Last night, my husband I went to a bike shop to see if I could get some changes made to my ebike. While in the shop, I noticed some bikers checking out my bike. One of them waited until we were out in the parking lot, came up to me and said, "isn't this cheating?"
Interesting word choice, "cheating". Cheating who? The spandex gods, gripping their time trial/aero handlebars, who think a ride around the lake, (13 mi., winding, stop sign type city streets), trying to beat their own personal best? Speeding past walkers, bikers, and yes, we dangerous, upright handlebar gripping, e bike, speedsters, who are enjoying the experience, not the speed?
Next time one of these poor, disadvantaged, titanium, bikers whizzes through "my" neighborhood, gripping their trial/aerobars, I will see if I can catch up and clock their speed.
1st time in 10 years that I have been able to enjoy a ride around the lake with my husband. (Spine issues)
Thanks Brambor. What a heated debate. The Purists are afraid of the slippery slope if they open up single tracks to ebikes.
Posted on the MTB forum:
Ebikes will likely be regulated by classification, and have identifying labels, like a Green/yellow/red sticker. Then trail managers can specify the ebike class allowed on that particular trail, with respect to the class, and all riders will know what “color” to look out for, as a means of policing the trail and being fair.
It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing folks. Your IMBA founder is not insane or have dementia. He knows what he is talking about. YOU are in ignorance if you think ebikes equal gas powered motorcycles. Ebikes have 3 mixed modes. No assist – normal pedaling, PAS – pedal assist added, human effort is amplified, throttle – assist is added to human effort anytime. There are multiple levels of power that can be set. Trail conservation and safe riding is fully possible. Yes, the extra power has potential for a rider to be more reckless than a normal bike, simply due to the propulsion being used, (ie. go too fast) People have to know the trail rules and how to operate their machine.
The bionic man has now been replaced with the Bionic Bike. Embrace the opportunity.
After reading this, I have to give more creedance to the classification effort of Larry P, Court, etc, . A colored lable on a bike like Green (class 1) , yellow (class 2), red (class 3) woul dbe an easy way to alleviate fears and allow trail managers to set the boundaries.
I still advocate for class 4, or combining throttle bikes of 750W under class 3 . For road rules and commuting, we need to protect these as "bicycles", or have modest moped rules.
Jay Vee, you sure do have some nice roads to ride and views to look at. Sure is nice! Boy I SURE would like to ride there! SURE would be fun! SURE would be nice if I knew some one that would bring me over there!Whilst all these people argue about where you can and can't go with this or that type of e-bike, I can only continue to be amazed at the lack of traffic (or human activity) on Swiss service roads. I just road 35 kms in the countryside, and I crossed a grand total of 2 mopeds, 2 e-bikes, and 1 very unhappy cat who growled at me (because it's "his road"). It's as if these little access roads are "invisible" to people, perhaps because they are poorly paved or unmarked. It's also possible that people just don't know how to interpret the subtle nuances of the traffic signs. The other day I met a couple that asked me for directions and I pointed them towards a nice little countryside road. The wife remarked that there was a traffic sign forbidding entry to all types of vehicles. But she failed to realize that the restriction only applied in case of snow or ice (it was written under the sign, although in quite small characters).
So I guess I'll keep my secret little stash of roads that nobody seems to want to myself and keep my mouth shut.
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This one is even marked as an official bike itinerary. Perhaps the bursty little 12% grade hill is discouraging people.
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