WHO WE REALLY ARE
The Biker Switchboard Our Humble Beginnings....
The Biker Switchboard was started in a small unused room just outside our garage in Indianapolis, Indiana by a few folks wrenching on their bikes, shooting the breeze and having a few cold ones. We were officially created on December 28th 2010 with a new twist on how bikers connect on the internet and wanted a website as a "go to area" for fellow bikers.
Our 1st potential advertiser called that Summer and wanted to stop by and talk with us about placing an ad with us so we gave them our address not really thinking about it at the time. After about 20 minutes they called back and said " I think we took a wrong a turn, nothing but houses here" so we walked out of the garage and met them in the driveway.
They were not impressed that this was our headquarters...at the time we were working on a few bikes in our garage and several friends were here for a photo shoot using our rustic shed as a backdrop. Needless to say we did not land them because as they said "We were a rough looking bunch with long hair and tattoos" so we said "To hell with it" and went on our business.
But thru it all folks, we are the real deal and we are not some large media company that decided to get on the Biker bandwagon and reel in your money. As we steadily grow this has led to us into creating our umbrella hence Shades of Chrome LLC was born in February of 2013 to do just that, handle our day to day task.
We all still ride, go to events, donate our time to helping Veterans and in fact we still work out of a home office but it is now spread over several areas of the house with Ethernet wires snaking from different rooms including the Kitchen and Garage.
As none of us here have any formal training in how networking sites work, we just pretty much started from scratch and went from there. Over the years we have made several mistakes, made improvements and of course lost members.
When we started this site we had no ideal what we were getting into as far as how much time, energy, money and resources this would take but we are in it for the ride....
The Biker Switchboard is built on the believe that "Build it and they will come" and we are not into it for the money. In fact we have turned away advertising offers that do not conform to our high standards, denied access to large company's wanting profiles and we get offers all the time wanting us to sell this site to them for whatever use they have.
As far as membership goes, we take great pains to weed out fake profiles as we want to keep this site rocking with real and good folks..not have fake profiles, ads pertaining to bicycles or other stupid bullshit not related to bikers and OUR lifestyle. That is why there is a lag time approving new members as we get lots of fake request to join from all over the world.
WANT TO DONATE?
If you want, you can donate to the Biker Switchboard to help pay our bills including our rising internet cost then use the handy PayPal button below.
We thank you everyone, ride safe and always ride free!