Bicycle component maker SRAM has developed a 3 speed hub that should be very robust and well suited to remote villages that lack specialized bicycle repair shops. An interesting feature is a power take off so a mechanical contraption can more easily use human supplied power - anything you can hook a chain to that is under a few hundred watts of mechanical power.
About 85,000 Buffalo bikes from World Bike Relief have been distributed Africa. The price is a bit over $130 per bicycle.
A competition is underway to find the best cycling city in the Netherlands (best in the Netherlands may also mean best in the World). A description of Almere - a new city with a bit of not so good mixed in with the good. None of these are perfect and that makes tem interesting.
On downwind, you can see RJs–regional jets–touching down smartly, but again, I wonder about their flying real estate: our wing has more acreage, thus not as clean, and I don’t care what the engineers might say (I think I know), our winglets hold the wing stiffer and the lessened flexibility translates more lateral motion to the jet. End result: rougher ride.
All of that comes with the territory: you know the limits and the options, so pre-planning is key to not looking stupid, or in less conspicuous terms, to arriving safely. And that is, arriving in the vicinity of LaGuardia: we’ve already discussed among ourselves, one approach, then clearance on request to JFK.
But why not plan enough fuel for two or more approaches? Isn’t there a good chance that if you fly down to minimums, then go-around, that on the next approach you’ll know exactly how to counter the winds?
Great Falls, Montana has a sixty mile scenic cycling trail 25 years in the making. Much of the town has a 25mph speed limit and a small population, so when the weather is nice (wind is sometimes a problem), the city is well suited for cycling.
A case can be made for getting rid of laws that are something of a protection racket for auto dealers. The dealers are upset at Tesla's innovation of direct sales to customers and dealers are flexing their political muscles. A few days ago the governer of NJ bowed to the status quo.
It is worth examining the history of these laws to understand why they exist, as the auto dealer franchise laws were originally put in place for a just cause and are now being twisted to an unjust purpose. Many decades ago, the incumbent auto manufacturers sold franchises to generate capital and gain a salesforce. The franchisees then further invested a lot of their money and time in building up the dealerships. That’s a fair deal and it should not be broken. However, some of the big auto companies later engaged in pressure tactics to get the franchisees to sell their dealerships back at a low price. The franchisees rightly sought protection from their state legislatures, which resulted in the laws on the books today throughout the United States (these laws are not present anywhere else in the world).
The intent was simply to prevent a fair and longstanding deal between an existing auto company and its dealers from being broken, not to prevent a new company that has no franchisees from selling directly to consumers. In most states, the laws are reasonable and clear. In a handful of states, the laws were written in an overzealous or ambiguous manner. When all auto companies sold through franchises, this didn’t really matter. However, when Tesla came along as a new company with no existing franchisees, the auto dealers, who possess vastly more resources and influence than Tesla, nonetheless sought to force us to sell through them.
The reason that we did not choose to do this is that the auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none. Moreover, it is much harder to sell a new technology car from a new company when people are so used to the old. Inevitably, they revert to selling what’s easy and it is game over for the new company.
Before automobiles converged on what we would recognize electric cars were popular with women and doctors - largely because you didn't have to deal with the difficult and sometimes dangerous process of hand cranking an engine. Electric starters and improvements in infrastructure for cars made electrics less desirable and they went away waiting for technology improvements. Here is a piece on Detroit Electric.