Well, as the OP, I wanted to thank each of you for the comments and suggestions, and perhaps close out this thread. I rented a non-electric MTB today for $30, and tried it out on my usual fitness loop. At the first hill, I realized why I sold all my regular bikes and purchased an e-bike, LOL. I have to say that, for me, the acoustic MTB took all the fun out of my ride, and made me realize how much fun the e-bikes are.
Anyway, I ordered Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB tires and some larger platform pedals that I will install on my Ride1up 500. I think these changes, along with lowering the tire pressure, will suit me just fine for some easier trail riding that I want to do. p.s., Stefan, I looked for the Schwalbe Smart Sams, but could find none for sale here in the U.S.
Congratulations on the new shoes!The all terrain tires (Schwab Marathon Plus 27.5x2.25) and larger platform pedals made the difference for me. I was able to do the trail shown below, which I was not comfortable with before the changes. (The Kenda Kwick Seven.5 (27.5"x2.2) tires that came with my Ride1up 500 look smaller in the picture than they are because they are not inflated. The Kenda's are great, and I have 1100 miles on them, with no flats, but I wanted to do some easy trails.)
I could not tell any change on pavement with the Marathons, which is a good thing, because the Kenda's are great on pavement and hard pack. In loose sand over packed dirt I could feel much better traction, and on the trails, I am happy with the change. P.S. This is the first time I removed the rear wheel on an e-bike. Getting if off was easy, getting it back on was a challenge !
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I ride that trail 3 to 4 times per week as part of a 15 mile fitness loop. I notice that a lot of people don't seem very friendly either. I think a lot of the bikers are perhaps preoccupied with their ride, and don't think to be friendly. Just keep saying hello with a smile and they will come around. The hikers seem generally friendly to me, just be polite and slow down approaching or call out "biker back" when overtaking. I've seen a fair amount of e-bikes on the trail, but they are usually in clusters. The biggest grin I ever saw on this trail was an older guy riding an Lectric XP, probably new to him.the wife and i did the prescott peavine trail on 10/3. i was on my diy 1000w hub motor converted '96 proflex mtb, View attachment 69299 and she was on her ride1up core5. she didn't want to do the smaller hiking trails since it was her first time off asphalt. maybe next time. i was struck by how "unfriendly" people on the trail were. i waved or nodded to everybody walking or riding (we were the only ebikes i saw), and only two people waved back.??
the people on bikes who didn't seem friendly didn;t even look in my direction. the one that did wave was truckin', and just lifted a couple fingers. the disappointing ones were the walkers. prob 2 out of 50 responded and one who did gave me a "slow down" motion. (i was doing 12.5 mph)perhaps the other bikers were going fast enough they did not feel safe taking a hand from their grips or diverting their concentration
You have as much a right to be there as anyone else does - including walkers. Don't let them screw up your day. If they want to be nice, or just another blob on the planet, let them! You aren't doing anything wrong by being there. Enjoy yourself! You may notice, after riding that section of trail regularly, you'll start seeing familiar faces - and those faces are way more likely to give you a nod or a wave than they would a stranger.the people on bikes who didn't seem friendly didn;t even look in my direction. the one that did wave was truckin', and just lifted a couple fingers. the disappointing ones were the walkers. prob 2 out of 50 responded and one who did gave me a "slow down" motion. (i was doing 12.5 mph)