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I enjoy writing my website, it’s not a chore jumping online researching about subjects related to cycling. It’s fun and it gives me an excuse to tell my wife I’m working when I’m sitting here reading about cycling.

However my website is not really about me, it’s about you. It’s about my readers who are, on the whole, cyclists in the slightly more advanced age group.

Writing a website and sending out a newsletter is a little like fishing. You know there’s fish there but you can’t see them and don’t know much about them. And I often wonder if what I like reading about and writing about is what my newsletter subscribers like reading about.

It can be quite difficult working out what most interests your readers. I get nice feedback as well as questions from my contact form. But trying to work out, from that, which cycling subjects are of most interest to readers is not easy.

So today I thought I’d ask, (see below)

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I’m asking you, one of my readers, to tell me exactly what it is that you would like to read about in the future.

Please don’t be shy, nobody except myself will read your answer, and it will help me significantly work out what subjects readers would like to find out more about. No need to leave your name or any contact details, in fact you can’t, it’s completely anonymous.

And I’d like to find out a little background to my readers too. What age they are, where they live and so on.

What would you most like to read about in the Over 40 Cyclist newsletter?

And I thank you, my reader, in advance for your feedback and understanding. It will help me work out the cycling topics of most interest to you and others, and cover them as best I can.

Here’s the survey:

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11 Responses to Today It’s About You!

  1. Frank Latham 17/05/2015 at 8:31 am #

    I am 66 years old and like to know about if hard riding in short bursts or steady riding is better for fitness to older riders as most cycling infomation is aimed at performance or racing not at people who ride for the pleasure of it or the challenge of getting over the next big hill without stopping

  2. Jim 13/06/2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Hi guys,
    Done the survey, hope it helps. Love to hear from other cyclist from around the world, I’m 57 and have been cycling for donkeys years … Was a roadie to start with, then a MTB’r … Back to being a roadie with the odd blast out on my trusty enduro. I’m luck to live in the scottish highlands, so the roads are very quiet and the trails are awesome, but travel all over Great Britain to cycle at some great sportives … Doing Etape Mercia around the beautiful Chester countryside in August. Love to hear how other cyclists do their prep for these sort of events, and for hearing of others favourite rides.
    Jim

  3. Bob 12/06/2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Couldn’t type anything in the text box. I’m 65, riding for the past 6years and really enjoy it. I would like to hear stories about other riders and their trips like the story you had about the gentleman that rode across Florida.

    • Over 40 Cyclist 13/06/2013 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Bob, support for the survey tell me that it seems to be working in Chrome but not in Firefox or Internet Explorer. I didn’t think to test it in different browsers, I use Chrome.

      This is a little disappointing as I used their code, so you’d expect it to work.

      So I’ll do some playing around and put a link to it again when I’ve got it going better, and you’ll get a second go!

      Cheers
      Peter

  4. tako 12/06/2013 at 10:15 pm #

    I enjoy reading your articles, which inspire me a lot. I live in Hong Kong , a city not friendly to cyclists at all. I would like to read about cycling in traffic. I am 46 years old and hope to ride for my life.

  5. Michael 12/06/2013 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Peter.

    I tried to complete your survey but it would not allow me to enter anything in the text boxes. So…..I have been cycling for longer than I can remember. I just turned 60 last month. I have 3 bikes: one vintage road bike (Miele); a Giant Seek hybrid ( I call this one a puddle jumper) and a Specialized Crossroads for commuting on a daily basis. I live in Toronto, Canada. I ride to stay in shape and I try to do it year-round – the exception days are when there is snow on the ground, but the most important reason is that I simply love being on my bike. I live literally down by Lake Ontario and there are some wonderful trails. I dabble with my own repairs and tune-ups and of late am grappling with a creaking noise issue which I am certain comes from the stem. I recently changed the handlebars on the Crossroads, The bike has an adjustable quill stem which I will be changing to a fixed stem with a double grip. The creaking implies some movement and that could spell trouble in the longer term. I focus more on the longer tour cycling rather than the road racing. Quite often I will pack up the car and drive out into the country to find some long stretches of quiet road.

    I enjoy your newsletters very much as they are usually very topical, especially for the older cyclist. Please keep it up as I am certain there are many like me!

    • Over 40 Cyclist 12/06/2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Hi Michael and Tom, I’ve had a couple of people report that they couldn’t type in the fields, though it seems to be working for most people as I’ve had a lot of replies.

      One person also reported that initially it wouldn’t work but then later it did, so maybe refreshing the page or something similar might work.

      I’ve asked Survey Monkey who I did the survey through to take a look. If needs be I’ll put a link to it again next week for anyone who couldn’t complete it.

      Thanks for your interest.

  6. Tom 12/06/2013 at 9:38 am #

    I tried to post comments within your survey but system did not allow.

    Please rectify and I will complete the survey.

    Cheers
    Tom

  7. Ned Tower 12/06/2013 at 9:23 am #

    Enjoy reading your stuff. My wife and I ride a tandem and would appreciate some articles on riding tandems.

    Ned Tower

  8. Elizabeth 12/06/2013 at 9:07 am #

    For future newsletter article:
    I’m really confused about how to peddle correctly for road cycling. Should your toes be pointing up or down. What are revolutions per minute and how to calculate? Would knowing that make me a better cyclist?

    Also I often get a sore neck and/or sore lower back. Is this because I have a bike which is not fitted correctly or just poor technique? An article on posture would be great.

    • Over 40 Cyclist 13/06/2013 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks Elizabeth, I’ll see what I can do. I’m not an expert on matters like that and it’s a matter of finding someone qualified to talk about it, I research what I can but when it’s more technical like that I prefer to get someone more qualified than me to write the article.

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