# first metric century :)

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by dailuggs, Jun 12, 2004.

1. ### Arthur Clune Guest

James Hodson <[email protected]> wrote:

: I was 6'00" at 13 and still am the same height. My weight,
: however, may have altered up and down over the years.

I grew about 2" between 18 and 22.

Arthur (in imperial for now)

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2. ### Colin Blackburn Guest

On 15 Jun 2004 14:38:29 GMT, Andy Leighton <[email protected]> wrote:

> On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 12:42:19 +0100, James Hodson
> <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> A cricket pitch's length is better understood when quoted
>> in yards rather than metres or a chain.
>
> Well most people say 22 yards, but 1 chain is just as
> acceptable and very easy to understand - most people can
> count to one.

Yes, but the point was about understanding rather than
measuring. I can count to one but a chain is meaningless
unless I know it is 22 yards. I can visualise a yard and
therefore understand 22 of them joined together. I don't
visualise a chain as anything other than the length of a
cricket pitch which is a bit circular (not the pitch, the
visualisation.)

Colin

3. ### Peter Clinch Guest

Colin Blackburn wrote:

> Yes, but the point was about understanding rather than
> measuring. I can count to one but a chain is meaningless
> unless I know it is 22 yards. I can visualise a yard and
> therefore understand 22 of them joined together. I don't
> visualise a chain as anything other than the length of a
> cricket pitch which is a bit circular (not the pitch, the
> visualisation.)

I think if you can visualise a cricket pitch as the size of
a cricket pitch then that is the most innate understanding
of size possible. If I'm deciding if I'll fit through a
space without bending down I gauge it in "me-size", I don't
think if it's more than 1.73m/5'8" or not.

Pete.
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4. ### Dave Kahn Guest

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 10:23:08 +0100, "Ambrose Nankivell"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>It was probably 84km. Still, not a bad average.

No, it is around 80 miles according to MapQuest.

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5. ### Danny Colyer Guest

Roger Hughes wrote:
> I feel that to do the job properly you should be insisting
> cause much difficulty in the computer age, anyway.

Except for those of us who would have to add extra fields to
several dozen programs, and change the way several hundred
programs calculate costs, and test that it all works OK with
all the relevant parameter combinations ... :-/

we ever accept the Euro the conversion routines are

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6. ### Roger Hughes Guest

Ambrose Nankivell wrote:

> More to the point, surely an imperial century(style thing)
> should be 144 miles or something like that anyway.

Naah, that would be just gross. However, a proper century
should be in Roman miles.

8. ### Roger Hughes Guest

Danny Colyer wrote:

> Roger Hughes wrote:
>
>>I feel that to do the job properly you should be insisting
>>cause much difficulty in the computer age, anyway.
>
>
> Except for those of us who would have to add extra
> fields to several dozen programs, and change the way
> several hundred programs calculate costs, and test that
> it all works OK with all the relevant parameter
> combinations ... :-/

Naah. You just do all the accounting in longint pennies and
knock up a quick display formatting routine.

> At least we already have customers trading in Euros, so if
> we ever accept the Euro the conversion routines are

All our invoices are in euros already, bar a couple of
sterling customers and one USD. Get paid into a sterling
account, though.

Cheers

Roger

9. ### dailuggs New Member

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>Originally posted by Just Zis Guy

>And anyway, shouldn't weight be expressed in Newtons?

>Guy
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but then everyone would be 9.81 times "bigger"!

10. ### Nick Kew Guest

In article <[email protected]>,
"Ambrose Nankivell" <[email protected]> writes:

> More to the point, surely an imperial century(style thing)
> should be 144 miles or something like that anyway.

Ugh. That's gross!

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11. ### Fraggle Guest

wheelsgoround <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...

> Alternatively check out your local branch of CTC.
> www.ctc.org.uk. They organise loads of rides of varying
> lengths.

I have just joined the CTC, have not received any physical
evidence of this yet though! I shall certainly try and go on
some of there rides. I looked at the audax site and there
dont seem to be many around here (NE England) especially as
I have no transported except bike and public.

12. ### Just Zis Guy Guest

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 20:17:25 GMT, dailuggs
<[email protected]> wrote in message
<[email protected]>:

>>And anyway, shouldn't weight be expressed in Newtons?
>but then everyone would be 9.81 times "bigger"!

Ah, but by being 780N instead of 80kg, I'd be fully 2.5%
lighter than all those people who couldn't be bothered with
the mental arithmetic and just multiplied by ten

Guy
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13. ### Martinm Guest

"Ambrose Nankivell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> In news:[email protected], Roger Hughes
> <[email protected]
> translations.com> typed:
> > the numbers themselves are not particularly important
> > (except inasmuch as they will tend to determine
> > psychological barriers, which is where this century (and
> > that is entryist American cycling slang, too) thing
> > comes in; likewise with getting under the hour or
> > indeed, getting one's weight back down below 15 stone)
>
> More to the point, surely an imperial century(style thing)
> should be 144 miles or something like that anyway.
>
> A

112 actually ;-)

14. ### Martinm Guest

"Ambrose Nankivell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> In news:[email protected], Roger Hughes
> <[email protected]
> translations.com> typed:
> > the numbers themselves are not particularly important
> > (except inasmuch as they will tend to determine
> > psychological barriers, which is where this century (and
> > that is entryist American cycling slang, too) thing
> > comes in; likewise with getting under the hour or
> > indeed, getting one's weight back down below 15 stone)
>
> More to the point, surely an imperial century(style thing)
> should be 144 miles or something like that anyway.
>
> A

112 actually after all that is what a hundredweight is.

