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Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-12, 04:49 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 12,178
Posted By scruggle

No, it's because of their genetics and the...

No, it's because of their genetics and the environment in which the potential of those genetics could be maximized. It's not because of their race, because race is not a scientific concept and has...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-12, 04:26 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 12,178
Posted By scruggle

I'm afraid you don't understand. If there were...

I'm afraid you don't understand. If there were someone saying that everything were made of a combination of earth, fire, water, and air, and adamantly defending such an antiquated idea (against the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-12, 03:41 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 12,178
Posted By scruggle

Yes, it's too difficult, what can I do against...

Yes, it's too difficult, what can I do against such genius?



I also don't bother explaining thermodynamics to kooks who make perpetual motion machines in their basements. You might as well...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-12, 02:54 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 12,178
Posted By scruggle

To be frank, I wasn't exactly patient either, but...

To be frank, I wasn't exactly patient either, but my point was missed. Yes, Campag4life and AdelaaR are wrong, but that's not what I was trying to convince them of. The advice I was giving is to not...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-12, 01:35 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 12,178
Posted By scruggle

Did you see the part where I said I can't be...

Did you see the part where I said I can't be bothered? I already know you're wrong, I don't care if you don't.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-12, 11:11 AM
Replies: 347
Views: 12,178
Posted By scruggle

Racial categories are not genetic categories....

Racial categories are not genetic categories. When people don't bother explaining to you why, it's not because they can't, it's because they can't be bothered.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-12, 03:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,923
Posted By scruggle

With the exception of what I bolded, that's all...

With the exception of what I bolded, that's all post-hoc justification. The real answer is:



And 'multi-purpose' is pushing it. In the 70s bike boom there were all kinds of reasons given why...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-12, 05:20 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,674
Posted By scruggle

If you are that concerned with thread hijacking,...

If you are that concerned with thread hijacking, take your own advice and stop replying right away instead of posting a huge wall of text and telling the people having a conversation with you to stop...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-12, 01:34 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,674
Posted By scruggle

1) You said you can't even get even get 105...

1) You said you can't even get even get 105 brifters for $300. You can.
2) Why would someone buy 105 on the grounds of longevity or whatever and also worry about their resale value?
3) He won't...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,674
Posted By scruggle

Online you can, and that's a poor interpretation...

Online you can, and that's a poor interpretation of the economics of it: (a set of Tiagra shifters + $300) is worth more than (a set of 105 shifters).

Look at it this way - you'll get several...
07-20-12, 07:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,880
Posted By scruggle

That Tiagra derailleur is going to shift just as...

That Tiagra derailleur is going to shift just as well as the 105 on last year's model; I wouldn't make a choice based on it. Some will say the 105 will last longer but by the time either of them conk...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-12, 04:56 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,674
Posted By scruggle

Not sure I follow the first point, but it's not...

Not sure I follow the first point, but it's not that I think 105 quality has particularly changed, it's that BF consensus on what's 'good enough' or 'good value' has, to a silly degree. It's only a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-12, 03:08 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,674
Posted By scruggle

Nope. By the time anything goes kaput (if it ever...

Nope. By the time anything goes kaput (if it ever does) it will have been well worth it. New 10-speed Tiagra is excellent value ($300-$400 on Ribble).



You know this after seeing them? Amazing....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-12, 04:19 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 8,624
Posted By scruggle

grolby said this in other words, but it's no...

grolby said this in other words, but it's no 'dumber' to use than a mechanical system. What about all the stored energy in your derailleur springs, or the molecular bonds holding your bike's frame...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-12, 08:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,923
Posted By scruggle

Cycling is awesome because to fly around with so...

Cycling is awesome because to fly around with so little effort is like getting away with something or pulling one over. It's like cheating the usual things which constrain us.
06-07-12, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,248
Posted By scruggle

You probably can't or don't want to wait, but...

You probably can't or don't want to wait, but 2012/2013 Sora loses the thumb lever and will be like Tiagra, 105, etc. It remains 9-speed. I'm not sure how soon it will be available.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-12, 03:05 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 9,541
Posted By scruggle

The point is that there's always challenges to...

