- Aug 14, 2005
- in 1st Place
1. How do they tear up the trails more? Power? Are we going to ban riders that can put down a lot of watts? Most Ebiker I see are not putting down combine watts anywhere near a good rider on a non E bike. Is it the weight? No Fat riders on heavy bikes?Here's the thing:
1. They DO tear up the trails more than we do. Especially if they've been tweaked (and there are a zillion Youtube videos now on how).
2. They hold speed in places where when pedaling you'd be likely to decelerate naturally. In fact, that's part of how we design in trail management for diverse populations - we oftentimes put in features specifically for speed control of mountain bikers. Oh, and as for speed limits: there are places that have them. Example:
Canal Heritage Trail: Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (Posted 15, at least Cheshire to Hamden)
3. "Getting more people out" is a laudable goal, but not if it gets people to venture out and into places they're really not prepared for (see my comment about backcountry, above).
And the biggie:
4. We're STILL fighting the access battle, and STILL considered "two-wheeled locusts" by several and many constituency groups. These people never welcomed us - despite the mountain of evidence we're roughly as impactful as the hikers, and far less so than the equestrians and motorized guys - and would like nothing more than to boot us, despite the work we've done to preserve, protect, and maintain the resource. They're absolutely salivating at the idea of being able to conflate mountain bikes with motorcycles.
2. So can pedaling harder, plus a lot of speed checks are the same for everyone regardless of bike, it comes down to skill, throw in a corner or log over and the better rider will be faster
3. Being prepared has nothing to do with bike and everything to do with the rider.
4. Everyone wants to ban what they don't like. Fudds are happy to throw AR15s under the bus to keep their rights. This is no different.