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SmashySmashy mikelevy's article
Feb 21, 2020 at 5:00
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Here's Your Single-Sided, Carbon Fiber DIY Linkage Fork
Could this approach be adapted to mimic the kinematics and axle-path of Structure's Cycleworks SCW 1 using linkages?
SmashySmashy jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 13, 2020 at 11:43
Feb 13, 2020
Nina Hoffmann Announces Her Own Race Team with Stif Mountain Bikes
@chmurka3rg: Exactly. This appears to be a win for all parties involved. If this is something Nina genuinely wanted and pulled together then more power to her. Ironically, it's also the kind of badass move that would make her a great fit on the Syndicate. I'm totally eating my words from just a few days ago.
SmashySmashy jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 13, 2020 at 5:46
Feb 13, 2020
Nina Hoffmann Announces Her Own Race Team with Stif Mountain Bikes
@fjm35: *OR* Nina really wanted her own deal on her own terms. Not everyone dreams of suckling at the biggest t1tty; Some people genuinely dream of creating something of their own. I didn't really know much about her before, but this right here elevates her to instant hero in my book. I really hope she does well out of this.
SmashySmashy jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 12, 2020 at 4:24
Feb 12, 2020
UCI Passes Regulations to Lower Transgender Athletes’ Maximum Testosterone Threshold
@transportguy: Too much for me how? I'm simply pointing that out that I've come to understand that transexual-ism is a consequence of sexuality, and does not strictly arise from a conflict between a person's biological sex and their perception of themselves. Of course their perception of themselves is fundamental to the issue at heart, but I digress. I didn't say anything that should or could be understood to mean I don't think you should live as you choose, with the usual, trite caveat "as long as you're not hurting anyone" etc. And while most things in life are not segregated by sex (thankfully), in sport it is an important distinction in the classification of athletes. There's no getting around the common sense notion that by and large men have a greater physical capacity than women, and therefore have advantages in the competitive arena, so they should not compete directly against one another. The same goes for medically-neutered-but-otherwise-male athletes. It's not fair on women to be denied their victories and success by someone who shouldn't technically be allowed to compete against them, but nevertheless does because it was politically convenient. I predict this recent change will only be the start of a series of reversals in the hastily-enacted regulations to accomodate transgender athletes.
SmashySmashy jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 12, 2020 at 3:17
Feb 12, 2020
UCI Passes Regulations to Lower Transgender Athletes’ Maximum Testosterone Threshold
@KalkhoffKiller: I wouldn't know. I've heard all sorts about that cognitive impairment juice known as woke though. That shit'll make you believe annnyyything.
SmashySmashy jamessmurthwaite's article
Feb 12, 2020 at 1:57
Feb 12, 2020
UCI Passes Regulations to Lower Transgender Athletes’ Maximum Testosterone Threshold
@JWP: "I think transgender people who want to compete, should be honest with themselves. Do you really need to have it all?" The curious thing about transgender-ism (to me a least) is that it only takes about 5 minutes of thinking about it to realise the undeniable conclusion; Transgender-ism is less about individuals being "born in the wrong body" and more about maximising the number of available sexual partners they can chooose from. It's a dishonest concept from the outset. I understand this is not a very charitable opinion to hold (And no, I'm not suggesting they are promoiscuous, only that they have taken what all humans do inherently to an extreme and- in all likelyhood, dangerous- degree), but it is nevertheless honestly held. I don't believe it's a conscious decision on their part either, at least ot among the majority, but it should be exceedingly obvious to even the most uninitiated that concepts of gender-identity are fundamentally driven by sexuality and increasing one's sexual (and concurrently social) currency with their desired partners, and next to nothing to do with their identity and sense of self. Working from that perspective we can then postulate why formerly-male individuals seek to dominate in women's sport; One way the male mind seeks status is through competition. Beating women therefore increases their status in the eyes of their desired potential partners (or so the theory goes). There's no way a separate transgender category will ever come to fruition, because it entirely defeats the purpose of transitioning, and that will never fly. Our weak politicians will forever and a day cow-tow to minority interest groups that throw tantrums to get their way. Besides, the precedent has already been set (Let that be a lesson on knee-jerk decisions kids). The necessary research to make a full assessment of their advantages (and disadvantages) will never be allowed either, not because academic ethical approvals are so limiting but because the lists of permitted subjects for discusssion and informed debate are being eroded almost daily. TL:DR: The point of transgenderism is to compete with opposite sex for the opportunity to appeal to a larger pool of potential partners than would otherwise be available to a homosexual individual. Sport is just one way of doing that, particularly for Male-To-Female transgender individuals. Politics is doing a very bad job of exploring this and worse, is actually instantiating it into law that which society is not allowed to discuss or debate.
