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  1. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    As an avid cyclist, I had to become pretty familiar with the Metric system. Even American bike builders and component manufacturers use metric measurement for all parts of a bike. It is, as Bethany says, a logic based system will all parts relating to one another in a base 10 system. I am not as enthralled with the metric system when it comes to speed limits or distances on the road. I still have my various software accounts tracking my distances traveled in miles and elevation gains in feet. However, I no problem watching European races and translating the distances of stage races into miles when they are listed in meters or kilometers.

    I have no desire to change over to the metric system in the United States, but I have no problem using it for specific purposes like those mentioned above. It is actually a lot easier going through a set of sockets that fit my ratchet in metric sizes which are all whole numbers. The American standard measurements which include 32nds, 16th, 8th, and quarters, etc. can become extremely frustrating when attempting to find the correct size to fit a nut or bolt.

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    • January 28, 2019, at 8:51 AM PST
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  2. mildlyo Member
    mildlyoJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The Metric system is a product of the French government. The Imperial system is a product of the English government. Both were devised to impose standardized weights and measurements to ease trade and tax collecting. Both are used because they are convenient, and for no other reason.

    The Dozenal Society of America will be happy to tell you why base 12 is better than base 10, if you’re really interested…

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    • January 28, 2019, at 8:56 AM PST
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    mildlyo (View Comment):

    The Metric system is a product of the French government. The Imperial system is a product of the English government. Both were devised to impose standardized weights and measurements to ease trade and tax collecting. Both are used because they are convenient, and for no other reason.

    The Dozenal Society of America will be happy to tell you why base 12 is better than base 10, if you’re really interested…

    The Imperial system is merely a codification of the customary system that developed by trial and error (a.k.a. the invisible hand) over the centuries. The measures are generally based on the human body.

    The metric system was developed in revolutionary France in the 1790s and is based on an inaccurate estimate of the circumference of the Earth.

    European countries resented the dominance of the British Empire and so chose the metric system to express their independence.

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    • January 28, 2019, at 7:33 PM PST
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  4. Chris Gregerson Member
    Chris GregersonJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The United States of America is on the metric system since 1964. The meter is defined by the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. The rest of our lengths are derived as parts of the meter.

     I use what works best for what I’m doing. 

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    • January 29, 2019, at 7:22 AM PST
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