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I've not spent time much biking in Mexico and then only in Baja. I would like
to go to Oaxaca but haven't gotten to it yet so excuse me if I'm assuming too
much. The Mexicans I've met riding tell me that there aren't that many bikes
on most trail areas and there isn't that much trail conflict. So if that's the
case I can definitely see your point of view.
I don't know about the erosion effects not having ridden them long enough and
having no experience in a heavily e-biked area. Having ridden a pedelec, a
Bionicon, a Lev (and some other brand I can't recall) I know e-bikes will mean
trails get ridden in a different way. Is it a better way or would it cause
issues? I don't know - that's way too specific to a trail system. I suspect
the speed difference climbing will cause issues because of human nature;
closing speeds between climbers and descenders (or hikers/bikers) on
traditional two way trails will increase and some people using e-bikes will be
assholes and will buzz others. I agree that's not a problem unique to ebikes
but generic to humans.
My concern is that the LMs and other trail groups will have negative
perceptions to ebikes - lumping them in with motorized. And that this negative
perception will spill over to mountain bikes.
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