarry_Bank)
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Wowbagger on February 15, 2019, 11:53:04 pm
Quite apart from the erudite smut, and the smutty erudition, there are real live experts on here about a massive range of subjects - people who tell you amazing things in a way that never seems to be "talking down". I have some very good friends as a result of joining YACF and its predecessor, many of whom are about the same age as my kids. That is something I cherish.

I think we should organise some more forum rides.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: hellymedic on February 16, 2019, 12:51:11 am
Unexpected loss of glycogen.

as experienced when climbing Quarry Bank (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quarry_Bank)

I learned to drive in the area and never suffered glycogen depletion climbing near the then Round Oak Steel Works. I suppose there are advantages to the internal combustion engine...
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Steph on February 17, 2019, 12:57:53 am
CAIK.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: T42 on February 17, 2019, 09:16:58 am
Quite apart from the erudite smut, and the smutty erudition, there are real live experts on here about a massive range of subjects - people who tell you amazing things in a way that never seems to be "talking down". I have some very good friends as a result of joining YACF and its predecessor, many of whom are about the same age as my kids. That is something I cherish.

I think we should organise some more forum rides.

Alas, I am far, far away from Marsh Gibbon.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Wowbagger on February 17, 2019, 09:23:10 am
"Sarreguemines Saunter" has a certain ring to it.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: JennyB on February 17, 2019, 10:26:48 am
Quite apart from the erudite smut, and the smutty erudition, there are real live experts on here about a massive range of subjects - people who tell you amazing things in a way that never seems to be "talking down". I have some very good friends as a result of joining YACF and its predecessor, many of whom are about the same age as my kids. That is something I cherish.

I think we should organise some more forum rides.

Alas, I am far, far away from Marsh Gibbon.


How about a get-together for those of us on the west side of the Irish Sea?
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 17, 2019, 11:11:42 am
I think as many of us as possible should ride the Dunwich Dynamo, however overcrowded and spoilt it may be.  We used to practically own that ride (in terms of total numbers, we probably beat D*lw*ch P*r*g*n).

One day, we'll all be too old.  I'll be 50 this year ffs!
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: T42 on February 17, 2019, 11:15:30 am
"Sarreguemines Saunter" has a certain ring to it.

Especially if you're familiar with the hills over that way. Nice country, though:

(https://pbase.com/johnewing/image/160942433.jpg)

Good cycle path along the Sarre, too.
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: T42 on February 17, 2019, 11:17:40 am
I think as many of us as possible should ride the Dunwich Dynamo, however overcrowded and spoilt it may be.  We used to practically own that ride (in terms of total numbers, we probably beat D*lw*ch P*r*g*n).

One day, we'll all be too old.  I'll be 50 this year ffs!

Oh you young thing. I rode my first PBP at 60. ;D
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Giraffe on February 18, 2019, 08:10:56 am
That's reminded me - it's 40 years since first heard of AUK and joined up - double SR and PBP in '79. That'd take me a couple of years now!
Title: Re: What is great about YACF?
Post by: Efrogwr on February 25, 2019, 02:16:20 pm
Among other things, threads like the Sandy Denny one. The postings are reminders of what had been forgotten and/or disregarded, and pointers to the unknown.