I think it's the OP's attitude that's makes the whole project sound off-putting... If there was some scientific explanation, explaining how he did it, how it was calculated, how it affects the ride, how it remains stiff/safe, I would be very interested to hear since I have a set of R500s on the commuter (not that I would do it.) People take a drill to a lot of things around here, including shifters and derailleurs.
Instead it's gone something like "I'm going to do it and you're all twats for questioning me.", coupled with a number of thinly veiled insults and a know-it-all attitude that makes this thread a trainwreck.
I have re-read the whole thread a few times, my conclusions are :-
1. I could be new to all of you and I understand my User name is not presentable under European's eyes.
2. I have tried to be humble and polite to answer questions. I did not start the fight, I just fight back to protect my ground.
3. There are newbies to the subject who do not equip themselves with the necessary basic engineering knowledge before they open-fire/start the flaming.
There are others who think that the responses are negative right off the bat… none by anyone who had actually tried it... The responses are ‘’sky or earth’’, therefore it is really the altitude of person who read my posts while not my attitude that need to be rectified. It is the first impression of my idea to you that make the big difference, you think my idea is very stupid/ignorance and you look at me with scorn.
I have once heard Charles K. Kao (Father of Fiber Optic Communication) said ‘’ Never look down on ideas from others, not even from infants/young students.’’