I broke my carbon handle bars on winter fatbike (driving into a garage with bike on NSR rack) so switched to some aluminium ones. I really noticed the difference in warmth (living in Calgary) so brought some more carbon.
I think this is the issue I have with E-bikes currently. The manufacturers are really selling them without acknowledging the potential access issues and that grates.
I met a Devinchi industry group (Devinchi truck at the trailhead; all on Devinchi bikes) taking E-bikes up Lord of the Squirrels during Crankworx who said "it's okay we've turned the motors off today" (they clearly hadn't as well as they were really moving along in a way someone pedalling 45+lb of bike wouldn't be).
They rode right past a sign saying "no motorized traffic" and the argument made was that it was about concerns with pollution into the watershed so no issue with Ebikes. Taking that to its logical conclusion electric dirt bikes would be fine on LoTS......
As an example Alberta parks have clearly decreed that E-bikes are motorized but local sellers in Calgary probably won't tell you that when you buy one and enforcement is tricky. Only the most on the ball CO will be able to spot the difference so perhaps it'll be easier just to ban bikes? OK I'm talking worst case scenario but it's there.......
Question: Can I use my E-Bike in provincial parks?
E-bikes (aka “power bicycle” defined by the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, or “power-assisted bicycle” by Transport Canada) are not permitted on non-motorized trails.
Unless the trail signs in a park authorize the use of motorized vehicles, e-bikes / power bicycles cannot be used on the trails (only on the roadway/parking areas). The exception to this is that power bicycles may be used in most Natural Areas (unless the access signs or trail signs prohibit the use of motorized vehicles).
Alberta Parks may designate trails or trail segments for e-bikes/power-assisted bicycles in the future.
Alberta Transportation provides the following resources that clarify the use of power bicycles on roadways:
Also - I call BS on the dealership communication thing with Specialized. A
local trail network has made it fairly clear that currently E-bikes aren't
overly welcome and yet I'm fairly sure the local Specialized dealer was
running an E-bike demo that could have easily accessed said trails. I'm pretty
sure you're average commission based shop floor sales rep isn't taking the
time to talk about trail access with potential customers.
Agree with this. In plenty of places the "climbing trails" are shared and the
majority of hikers etc know to keep off the downhill trails. Climbing speed vs
hiking speed is similar and so everyone can be pleasant to each other. On my
commute I regularly get over taken by a guy on an E-bike up the one hill I
have to ride up and he's flying compared to me. If people start doing that on
shared climbing trails a lot of the good will could evaporate fast. You could
reduce the speed at which the motor cuts out but then it'd be pointless for
things like commuting which is where I see real potential.
I sometimes see an older couple (I'm guessing 70+) on my local trails and
they're having an absolute blast riding a couple of E-bike plus bikes. I'd
hate to deny them access and they certainly aren't doing any harm as they're
barely going faster than me up and are slower on the downs. I've no doubt
though that for every sensible user like that there will be someone running
the thing at max power get out of my way style.
Full Kudos to NSMB here for being the only website (of several I visit) that
appears to be willing to discuss this issue in a sensible manner.