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Old 01-12-20, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by MAK View Post
Thank you for your responses. It appears that ease of adjustment is the biggie. The English lesson wasn't needed since taboo can be a noun, verb or adjective and sometimes words are used to get a point across whether accurate or not.
As for the why: It is quite difficult to achieve a perfect adjustment of the chain when the adjustments have to be made using the blunt instruments of adding or removing links, or selecting a different gearing ratio. Furthermore, as the chain, and the rear cog age, further adjustment may be needed, and certainly would not be achievable only through removing links. Horizontal drop-outs make it possible to apply those fine adjustments that are not available if the only mechanism for adjustment were chain link count and gear-inches.

Thankfully we can discuss this out in the open, without judgement and without shame, because this is not a taboo subject; it's simply a matter of practicality.
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