Oh, hello there
July was a very busy month for us here at Bike Insights, smashing records for new users and new bikes added! We were already going gangbusters when our friends at The Path Less Pedaled gave us an unexpected boost with their fun video segment about bike geometry featuring Bike Insights. We’re flattered and want to extend a welcome to all the PLP fam who have come to check us out.
We also want to give a special thanks to those of you who are contributing to the site by adding bikes, sending us feedback, and telling folks in the cycling community about us. Every bit of word-of-mouth counts and we appreciate it.
Now on to the nerdy stuff
We’re just going to jump right into this because charts are cool and we do what we want. The following visualization shows the relative popularity of bike categories at Bike Insights based on the cumulative number of bikes saved to user Collections as of that month.
The categories are ranked with the most popular category at the top (#1 All-Road/Gravel) and the least popular category at the bottom (#24 Mini-velo/Folding). I don’t know why y’all hate Mini-velos but you should be ashamed.
Hovering over any node on the chart will show you the monthly ranking for that category and the relative difference in “collected” bikes compared to the prior month.
Note: A user’s Collection includes “Bookmarked” bikes and bikes marked as “I’ve Ridden”. We’re working on bringing you some really cool insights based on analyzing the feedback collected when you do this, so please help support the site by finding some bikes you’ve ridden and hit that “I’ve Ridden” button! Right now only 30% of our users have reported having ridden a bike, which seems dubious. If you’re reading this blog, I bet you have ridden a bike.
This data is an interesting case study in the evolution of the site as we’ve grown from a couple of bike nerds (and friends) to having an active community since our public launch in April. In a way, this chart is a sort of time-capsule of the sort of bikes that we were most interested in throughout development.
It’s a bit embarrassing that we didn’t get around to adding a suspension mountain bike to a collection until six months in. I guess we’re not really shredders. But even new categories can quickly grow in popularity, as evidenced by Track bikes which were only added in the last seven months and are already ranked number eight overall.
Perhaps the most interesting trends are since launch, such as Performance Road Bikes moving up into the top 10 spot rather quickly. Are we about to be overrun with roadies? Will anyone other than me ever be interested in Mini-velos? It’s totally up to our users and we can’t wait to find out what happens next!
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