The Bicycle Builders

I recently launched a new website called The Bicycle Builders. Below is a quick history and summary of this project, but if you think reading is boring, you can scroll to the bottom and find the link to visit the site.

A few years back I started collecting links to custom and hand-built bicycle builders and posting them on my previous website. I gathered the basic contact information that each builder had on their site and organized each one by state. These posts always got the most hits on that old site, but unfortunately, I lost it all (which was totally my fault by the way) when I switched hosting providers and built this new site. I actually still had all of the links bookmarked, but didn’t want to go through the process of posting it all again.

Well, back then I also had the idea of spinning all of those posts off into a website all their own. I even purchased a domain name and began designing the site, at least designing it in my head. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I actually started putting my plans into action. In some ways it was good that I waited. Technology has, of course, changed a bit in the past few years and I was able to add some features to the site that would have been difficult, if not impossible, just a few years ago. I even went through the added step of making the site work on smartphones and tablets. (I’ve only been able to test a few devices though so feel free to let me know if you have problems on yours.)

The site provides four ways to search for builders:

  • Map search to find builders close to you
  • Search by a particular frame material like titanium or steel
  • Search by a particular bike style like road, tandem, or track
  • Simply search through an alphabetical list if you know the name of the builder you are looking for.

The search results will then present the details of all the builders that were found. This includes basic contact information like URL, phone, and address as well as any social contact options the builder might have like a Facebook page or flickr photo stream.

Now I must admit, I didn’t just build this out of the good of my heart. I am going to be adding some advertisements to the site in the near future to see how much revenue a site like this can generate. I know this won’t make me a rich man, but who knows, maybe I’ll finally be able to get one of those foot long subs I’ve been hearing so much about. ;-)

Anyway, go checkout The Bicycle Builders and let me know what you think. I hope you like it.

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