The accumulative effect of aero improvements

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The accumulative effect of aero improvements

Postby mikesbytes » Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:05 am

Watched a video this morning that showed a 9 second gain over 40k for shaving your arms.

As we know, if you add up the seconds improvements you don't arrive at the same improvement that the numbers imply. 9 + 32 + 93 + 17 = 2 min 30 seconds. But in reality those combined improvements don't give you that actual figure, they give you something less.

So how do we equate the improvements?
If the R-1 rule is broken, what happens to N+1?

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Re: The accumulative effect of aero improvements

Postby thearthurdog » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:49 am

I've always wondered about the validity of all those claimed improvements, because as you say, I don't feel like they all 'add up'. I've recently upgraded my disc wheel and according to the good people at Zipp, I should now move up a place at the state titles, but I am not so sure (fingers crossed).
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Re: The accumulative effect of aero improvements

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:00 am

The individual claim is correct but combining doesn't add up. Its a case of each improvement brings a smaller overall improvement
If the R-1 rule is broken, what happens to N+1?

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Re: The accumulative effect of aero improvements

Postby clackers » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:04 am

Yes, otherwise 100 such one-percent improvements would mean you'd get to the finish line instantly. :-)

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