Woz, you were right! It was indeed epic! Maybe even cathartic? Who could have known?
Some 23 pages worth, irritation, profanity, whose got the biggest pecker swagger, insults, anger, liberal amounts of mindless drivel, references to greased Nazis, inuendo, and tripe, all rounding out with comments about immagining people in crosshairs. Wow. It appears the combatants have spent themselves.
A parting question for the female readers of this excess. The fairer sex didn't seem to get drawn into this. Why? The reality of who cares? Boys being boys? Testosterone fueled middle aged rants? Group psychosis? Fodder for Monty Python?
Epic is one thing, but can this be drawn out to become historic? According to Wikipedia, they mention Holy Wars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottom_bra ... red_cranks
and could this be the thread to end em all?
So here is some/more unsubstantiated dross to take seriously. It should be obvious that there is a clear demographic of greasers. The manufactures at the cutting edge of this wondrous technology seem to be born in the USA. Anglophone and Interweb supremacy led this greasing concept to be introduced in the UK; where traditionally all cyclists are still fond of the B17 Brooks saddles. However, many cyclists are also mechanical savvy and they grease tapers like they would grease a headset cup - interference or clearance or press or friction fit it doesn't matter especially when armed with rudimentary tools such as a hammer, long spanner and mug of tea.
The greasing concept was introduced in Japan via joint development initiatives; namely Shimano having a bunch of American racers helping, testing and generally thrashing mountain bikes about in mountains around the late 80s and 90s. Shimano eventually decided to market Octalink to kill the square taper because it was too good and they couldn't patent it.
Whilst in Southern Europe, most people were busy eating pan aux chocalates and enjoying oiling salads rather than square tapers. Backtracking a good few decades prior to the 90s, a chap from Vicenza, Italy unfortunately mis-read some Da Vinci manuscripts after a few Chiantis too many at lunch break and simply went ahead just sticking the crank onto a taper and bolting it up thinking it was similar to the assembly of a door handle. This knowledge of dry assembly became the unquestionable norm and got passed down to generations of cyclists, and eventually spread with global economies and easier migration due to cheaper air travel. Campagnolo took a strategic side step in 2006 and introduced Ultra-Torque to effectively end their square taper legacy.
For the sake of a complete study, it would be interesting to know how people in remote Polynesian islands or Siberia assemble a chain-set.
If the BBC World could run this topic on "Hardtalk" in various languages, I am reasonably certain all middle aged men across the globe would be riveted to the cathode ray tube and football viewing ratings would plummet. From good authority I've learned that Hollywood are making a movie about this where John Travolta is going to have the star role as a robot bike mechanic in North Korea in 2045, where he basically starts a greasing movement to save the earth.
Favorite quote on Retrobike:
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.