In a message dated 5/9/2002 5:09:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> it'd be interesting to know how many opinions voiced today were formed by
> people whose careers took place on the sidelines.
I think I am "off the sidelines" as I am a former Senior USCF rider, a frame builder, a budding advanced high performance fast touring bicycle maker (I know you have never heard about me -- its a big world) and former high performance automobile racer.
I am also a retired business man who invented a decision making methodology that has and is guiding significant strategy and product development world wide, (I have used this methodology in every country -- Asia, China and Russia, etc.), after retiring I have begun to use my decision methodologies to evaluate the Bicycle business.
So I feel that I am hardly "on the sidelines" ( I see your comment as egalitarian and any assumption that your are more "off the sidelines" on this multidimensional issue is undeserved based on what I know about you)
Okay Richie I have a few questions:
1. What actual performance data can we find to prove your theory? Is there a way to create the comparison.
2. In my experience unless a differentiation factor of 10X to 100X exists, and can be defined as to a. performance measure and b. the target value for it, all is assumption. The speculation, etc., and vague stuff that is okay around a table drinking beer but hard to stomach in a context that attempts to be scientific, or rational research.
So since some of the people that have responded to this thread had some good points and actual performance data what can be done to add these same constraints to what you are saying?
Sunny Castro Valley, CA