BTW things the US don't seem to have include yards and
stones. I remember the back of an old log table book(when
the revolution comes all Maths teachers should have their
calculators taken away and have to use them for the rest of
their lives!) which had the SI unit definitive measurements,
something like a metre being exactly
5.3421421424 squillion wavelengths of ultra purple light,
and a kg was so many molecules of strontium 455.

15. ### Martinm Guest

"Ambrose Nankivell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> In news:[email protected], Roger Hughes
> <[email protected]
> translations.com> typed:
> > the numbers themselves are not particularly important
> > (except inasmuch as they will tend to determine
> > psychological barriers, which is where this century (and
> > that is entryist American cycling slang, too) thing
> > comes in; likewise with getting under the hour or
> > indeed, getting one's weight back down below 15 stone)
>
> More to the point, surely an imperial century(style thing)
> should be 144 miles or something like that anyway.
>
> A

112 actually ;-)

16. ### Martinm Guest

"Ambrose Nankivell" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
> In news:[email protected], Roger Hughes
> <[email protected]
> translations.com> typed:
> > the numbers themselves are not particularly important
> > (except inasmuch as they will tend to determine
> > psychological barriers, which is where this century (and
> > that is entryist American cycling slang, too) thing
> > comes in; likewise with getting under the hour or
> > indeed, getting one's weight back down below 15 stone)
>
> More to the point, surely an imperial century(style thing)
> should be 144 miles or something like that anyway.
>
> A

Also, why do we still think there are 12 hours in a day?

17. ### Mark South Guest

"MartinM" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> "Ambrose Nankivell"
> <[email protected]> wrote in
message news:<[email protected]>...
> > In news:[email protected], Roger Hughes
> > <[email protected]
> > translations.com> typed:
> > > the numbers themselves are not particularly important
> > > (except inasmuch as they will tend to determine
> > > psychological barriers, which is where this century
> > > (and that is entryist American cycling slang, too)
> > > thing comes in; likewise with getting under the hour
> > > or indeed, getting one's weight back down below 15
> > > stone)
> >
> > More to the point, surely an imperial century(style
> > thing) should be 144 miles or something like that
> > anyway.
> >
> > A
>
> Also, why do we still think there are 12 hours in a day?

Solar or sidereal?
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19. ### Peter B Guest

"Arthur Clune" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
>
> Is it just me, or does anyone else associate the whole
> "keep the mile, pound, fulongs/fornight" brigade with
> blazers, biogitry, little englandism and supporting
> football? (these all being bad things in my book).

In the mid 70's I lived for a while in Manitoba (Canada)
where miles were in use. In '77 we moved to Ontario, a nice
drive of 1400 miles, where kilometres were already in use. I
bought a new stick-on face (no dual faces like here in the
UK) for the car speedo and life carried on. Weights were
also in metric and as an aside consumer packaging was bi-
lingual across Canada. Life carried on.<1> Some 20 years
after returning to the UK we are still struggling to fully
accept the metric system simply because of pussy-footing.

No problem to me being an old git and working in
engineering, I know that a km is approx. 0.6 miles, a
quarter of an inch = 6.4mm, 1kg = 2.2lbs , etc. (yeah, our
tolerances are a bit slack ;-) and that I'm 5feet 10 and a
half inches and weigh 79kgs ;-)

<1>Except when confusing lbs and kgs when re-fuelling
aircraft :-(

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20. ### Peter B Guest

"Alan Holmes" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Nowadays, not so fast, but about 55 years ago I was
> cycling home from work one evening and a motorist started
> to tail me, after a little while
it
> was begining to iritate me and I was just about to stop
> and say something when he drew anlongside and shorted at
> me that I was travelling at 30 mph, I didn't know what to
> say as a response.

Oh, a pissing contest! Nowadays at 50 years old I travel
downhill on a road bike at up to 40 mph with a tail wind in
Leicestershire and 42 mph downhill on rough tarmac roads in
Derbyshire on an mtb. I once rode downhill at 50mph in
Yorkshire. Speeds verified in 2 cases on 2 different bike
computers on my bikes and in the other case with a computer
on a friends mtb. These are easier to use at 40mph than
working it out with a map and stopwatch.

>
> Have you noticed that journeys home are always faster than
> the journey
out?

Only when I get the route and wind direction to work
in unison.

> which means I had travelled 84 miles in 2 hours 50
> minutes, which was an average of (if my arithmetic is up
> to date) 29.5 mph. Bearing in mind that the bike was
> loaded for a fortnights holiday, self catering and
> clothing for that time, primus stove, paraffin, meths,
> water container, milk and etc, that wasn't a bad average,
> especially as the trip was across the Cotswolds.

And then the alarm clock woke you up and it was a wet Monday
morning ;-)
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