Saturday, January 15, 2011

ISM - After reviewing a year's worth of saddles we know!

Except for gorillas and humans, all true apes are agile climbers of trees.

Evolution - It took the human some time to get adapted to bipedal gait. The same is true for ape on bicycles. Man is slow to learn! Perhaps it's the tools? Perhaps it's the commercial "Status Quo", after all the "Commercial Ape Gods" focus is not on man's improvements. Until they can find a way to get around the patents!

Planet of the Apes - A movie about an astronaut and crew crash lands on a planet inhabited by intelligent talking human-like apes, they are the dominate species, who rule the planet, they oppress and enslaved with an iron fist, or better strong arm.

The Gorilla has about 6 times the strength of man, their arms are much longer than their legs i.e. more leverage.

Also important to note is that gorillas are put together differently: they have stronger arms, for example, but may have weaker legs than a human (link length). So the ape rocket science folks want to shorten your leg length on a bike? Hmmm?

That creatures should exist so nearly approaching to each other in all particulars of their physical structure, and yet differing so immeasurably in their endowments and capabilities, would be a fact hard to believe, if it were not manifest to our observation!

When you have a 800 pound Ape pushing their weight around, things tend to move slowly. Today, with the mass marketing, you would think we live on the "Planet Of The Apes." Evolution of the cycling industry moves slowly. After all the Apes don't care to loose their ground!

Every once in a while humans learn, rare, but it's true. So often what the human does is based on the "Status Quo.' The people who rule the ground at which we move on. Not unlike other animals, the more you have in your army, the better, like it or not, good or bad. In fact, you can loose your choices, we don't have that around here and never will.

Evolution has provided the human body with two distinct features: the specialization of the upper limb for visually-guided manipulation (among the tall grassland) and the lower limb's development into a mechanism specifically adapted for efficient bipedal gait (when something wants to eat you).

Even this has been slow to change, has the feet still allow man to climb a tree in a hurry (place some vine around the front of the feet and up you go i.e. toe straps not so long ago used from cycling.

You can get to all the seeds trees provide i.e. coconut trees, etc...

While the capacity to walk upright is not unique to humans, other primates can only achieve this for short periods (sprints) and at a great expenditure of energy. The human adoption to bipedalism is not limited to the leg, however, but has also affected the location of the body's center of gravity (CG), the reorganisation of internal organs, and the form and biomechanism of the trunk.

In humans, the double S-shaped vertebral column acts as a shock-absorber which shifts the weight from the trunk over the load-bearing surface of the feet. Not so on a bike of choice.

The human legs are exceptionally long and powerful as a result of their exclusive specialization to support and locomotion — in orangutans (elk, deer, cows, etc...) the leg length is 111% of the trunk; in chimpanzees 128%, and in humans 171%. How ever given the pedaling ideas, many want you like an ape?

Many of the leg's muscles are also adopted to bipedalism, most substantially the gluteal muscles, the extensors of the knee joint (upper leg) , and the calf muscles (lower leg) for the foot link.

The real trick is to teach the bipedalism of human on wheels. Man has not gone through the evolution needs to ride two wheels. He has not learned, after all, the wheel has been used that long.

Now for the shocking truth, the evolution of using two wheels has been a very slow process. Man wants to use his unique bipedal skills to ride a bike. You might say, it's been a painful ride.

There are muscles that only at onset, allow other muscles in other groups to then turn-on. What you do in running or in walking is not what you do on a bike.

Most ride their bikes like they live on "Planet of the Apes." If you have seen the movie, you will better understand who calls the shots.

Few challenge the status quo!

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