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The Tale Of Turbo Levo Man - July 19, 2017, 2:16 p.m.

So hypothetcal situation for you, @dddd. 

Land manager says, "OK, we've had enough e-bikes, and we can't really tell the difference, and we don't have the resources or a good technique to enforce this. No bikes. Period." 

What's your next move? 

I would suggest we should be proactive, and figure this out, rather than reactive.

The Tale Of Turbo Levo Man - July 19, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

I think the potential exists for governments and land managers to see ebikes and mountain bikes as one and the same. And the potential exists for them to ban both, as that's a pretty easy way to draw the line, instead of arguing minutia of the different types, wattages, and throttle demands of different classes of motor assisted cycles. 

So, no, I am not necessarily afraid of them 'taking over the trails', but I am absolutely a believer it could impact the places I can ride a mountain bike.

The Tale Of Turbo Levo Man - July 19, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

It's part of the argument FOR e-bikes, certainly. Shuttling is just.... motor assisted riding. Sort of. 

But you can take e-bikes a lot of non-shuttle-able places. (here's where Todd chimes in about e-bikes on Lord of the Squirrels, or something like that).

I don't think the #parklyfe argument really works, though, as bike parks are for-profit commercial operations. 

And while I get your point, there is no e-touring (although, it will be interesting with e-sleds coming out hot and heavy to see how that shapes up, as a lot of the argument against snowmobiles in many areas is noise pollution and pollution....).

Race Face Aeffect Cranks: Boxing Above Their Weight - July 14, 2017, 3:21 p.m.

The cranks on my Switchblade came with the self-extracting cap, so..... YMMV?

Rider's Throat Apparently Sliced by Barbed Wire Across Trail - July 10, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

Link no work-y

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

But by all means... if guilt gets you to buy a membership or donate to your local organization.... do it.

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

I'd hope, in 2017, we're largely past the 'shame' game to get people to help. 

Membership is a great start, and there's about a million other small, relatively-commitment-free ways to give back and help. 

We, as an organization, are trying to make this more accessible. But are also limited in what we can do by the very nature of being a volunteer driven non-profit.

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:44 p.m.

It does. Little minor maintenance work, especially in the name of safety and environment, is awesome! 

Clearing drains, etc, is all super vital. (if you don't live in the Atacama)

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:43 p.m.

This kind of maintenance is great, but not all (or even.... most?) riders know its an option, or what they should be doing. 

We (the 'royal we' of maintainers, advocates, and 'educated' riders) should work to teach these skills and opportunities.

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:42 p.m.

You can flag, GPS tag, and take a photo potential issues on the Trailforks app. 

I can't speak to other jurisdictions, but many of the builders on the North Shore have notifications set for this - anything gets flagged on their trails, they see it immediately. 

So, definitely worthwhile, and a quick, easy way to help your trail karma.

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:40 p.m.

Point #2. Unfortunately, its not as easy as just delegating work out with a list. Land managers and permitting processes (and this does not apply everywhere. This applies where I volunteer, and with the land managers we, the NSMBA, deal with) make this challenging. So while we'd love nothing more than for everyone to be able to volunteer the maximum amount of time they could, it simply isn't possible. Specific tasks and jobs are permitted, and specific persons and permit holders must be there while work is performed. YMMV, depending on where you live.

Now, should that stop you from clearing some drains during a wet winter ride? ABSOLUTELY NOT. If everyone took 5 minutes from every winter ride to clear some drains and puddles.... man. It would make such a difference. So by all means. Pull some deadfall out of the way. Move some branches. Sweep some leave, move some loose rocks..... you get the idea. But unfortunately it just isn't really possible to totally delegate major (or even relatively minor) trailwork out to a list. If you'd like to do more work, reach out to your local organization who will likely be happy to connect you to the best route to helping out - this may be through structured trail work, or just connecting you with a local, permitted builder who's looking for a hand here and there. Its also very helpful to flag issues and problems on Trailforks.

We (the NSMBA) are trying to provide more opportunities, and smaller opportunities that require less commitment, for volunteerism as we're completely reliant on our volunteer leverage not only to accomplish our goals, but to maintain the level of work we need to to, and keep our relationships with land managers. There's a great calendar on the website to help out and give you a starting point. []( ;

The 'shame and blame' method isn't doing anyone any favors, as we all lead different lives, and have different constraints. But if you want to, there's always more ways to give back, and not all of 'em really require a whole heap of commitment. Next time you're out on a ride, ask who in your group is a member of your local advocacy and maintenance organization. And if someone isn't a member, no need to shame them about it, just ask why!

Ask Uncle Dave: Why are people too lazy to work on trails? - June 20, 2017, 2:40 p.m.

Oh boy. Are we about to find out how long a comment you can post on Disqus*? Maybe. Apologies for the lack of structure and organization in this mishmash.

A few thoughts and ideas, from your local (if you happen live where I do), friendly mountain bike advocacy organization's Director of Advocacy. Important to note that this is me speaking, not necessarily the NSMBA's official opinions.

Yup. Almost all of us could do 'more' to support the trails. Unless you happen to be an altruistic forest gnome who does nothing but carve out spectacular trails, clear drains, and remove deadfall 24/7.... sure. We could all do more.

I'd like people to leave this article (and this comment) with a couple main takeaways -

  1. There's lots of ways to give back, contribute, and support the trails.  They don't all involve getting dirty.      

  2. Permitting. It can be a b*tch.        

To address Point #1, Dave, lets talk about your commitment issues. Its ok to be afraid of commitment. Its OK to not want to spend a day out in the woods, enjoying physical exercise, chatting with wait. I'm doing the 'guilt' thing. Sorry. Its OK to not want to spend a day doing trail work, and there's thousands of legitimate reasons/excuses not to. But if a day or evening out on the trails with a shovel isn't something that fits in to your life, maybe there are other ways to give back that require less 'commitment', or fit better in to your lifestyle and schedule? One of the reasons I volunteer to be on the Board of Directors is just that; its a way for me to give back to the trails and community in a fashion that fits my time constraints and plays to my skillsets. Fortunately for you, Avid Mountain Cyclist, there are lots of ways to give back that don't require getting dirty. And it all boils down to this : 

just find out what your local trail organization is up to. Give 'em a call. Shoot them an email. Facebook message. Carrier pigeon**. Whatever you need to do to communicate. 

Odds are they have LOTS of small or large ways to give back, either by donating time, money, or a combination of the two. Perhaps they need an hour of assistance here and there to run a local race series? Have you looked at their corporate sponsorship opportunities, and thought about whether or not the company you work would be a good fit? What about that friend of yours who owns a local business, or sits on the board of a large regional corporation? Maybe they're having a bit of a drive to get membership cards out, and need a few people to sit down, write letters, and drink beer for an hour and a half some weekday evening? (note: none of these are hypothetical....).

*Yes. 3000 character limit. 

** Please note the NSMBA currently does not accept carrier pigeons. We have no where to keep them.

NSMBA Toonies Start This Week! - June 19, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

How was the turnout? 


Why the Fuss about 29ers in DH Racing? - June 9, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

Is it 'old tech' now? 

Lots of EWS riders still choosing (well... presumably choosing? Its always questionable for top athletes, but odds are their brands want them on what's faster, and they've definitely tested both) smaller wheels. DH is a different sport, and what's best for racing isn't necessarily better for 'JRA'.

Why the Fuss about 29ers in DH Racing? - June 9, 2017, 7:56 a.m.

It would be a pretty amazing form of protest. 

Better than just whining about wheelsize.

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