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They are not bikes. They are motored cycles. They don't belong on trails designed for bicycles.
If introducing riders to a sport at a $5-10,000 price point is your idea of getting a whole bunch of people interested, then you're entirely out of touch with reality. Your statement that ebikes are good for the sport is not fact it's opinion, which is why I'm debating it.
Like many of us, I started riding before suspension existed and still ride a rigid on occasion. The sport is not out or reach because it's too difficult. It's out of reach because most of the public doesn't live near an adequate trail system that's funded and maintained. Also, so what if it's challenging? Not everything needs to be for everyone, especially if it comes at the expense of the trail system and the original intent of the trail work.
e-bikes staying off of single-track trails is relevant to anyone who rides a bicycle.
There's ample trails for motored cycles, and ebikes are welcome to use those.
believe me, i'm not whining, i'm warning. e-bikes are not welcome on Central Oregon single track.
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