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N - 3 + 1

jdb's picture

By jdb - Posted on 12 June 2011

After a bit of stress selling off some bikes that weren't getting as much use as they should. The planets aligned and a Scott Scale 29 RC feel into my lap.

Took a little bit of a gamble and went for the large frame, fits me like a glove. Can't see the ASR getting much use, it maybe forsale soon (once I work out what to replace it with).

Having so much fun on this bike, been out to Mount Annan the last two days.

Winco's picture

Wow! Lovely. Bet this bit of kit flies along? I'd be proud of owning this too.

Fatboy's picture

Looks very sexy Jay. How did you get through that section where you almost have to track stand to get around the s-bends? I know I did some 3 Point turns through there on my 26er.

Antsonline's picture

Looks sweet. See you up the front soon...

GAZZA's picture

I've got an alloy one on lone for six weeks and although it's not a Cannondale I don't want to give it back!

jdb's picture

Handles so much better than the salsa 29er I had previously. The switchbacks aren't too bad, took me awhile to get them sorted on the ASR, 29er feels pretty similar through them. Have to work on the berm section in the blue loop, struggle with the tight left right pair.

Have to step up the training to do this bike justice, looking forward to the husky.

trancexone's picture

Can someone explain the N+1 theory to me. What does it mean?

Pratters's picture

The optimum number of bikes to own is "n + 1" where n is equal to the current number of bikes you own.

If a mathematician had 'invented' the formula there would be the addition of an upper limit (bound). As there isn't, the obvious solution is you can never own enough bikes.

Reports from many users on this website indicate that whilst the formula is yet to be disproved (no one has ever said 'I own too many bikes'), the matter of wives/partners/etc seems to be the limiting factor in the application of the "n + 1" formula.

With utmost respect to my first year engineering mechanics lecturer who stated that one day "you will develop engineering eyes" I tend to take the view that not every rider has "n + 1 eyes". This usually comes with time, patience and a rather large hole in your bank account.

Andrew's picture

I always thought the upper limit was set by "s-1" where s is the number of bikes it takes for your partner to leave...

muvro's picture

LOL, I like S-1.

novomongoose's picture

so in mathematical language

s - 1 = n + 1

where s equals number of bikes that would result in serious spousal disapproval


n equals the number of bikes you currently have

though some may argue thes figures could actually be different - the number of bikes that cause spousal disapproval may not actually be related to a future number of bikes one actually has

Lach's picture

Nirvana = (n+1) < (s-1)
Hell = (n+1) > (s-1)
If you can negotiate a situation where (n+1) = (s-1), then well done!!

Pete B's picture
Pratters's picture

It never gets easier, you just go faster. To put it another way, per Greg Henderson: “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”


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