Posted by: syncro
Posted by: E-wok
So, as a brief recap of this verbose thread-what clear rules ( with the exception of directional trail signage ) would you, Syncro want to have implement on Class -1 eMtbs, that don’t already exist for acoustic bikes?
i've stated those ideas a few times in this thread. hate the term acoustic bikes btw, it's just stupid. trail signage, trail limitations for climbing, etiquette regarding passing. i'd also like to see a mandatory trail license or pass for all bikes (with the option to commit to say 3 days of volunteer labour to get a pass). enforcement could be a combo of live persons and rfid tags and trail counters. the biggest issue really comes down to the attitude of the rider, which can be a difficult isssue to deal with.
the bike companies also need to get on board as their current marketing is not doing a heck of a lot to allay the concerns a lot of people have. they also need to step up more in regards to trail maintenance and advocacy efforts as bike co's profit off the backs of volunteer labour.
“Stupid” is an opinion-sorry you’re offended, it seems like a nice reference to me😁 , and that’s how a refer to my 3 other vintage bikes.
I agree with the Directional trail signage - all the rest sounds a bit assuming. ( many Ebikers , formally acoustic riders- or still both , have contributed and continue to donate their time and money to local trails).
Again, Once you’ve spent a decent amount of time on a Ebike , you’ll realize the only exception is for informative, directional signage - and that the etiquette is the exactly the SAME for both an E and acoustic bikes. Super simple.
A trail pass and licence for ALL bikes- yikes, I’m not touching that one!
Attitude has to do with the person on the bike- not what kinda bike they’re on.
As far as the bike companies being on board-did they do all of what you are suggesting for them to do now , as when the DH RM -7’s came out?
They made profits then, and now. Same-same.