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There's something funky going on with Disqus - I just had trouble logging a
comment as well.
My main goal was just to highlight that brands and marketers have a
responsibility, but it's a tough job, and even harder in situations like this.
While I would also like to see a really responsible approach taken to things
like this, that brings up a whole other set of big questions, like whether
it's the brand's problem or not what gets done with that product.
It's a small industry, so of course we all want it to be that way, but here's
a situation from the auto industry that illustrates my point somewhat: if
you're selling Porsches, what's your responsibility vis-a-vis safety,
respecting the speed limit and posted laws, etc…? You're selling a vehicle
that can't come close to being used to its potential on typical roads. If used
irresponsibly, you're endangering lives.
Yes, you can counter that they're legal and maybe that's all that matters. So
are e-bikes…at least on the street. See what I mean? What's fair vs what we
idealistically wish were the case is really murky. Is it fair to expect
Specialized and all the other brands to develop a product but wait to sell it
(even though there is great demand) until trail access issues is sorted out -
despite the fact that those issues are nuanced and different everywhere?
Because if they did wait, you can be sure there are brands out there that
wouldn't - they would seize the market.
Again, I'm just playing devil's advocate here. It doesn't mean I don't see the
validity in your points.
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