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dfiler pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 14, 2017 at 11:38
Sep 14, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
Read most of the comments. Most would agree ebikes are fun. That's the problem. They are so fun that people will ride them on crowded trails and cause enough conflict that ALL bikes are banned from those trails.
dfiler pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 14, 2017 at 11:30
Sep 14, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
You're not paying attention. Only a few people have commented on trail damage. Instead, the vast majority are concerned about land access. Motorbikes that look like bicycle will really hurt land access.
dfiler pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 14, 2017 at 10:18
Sep 14, 2017
Yamaha to Launch Their Own eMTB Lineup
I live and ride in a dense city. The city parks are massive and have excellent singletrack, more than enough to do a complete ride, including drops, jumps and gnar. But these parks also have dog walkers, hikers, runner and parents pushing baby carriages. Motorcycles becoming common will hurt already strained relations. Riders will be able to go much faster than their skill and fitness level can handle. ebikes (motorcycles) are already fast and will continue to get faster and lighter. These mixed use trails are not a good place for motorcycles.
dfiler pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 11, 2017 at 9:51
Sep 11, 2017
Results - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
Meh. We've seen enough pictures to know what the track is.The rock garden is technical but short. And yeah, a few features to large for mere mortals. But really, it is a track most pinkbikers could ride no problem. It isn't a difficult track in the sense that pretty much every downhiller could roll it.
dfiler pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 10, 2017 at 15:16
Sep 10, 2017
Results - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
@mxmtb: Good point about Creekside! I hadn't thought of that as an option but it makes sense. Keep the village side open and rake in money from even more visitors than normal. Race on Creekside without disrupting business. Question though... would it be possible for riders to take lift up from village, ride down a different trail on creekside to spectate, then take lift back up and ride down to whistler? For this to work I think there would need to be a separate lift for racers. But I've never been to that side and have no clue about layout and lifts.
dfiler pinkbikeaudience's article
Sep 8, 2017 at 8:14
Sep 8, 2017
Results: Seeding/Timed Session - Cairns DH World Champs 2017
PinkBike... these posts/articles would be an excellent place to point out the difference between seeding and timed training. To a casual viewer, it is easy to miss that elite men are only doing practice runs. Some riders choose to not go all out. The results list can't be understood without realizing that.
dfiler paulaston's article
Sep 7, 2017 at 17:24
Sep 7, 2017
It's The Final Randoms - Eurobike 2017
Hacking is easy and you can order just about anything on the internet. Fast ebikes are not illegal in many places. They are just prohibited on roads and public property, depending on jurisdiction. Just order one off of eBay and you can get whatever you want. There are youtube videos explaining how to mod them as well. For example, look at how easy it is to buy illegal fireworks, cable boxes, fully automatic conversion kits for rifles, shower heads that don't meet low flow requirements, cars with the governors removed, plumbing products that are illegal in your jurisdiction, etc. If I wanted an ebike that goes faster than allowed here, I could order one in less than a minute. It is already happening and will become increasingly common. People like going fast, not just motorsport racers. Fast ebikes are becoming cheap. Price won't be a factor for if you want to stick to the regulated speeds or go much faster. I honestly don't believe regulations can keep vehicles slow. History should make that quite clear.
dfiler paulaston's article
Sep 7, 2017 at 7:13
Sep 7, 2017
It's The Final Randoms - Eurobike 2017
@clarky78: Quite familiar with electric vehicles and the laws governing them. It is naive to believe that ebikes will remain slow because of laws. This is not trolling but rather a simple statement of fact. There are many different categories and jurisdiction. That makes it easy to get your hands on one that is faster than allowed in a jurisdiction or allowed on road, or on public land, etc. Note that electric vehicles are already starting to demolish records set on internal combustion vehicles. Earlier this year, an electric car became the fastest around Nürburgring. They also have the fasted lap on the Isle of Man TT, fastest pikes peak hill climb... and 0 to 60mph in less than a second. This is a dilemma we have to deal with. Right now the situation hasn't come to a head, but it will. Electric vehicles are awesome. A little too awesome, that's the problem.
dfiler paulaston's article
Sep 4, 2017 at 19:35
Sep 4, 2017
It's The Final Randoms - Eurobike 2017
It's not just trail access, it's also safety. Many mountain bikers ride in city parks that are frequented by dog walkers, hikers, runners, infants being pushed in strollers, etc. It simply isn't safe to allow motorcycles on these trails. And yes, ebikes are motorcycles. Each year they get quicker and that trend won't stop. Basically, does it make sense to allow motocross on pedestrians? Quite obviously no.
dfiler mikelevy's article
Aug 30, 2017 at 7:55
Aug 30, 2017
Does Manitou's Mastodon Pro Make Fatbikes More Fun? - Review
The author thinks fat bikes have "an air of weirdness"? That's like thinking dropper posts are weird. A few years ago a fat bike made me the center of attention. I couldn't pump gas with it on the bike rack without a stranger talking to me about it. It would be what people talked to me about on rides. It was constantly the topic of discussion. Now? Nobody asks or even gives it a second look. Yesterday I saw some poor kids in the ghetto are riding fat bmx bikes. They're at walmart. They're everywhere. I'm surprised to hear that BC is behind on fat bikes. Most other areas with so much bike culture have already been through the fat fad and now think of fat bikes as just another type of bike. Some people ride only fat bikes but most have them as just another bike in the quiver. They're not going away. Mountain bikers that have the desire and budget to afford multiple bikes, frequently have a fat bike.
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