SmashySmashy sarahmoore's article
Feb 8, 2020 at 11:58
Feb 8, 2020
Liv Cycling Signs Up-and-Coming Athletes to Roster & Registers Only Sanctioned All-Women EWS Team
@jgainey: I'm not sure if you remember, but those changes were being made by major brands to attract and accomodate female riders early on. It gave rise to the term 'shrink it and pink it', and it was deemed to be a condescending practice. If memory serves me right Specialized then commissioned a study and reported that anthropometrically men and women differed sufficiently in their body proportions to require different framesets entirely. Manufacturers can't win either way.
SmashySmashy sarahmoore's article
Feb 8, 2020 at 2:36
Feb 8, 2020
Liv Cycling Signs Up-and-Coming Athletes to Roster & Registers Only Sanctioned All-Women EWS Team
@jgainey: Where you see segregation, I see expertise and specialisation. It never ceases to astound me how people can have such short memories; 20 years ago someone thought it would be a good idea to create a women's-specific brand to address complaints that women's bikes were simply scaled-down men's models with a girly colour, and female riders deserved better than being an afterthought. SC ponyed up and risked investing in this venture- I don't see how they've done anything wrong. So I have to wonder if your perspective has been clouded by your local, friendly, power-hungry child-dictators over in Evergreen State? With all that said, I'm going to counter your remark above with an equally disingenuous, vapid and inconsequential one of my own: I'll be buying my first premium bike in several years next year; If SC resist the "pressure" of a few keyboard warriors to add a "token" female rider (Token-ality to be decided by me*) to The Syndicate until then, I will purchase whatever the top-spec Megatower (or equivalent) there is at the time. *My gender is now Ultimate Arbiter of Token Riders, pronouns: Uart, Uarts
SmashySmashy sarahmoore's article
Feb 7, 2020 at 2:45
Feb 7, 2020
Liv Cycling Signs Up-and-Coming Athletes to Roster & Registers Only Sanctioned All-Women EWS Team
@jgainey: That is such a nonsense opinion to hold. How long has Kathy been at the helm of the Syndicate? Clearly they don't have a problem with women on the team. The fact there are no suitable female riders is nether their fault nor their responsibility to fix. Also, what is this obsession on PB with obligating The Syndicate to take on a female rider when Juliana is the SC equivalent of what Liv is to Giant. Why aren't you pushing for a female Juliana SRAM DH rider at WCs?
SmashySmashy rossbellphoto's article
Jan 29, 2020 at 2:53
Jan 29, 2020
Interview: Myriam Nicole on Her First Team, Women's DH Racing & Her Numerous Comebacks from Injury
@WAKIdesigns: I disagree. Anyone can train methodically and practice dilligently but at the fringes of performance the ability to put your balls on the tabe (as you so eloquently put it) becomes paramount. Where you see diminishing returns, I see the distinguishing factor between winning and result outside the top 10. Case in point: Marcelo Gutierrez (absolute beast) vs Pierron (beastly and loose). That's not to say that physical capacity doesn't matter, but as you yourself point out- in an increasingly professionalized sport that aspect of performance is already optimised. Also, I believe Danny wasn't doing much gym work back in 2011, but I'm open to correction :-)
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