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My privacy policy and a couple of links

I had an idea for a different post today, but I just don’t have the time to write it. I also have quite a few emails from readers that I haven’t been able to read and respond to yet. This is turning out to be a busy week during a consistently busy time of year, so please bear with me. Before I get on with this post though, I want throw out a couple of links. Ron at Cozy Beehive posted recently about a frame design video from Georgena Terry; pretty interesting stuff. Also, I noticed more bike related content on Cool Hunting in the past few days. Late last week, they pointed out six bike baskets and five “urban commuter” helmets. Some of the baskets are pretty nice, but to be honest, I am not so sure about the helmets. I understand that many urban commuters do not want sleek, race inspired helmet designs. Still, to me, these designs look like the minimalist helmets that you see Harley guys wearing when they are forced to do so by state helmet laws. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with that, but it seems like commuter oriented bicycle helmets should have a different aesthetic. I know that there some nice commuter oriented helmet designs out there, but these five just don’t do it for me.

OK, I am starting to ramble, so on with what was supposed to be a short post. I just want to point you all to the new privacy policy that can be found in my sidebar. I first learned that Google now requires a written privacy policy for users of Google Adsense when I read about it on Cyclelicious. I think the privacy policy is a good idea, but it is something that I never really thought about before. Anyway, I borrowed some ideas and text for my privacy policy from the one Fritz has on his site. I also looked at several other sites to come up with a policy for Bicycle Design that I thought made sense. I found this post, which is specific to Blogger blogs, to be helpful and I borrowed from his policy as well (and his policy was based on this one). I think that what I have so far is pretty accurate, but I don’t claim to be an expert. I am certainly open to suggestions from those of you who do consider yourselves to be experts on this type of thing. Take a look and if anything obvious seems to be missing or is unclear, please let me know about it.

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  1. Fritz says

    I guess “dorky” is in the eye of the beholder, because I think these harley-rider-inspired helmet designs exude major dorkitude. But the thing that kills it for me is the almost complete lack of ventilation on many of these designs. Holy Hothouse, Batman!

    I drip sweat from my head with ventilated helmets even when I ride slowly (which I often do in the summer when I’m riding just to get somewhere); I can’t imagine riding with those buckets of styrofoam insulation on my head.

  2. Marrock says

    And none of those would do me any good since I need something in the 64cm range and none of those even come close to fitting.

  3. Ron says

    James,

    I do use a tracking widget on my page to see what page a person is reading in real time. But it doesn’t show anyone’s IP settings or any other characteristics of the user.

    You do bring up a good point and that is to perhaps inform readers that I do use some amount of information, if not being unduly privy. My sitemeter logs have filled the quota and if I need more, I need to go premium or something. I stopped looked at those statistics long time back.

  4. Ron says

    There, I made a change to the ‘Disclaimer’ section at the bottom left most part on my blog. Whether there is a risk to viewing a page or not, I like the idea of some transparency between author and reader.



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