Day: February 8, 2021

Proof a Round Steering Wheel Option Might Exist!

We found some images of the new Model S with a regular steering wheel buried within the source code of Tesla’s website, which suggests to us that even the automaker is hedging that the new wheel shape may go unloved by customers or, more critically, be banished by regulators.

Wait, Can Tesla Even Sell Cars With a Steering “Yoke?”

The law isn’t totally clear on whether or not the new Teslas’ steering yokes are fair game, although, in recently proposed rule changes to primary vehicle controls amidst the rise of self-driving cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted it has never fully defined the necessary shape of a steering wheel—i.e., that it must be a complete circle or at least mostly round. It’s only written that the control must satisfy crash standards. In fact, in seeking to clarify definitions of driver controls (and explicitly

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China auto sales expected to grow in 2021

The world’s biggest auto market is set to resume growing after a three-year slide capped by the pandemic.

China’s new-vehicle sales will grow 4 percent to more than 26 million in 2021 as the world’s No. 2 economy continues to recover from disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers predicted last week.

China was the first country battered by the coronavirus and is expected to be the only major economy to have grown in 2020.

Car and light-truck deliveries are forecast to rise 7.5 percent to 21.7 million in 2021 while new commercial-vehicle demand will slip 10 percent to 4.6 million, said Xu Haidong, an official at the industry trade group. Sales of new electrified vehicles including plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles will jump 40 percent to 1.8 million, he added.

New-vehicle demand in China grew for the ninth consecutive month in December, rising 6.4

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Road bike sizing: what size bike do I need?

Riding a bike that doesn’t fit is no fun. It’s uncomfortable and you risk injury from being too cramped or too stretched out, but knowing what size bike you should buy can be a bit of a minefield. So here’s some advice to help you find the right size road bike.

Finding the right bike starts with the frame shape — traditional, semi-compact or compact — and size.

Two bike models of the same stated size can also result in very different positions, so it’s well worth reading up on the key numbers that affect road bike geometry, what they mean, and how they affect fit and handling to ensure you’re buying the best road bike for your needs.

Getting a good fit means more than just having the right size frame. It also means your bike fits at all the main contact points: saddle, handlebars and pedals. Have a

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Kristin Armstrong and Partners to Launch Women’s Cycling Lifestyle and Coaching Community

Co-founded by mom, wife, entrepreneur, coach, and 3-time Olympic gold medalist, Kristin Armstrong, KX3 Lifestyle + Coaching (KX3) officially launches on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:10 a.m. PST / 7:10 a.m. MST in conjunction with a new weekly KX3 Women’s Freestyle Group Training Ride on Zwift. The name KX3 is a tribute to Kristin and her three gold medals won in the women’s individual time trial in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games. The company’s first offering will be a three-part, 18-week coaching system created by Armstrong. Each of the three 6-week coaching programs are available through TrainingPeaks and provided in three different formats. The three formats are unique to riding entirely indoors on Zwift, 100 percent outdoors, or a hybrid of both, giving the athlete the most relevant and effective program possible.

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Left to right: Nicola Cranmer, Kristin Armstrong, Heather Hill-Foster

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KX3 will be membership-based, and in

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