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New Business Basics
I’m going to provide some free advice so I feel like I’m allowed to make fun of some of the Biker Friendly businesses out there. I’m not too fussed about offending you but that’s not my intention, with these simple steps I hope to improve your presence on the internet. I’m not expecting every greasy spoon to have a Single Page Parallax enabled interactive website but the least you would expect is a Facebook business page and maybe a detailed entry in Google Businesses.
The Year Ahead & A Guide To Scotland.
Here’s a short extract from Mikes’ Blog ‘Winton Massif‘ Because I’m a bit lazy with the whole writing a blog thing we’ll start this look forwards by looking back. Sort of. Back in September, to celebrate his retirement Faithir hired a nice house up near Achiltibuie for a weeks holiday.
150 Biker Friendly Listings
It’s been just over 3 months since we started adding businesses to the site and we just hit the 150 mark. That’s great but in the grand scheme of things, it’s quite small if you spread them over the whole of the UK. I’m sure there are thousands of Biker Friendly locations left to list but as I’m reliant on other people to suggest locations my hands are tied as far as the speed of listing is concerned. If you have a Biker Friendly location that you’d like to add, get in touch via our contact page or post a link on our Facebook page. This listing will only be as good as the information that I can get my hands on.
Free Biker Friendly Listings – What’s the Catch?
As far as paying to list your biker friendly business is concerned I don’t think that will ever change, I may in the future introduce a small charge to have your business featured but I think the mechanics of this site don’t lend themselves to that way of advertising. Having a map that gets your location and then shows you businesses local to you is in my opinion, a better option for the biker community, we may be missing a real gem just because they don’t want to pay for advertising.I’m a Google specialist so I’ll be using those skills to earn money through advertising on the site. So how does it pay for itself? I’m a Google specialist so I’ll be using those skills to earn money through advertising on the site. The revenue is dependent on the amount of traffic that passes through the site and the number of people that follow an advert that they’ve seen on the site. As it stands we should be on track to cover the costs of hosting the site and as I’m working on this for nothing then I’d be classing that as breaking even. How can you help? If you’re already listed then you could share […]
Free Motorcycle Training in South Wales
Free Motorcycle Training is available under the ‘ScooterSmart’ & ‘CommuterSafe’ schemes. Initially aimed at Young Riders who have completed a session of Compulsory Basic Training, ScooterSmart was devised to be offered through Schools and Sixth Form Colleges in the Vale of Glamorgan. Having been involved in the South Wales Police Bikesafe Scheme, I was asked to devise a ‘Bikesafe’ Course but for smaller bikes. Cardiff Council also took up the schemes and currently are very proactive in promoting and supporting the scheme, and with many of the bike collisions in the City involving riders on their daily commute, the scheme was extended to include larger bikes and for those riders who had gone on to pass their L plate test. The funding covers a 7 hour hour training day, which starts with a group, classroom based discussion presentation, largely lead by the participants but to include topics such as Filtering, Use of Bus Lanes, junctions, SMIDSYs (the ‘Sorry I Didn’t See You’ syndrome), positioning, observation skills, defensive riding and more. The remainder of the day is spent out on road, split into matched pairs with your Instructor, and in radio contact for practical on road demonstrations and tuition. The scheme […]
Biker Friendly Cafe’s
I’m sure if you asked any cafeteria owner if they are biker friendly they answer would be a resounding yes, we all like to think that we’re playing out our lives as Sons of Anarchy extras but in fact, we’re just very normal people that occasionally get to ride around on two (or three) wheels. There are a few factors that make for a biker friendly pub and the attitude of the proprietor rarely come into it. I think the essentials are: Location – needs to be on good roads and worth the trip out. Space – enough places to park and an appropriate surface on the car park. Security – good visibility of your bike from the cafe. Of course, there are more food, price and atmosphere concerns but they’re the same for us all, if you can think of others that are more biker specific chuck them in the comments below.
Selecting The Best Motorbike Mechanic
We all have our favourite mechanic, the one place we entrust with our machine/s, don’t we? I know I do but I didn’t have one before I got a bike, so how did I select my current bike mechanic? For full disclosure, my mechanic of choice is VP Motorcycles and that’s not because their garage was less than a mile from where I lived when I first got back on two wheels. It was a combination of their relatively small size, an obvious steady stream of work going through the garage and the all important recommendations from other bikers. That’s never going to cement that relationship on its own, in order to do that I need to experience good customer service, good value for money and above all (in my opinion) trust in their workmanship. It’s also an added bonus when they don’t seem to be selling you stuff you don’t need or even better you feel like running from the shop after you’ve paid the bill because you think they’ve undercharged you. I’m sure we all have our own opinions on why we chose our current bike mechanic and if you like yours why not get in touch and I’ll add […]
What Makes You Biker Friendly?
Before you raise your hand and say you’re Biker Friendly make sure you know what you’re letting yourself in for. Don’t just do this to earn some extra cash during the quieter periods of the week. If you say you are you have to mean it. I’m not saying you need to get ready for constant noise complaints and oil all over your car park, but you do need to live up to the label of Biker Friendly because if you don’t the word will spread because if there’s one thing you should know about bikers is that they usually know a lot of other bikers. So if your pub has a 2m x 2m gravel car park right next to the local police station or if you’re a vegan cafe and refuse to sell real bacon then that stuff is going to get around. If you do have good facilities for bikers then you won’t find a more rewarding crowd of customers (and they will arrive as a crowd). They’ll be regular, loyal and more importantly, they’ll tell others how good you are. So if you are biker friendly why not get in touch to be added to the map. […]
The Year Ahead & A Guide To Scotland.
Here's a short extract from Mikes' Blog 'Winton Ma