Posted by: whisper06
Wow, thanks all for your comments in the thread.
I will answer a couple of things pointed out to me from my original post.
Yes! is the simple answer, riding with my 18 month old is pretty much fun for me. I have never had an issue with people passing me when I am with him. He loves it too. Bump bump and cheering and laughing the entire way down and high fiving and fist bumping all the way up.
My issue was with my 4 year old getting passed. I ride behind her to give her a buffer and I make sure people know they are about to pass a 4 year old. But, please just do so with care. I do my best to ride at times that are not too busy, and trust me she can handle everything that bobsled can throw at her she just does it at 4 year old pace. All I ask is let us clear the track for you when it is safe and then get back to your top speeds.
Both my kids will learn proper trail etiquette as they grow up, including the climbing rider has the right of way and pass only when it is safe to do so. As their skills improve they will be looking to get on to bigger and better trails so this debate will never really end. it all comes down to RESPECT. Then we can all get along on the giant playgrounds that we are all so fortunate to get to play on.
Thanks for the clarification, whisper. Here's mine.
On the few occasions when I have ridden up on a family situation on the trail I always slow down, make myself known and say something positive as I carefully move past. Then I get on ripping it up. My earlier suggestion was that Bobsled is a popular trail and many, like me, like to go fast on it. The attitudes of the riders you meet will vary in a situation like that. Yes sharing and good judgement should be the rule, but as mountain biking explodes in popularity I myself see more and more "Vantitlement" on the trails. All I can say is , good luck, have fun and I hope your kids have good experiences out there.
P.S. I would vote against making bobsled a kids primary trail. It's important to have that kind of trail available for all to enjoy.