An insider’s guide to LEGO cars, from bite-sized to life-sized

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Whenever LEGO announces a new car model—and the company has been revealing some real gems lately—the opinions start flowing. Why this car? Why is it so big—or so small? Did the designers overlook any details that we can nitpick? What’s up with that price? Is LEGO really the world’s largest manufacturer of tires? (Yes.)

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Not all LEGO car models are created the same; in fact, they’re sorted into several distinct product lines, each with a different approach, building experience, and target audience. For the purposes of this buyer’s guide to LEGO cars, we’re focusing on sets featuring replicas of real production vehicles. How cars are chosen for the LEGO treatment, how they’re designed, and how to choose a model that meets your (or your kid’s) expectations.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I’ve worked

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Try an e-bike: A guide to electric bikes for the curious beginner

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I love riding my e-bike so much that I rarely take my car out of the garage, even when temps are in the 100s or below freezing. I’ve ridden in rain, snow, and, occasionally, off-road. Sedona, Arizona isn’t very bike-friendly, although mountain biking (search
“white line trail”) is popular. When a tiny fraction of Phoenix — over four million — decides to escape valley heat for the cooler mountains, we’re easily overrun.

I’m not a commuter, but I ride most days to favorite venues: Dozens of hiking trails; coffee shops; the library; breweries; and music venues. My average trip is two to four miles one way, but range up to 10 miles.

Here’s a rundown of my take for key e-bike choices:

My first e-bike was a basic hard-tail mountain bike with a 350W rear hub motor, single-speed, large 700c wheels, five levels of pedal-assist only, and no throttle. But,

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Shifting smart priorities amid the Covid-19 pandemic: A guide

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Across the globe, governments have fast tracked the use of mobile and IoT technologies in the fight against Coronavirus. At the same time, leading cities are supporting shared bike schemes and dedicated cycle routes. They are also evaluating the viability of public transport systems where ridership has decreased by as much as 90% in some places.

As passengers gradually return to public and private sector transport systems, service providers need to deal with changed priorities. There is now an imperative to manage transport capacity and passenger density both at stations and inside buses and trains. In addition, facilities owners must demonstrate that they are satisfying more demanding health and safety rules. Coordination across public and private sector service providers and their users will be as fundamental to this transition as better sourcing and uses of data.

This is where standardization can play a significant role, not just in terms of

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Beginner’s Guide to RV Trailers

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Traveling by RV is a resurging trend amid the coronavirus pandemic, with families seeking an escape while maintaining social distancing. A motorhome or travel trailer allows you to see the country without the need to use public lodging, restaurants, or even restrooms.

“We are noticing increased interest in the lifestyle both virtually through online resources and resuming interest in states where dealerships are open when compared to when the pandemic began,” says Sam Jefson, a spokesman for Winnebago Industries, maker of Winnebago and Grand Design motorhomes and travel trailers.

Trailers are the least expensive way to get into the recreational vehicle (RV) lifestyle. That’s because owners often need nothing more than the family SUV or truck to haul them. They’re much cheaper and simpler to get started with than a motorhome, and they come in a wide range of

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