James RollsGranny Gear

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Raced from the 80s to 2000; ride MTBs, road, and gravel bikes. It's all so much fun. Average on the MTB, advanced on gravel, expert on road.
Summary of this article: Most people can't tell the difference between an MTB and an eMBT. There is no known instance of MTB trail access being threatened by eMTBs. In the real world, there is little backlash against eMTBs from other trail users. {See below for excerpts from Wiens and Stroll} One possible conclusion: Emerging…
Good thoughts. Here are some things that come to mind after reading your post. On climbs, if the trail is wide enough, there are always people who are stronger and can pass me. On descents, there is no reason for any rider to go faster than their skills allow. I have seen MTB riders descend…
I never thought this would happen in my lifetime, but I'm glad that it has. I predict that this will not be disastrous.
I don't want to make this a political discussion, but as the article mentioned, this rule change is coming from the Trump administration. While it may have an impact on cycling, it could actually be positive or negative. But the rule change is not about cycling. It's aim is to allow development projects (pipelines, roads,…
Hi Chumley. I respectfully disagree with your point that e-bikes are motorcycles. That point of view is a logical construction so it's easy to defend it, but consider this. Class 1 e-mountain bikes are designed for MTB riders. They ride like MTBs. They perform like MTBs. They are made largely of bicycle components. They are…
I'm riding a 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo. It's super-fun to ride. There's a thumb switch for mode control and a battery indicator visible at all times. It's intuitive and you ride it the same way you ride any MTB in terms of shifts and cadence. The Specialized phone app allows for fine tuning the modes…
Sorry, but I see some irony here. The case against eMTBs from MTB riders is the same as the case made against MTB riders from the USFS. Too fast, trail erosion, hindering other trail users. And yet here you are, trying to justify yourselves, and even blaming "inferior" riders for the trail erosion. Experts like…
I'm a bit late to reply to this but... The idea that eMTBs are somehow "fast" and dangerous because of their speed seems flawed to me. I've ridden normal MTBs for years. My new eMTB is not "faster." This is because my speed is governed by my skill and the terrain. If I'm riding down…
A Class 1 eMTB is essentially an MTB with an electric motor that provides assistance as needed. It has to be pedaled, it does not use a combustion engine, it is quiet, and it designed to be, well, a mountain bike with a motor. It is not remotely like a moped, scooter, or motorcycle.
I've now been riding an eMTB for three months for reasons that I won't disclose and here is what I've learned. 1. A class 1 eMTB is limited to 20mph and requires pedaling for the motor to be active. There is no throttle 2. The amount of motor assist can be adjusted by the rider.…
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