Author Topic: What is great about YACF?  (Read 1840 times)

Pedal Castro

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What is great about YACF?
« 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.

Mrs Pingu

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #1 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.
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 11:21:18 am »
The great thing is that it's a forum of cyclists rather than just about cycling.
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 11:32:39 am »
The filth and general perversion.
Never tell me the odds.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 11:36:13 am »
The filth and general perversion.
The words you're looking for are "erudite smut".  ;D
The earth is vast and beautiful and contains many miraculous places. (Chekhov)

road-runner

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #5 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.

T42

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #6 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.
Tout à gauche sur le plat

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 02:45:51 pm »
Good selling (to) and buying (from) forum.

hellymedic

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #8 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...

windy

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019, 02:49:45 pm »
Support when your down and and life's throwing you a sh1t deal.

Gattopardo

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2019, 02:55:05 pm »
The filth and general perversion.

And I, for one, thank you.

Gattopardo

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #11 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.

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #12 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.

Gattopardo

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #13 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.

Mrs Pingu

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2019, 03:55:47 pm »
No one has mentioned the cat thread ;)

 :o
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Kim

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2019, 11:22:26 pm »
Sorry, I've been busy:  The cat thread.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #16 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:



windy

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Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #17 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 🙂

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #18 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.




Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #19 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. 
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2019, 07:52:23 pm »
Everything  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #21 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.
"No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everybody on the couch."

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #22 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.
Never tell me the odds.

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2019, 09:07:50 pm »
Rust never sleeps

Re: What is great about YACF?
« Reply #24 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?)
Rust never sleeps