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Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #125 on: October 25, 2018, 12:37:07 pm »
I could even wear a cycling cap... but will I be allowed in the pub wearing one?

At your own peril

"Rule #22 // Cycling caps are for cycling.
Cycling caps can be worn under helmets, but never when not riding, no matter how hip you think you look. This will render one a douche, and should result in public berating or beating...." http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/
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Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #126 on: October 25, 2018, 12:56:34 pm »
I’m planning on ticking the Audax stereotypes. I’ll be sporting a beard and my bright red LEL t-shirt.

STP sandals?

Wouldn't you get cold toes?

Isn't STP standard temperature & pressure - 0C and 760mmHg?
SPD might be another matter...

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Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #127 on: October 25, 2018, 12:59:59 pm »
STP is also Shielded Twisted Pair.  I dare say that you could weave yourself a pair of sandals out of DMX cable off-cuts during the run of a really boring show.
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Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #128 on: October 25, 2018, 01:08:31 pm »
As I won't be present, I cannot complain about any final decisions but here are some points that I would probably raise.  If you wish to consider the following points, it is entirely up to yourselves?

What is the strategic purpose of the group?

1. An informal cycling collective of local audaxers of like minded individuals
2. Incrementalist growth
3. A formalised club that encourages wider participation of cyclists to adopt audaxing.
4. A formalised club limited to existing audax riders.

Activity

1. Does it exist simply for Audaxers to ride together at events?
2. Does it support existing audaxes within the region?
3. Does it organise and deliver Audax Midland events?
4. Does it organise/promote activities that are additional to audaxes, for example, club runs, 12/24h time trials, TCR.
5. Social evenings? 

Constitutional

1.  Is it constituted formally?
2.  Does it have a formal membership if a club?
3.  Does it charge a membership fee?
4.  Club/rider insurance.

Promotional

1. Webpage presence
2. Club kit
3. Branding
4. Advertising audax events and activity.

Knowledge transfer

1. Speak to AC Bristol or equivalent on 'warts and all' experiences.

And the old chestnut

1. Who does what and making it a reality!

I think the second point is the most important to me.
Frankly, I can do without the politics and the idealism, but I can't do without a meaningful reason to exist. There is more demand than there is supply of events in the West Midlands and that should be self explanatory.

Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #129 on: October 25, 2018, 01:31:53 pm »
As I won't be present, I cannot complain about any final decisions but here are some points that I would probably raise.  If you wish to consider the following points, it is entirely up to yourselves?

What is the strategic purpose of the group?

1. An informal cycling collective of local audaxers of like minded individuals
2. Incrementalist growth
3. A formalised club that encourages wider participation of cyclists to adopt audaxing.
4. A formalised club limited to existing audax riders.

Activity

1. Does it exist simply for Audaxers to ride together at events?
2. Does it support existing audaxes within the region?
3. Does it organise and deliver Audax Midland events?
4. Does it organise/promote activities that are additional to audaxes, for example, club runs, 12/24h time trials, TCR.
5. Social evenings? 

Constitutional

1.  Is it constituted formally?
2.  Does it have a formal membership if a club?
3.  Does it charge a membership fee?
4.  Club/rider insurance.

Promotional

1. Webpage presence
2. Club kit
3. Branding
4. Advertising audax events and activity.

Knowledge transfer

1. Speak to AC Bristol or equivalent on 'warts and all' experiences.

And the old chestnut

1. Who does what and making it a reality!

I think the second point is the most important to me.
Frankly, I can do without the politics and the idealism, but I can't do without a meaningful reason to exist. There is more demand than there is supply of events in the West Midlands and that should be self explanatory.

Personal opinion at the mo is to initially keep it very informal. I think it’s ACH which just say, be a member of AUK. Put the club down as your club in AUK. You’re a member.

If we start doing club runs then we’ll need to start looking at insurance, constitutions and other formal stuff.

It would be great to support local events and run our own as well.

For comms, I’d suggest a Facebook page is probably the easiest/ cheapest way of doing it at first. Maybe one public for advertising events and enquiries and a closed one for members to arrange sharing lifts/ hotels etc.

Just some initial thoughts.

Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #130 on: October 25, 2018, 01:34:18 pm »
I could even wear a cycling cap... but will I be allowed in the pub wearing one?

At your own peril

"Rule #22 // Cycling caps are for cycling.
Cycling caps can be worn under helmets, but never when not riding, no matter how hip you think you look. This will render one a douche, and should result in public berating or beating...." http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/

There’ll be none of this velominati nonsense. That is one definite rule!

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Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #131 on: October 25, 2018, 04:36:21 pm »
As I won't be present, I cannot complain about any final decisions but here are some points that I would probably raise.  If you wish to consider the following points, it is entirely up to yourselves?

What is the strategic purpose of the group?

1. An informal cycling collective of local audaxers of like minded individuals
2. Incrementalist growth
3. A formalised club that encourages wider participation of cyclists to adopt audaxing.
4. A formalised club limited to existing audax riders.

Activity

1. Does it exist simply for Audaxers to ride together at events?
2. Does it support existing audaxes within the region?
3. Does it organise and deliver Audax Midland events?
4. Does it organise/promote activities that are additional to audaxes, for example, club runs, 12/24h time trials, TCR.
5. Social evenings? 

Constitutional

1.  Is it constituted formally?
2.  Does it have a formal membership if a club?
3.  Does it charge a membership fee?
4.  Club/rider insurance.

Promotional

1. Webpage presence
2. Club kit
3. Branding
4. Advertising audax events and activity.

Knowledge transfer

1. Speak to AC Bristol or equivalent on 'warts and all' experiences.

And the old chestnut

1. Who does what and making it a reality!

I think the second point is the most important to me.
Frankly, I can do without the politics and the idealism, but I can't do without a meaningful reason to exist. There is more demand than there is supply of events in the West Midlands and that should be self explanatory.

Personal opinion at the mo is to initially keep it very informal. I think it’s ACH which just say, be a member of AUK. Put the club down as your club in AUK. You’re a member.

If we start doing club runs then we’ll need to start looking at insurance, constitutions and other formal stuff.

It would be great to support local events and run our own as well.

For comms, I’d suggest a Facebook page is probably the easiest/ cheapest way of doing it at first. Maybe one public for advertising events and enquiries and a closed one for members to arrange sharing lifts/ hotels etc.

Just some initial thoughts.

My printer is totally naff, but would someone able to print some copies of this list as it could promt some useful points for discussion.
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Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #132 on: October 26, 2018, 08:02:18 am »
no access to a printer today... I think we can broadly remember what we want to talk about

Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #133 on: October 26, 2018, 12:36:10 pm »
I'll bring half a dozen copies with me.

Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #134 on: October 27, 2018, 03:06:37 pm »
We’re in the corner at the front on opposite side of the door...

Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #135 on: October 27, 2018, 07:53:46 pm »
The founding fathers of West Midlands Randonneurs


Re: new club - Audax West Midlands
« Reply #136 on: October 27, 2018, 08:02:44 pm »
We haz a Facebook page!

I’m struggling to put a link in, but if you search ‘West Midlands Randonneurs’ you should find it.

I’ve not run a public page before so bear with me!! I don’t know if you’ll need approving or anything but if so I’ll try and do it as quick as I can!! I’ll be looking to get a few more admins set up as soon as possible.