Favourite numbers

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby colin54 » 3 Apr 2020, 12:16pm

100, 'cause 99 and a half just won't do.

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Mick F » 3 Apr 2020, 8:01pm

francovendee wrote:24
Perfect number of gears on a bike :D
Sorry, I don't agree.

Having ridden a bike with a 10sp Triple .................. it could be a 6sp 7sp 8sp 9sp or even 12sp triple ......... fitting a 3sp Sturmey Archer that'll take a cassette, gives a whole new world to gearing.

My Moulton is a 10sp Triple and a 3spSA giving a 90sp gearing system.

Highly recommended if you live in a hilly part of the world.

Someone on this forum some once said (sorry, I can't remember who) to fit the highest gear you could ever need, and the lowest gear that'll get you up the steepest hill fully loaded whilst having a hangover, and cram in as many ratios in between as you can afford.

Utterly agree.
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby philvantwo » 4 Apr 2020, 8:41am

How come you've not fitted one to your 30 year old mercian mick f?

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Mick F » 4 Apr 2020, 9:18am

The 28/42/53 chainset and a 12-30 cassette is fine for now.
Gives me 24.5" up to 116" which is ok. Maybe could do with a lower bottom gear, but the chainset will take a 26t inner which will lower it to 22.9". If I need even lower, I can swap the back end away from Campag and fit a Shimano cassette carrier - my rear hub will take either - and I can get a wider ratio cassette on there.

I could fit a simpler system with a double chainset, or even a single, coupled to a 10sp cassette plus SA3sp.

Dunno what I'll do.
Not getting any younger, and my mileages are way down from what they were five or six years ago, so is it worth the effort?
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Cugel » 4 Apr 2020, 9:20am

Favourites - a very suspect notion and indicative of several embedded cultural assumptions that might also be regarded as spurious limitations; or even dangerous habits of thought mucking up your attempts at surviving the human madhouse!

* Why put things in a hierarchy of worth? Such habits bleed into every corner of life (e.g a socio-economic class or caste system).

* Why construct the spurious hierarchy employing transient emotional states that will be different in 10 minutes or tomorrow or next year?

*Why lump "a thing" into one single attribute when it probably has lots of attributes, some you find currently useful/likeable, some the opposite and several in between?

* How do you select a favorite from highly numerous or even infinite things (like numbers) since you can't parse them all to see which one you like (at the moment) best?

Iss, iss - it's just a bit of fun. But think of the mental consequences of "(not) favouriting" the whole world and everything in it!

Cugel, liking then disliking everything as the world turns and the hormones ebb & flow.

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby colin54 » 4 Apr 2020, 10:30am

Cugel, +1,or did I mean to write -1, not fond of either of those really
I think I may have just de-meaned or demented both of those up-standin numeric citizens.
I'm quite fond of 52, as was Tex Ritter , Johnny Cash et al.
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby francovendee » 5 Apr 2020, 8:41am

Mick F wrote:
francovendee wrote:24
Perfect number of gears on a bike :D
Sorry, I don't agree.

Having ridden a bike with a 10sp Triple .................. it could be a 6sp 7sp 8sp 9sp or even 12sp triple ......... fitting a 3sp Sturmey Archer that'll take a cassette, gives a whole new world to gearing.

My Moulton is a 10sp Triple and a 3spSA giving a 90sp gearing system.

Highly recommended if you live in a hilly part of the world.

Someone on this forum some once said (sorry, I can't remember who) to fit the highest gear you could ever need, and the lowest gear that'll get you up the steepest hill fully loaded whilst having a hangover, and cram in as many ratios in between as you can afford.

Utterly agree.

Too much choice.
Change up/down hub gear?
Change up/down on ring?
Change up/or on the cassette?
How do you decide which one to change?
It'd be very straightforward if it was a hub gear with 90 ratios. Just remembering what gear your in must be difficult.

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Cyril Haearn » 5 Apr 2020, 8:55am

One is the perfect number for me, going out on my fixie in a minute

With 90 gears it is so complicated, multiple changes to get the next gear, hurts my brain to think of it
Perhaps Mick F could explain how it works in practice
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby philvantwo » 5 Apr 2020, 12:25pm

If the great Mick F has to come to a sudden stop, on an uphill T junction for example and hes not had time to change his normal gears he can just change his 3 speed hub gear and away he goes!! No good having a single speed bike where he lives!!

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby cycleruk » 5 Apr 2020, 4:46pm

Favourite numbers are the ones that win me the lottery. At least the ones that win me a large amount. :wink:
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Cyril Haearn » 18 Jul 2020, 12:18pm

A locomotive engine had the number 60809, it had a name too:
The Snapper, The East Yorkshire Regiment, The Duke of York's Own
I guess the number was easier to use :wink:
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby JohnW » 19 Jul 2020, 12:38am

Cyril Haearn wrote:A locomotive engine had the number 60809, it had a name too:
The Snapper, The East Yorkshire Regiment, The Duke of York's Own
I guess the number was easier to use :wink:

Why 60908 Cyril?

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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby axel_knutt » 19 Jul 2020, 12:44am

69
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Oldjohnw » 19 Jul 2020, 6:31am

Zero.

It's a nice round number. Only relatively recently invented.
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Re: Favourite numbers

Postby Cyril Haearn » 19 Jul 2020, 9:31am

JohnW wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:A locomotive engine had the number 60809, it had a name too:
The Snapper, The East Yorkshire Regiment, The Duke of York's Own
I guess the number was easier to use :wink:

Why 60908 Cyril?

60809 according to my copy of Observers Locomotives 1955
Gnu was 61018
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