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    I'm going metric...

    well maybe. No,not ride a metric (is that a double negative?). I am thinking about using the metric measurement system, like everyone else does except the USA. I'm not trying to change for global unity or any worth while cause. Actually, it is pretty petty and self-centered, going metric would make me use smaller numbers in my weight and bigger numbers in my rides

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    You could allways go in stones and hands.

    Clydesdales/Athenas, 14.2857143+ stones or 18+ Hands

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    I've always thought stone was a great measurement for human weight. It helps you focus on a range rather than an increment. I personally want to be between 14 and 15 stone normally. It would allow me to not freak out about the minor fluctuations and focus on the general goal.

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    Metric is good, better than SAE. But if everything is SAE around you, you have to adjust at least a bit.
    Po všetkém hovno, enem po včelách med.

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    I weigh 24 stone
    14,000 miles and rolling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazama View Post
    I weigh 24 stone
    Since we are choosing our own system to use can I pick what stone I use too

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    Metric is so much better than our system. As an engineer I frequently get frustrated that we are the last holdouts. The metric system makes so much more sense, you only have to remember one definition per unit (and some prefixes). If you know meters then you understand kilometers, centimeters, millimeters, and even micrometers. None of this feet, miles, yards, nautical miles, inches, etc. junk. Anyway, I feel I'm preaching to the choir. I've considered just quoting everything metric and forcing others to learn and interpret what I say, but that's kind of passive-aggressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapmetal View Post
    Metric is good, better than SAE. But if everything is SAE around you, you have to adjust at least a bit.
    Bikes are a hodgepodge of both measuring systems. Read up: http://www.active.com/cycling/Articl..._Its_Mind_.htm

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    How about make up your own system of weights and measures? Random stick, fill a sock with sand, invent microhexalogibutt, etc.


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    The metric system is overated IMO.

    Australia went metric in bits and pieces from the early 70's to the late 80's, with most of the activity happening on the mid 70s. But I've never really converted.

    I still think of my weight in stones . I'm 18 stone 6 pounds. That's 258 pounds for Americans and 117.5kg for everybody else.

    I still work out my car's fuel consumption in mpg. That is to say I take the kilometres and litres, divide the by litres by the kms and multiply by 100 to get L/100kms, and divide that number into 282.4 to get mpg. You would use a different factor in the US because Australia always used real Imperial gallons, not the teensy-weensy Americanised gallons.

    The badge on the side of my car says it has a 5.0 litre engine. But I know it's got 302 cubic inches. The metric wannabees couldn't even get the conversion right, it's more like 4.9 litres than 5.0.

    I can tell you my bike is 21". I don't know what that is in millimetres. I would have to multiply that by 25.4 to find out, and I can't be arsed.

    I'm 5'10. I know that's 178cm because I've had to work it out so many times over the years and it's stuck in my memory. Feet and inches are for real men. Centimetres are for girly men.

    A couple of the kids in my office had a laugh the other day when I asked one of them to go out and get a pint of milk. That doesn't bother me, because they are young and stupid. Apparently I should have asked him to go out and get a 600ml carton, for heaven's sake.

    When I'm thinking distance I generally work in miles. If I go for a 30 mile ride that means something. A 50km ride could be a walk to the bathroom for all I care.

    And when I shuffle off this mortal coil, they'll be burying me 6 feet under, not 1.8288 metres.
    Last edited by Abacus; 01-16-09 at 10:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abacus View Post
    The metric system is overated IMO.
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    And when I shuffle off this mortal coil, they'll be burying me 6 feet under, not 1.8288 metres.
    This didn't change my mind but I admit it had me laughing.

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    One argument to switching over to metric in the USA was signage on highways. South Carolina would go bankrupt just replacing all the signs on the interstate highways alone.
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    I use metric on my GPS because it makes my rides sound longer. 14.5km just sounds better than 9 miles. It's not so great for weight tho, takes a lot longer time to lose a kg than a pound.

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    I have been home from Italy for over a year now and just made the change from metric. I simply thought 30 kilometers per hour sounded better that 18.64 MPH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwilbur3 View Post
    I use metric on my GPS because it makes my rides sound longer. 14.5km just sounds better than 9 miles. It's not so great for weight tho, takes a lot longer time to lose a kg than a pound.
    When it comes to losing weight, lose it in grams.

    Of course, I guess in imperial weight, we could resort to ounces, but grams are even easier to lose than ounces.

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