Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 12:09 PM

How do you enforce access for a certain group but only if they meet a certain classification (ie class 1emtbs). You eventually have situations like this.... "Why should my bike not be allowed since the only difference is it has a throttle?"

This was brought up by a land manager who states:
"The problem, which seems to have been purposely created, is that this category of transportation has multiple groups and someone determined that at least one of the groups is not appropriate for multi use trails. That would be like saying 9 speeds are ok but any other speeds are not. Or certain breeds of horses are ok but others are not. Kinda of insulting to land managers"

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Liked a comment on the item Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 6:00 AM

Yes, that's touchy and the more E-MTB I see, the angrier I'am.
They might be fun (like kissing your cousin!) but they are wrong!
I rode some and I even own one for commuting but still think they are the lamest fucking millenials bastard version of mtb!
Sure they move quick going up but...more

Added a comment about feature Why Are E-Bikes Such a Touchy Subject in the U.S.? 11/13/2017 5:59 AM

First of all, comparing the EU to the US is like comparing apples to oranges. The US has vastly more wilderness and a larger park system. And people aren't crammed in a small space. Michael Ferrentino's comments in the audio miss the whole point calling emtb opponents selfish and uninformed, and the (5:30) "Americans have a cultural problem with sharing". No, it's not about sharing. It's about opening the door to more and more powerful mopeds on the trails. That's the bottom line... Once the door is open for the simplest of motors, gradually more and more powerful bikes will be introduced. If we've learned anything from the bike industry is that they love to introduce newer and better "technology" every year to pique the rider's wallets. The "classification" of motor bikes is a fallacy since there's no way for anyone to police or enforce these mythical standards on the trails and was created for political reasons. What will end up happening is "other interests" will end up grouping regular mountain bikes with emtb and base trail access decision on the merits of both groups as a single entity.

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