The point is that there's always challenges to overcome for anyone who faces excess weight and obesity, and the fact that they are challenges means that it's wrong to expect everyone to overcome...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-12, 01:32 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 9,541
Posted By scruggle

And people changed their habits because of ...

And people changed their habits because of larger-scale changes - the move to two-earner households is the most obvious (with the concomitant loss of time but also the loss of intergenerational...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-12, 10:28 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 9,541
Posted By scruggle

There is no sharp distinction between 'things...

There is no sharp distinction between 'things people can change individually' and 'the resources people have to change and sustain habits'. There is no 'bootstrap module' in the brain which acts...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 9,541
Posted By scruggle

Habits aren't arbitrary choices people can...

Habits aren't arbitrary choices people can retract on a whim (or even with 'just some effort'). They are reinforced and maintained by the material and cultural circumstances in which people find...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-12, 01:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,200
Posted By scruggle

Unless somebody knows how to quantify 'skill'...

Unless somebody knows how to quantify 'skill' into an abstract measure there's no way to compare two sports on the question of which requires (more) skill. It's a ridiculous proposition. Selective...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-08-12, 01:24 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 9,541
Posted By scruggle

The reasons why people don't eat healthy are...

The reasons why people don't eat healthy are multiple and have a lot to do with material and cultural capital. Yeah, it's cheaper to go get groceries and prepare a meal if you (1) already know how...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-12, 10:23 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,587
Posted By scruggle

Incorrect. Professional linguists know the only...

Incorrect. Professional linguists know the only way to know the rules of a grammar is to study a language as it is used. There is no 'master rulebook' independent of usage to let people know what...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-12, 09:20 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,587
Posted By scruggle

Go back and read Seattle Forrest's post and the...

Go back and read Seattle Forrest's post and the links he provided. There is no debate on this among professional linguists or anyone with the sense to read why this is the case.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-12, 08:35 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,587
Posted By scruggle

He is right. There is no other way of finding out...

He is right. There is no other way of finding out what the rules of grammar are. Rules which contradict usage (roughly speaking) are arbitrary and capricious, regardless of what your schoolmarm told...
05-03-12, 08:52 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 20,364
Posted By scruggle

What? Your claim: The lack of chainstay...

What?

Your claim: The lack of chainstay bridges is to save money on cheap frames which aren't ridden hard or meant to be.
Your evidence: cheap frames which aren't ridden hard or meant to be which...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-04-12, 04:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,775
Posted By scruggle

Whereas the group of people who take every...

Whereas the group of people who take every opportunity to get bent at the term brifter isn't completely laughable, you see, because
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-12, 01:14 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,672
Posted By scruggle

And everybody pursuing high-performance at the...

And everybody pursuing high-performance at the professional level will train those factors. What makes the marginal difference in the end will be those variables which can't be controlled,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-12, 07:18 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,672
Posted By scruggle

Bingo, yes, exactly. Given two cyclists, who...

Bingo, yes, exactly.

Given two cyclists, who are both able to max out their training regimen and technical skills (e.g. tactics), what will make the difference between one going pro and the other...
12-12-11, 02:10 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,656
Posted By scruggle

Do you mean on the Pugsley? It has track ends...

Do you mean on the Pugsley? It has track ends with a derailleur hanger.
12-02-11, 02:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,439
Posted By scruggle

In the spirit of novel but impractical I've...

In the spirit of novel but impractical I've always wanted to see a dual-chain 39/13 and 48/16 (or whatever) drivetrain both mounted on the drive side. The ratios would work fine - no benefit, but...
12-02-11, 01:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,439
Posted By scruggle

You can get flip-flop hubs, frames with...

You can get flip-flop hubs, frames with derailleur hangers, you can weld a derailleur hanger on, you can get bolt-on derailleur hangers, Schlumpf drive, ENO dos freewheel, internal gear hubs,...
11-26-11, 05:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,437
Posted By scruggle

Not to mention that the the behavior of the...

