I was scanning the archives to see how this list is going, and saw the question:
"Will we be able to search the list as is possible on the BOB list?"
I haven't set this up yet, but will probably get to it this weekend. Unless someone happens to have a copy of all of the messages from the old list the searchable archives will be limited to what has been written on the new list. The URL for the search engine will be http://search.bikelist.org, just like the BOB/Touring/Tandem/HPV/etc lists (http://catfood.phred.org also works for those who remember the old URL).