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flipfantasia mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2017 at 21:47
Feb 23, 2017
Point: E-Bikes Are Good for the Sport
@Tmackstab: no worries
flipfantasia mattwragg's article
Feb 23, 2017 at 17:23
Feb 23, 2017
Point: E-Bikes Are Good for the Sport
@Tmackstab: the difference is that there are probably very few people capable of doing 4 laps like super fit rider guy can, and the motorized bike makes it way easier for a lot more people to now do multiple laps on what they previously would've only done 1, or maybe 2 on a Saturday once a month. Now picture a new fresh trail opening up and everyone being able to do as many laps as their battery power will let them, and see how that works out for the new trail....right now the pool of super fit riders is 'relatively' small, e-bikes make every one super fit and the impacts to the trail system fall from that heavy increase in use and wear and tear a lot faster. I'm not actually against them in shuttle/downhill primary trail areas as a replacement for vehicle shuttling, and I think there could be a place for them on some designated trails or systems specifically managed to include them. But I steadfastly believe that they should not be allowed on non-motorized trail systems or trails not specifically designated for their use. I'm heavily involved in advocacy for our local club and this position is generally shared by most, although probably a bit more liberal towards them than others opinions. We advocates have serious concerns about the long term impacts related to how they'll change the use of trail systems and how they'll interact with other users as they're capable of using the trail system in fundamentally different ways than they're currently used.
flipfantasia pinkbikeaudience's article
Jan 19, 2017 at 15:20
Jan 19, 2017
GoPro of the World Best Line Contest, Final Round - Vote Now
Build and shred gets the vote! Great job, Steve!
flipfantasia mikelevy's article
Dec 18, 2016 at 10:53
Dec 18, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
@Stampers: really? look at what the proponents are saying in these comments, "ride further, ride longer, ride more". You don't think the ability for more people to ride 2-3x further and more often even on days when they're tired and previously would've not ridden doesn't contribute to wear and tear on trails? What about trails that were previously hard to get to and don't get as much maintenance? now it's easy to get there and newbies are going to skid their heavy e-bikes down trails that have been historically protected by the nature of the challenge to get to them. There are hardly any of these things on the trails yet, but what about when and if 10, 20, 30% of riders are on them? You don't think the dynamic of trail impacts and related maintenance issues will drastically change? Let alone the user conflict and land manager issues? Why should mountain bike advocacy groups who have worked to differentiate ourselves from motorized users for literally decades been forced to be the ones to have to be responsible for them, just because the industry wants to sell more shit? I'm actively involved in my local club, my 3rd 2 year term, I don't advocate for motorized recreation, I don't help plan and build trails for motorized recreation, lots of people very much like me will not be interested in defending or fighting for these things as they have a very real potential to undermine decades of hard work to gain access and build more trails. The e-bike industry is trying to make money off the hard work of lots of people while not addressing or even attempting to deal with the very real problems a lot of clubs have with these devices.
flipfantasia mikelevy's article
Dec 15, 2016 at 8:14
Dec 15, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
e-bike pushers, dumping the responsibility for managing them on overworked, under-appreciated mtb advocacy groups who have busted their asses and been super successful rightfully differentiating non-moto mtbs from motos, and now the industry is giving us the finger and shoving these down our throats. It's taken us decades to get where we are with tenuous acceptance from hiking and equestrians groups, and the industry seems to have no qualms throwing us to the wolves with these motorized devices. Make no mistakes, when more and more unacceptable user conflict and trail sustainability issues begin to crop up when these become popular, regular non-motorized mountain bikers will pay the price, and where will the industry be then to support us?
flipfantasia mikelevy's article
Nov 11, 2016 at 11:15
Nov 11, 2016
Pinkbike Poll: Why Do You Trail Build?
you forgot: To drink beer in the woods with friends
flipfantasia davetrumpore's article
Aug 15, 2016 at 16:03
Aug 15, 2016
Whistler EWS Photo Epic: Redemption
I actually really enjoyed stage 1. No, it wasn't gnarly 'natural' terrain, but it was actaully a really fast, fun, stage
rode in Cheakamus. view ridelog
Aug 13, 2016 at 18:06
Aug 13, 2016
quotes ews training
52.2 km - 02:12 - 4 achievements
rode in South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park. view ridelog
Aug 12, 2016 at 20:27
Aug 12, 2016
quotes Lorna, Deer, Spruce
40.4 km - 00:43 - 1 achievements
flipfantasia officialcrankworx's article
Aug 9, 2016 at 13:05
Aug 9, 2016
SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized - Course Release
@ianswilson815: clearly you haven't, there are no wood features on the course itself, the one there is I don't think anyone actually rides anymore and will be taped outside the course. Crankworx has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the valley trail network over the past 3 years and put effort and money back into them, at least here in whistler. I know the trail pretty well as I've been riding it for over 5 years, it'll be fine.
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