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Will-narayan danielsapp's article
Jun 4, 2020 at 2:01
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Video: Forbidden Bike Co. Announce Complete Druid Builds & 3 New Frame Colors
@CyclingThe425: I'm not sure less chain wrap means faster wear (if that's what you implied). That's something Pinkbike could investigate on with some tech article with input from drive manufacturers with FEA or whatever, but it seems like mostly the 1st and 2nd engaged teeth/links bear the load, maybe that's why your chain may jump when your chainring starts to wear out, even if you have 50% chain wrap. Also on the Druid you have a chainguide underneath which wraps the chain around the chainring a bit more than without. In the case of the Druid, and though it seems awesome, I would question the lack of outward support for the high idler axle, and prefere the solution of the Deviate Highlander on this matter. The gearbox option of the Guide would be really cool as it keeps the chainline totally straight (probably much less wear), but then you have the gearbox drag.
Will-narayan mikekazimer's article
Jun 1, 2020 at 1:52
Jun 1, 2020
Ridden & Rated: 12 of the Best 2020 Flat Pedals
Like these as well, very light (magnesium), thin (11mm), affordable (70€). Maybe not so durable for tough riders (I mean tougher than I am, which isn't too difficult :p ) and when the pins get teared off the bolt thread (?) may be dead.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 11, 2020 at 17:02
May 11, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@NinetySixBikes: Ok, it indeed seems to be quite like what I'm thinking. Though I gotta say I'm not much of a reader. My mind often drifts away in the middle of the page and when I reach the bottom I realize my eyes have read the words but my mind was totally out there, and I have to read it again :p
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 11, 2020 at 16:57
May 11, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@WAKIdesigns: Ok, well I was more talking about what is called "individuation" in psychoanalysis (though I don't like psychoanalysis much as it makes a lot of (not so right) interpretation of genetic traits) but somehow I can connect to what you said. It seems that some people (as it seemed to be the case for me up to 30) don't "individuate" themselves. They're not "incarnate", they're like some kind of drone to some degree. They do what parents say, get a job, get money, get a family, buy stuff, sleep, but all of this not self-aware, just because that's the main guidelines of our society (and reproduction drive, we're just monkeys after all). And as you say, a lot of people wake up but only partialy, because when it happens the "starter" is usually in teenage years but many won't get nurtured with the necessary perspective to grasp the importance as well as the insignificance of it, they'll get fed with the values (or lack thereof) of society and the result is quite often a self-entitled asshole. As you say, they woke up, they're their very own star, but don't realise they're one among billions. What I think is that when you realise that even if you woke up you don't have much power over your own "destiny", you stop being an individual trying to shine more than the other billions, you get along with the idea that you're one among billions, and you then realise that you have a bit more "power" (over adversity) by collectively creating "systems" that help provide guidance (I probably sound like a hippie or a leftist, but maybe I am ? I don't know :p also it's difficult to explain such intricate subject, moreover in english). But I think it's "apropos" with the issues humanity's facing. And I totally agree about the bike thing. Even for a lame-ass step my mind imagines the infinity of ways it could go wrong and break my neck, and I need a really progressive learning curve. I'm much better at drawing bikes than riding them. Oh and talking about Sick, I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of them had AD(H)D (the denial, impulsiveness, spendings, etc). And Trump may as well. Its get discreet overtime and the IQ isn't affected, but the behavioural shortcomings (lack of alterity, empathy) get engraved in childhood/teenage and only get worse. That's one more reason why according to me these brain particularities are totally up there among global warming and energetic resources as the most important things humanity should care about.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 10, 2020 at 11:22
May 10, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@scary1: Oh I've learned. A lot. About me, my family, human, emotions, psychology, genetics, it was fascinating. It even feels a bit weird. Being so aware of the "shortcomings" of the human brain, 99% of things don't really matter anymore. What I meant with my story is that up to 30 y.o., my life was in autopilot and there was nothing I could do. Looking back, there was a feeling of not fitting in, a bit like autism. And this defined my life, both as nature (my genetic) and nurture (the education from my parents). I think you don't decide to wake up, it happens or not, through the parents ideally, through meeting someone that inspires you, through some bad times even (if not too bad), whatever, the earlier, the better, but you don't command it. And when it doesn't happen, you're in the bandwagon of life. And there are so many people who don't wake up. And as I said I even had that wake up call, but it didn't work much, I could not build on it, what I did kind of backlash because of "toxic" people (like my boss). And I could go on and on about neurodiversity and how some people are emotion-blind, self-awareness-blind (!), alterity-blind, and how these invisible difficulties shape/twist their lives. For instance up to 40% of inmates supposedly have ADHD to some degree. It may not even be a disorder, just that society is adapted to a certain kind of humans (=a certain kind of brain) but puts aside all those that are more or less different. And for all of those, to quote the Bloodhound Gang, game of life is like playing poker with Unno cards, sometimes a joker. I agree with you on the success thing. Success as it's "defined" in our society is so empty. Whoever is happy doing his own stuff with friends and family around without taking advantage of somebody else is successful. Building bikes, growing tomatoes, whatever.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 9, 2020 at 18:45
