Brucey

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SRV
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Brucey

Postby SRV » 5 Feb 2020, 6:02pm

Does anyone know why Brucey, a veritable fount of knowledge, doesn't publish a book, entitled something like "All I Know About Bicycles (But You May Not)"? I for one would buy a copy. He has the style to make it entertaining and the ability to fill many a cycling lacuna. Dare I say it, but he can give Sheldon Brown (requiescat in pace) a damned good run for his money.

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Re: Brucey

Postby scottg » 5 Feb 2020, 6:23pm

The book would be produced, Brucey would only see about 10 bob on it,
before the Alibaba knock off appeared at pound shops across England,
Titled "Bikes by Brumbar"

Followed by a long thread here about all the ways paying for a book was silly,
since it is all free on the interwebs.

I suggest paypal Brucey a small % of money saved by consulting the Poirot of Cycling.
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Re: Brucey

Postby francovendee » 5 Feb 2020, 6:51pm

To have that much knowledge I think is incredible and to freely share it on this forum is even more impressive.

I wondered at one time if Brucey was actually a team of very clever blokes :D

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Re: Brucey

Postby fastpedaller » 5 Feb 2020, 7:03pm

I think publishing/production costs are less than they were for such a book, but still probably prohibitive. I know a publisher (although he specialises in niche cars, so may not be interested) should Brucey decide to write a book.

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Re: Brucey

Postby peetee » 5 Feb 2020, 8:33pm

SRV wrote:Does anyone know why Brucey, a veritable fount of knowledge, doesn't publish a book, entitled something like "All I Know About Bicycles (But You May Not)"?


Preposterous! Why, in all the world there isn’t a book case big enough!
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mig
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Re: Brucey

Postby mig » 5 Feb 2020, 10:14pm

Bike Related Unlimited-Content (or Bru-C) is software originally written on the ZX81 but now upgraded to the latest platforms.

Book? Maybe but why not a page/articles/reviews in Cycle magazine ,time & £ permitting? Move over some of the more banal parts of that publication - it's time for some quality input.

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Re: Brucey

Postby foxyrider » 5 Feb 2020, 10:19pm

I do some self publishing with a couple of online on demand providers, the cost to publish is £0 once you've jumped through the relevant hoops, its the cost of the printed work that is the doozie. A typical 300 page paperback will have a price tag of @£15 (Pretty sure Brucey's wisdom would run to several volumes at that size!), royalties tend to be quite low and are dependent on the cover price you set but typically @ £1.50 a copy. The alternative is going digital, the same size book would cost @ £5 and because there's no materials cost involved, the returns are much higher, maybe £3+ on that same volume.

I won't dispute that such a volume would be a great resource but knowing how tight some Forumees are i'm not convinced the returns to effort involved would encourage its production.
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Re: Brucey

Postby Tangled Metal » 5 Feb 2020, 10:51pm

A column in cycle magazine called "Ask Brucey!". People write in with cycling questions and either he answers a range of questions or he picks a particularly meaty question and answers it.

A cyclist's agony aunt!

Obviously he'd get a bit of money from CUK as a columnist.

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Re: Brucey

Postby simonhill » 6 Feb 2020, 1:35am

Shhhhh. Don't give him ideas.

We don't want to lose him.

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Re: Brucey

Postby Bonefishblues » 6 Feb 2020, 7:43am

Why? I know a Forum one can join and use a search function to access his knowledge. One can even ask directly :D

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Re: Brucey

Postby Tangled Metal » 6 Feb 2020, 8:31am

Why? He's been giving his knowledge away freely, is there any harm in him using it to make a bit on the side?

Of course I know, from the rare occasions it happens, that there's a reward in simply helping someone out when you can so that must be enough.

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Re: Brucey

Postby mattheus » 6 Feb 2020, 8:36am

Money corrupts. He would quickly slide into the dark side.

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Re: Brucey

Postby Phil Fouracre » 6 Feb 2020, 8:43am

A very helpful guy - he hasn’t commented on this thread yet!
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Re: Brucey

Postby mig » 6 Feb 2020, 9:48am

Phil Fouracre wrote:A very helpful guy - he hasn’t commented on this thread yet!


the software only picks up on text such as 'fatigue,' 'sturmey.' 'drum' etc etc :wink:

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Re: Brucey

Postby Brucey » 6 Feb 2020, 2:33pm

it feels very odd to be discussed (even in mostly flattering terms) in a forum.

Time was when the CTC had a fully employed technical officer who would contribute to discussions of technical matters but those days are gone.

I have considered writing a book but it would be a massive effort and it would also be out of date before it was finished, such is the appetite of manufacturers to foist 'new stuff' on us.

I think another website would be a practical choice to empty my head into but that would need maintaining and (I think) would only ever supplement what is out there already ( I have contributed to SB in places where I could BTW). If it became popular enough then it could at least be funded via advertising, but you know what, lack of advertising is one reason why I like this forum and one or two others, so....

Not come up with any better ideas than that....

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