Claudia Wasko, director of Bosch Ebike North-America, Speaks w/Press

stevenast

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Lol, ok I'll read

Edit: It asked me about herbicides (like weed and feed) and also offers an option at the bottom to skip the survey. Sorry about my initial reaction, I just don't think I owe personal information to websites just to read their content.
 

J.R.

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Lol, ok I'll read

Edit: It asked me about herbicides (like weed and feed) and also offers an option at the bottom to skip the survey. Sorry about my initial reaction, I just don't think I owe personal information to websites just to read their content.
Totally agree, I looked at it twice as well!
 

stevenast

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When she was addressing prejudices against e-bikes, it made me remember another post of yours linking to this:
http://m.pinkbike.com/news/opinion-friends-dont-let-friends-ride-e-bikes-2014.html

In the comments of that one, some of the mountain bikers were threatening physical violence if they found e-bikers on "their" trails. Others commenters were pointing out however, that hikers consider mountain bikers, the same way mountain bikers consider e-bikers on trails: Messing up the experience and/or access for "us".

It also reminded me of those crazy laws that are being enforced in Toronto, treating e-bikers as if they're motorcyclists.

it is an "interesting" experience being in a group that has prejudices aimed at it.

Ms. Wasko did a good job. I did think she could have answered the question about, "do ebikes damage trails?" a little more positively than just saying, "no studies have been done". But overall, a nice interview.
 

NoDTMF

Active Member
Thanks for the link. Somehow she should have mentioned that normal bikes already go 20 mph and the mid-drives (which seemed to be the sole reference for bikes) require the people to pedal. The reason that this should be stressed is that an ebike vs a normal bike ...it is the attitude of the rider. On the trails I commute the guys who ride the racing style bikes (in my day we called them 10 speeds!) are quite obnoxious- they go very fast and scare the pedestrians.