Thursday, October 23, 2014
(Following is my current response to questions asked of me on my knowledge/feelings/actions I know/have/have done about their recent appearances on local trails.)
I haven't heard much about them, yet. I haven't even seen one in real life, yet....I can only imagine that since they are not solely 'human-powered' that they would not be classified as bicycles.....and would have to adhere to the rules and laws regarding motorbikes. I'm sure there's way too much grey area there for the DCR lawmen and other land managers to interpret yet, it's still early in the game. We on the other hand, know exactly what they are. My gut feeling is that the bike industry as a whole will have to move on this, and not support any e-bike designer, manufacturer or distributor. And/or they will have to paint very distinct lines between us and them. For instance, sure, make them ROAD-worthy and subject to road laws regarding motorized. And sell them for that purpose. I don't have a problem with that, if people really want to compete with cars and trucks--they may actually promote more awareness on the road and inspire more bike lanes. NOT that I would want that either, as a sometimes road biker and as I am pedaling to the trailhead.... It's a tough call. And of course, fueled by the uncontrolled tsunami of cheap electrics and clones from China bent on taking down all legitimately built, safe, UL-listed electric products that support OUR economy....
That's all I've got right now.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Just alittle word of advice to the home mechanic or any mechanic working on a fork install, removal, headset cleaning, etc. Any time you are going to remove or install a fork, TAPE ALL THE SPACERS TOGETHER!! This makes fiddling around with all the other parts so much easier when you don't have to chase those pesky spacers when they start dropping all over the floor!