I know building the forum will be an uphill battle to compete with IG. But I felt like if I don’t try, we can’t complain!
Here are some of the ways I think we could create a sustainable forum:
Co-existing with IG:
I will create an IG account to provide weekly forum summaries and interesting topics on Instagram. This will help convert users and also allow both systems to exist.
I could also write an IG bot that automatically pulls media from IG and links it here (I hope I don’t have to resort to this haha).
I know many of us are here to learn (including me). By creating high-quality educational resources, we can both make framebuilding better, attract new talent, and have a healthy supply of new forum members.
- high quality tutorials and resources
- DIY bike kits
- low cost tooling
- practice weld kits
Create a Framebuilder Ecomomy:
I know many framebuilders are sitting on design skills, CNC machines, tube benders, etc. It would be beneficial to the community to share those resources and make a little money off it too.
There are other frame-building adjacent services, like graphic designers, bag makers, and T-shirt printers.
Framebuilding Industry Support:
By bringing framebuilding industry partners (people who build and sell things to builders) on board, we can reach them directly, ask questions, request help, and request new products.
Bike Industry Support:
From a marketing perspective, custom frame building punches way above its weight. I hope to get some industry sponsors to advertise on the forum, or provide discounts on parts to people who have built a frame.
Group purchasing power:
As an individual, we don’t have much leverage over designs, quantities, and supply chains. But as a small group, we can design, build, and order what we need. For example, the MOQ for a CNC part in the US is typically ~100 and 300 in Taiwan. Brainstorming ideas:
- CNC shock yoke
- 3D printed parts orders
- custom butted tubing
- mandrel bent tubing
Friendly online competitions, and community events:
Just an example: Urban mobility challenge
- We source a high-quality, high-value build kit (with some industry support).
- Build the best urban bike possible (fixie, cargo, speedy commuter, tricycle, etc…)
- online judging, pro builder judging, etc…
- Publish entries to media outlets: radavist, pinkbike, whatever…
I am eager to hear your ideas!