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ka-brap AJBarlas's article
Jul 23, 2017 at 23:42
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@Extremmist: Again, you are dead set on telling people how they should ride. Do you also tell people how best they should use their fork and spoon when eating? You want to ride that way? Great, by all means do it. But don't tell others how they should enjoy their mountain biking experience. You do it your way, let others do it theirs. Why is the concept of personal freedom so hard for you to grasp? No one is making the argument that kids should be riding ebikes, so why even bring that up? This is clearly for adults who might have some physical limitation but still want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, or for people to be able to do more laps than they would normally. Skiing uphill = ski touring. It's the oldest form of skiing, still very popular today, and the exact analog to your definition of trail biking. The reason it doesn't seem normal to you is because using a chairlift has become the established norm of getting to the top of the trail. Hmmm... sounds like something else we are talking about, doesn't it? What seems unrecognizable to you, might be super normal for someone else and as long as that other person isn't infringing upon your way of doing things, so what? Stop trying to save ebikers from themselves or tell them how a real mountain biking experience is supposed to be.
ka-brap AJBarlas's article
Jul 23, 2017 at 9:35
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@Extremmist: Who cares if I or anyone whose primary concern is the descent loses their climbing skills? Again, stop trying to tell people how YOU think they should ride THEIR bike. I bring up shuttling because more often than not, the climb to the top is a fireroad here in Austria. I can safely take a shuttle or ride an ebike to the top. In this ultra common scenario, what is the difference? Again, if anything, the ebike is the better solution- more environmentally friendly and at least I am required to physically pedal the bike. Re: using a helicopter, people are already doing that, and so long as it is done safely and they aren't preventing me from enjoying the mountains the way I want to, so what? Are you opposed to heli-skiing too? Shouldn't they be required to climb that silly mountain before they ski it? Ultimately, there is no argument against ebikes in-and-of-themselves. People use multiple ways of getting to the top of the trail via non-human power/means and this is simply another manifestation of that. The only arguments against ebikes involve the problems surrounding ebikes, such as land access disputes. Here, the ebike isn't a problem- the land access legislation is the problem. Solve the land access problem, and ebikes aren't a threat to anyone but the user, which is just how it is with a normal bike.
ka-brap AJBarlas's article
Jul 23, 2017 at 0:17
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@Extremmist: Oh please. Never mind that you're completely wrong since their is more effort involved in riding an ebike than taking a shuttle. Are you therefore anti-shuttle as well? You also perfectly described the argument against using chairlifts too, which I have had hurled at me personally by XC dweebs. Get off your "holier than thou" purist high horse and let people ride the bike they want to ride. Since when is this a sacred thing that cannot be challenged or individually defined? Who are you to tell someone the best way that they should enjoy their mountain bike experience (provided they aren’t out to purposefully ruin yours)? You don’t want to own a bike with an electric motor? Great, neither do I. Don't want to read an article about ebikes? Great, then don't- no one is forcing you to. It's not that hard. This ridiculously elitist attitude in mountain biking is hilariously misplaced. If an ebiker is on a trail that allows access to ebikes, then keep your mouth shut, embrace personal freedom, and let them ride their bike.
ka-brap AJBarlas's article
Jul 22, 2017 at 11:49
2 days
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@Extremmist: So? If someone wants to ride purely for the down, whether that is at a bike park or on a "normal" trail, why not let them (provided the trails allow access)? I fail to see the distinction between using an ebike or shuttling for enduro runs. If anything, the ebike is more environmentally friendly vs. the shuttle.
ka-brap AJBarlas's article
Jul 21, 2017 at 10:12
3 days
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@SlodownU: Curious if you feel the same way about people who use shuttles or chairlifts? In my area, the climbs are straight up the mountain- no rolling hills, no mild traverses, just shitty steep climbs that start at 1000m (3,300 ft) elevation which often have the same amount of vert. If I shuttle them or use a chair lift, is this sport obviously not for me? If you're ok with shuttles or chairlifts, how is this any different?
ka-brap AJBarlas's article
Jul 21, 2017 at 1:09
Jul 21, 2017
2018 Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Carbon - First Look
Jerrys will be Jerrys, no matter if they have an ebike or not. Go to Schladming any weekend and you will see people who have absolutely no business being there on shitty, entry-level hardtails with kick-stands and reflectors attempting to ride the flow trails. Jerry will find a way, ebike or no ebike.
ka-brap PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Jul 19, 2017 at 4:45
Jul 19, 2017
Propain Releases New Full Suspension Kids Bike With Multiple Wheel Size Options
@Uuno: Now I'm not saying that weight savings is not at all possible but the main problem with making kid's bikes is that they are basically the same cost to manufacture as an adult bike. And this expense only compounds itself given the limited availability of parts such as 24" thru axle disc wheel sets, 24" suspensions forks, etc. etc. When you start asking for double and triple butted tubesets, lighter wheels, lighter suspension elements, etc. you will definitely be paying for it at the retail level or suffering with it when it breaks because it is not strong enough for bike park riding. Given how many people are already complaining about this bike's price, I doubt Propain or any other manufacturer is excited to go down that road.
ka-brap PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Jul 19, 2017 at 4:00
Jul 19, 2017
Propain Releases New Full Suspension Kids Bike With Multiple Wheel Size Options
@MSVF: while it would be nice (and easier) to get it lighter, it would assuredly make it more expensive. The old cliche is alive and well with kids's bikes: light, cheap, durable - pick two.
ka-brap PROPAIN-Bicycles's article
Jul 19, 2017 at 3:55
Jul 19, 2017
Propain Releases New Full Suspension Kids Bike With Multiple Wheel Size Options
Yes. I would much rather my kid ride a bike like this than a cheap department store full suspension bike that will break underneath him/her. There are so few decent full suspension bikes for kids, that if want your kid to ride with you without worry that the bike is about to snap in half, that this is honestly a no brainer.
ka-brap RichardCunningham's article
Jul 17, 2017 at 13:50
Jul 17, 2017
Whyte S-150 Carbon RS - Review
Super similar looking frame design, suspension layout, and hierarchy naming... hmmm
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