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    I vote same teams as last year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tania View Post
    I'm suddenly remembering why at the end of FS2017 I thought maybe I should sit out 2018.
    I had that same thought, which is why I'm so eager to improve the way things work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    Agreed that no one will notify anyone in situations like that, but I also think it's rare enough that it shouldn't be a big deal. We can handle those situations as they come up.
    I have some concern about that approach though. It would be pretty disheartening to get back online only to get an email saying you'd been kicked off your team after only 1 week off. It might lead to someone being less interested in rejoining, or (more importantly IMHO) participating in the community we have here. We should give people enough slack up front to deal with unexpected life events.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    I vote same teams as last year.
    I vote Hains Point miles count as negative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emm View Post
    I have some concern about that approach though. It would be pretty disheartening to get back online only to get an email saying you'd been kicked off your team after only 1 week off. It might lead to someone being less interested in rejoining, or (more importantly IMHO) participating in the community we have here. We should give people enough slack up front to deal with unexpected life events.
    I think when this initially started rolling around in my head, I was thinking one week "probation", then gone. This was just simpler administratively. But I am swayed by your argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    I wouldn't consider that level of riding to be "participation". What I suggested is already lower than what I would choose if I were Supreme Dictator of BAFS.
    3 days and 13 miles was all I did the first week of January 2015, my first BAFS. With no particular excuse other than "I can't believe I commuted in January" and "I can't believe I rode a 'sleaze' ride" and "oh, thats how Strava works" At that time some people in BAFS were very encouraging of the riding I was doing (not only teammates). I went on to participate more, to look at gear with BAFS in mind, etc.

    I think this gets back to (as many BAFS discussions do) what is the purpose of BAFS? Is it for people who would be riding all winter anyway to compete with each other as to who can actually ride more? Or is it to get people who normally don't ride/commute in the winter at all, to start to do so? Because if its the latter, a strict participation minimum is going to keep out the very people we are trying to encourage. Again I recognize that the growth in the number of would be participants has made it harder for BAFS to be both of the above things. But I wonder if a lenient participation minimum would be enough to pare the numbers down sufficiently.

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    My position continues to be no slackers. If you want to play the game, play the game. If you want to come to coffee club, come to coffee club. If you want to come along on a brewery ride, come along on the brewery ride.
    Creating some sort of non-player player just complicates things and provides no value that I can discern. If we truly have more people interested than we have space, then why are we making this harder on ourselves by attempting to accommodate people who don't really want to play.*

    Second point (resuscitated from previous year's discussions): I would love if the scoring system incorporated the "games" part of Freezing Saddles and not just miles and days.

    Third point: Agree to kick out those who don't show up. Instead of weekly, though, perhaps a deadline or two, like Jan 31 and Feb 20, when a wholesale "repeal and replace" occurs.

    I will coordinate Pointless Prizes again.



    *(Fine - if you want your name on a list of "Friends of Freezing Saddles" then we can make a list. If you want to track your miles and days, well, you use Strava already, don't you?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    3 days and 13 miles was all I did the first week of January 2015, my first BAFS. With no particular excuse other than "I can't believe I commuted in January" and "I can't believe I rode a 'sleaze' ride" and "oh, thats how Strava works" At that time some people in BAFS were very encouraging of the riding I was doing (not only teammates). I went on to participate more, to look at gear with BAFS in mind, etc.
    Ok, this sways my thinking too. I'm not a monster.

    I'll try to explain where I'm coming from. A few years back, I had a teammate who never answered an email, never posted to the forum, never came to a group ride. All he did was go on 35 mile Hains Point group rides when the weather was in the 50's. I've also seen people who sign up and ride three times for 6 miles.

    I realize that I take this more seriously than many, and often advocate more extreme positions than are strictly necessary, but you've already seen I can be talked down by the more rational members of the community.

    I want BAFS to make people 1) Ride more in the winter and 2) Ride with other people. While I understand and appreciate the physical and mental difficulty of riding centuries in freezing rain, I would rather see people ride 3 miles to get coffee with their team, or bike to the grocery store when it's 15 degrees and realize that it's totally something you can do whenever you want. My cycling advocacy is focused on cycling for transportation. I'm totally in favor of recreational rides and good infrastructure for those rides, but what I REALLY WANT is more people to have the opportunity to get around safely by bike. Encouraging more people to get around by bike works towards that goal. Just getting my wife to sign up and then introducing her to #beerneuring has changed our family's transportation choices year round. I want that for more people.

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    Maybe one could earn a Get out of Jail Free card if one attends two BAFS sanctioned events per month?
    Last edited by jrenaut; 11-03-2017 at 12:55 PM. Reason: typo, then I switched "you" to "one" in one spot but not the other

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    I'll try to explain where I'm coming from. A few years back, I had a teammate who never answered an email, never posted to the forum, never came to a group ride. All he did was go on 35 mile Hains Point group rides when the weather was in the 50's. I've also seen people who sign up and ride three times for 6 miles.
    I hear you. And that was a problem last year in particular, IIRC - some of us have become VERY eager recruiters for BAFS. And folks did only a few miles squatted on limited spots. That is why I like the participation requirement, in principle. I see its necessity. Not sure what level of minimum would exclude the guy who does 35 miles once in a while, but keep a newbie. Maybe instead of 1 day a week, 2 days a week, and ten miles? (It would be nice if we could count emails and forum posts and other forms of participation, but I suspect that is not practical.) That plus Emm's emendation (emmendation?) would work I think.

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