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Huh? Grey area?SpiderLegs wrote:I've read these bikes exist in a grey area
Maybe so, but still considered a motor. You are splitting hairs at this point.CannondaleKid wrote:Now if the bike had a wind-up spring which could be released as a short-term assist (which I wouldn't consider a motorized vehicle), that would be more likely a grey area than an electric bike.
I came across a group of three riders with this type of bike while mountain biking in the Granite Mountain / Brown's Ranch area several weeks ago.SpiderLegs wrote:Had my first encounter with one of those new motorized E-Bikes on Trail 100 yesterday. Guess the intent of these bikes is to have a small electric motor to "assist" the rider up short, steep sections of trail. The bikes have a max speed of about 20 MPH. I really got ticked off when I saw this guy plowing down the trail on what in my mind is essentially a low powered motorcycle.
Has anyone else bumped into these bikes yet?
I think it's as simple as attracting new users to the AZT who may support, protect, and volunteer for trail maintenance. I mostly ride (not an e-bike!), but have also run and hiked sections of the AZT and appreciate the opportunity to do so where it is allowed. And that's what led me to start support AZTA.friendofThundergod wrote: I just don't get the AZT and their obsession with attracting mountain bikers.
Oh, you're welcome : )chumley wrote:I appreciate your post. I've always gotten the impression that thru hikers are by and large not the type to support, protect, or volunteer. They're leeches of the land in pursuit of some personal checklist without any interest in the landscape they travel through. Thank you for helping me temper that perspective and know that they're not all like that!
Right? They have clearly made up their minds on the E bikes, they will be on trails next year. This survey was just an attempt to pacify curmudgeons like me, lol. That survey was a classic example of leading questions to get what they want.I took the survey and concur it was definitely written to put e-bikes in a good light