To resolve this hopeless impass, how about the moderators open a simple yes/no poll? A democratic solution seems the only way out, otherwise we'll be trapped in this perpetual void of non-consensus till the end of time..
How a referendum will help this I don't know....it is not about politics of what the cycling joe public think surely?
This is clearly a mechanical engineering matter requiring clever boffins and lots's of R&D in laboratories with people wearing white coats operating precision machinery with computers to resolve. We need all tests verified with calibrated electron microscopes by independent applied particle physics experts with at least 10 years work experience at the CERN for the love of god!
Alternatively we may be content with being in a cold shed/garage with a few beers, a few rusty rounded bolts, that big monkey wrench for special occasions, some assortment of cranks (say from a Shimano GS200 to Campagnolo Croce d'Aune to a TA Carmina), some lube (say a dollop from that tin of stuff passed down from previous generations for the Suffolk Punch lawn mower to the missus' Singer sewing machine oil) and that knackered Italian threaded LP26 BB (which you don't really know where it came from or why you are keeping it) will do tip-top fine!
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Not worth the petrol to take it to the tip so it's down to the angle grinder to make it small enough to put in the wheely bin.