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Thread: Open Letter to Pedal-On Members and Visitors

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    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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    Default Open Letter to Pedal-On Members and Visitors

    Greetings Pedal-On Community!

    Since the transfer of ownership in April of this year we’ve seen a whirlwind of activity and you have seen a number of substantial changes here. We have the bulk of the website changes / upgrades completed as planned in preparation for our Indoor Cycling season, which is right in front of many of us.

    We want to take this opportunity to share something important with you:

    Pedal-On had been declining in activity since 2009.

    If you are a long time member you may have noticed it. By any measure, a comparison of; registered users, posts and thread counts from previous years - all show a drop in activity beginning in 2009. Activity statistics from the first quarter of 2011 showed a continuation of this downward trend. If not for the core group of active and dedicated contributors, Pedal-On would have probably gone the way of other inactive Indoor Cycling forums.

    But not anymore!

    Have you noticed the increases in activity this summer? We have and it’s been very exciting to see the fantastic growth in new registered users and forum activity over the past four months…

    The Pedal-On Indoor Cycling community is now alive, well and clearly thriving!

    For you data freaks, here are four exciting pieces of info that tell the tale:
    1. Between April 15th and today, registered users have grown 15% (and this is off season, just you wait until winter!)
    2. There have been 6435 posts, up 45% over last year!
    3. There were 707 new threads created during the same time period = 68.5% over 2010! All these new threads show that the increases aren’t just from the 5 posts necessary to see the Profiles section. These are real, substantial increases in activity.
    4. We set a new record for the most users ever online (325) on August 8th, surpassing the previous record from years ago. Again; we’re setting a new record, in the off season, in August?
    We are completely stoked for setting a new record in February!

    And it’s not just the numbers…’ve no doubt noticed other Improvements:
    • Software upgrades to the very latest version with cool new features
    • Updated Logo – keeping the original look
    • New Home Page – highlights of news and information of interest
    • Cleaner site layout and graphics update
    • New Club & Studio locator map – have you added your club?
    • Additional Content Sections with informative information about products and services that could improve your class.
    • Weekly email newsletter digest to remind you of the latest activity and update you on current activity.
    Pedal-On has never been stronger thanks to your participation and the help of some hardworking administrators! Other improvements to look out for this fall:
    • Further home page upgrades with easy to use new features
    • Clearly delineated (non-forum) content areas for sponsors and suppliers to showcase the best in innovative indoor cycling products and services.
    • We’ve added a new user category - Industry Specialist to identify accredited members who are connected to companies offering quality products and services to Indoor Cycling Instructors and Studio/Club Owners/Managers. Pedal-On Members can look forward to seeing informative articles and blog posts from these Industry Specialists in the near future.
    The decision to acquire Pedal-On and invest a substantial amount of money in upgrading the Forum was based on an unending desire to help YOU improve your craft as an Indoor Cycling Instructor. Our sincere hope is that you will find that “Spark of Inspiration” you need to take your class from ordinary to extraordinary this season, here at

    John Macgowan and the ICI/PRO Team at Deep Breath In, LLC

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Oakmont, PA near Pittsburgh
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    You're doing a great job with a very difficult transition John, nicely done indeed!
    Gene (Gino) Nacey
    Master Heart Zones Instructor
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    USA Cycling Coach
    Owner, Global Ride Training Center &
    Global Ride Productions (virtual cycling DVDs)
    Founder, Cycling Fusion

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    Although I only sub a few times a month this site remains my "go to place" for information and advice. Since I joined a few years ago I have become a better instructor. I enjoy the give and take of ideas and the members who take the time to share new information so freely. Thank you for the work all of you do who are involved in this forum. You have helped many instructors by your dedication and hard work.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Greenville, SC


    THANKS for your note, I have continued to follow this forum for years, and know that this is a difficult time. I love the idea of instructors supporting others and I will continue to check back frequently!

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    good to hear. I heard this site is a good resource.

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    Transitions...formerly called "jumps"...take them at your own pace and the outcome is success! Best wishes to my best indoor cycle forum!

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    This is such a great resourse no matter how long you have been teaching indoor cycling. It certainly has made my classes better and more innovative. Thanks!

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    I used to use this site very actively and then declined myself but when I brought it back up and saw the new format, I really like it and will start using it more regularly again. Thanks!

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    I'm excited to be able to use this site as a resource. I am always looking for inspiration to make my classes better.

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    Looking forward to re-joining this group but nothing worse then a board that doesn't move or doesn't get responses

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisser View Post
    Looking forward to re-joining this group but nothing worse then a board that doesn't move or doesn't get responses
    The thing is, this board has TONS of viewers and very few regular posters. Those of us who run our mouths here (namely me) would love for more folks to pipe up and share their thoughts. So please, don't sit on your hands -- join the conversation! Here's my challenge to every newbie reading this post: Respond to 1 out of every 10 threads you read. Tally up all the good advice you read here and start a new thread for every 5 ideas you walk away with for free. If we all did that, we'd have more suggestions than we could possible squeeze in.
    sometimes low self-esteem is earned. it's the correct response if you are not trying your best. do something about it. - Michael Koppelman

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