# Way OT: furlongs per fortnight

I like the idea of measuring my rides in these arcane units. Sadly I can’t reprogram my cycle computer so I have to do the manual conversions.

One furlong is 201.168m (don’t know what that is in feet or miles because we use metric in Aus). [Fortnight is a contraction of fourteen nights]

I just need to work a little harder and I can crack the 800 furlong per fortnight barrier.

Phil from Melbourne

Re: Way OT: furlongs per fortnight

“philowen” <philowen.ii5hn@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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>
> I like the idea of measuring my rides in these arcane units. Sadly I
> can’t reprogram my cycle computer so I have to do the manual
> conversions.
>
> One furlong is 201.168m (don’t know what that is in feet or miles
> because we use metric in Aus).

A furlong is 220 yards, or in terms of something you Ozzies can understand
ten cricket pitches.
I must wonder WHY furlongs? When so many better measures exist:
chains, poles, perches etc, or would they only be applicable to giraffes?

Naomi

>
> I just need to work a little harder and I can crack the 800 furlong per
> fortnight barrier.

That’s 8000 lengths of the Melborne pitch. I’ll look out for you in the
next test match.

Naomi

One furlong = 220 yards (1 yard = 3 feet. 1 foot = 12 inches.)

1 furlong = 1/8 of a mile.

handily,
1/16 mile = 110 yards.
1/8 mile = 220 yards (furlong)
1/4 mile = 440 yards
1/2 mile = 880 yards

Which is why a mile is 1760 yards, which at first sight would seem a strange number!

Furlong comes from the old English and means ‘furrow long’ and is the traditional length of a single furrow in a ploughed field. This goes back to the day of horse drawn ploughs and small fields. A horse drawn plough could plough 1 acre in a day.

1 acre = 4,840 square yards.
Go back to the furlong and you will realise that 1 furlong squared = 48,400 square yards. So in one day, a single plough could do 1 furlong X 1/10 furlong of land. All very neat.

Applying these old units to unicycling, I’d suggest a cubit whel, or perhaps a royal cubit wheel, with cranks that are 1 span (for max torque) or 1 hand (for max speed).

Or a Coker, which has a wheel which is 1/2 fathom in diameter.

cant we all just measure in beers?

Mike and Naomi

Thanks for the edifying responses to my piece of whimsy.

The first half dozen years of my life were imperial, the next three dozen were metric.

I like the idea of ‘describing’ cranks as one hand or one span, and I love some of the possibilities inherent in a coker’s wheel being half a fathom.

Phil from Melbourne