CannondaleKid wrote:I'd be interested to know why you feel that way toward motorized vehicles.
While not knowing your answer, I'd still ask, couldn't you use similar logic why it should be any different for mountain bikes?
So far as the effect on the environment is concerned, I don't see that much difference between the rubber on my soles, a bike, or a tire. It's different in size, coverage, speed, and volume--that's all. The only reason I separate motorized vehicles out is that it's demonstrably more likely that a person who walks their gluteus pin cushion or pedals their gluteus pin cushion into the wilderness has a much higher chance of being a disciplined and responsible appreciator of the wilderness than someone on an ATV, motor bike, or 4x4. The barrier of entry is so low, trashy people will always come out and prove their name. No offense to trashy people--I'm just trying to save myself some time by not having to clean up after you. (If you're a 4x4er who doesn't treat the outdoors as your personal garbage can, I'm not talking to you
On one hand, no one owns the wilderness. It's for everyone. I know some of y'all are looking longingly at Mother Russia, but some of us out here actually value freedom--and not just our own. But on the other hand, we have the responsibility to protect this earth. So let's find some balance. Let's not get all authoritarian over our fellow heirs in the grace of life and land (you didn't make it, did you?), but let's do what we can to keep it getting all Wall-E-fied.