Posted by: dolan | February 6, 2007

Bikelopedia

The other day, walking down the street, I had an idea. Since I don’t have them all that often, I decided to remember this one and write it down for future reference. Here it is:

Folks like Sheldon Brown and Jobst Brandt and many others are veritable founts of bicycling knowledge. And bicycles, while seeming simple, are actually complex machines in many senses. If I told you how many individual parts were in the modern mountain bike you probably wouldn’t believe me (unless you’re also a bike nut). Needless to say, there’s a LOT to catalogue. A lot of history too, and repair tips, and culture, and art, and lore, and … well, the list is pretty much endless.

My idea was to harness the Wikimedia code (that which powers the venerable Wikipedia) to create the “Bikelopedia” (an alternate name is the “Cyclopedia”, but that might be a bit too confusing). From there, editors would be chosen popularly, and hopefully, wisely, and probably a lot of entries could be cribbed from Wikipedia (with their blessing of course). In time it would grow to be a great resource of cycling knowledge: an obscure frame builder in Italy, 650B, purple Grafton Joystix, who won the 1989 P.B.P., how to properly dish a wheel, and so on and so forth.

So, what do you think? Should I email Jimmy Wales with my proposal?

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