The per­fect equa­tion

Cycling Weekly - - Letters -

Al­though I agree with Stephen Davies’s for­mula (CW Oct 19) and have my­self ar­rived at s=n+2 pre­vi­ously, sadly it does not al­low for two more bikes since that would equal sep­a­ra­tion. It does, how­ever, al­low for one more and it will con­sis­tently al­low for one more bike if ‘s’ is a vari­able.

For that to hap­pen we would have to as­sume that tol­er­ance in­creases as the part­ner be­comes more used to fur­ther bikes ap­pear­ing.

The rate of in­crease in ‘s’ would have to be at least equal to the rate of in­crease in ‘n’ so there are some co­ef­fi­cients to play with. If ‘s’ is a fixed num­ber, then we are ul­ti­mately doomed!

Re­gards, John, email

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