Not to mention that the the behavior of the Seinfeld characters was something to be laughed at (I laughed at it) precisely because it was so crass - if you want to be crass then negative reactions go...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-11, 05:01 PM
Replies: 473
Views: 23,138
Posted By scruggle

Why? I read the thread and your posts. At one...

Why? I read the thread and your posts. At one time you said the problem was simple (as simple as calories in vs. calories out) and another time you admitted there were 'subtleties to a difficult...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-11, 04:15 PM
Replies: 473
Views: 23,138
Posted By scruggle

Is this a joke? Either way, this kind of petitio...

Is this a joke? Either way, this kind of petitio principii explains very little. I guess it's good if you need a quick answer in order to dodge the issue.

That is - one is still left with the...
11-06-11, 05:24 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,243
Posted By scruggle

Toilet paper is made to break up when in contact...

Toilet paper is made to break up when in contact with water/liquids (the opposite of paper towels) and isn't exactly durable. I think it would make a royal mess to try using it as in that video.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-05-11, 10:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,467
Posted By scruggle

All good advice, except this thread is five years...

All good advice, except this thread is five years old.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-11, 06:56 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,983
Posted By scruggle

41;DR (How is a list - several lists - of...

41;DR

(How is a list - several lists - of brands funny? Because it's 'satire' of another list? Terrible.)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-11, 11:39 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,232
Posted By scruggle

Might not want to wait too long to get those yuks...

Might not want to wait too long to get those yuks in, the joke's almost stale already.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-11, 07:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,677
Posted By scruggle

I'd recommend the Surly, the Kona, or a Raleigh....

I'd recommend the Surly, the Kona, or a Raleigh. Masi had a number of steel road bikes at a good price for 2011, but only 2 I think for 2012 (albeit nice ones). Maybe you could find a 2011
model....
09-17-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By scruggle

What am I missing? I have no idea how this is...

What am I missing? I have no idea how this is possibly true.
09-14-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,084
Posted By scruggle

Do you find this to consistently and reliably...

Do you find this to consistently and reliably work? I don't, so I'm curious.
I take the 5 minutes to measure, especially since I don't have to do it that often.
09-12-11, 01:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,140
Posted By scruggle

Summer's 2005 talk wasn't in an area of primary...

Summer's 2005 talk wasn't in an area of primary expertise; he didn't reduce gender stratification to 'it's a hardwired thing'; and he proposed hypotheses, not incontrovertible conclusions. I am glad...
09-12-11, 01:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,140
Posted By scruggle

That's correct, Larry Summers doesn't have...

That's correct, Larry Summers doesn't have expertise in gender stratification of labour markets. He has not done primary research in that area, as far as I know, and never specialized in it - his...
09-12-11, 12:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,140
Posted By scruggle

Thanks for the link, LeicaLad. Why?...

Thanks for the link, LeicaLad.



Why? There are all kinds of reasons. It has nothing to do with 'PC' to ask why professions are the way they are. 'Innate' gender differences have been...
09-11-11, 09:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,365
Posted By scruggle

I've seen that bike before here...

I've seen that bike before here (http://www.bikerumor.com/2011/06/29/spy-shots-limited-edition-eddy-merckx-umx-mexico-hour-record-track-bike/#more-32936).
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-11, 03:24 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,964
Posted By scruggle

In the 1970s, ten-speeds were popular because you...

In the 1970s, ten-speeds were popular because you could get in shape, they could go fast (like bike racers!), and were affordable.
In the 1990s, mountain bikes were popular because they had...
08-18-11, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,093
Posted By scruggle

I don't know if it will make a difference but you...

I don't know if it will make a difference but you can unhook the spring - the straight end which runs vertically can be lifted out around the post which is on the brake arm - to let out the tension....
08-18-11, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,093
Posted By scruggle

No, you need to have as little force as possible...

No, you need to have as little force as possible from the spring so you are not working against it. Pics?
08-18-11, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 10,018
Posted By scruggle

Neither disk brakes nor a different fork will be...

Neither disk brakes nor a different fork will be worth it.

As for the shifters, you will likely have to remove the grips; you may have to replace and cut new cables; and you may need different...
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