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1. Latest BikeGremlin news

2022, August 1st
All the existing article and/or reply subscriptions have been deleted for technical reasons. The subscription email database has been cleared.

To the best of my knowledge, the newly configured subscriptions should work fine from now on. I’ve put in the effort to ensure the following:

  • Bot protection reduces the likelihood of any bots adding subscriptions without a visitor’s consent.
  • In addition, when a subscription is attempted, a confirmation email is sent to the subscriber’s email address. Unless the subscriber confirms the subscription by clicking on a link within the email, the subscribe application gets auto-deleted after 15 days.
  • I’ve made a subscription management page where you can check and update (or delete) any subscriptions based on your email address.
  • Finally, only email is used for the subscriptions. This ensures visitor privacy is protected as best as I can manage.

A lot of these systems have already been in store for the past few years. But not from the very start, not for all the subscriptions. I have decided to err on the side of caution as the English say.

Please accept my apologies for the removed subscriptions (though many subscribers will likely miss this announcement). Security and privacy are pretty high on my priority list. I didn’t want to take any chances and did what I think is safer in the long run. Proactively – without waiting to see any problems, privacy breaches or complaints.

2022, July 27th
This website (and all the other BikeGremlin websites) has been removed from the Bing search engine!

DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, and Amazon’s Alexa – all use the same, Bing’s, search engine – so it’s gone from there too.

I did some Googling, and it seems like my website isn’t the only one affected. So, for good search results, it looks like we’re stuck with Google. Google (and Yandex, for that matter) work normally. A full report of the problem:

Websites erased from Bing overnight

2022, July 8th
Currently, I’m having some email-related problems.
Any comment and article subscription notifications or confirmations will not work until it’s fixed.

First time I’ve seen MXroute have hiccups since I started using the service in 2018.
Hope it gets resolved by Monday.

UPDATE, same day:
The problem was resolved within a few hours.

2. BikeGremlin newsletter discontinued

I find most email newsletters spammy. That’s why, since the BikeGremlin’s start in 2015, I’ve only sent a couple of them, ever.

Besides, BikeGremlin was never intended as a “hot news” website, more like an evergreen cycling encyclopaedia. The website’s search has been improved. You are welcome anytime to come and look for the information that interests you:

I’ll keep a list of the 10 last-published articles on this page. And if there’s any breaking news from the cycling industry that I think are worthwhile sharing, I’ll just post them here.

Novi Sad, September, 2022,
Relja Novović

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