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Blended Wing Body Aircraft

No.1842529 View ViewReplyOriginalReport
What is /n/'s opinion of BWB aircraft and their potential applications?

Passenger transport is unlikely for several reasons, but cargo applications seem promising. Particularly, I'm fond of the idea of a BWB "air tanker" - designed specifically to transport liquid cargo in a shaped composite tank inside the blended fuselage.
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Why carrying stuff on a bike hasn't been solved yet? taking just the basics is still a pain in the ass to this day, and instead of fixing it, bike manufacturers keep on "developing" dumb bullshit like pic related. Why's it so hard to just pack a spare tube, small toolkit and 2 bottles of water? If we can now get all the cables inside the tubes, thus meaning the top surface of the tube can be used to store stuff too, instead we still have the same storage sollutions used in the 1920s.

In my opinion, bikes should have:
>a battery inside the seat tube that feeds both lights and can also feed the gps unit, should you have one
>bottle cages in the down tube and seat tube, but a container in the top tube for a pump and a spare tube
>standardized mounts for front/rear bags/panniers
All of that is easily achievable within the UCI limits for bikes, but companies are just too greedy and freds too gullible. They'll keep on selling chink carbon for sportsbike money and nothing can stop them. Hell, now they're even selling bikes without adjustable saddle heights, you're literally cutting the fucking thing.
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At this point we are 3, maybe at most 5 years away from the point where people will unironically buy 100% mainland Chinese brand bikes without it being seen as niche/autist/risque/"interesting". Like how people basically consider Anker to be the best of the best when it comes to their one niche thing, not "despite being a PRC brand", no discussion of that, just straight up it's good, it's trustworthy, end of discussion. We're getting pretty close for bikes but we're still a couple of years out.

But here I don't mean this one niche thing like a wheel. For bikes I mean everything, from the frameset to the wheels to the groupset, chain, tires, contact points, even the electronics. There will be a 100% PRC bike and it will be not a cheap bike but a good bike, and probably there will be a number of them actually and it will be considered prestigious to ride one.

My question is, why isn't Taiwan doing the same? I can buy a Seka or a Winspace frame direct from the manufacturer. Why won't ORA sell me one frameset? I know they've got a lot of large bike companies as clients but why aren't we seeing direct to consumer Taiwanese framesets, wheels etc? The only thing that has stopped me from buying an LB or Yoeleo wheelset is the fact that buying a PRC-branded product is stigmatized in my mind. 2/3 of the stuff I own is PRC-made so it's completely illogical but I feel like Taiwan could really capitalize on this stuff, so why don't they?
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Why should I sit next to nonwhites, restrict myself to stops or stations and waste time on slow public transportation.
I would always have to stick to schedules, expose myself to nonwhites, walk to stops or stations and buy potentially multiple tickets.

All of that when I can just get a car instead and enjoy absolute freedom and don't have to share space with nonwhites, also a lot more comfortable.

It just doesn't make any sense.
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No.1852942 View ViewReplyOriginalReport
Why should I sit next to nonwhites, restrict myself to stops or stations and waste time on slow public transportation.
I would always have to stick to schedules, expose myself to nonwhites, walk to stops or stations and buy potentially multiple tickets.

All of that when I can just get a car instead and enjoy absolute freedom and don't have to share space with nonwhites, also a lot more comfortable.

It just doesn't make any sense.

Collectible bikes thread

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It has never been tougher to get your hands on a vintage mountainbike
So many have been butchered into ebikes and its only going to get worse
What can be done to educate the public about this wasteful fad?
It crushes me inside to see them like that
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Interesting trains thread

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ITT: we post interesting trains we’ve seen out and about locally, or just know about.
Pic is of CP 7021, part of the set of specially painted trains meant to honour Canadian veterans. Saw it today while walking my dogs.
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Becoming a trucker

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24 year old graphic design graduate with Aspergers here. Clearly there's no jobs going for me now so I've started thinking about an old childhood fantasy - becoming a truck driver.

I think I'd love the comfy long haul journeys with my music on, seeing new sights every day, going on comfy night drives. I'd totally make that thing my home and take real good care of it. My family have basically disowned me and no girls want to be with an Aspergers weirdo so having no social interaction doesn't bother me. All I need is music and food.

How do you actually become a trucker with no prior experience?

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Do you use a smart watch to record tracks when you're out on your bike?

I wanna record tracks. Looking for something basic as possible. I use android without Google services so anything reliant on that is out. I want something as basic as possible but the maps feature on the Garmin watches looks pretty cool if I ever need it, better than having a phone on the handle bars

I got the G-Shock GBD 200 cos it has a GPS feature. Turns out it just records distance/time with no option to export a GPX file or view it on a map
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Who here has taken the SEA pill? Most efficient transportation in terms of cost/time is the motorbike. Here in Vietnam, you can buy a brand new ultra reliable Honda Wave for just over $1k USD. These get 80mpg in the city driving like a maniac and over 120 driving conservatively. You can park them almost anywhere and they're cheap to maintain. A broken mirror costs $2 and an oil change costs $.50 in labor and $4 in oil.
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