May 9, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@scary1: *luck made you make them happen. I don't know if I should post this, who cares : At 16, shit happened between my parents and it lasted for years. Maybe I should have run away, but I somehow took care of my younger bro (parentification) and lost track of my life in the process. 30yo, major existential crisis out of the blue, felt like I went past 15 years of my life, almost wanted to die. Nothing mattered anymore. You don't control it, it's all down to chemical reactions in the brain. Then felt like some kind of rebirth. I woke up. I felt powerful. Self-aware. In control of my life. Built confidence. Learnt to swim at 30, and other things, I was striving. Then some shit happened again (tough mourning), it destroyed the dynamic which was still fragile and again I felt like nothing was worth it anymore. Took several years to overcome. Kinda changed my mind with working. Always doing my best. During that time I dived into psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science to understand all the shit happening to me and that's when I learnt about neurodiversity, and how ADD obviously affects me moderately (enough to cause shit in my life but not enough to be noticed earlier), and more or less all my familly as it's mostly genetic (families are ruined by this, with many addictions, violence, suicide), and everything started to make sense. Then I realized the guy I was working for had been lying to me and manipulating me for 10 years. Totally fake person (again that's some genetic/psychatric shit, he's kinda alone in his mind so totally selfish but faking kindness). 10 years of my professionnal life suddenly down the drain. It voids any meaning to the word "work". I quit. Tried working as a freelance. Got contacts, sent quotes... nothing came back. Mostly curious and fishy people (very nice of Mongoose to pay 50% upfront btw. I was asking 30% of 1000-1500€ quotes and got pretty much nothing). Now I have a new job -stroke of luck as I didn't even apply !- and while I'm closing on 40 I'm somehow trying to build what most "white educated male" like me get at 25-30, but I don't even know if it's worth it anymore. Struggles take a toll on you overtime. Well in a way you're right, luck doesn't seem to exist much in my life. But I'm healthy, educated, have a job. Life is shit but it's ok. I've seen both sides of the coin and surprisingly the edge feels more stable.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 9, 2020 at 6:02
May 9, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
Gotta say, while I wouldn't mind spending 5-6000 on a handmade bike, the rate at which the electric/electronic stuff progresses would make me think twice about spending 7-8-9000 on an e-bike. If at least you could use it to replace your car without constantly fearing that someone stills it. I wonder if that gps tracker works.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 9, 2020 at 5:57
May 9, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@scary1: No no, don't worry, I totally can. This is a difference of interpretation. To you, it seems that Faul mentionning luck or the garage reduces Nicolai's efforts down to this. To me, it doesn't. It's an additional element which is present in Nicolai's story but not in Faul's story, but it doesn't reduces the efforts of Nicolai. Luck may be 1% of your success, but a chain is as strong as the weakest of its links and if the luck link fails... I had typed a long message talking about genetics and stuff but Faul sums it up much quicker than me (I wasn't given the "summary" card at birth :p). "Luck is bullshit. It dosent exist. You play the cards you're given..." Well then luck exists, right from the start in the cards you're given or not. Cuz' if you have shit cards, whether you complain or not, you play a shit game your whole life ? Trying to get new cards (whether it's a garage or human skill) is not easy.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 8, 2020 at 17:27
May 8, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@g-42: Reasonable ? Or unreasonable ? A few decades ago taylor made was pretty much the norm, you'd probably save months (years ?) to buy a bike you'd keep years, if not decades. And you would repare it over and over. These "reasonable" prices may be a mirage made possible thanks to cheap energy and cheap labor. Without cheap energy, the bike would be locally produced, and if +5000€/$ is the price for the bike builder to make a decent living in the same country you live in (=same cost of life), then this might be the "right" price. I mean, nowadays you have bid brands mass producing overseas, and boutique brands producing locally. The "middle" would be moderate series production locally at an average price, but this has disapeared.
Will-narayan brianpark's article
May 8, 2020 at 15:39
May 8, 2020
From The Top: Karl Nicolai on Gearboxes, Geometry, & How His Company Found Its Niche
@faul: Not sure why you get neg proped. It seems many people think in black and white and don't get the infinity of greys in between. Saying that he may have had a certain amount of luck doesn't diminish his abilities, skills, work. But he may still have had a certain amount of luck. Cognitive bias are very real and tough for oneself to notice (or it wouldn't be a cognitive bias). I'd say one would be that people tend to attribute their success to themselves, and their failure to the universe (when all in all it's just total random from birth to end, whether nature (genetic) or nurture (education, social environment)). It's not rare that successful people are arrogant ("why pay taxes for losers/wankers/unemployed ? This is my success, my work, my money" but working hard isn't inate, you learn it, and you work hard when you find meaning in what you do, but if you live in an environment that doesn't present you with any meaning worth striving for ?). And people who had failures before success are often much more humble in their success as they've seen both sides of the coin. Also, lessons can be learned from both success and failure. Also success is relative. And some "succeed" by using others.
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