It’s increasingly clear to me that the more I focus on developing a network that connects mountain bikers who are interested in riding skills, the more engaged I am in what I do. It might even be better for my business.
There are many free places online to discuss mountain biking but few that are exclusively devoted to learning skills. And most of those are devoted to a single instructor or organization.
I’ve learned much from a variety of online mtb resources and so I wanted to create an online forum that A) made use of whatever was online that was helpful; and B) that tapped into the intelligence and collegiality of fellow mountain bikers who were willing to share and learn together. And so I’ve created the Mountain Bike Skills Network (MTBSN), currently a closed group on Facebook. Here’s the current description:
Why use a Facebook Group for this? Although Facebook’s Groups platform has many limitations, the advantages are significant and include: A) a large percentage of mountain bikers who are online use Facebook every day; B) Facebook has very good smartphone apps, including one specifically for Groups; C) it’s free for me to use as the organizer/administrator; D) its tools for photos and videos are very good; E) it’s very easy to tag people which encourages more engagement; and F) it’s very easy to link to resources within Facebook as well as to those resources outside of it.
If the Group gets too large and unwieldy, then migrating to a web forum outside of Facebook might make sense.
Interested? Click here. It’s a Closed Group which means I get notified to admit you.