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Heh, slightly related, but a dude on an ebike wiped 3 of my KOMs in the local MTB park last week on an ebike. What made it sting a bit more is that the chap in question is tubby, approaching 60, a lawyer and this was his first Strava ride ever.

Those motors obviously do make a difference :).

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Heh, slightly related, but a dude on an ebike wiped 3 of my KOMs in the local MTB park last week on an ebike. What made it sting a bit more is that the chap in question is tubby, approaching 60, a lawyer and this was his first Strava ride ever.

Those motors obviously do make a difference :).

I heard there is supposedly a separate category for ebikes on Strava. Anyone know if that is correct?
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Which has me wondering why all I ever see on my social media feed are sponsored athletes or ambassadors sharing their e-boners with the world?

 

Just lay off it a bit Spez.  Last I checked they actually sell some other actual bicycles.

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These bikes are ok if:

 

They are in their own catergory in races and Strava, and if the don't do damage to the trails.

 

If they get more people out riding, well good?

 

BUT if I catch a dude on an eBike taking one of my KOMs, I will connect his eBike battery to his nipples.

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And let's stop walking around that big old elephant in the room.  This is just the industry realising it's nearing a point of diminishing returns on the conventional bicycle so they are forcing us down a new path of "innovation" and generating demand.

 

Because actually starting to focus on getting bikes to market cheaper is a waste of time.

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I heard there is supposedly a separate category for ebikes on Strava. Anyone know if that is correct?

 

That is if the general public understand how strava works. Nobody adds their bike correctly, thus having it picked up as an e-bike automagically will be troublesome. If you know it's an ebike, just flag the activity.

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That is if the general public understand how strava works. Nobody adds their bike correctly, thus having it picked up as an e-bike automagically will be troublesome. If you know it's an ebike, just flag the activity.

No no. When you upload a ride you can mark it as a ride, ebike ride, xc ski etc etc. I think that's what he means.

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E-Bikes definitely do not belong on mountain trails.  It has been hard enough for mountain bikers to get access to some trails without adding a motorised option to the objectors arsenal.

 

If you cannot get up and down the hills under your own steam then stay off the trails. Don't spoil the access for those who can.

 

If strava if your only objection to an e-bike on the trails then you really are not seeing the bigger picture.

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E-Bikes definitely do not belong on mountain trails. It has been hard enough for mountain bikers to get access to some trails without adding a motorised option to the objectors arsenal.

 

If you cannot get up and down the hills under your own steam then stay off the trails. Don't spoil the access for those who can.

 

If strava if your only objection to an e-bike on the trails then you really are not seeing the bigger picture.

And IF the "objectors" don't have an issue with it?

 

If the potential issue in your opinion is the trail owners, perhaps just checking with them before you take your eBike on their trail is a quick and simple solution?

 

I am sure some trail owners won't mind, and perhaps those trails can be classified as eBike friendly and other can be simply and clearly state "No eBikes".

 

eBikes are coming, so we should rather prepare for them rather than fight it.

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I guess this is what is meant by own category, 2 issues with that in that most just let Strava decide what the category is which normally means 'Ride' and secondly there are those who don't want anyone to know that it was on an 'assisted' bike and just accept the 'kudos'?

 

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E-Bikes definitely do not belong on mountain trails.  It has been hard enough for mountain bikers to get access to some trails without adding a motorised option to the objectors arsenal.

 

If you cannot get up and down the hills under your own steam then stay off the trails. Don't spoil the access for those who can.

 

If strava if your only objection to an e-bike on the trails then you really are not seeing the bigger picture.

 

Surely if you get more people onto the trails paying subscriptions, making it safer and growing the community its only a good thing. 

 

Lets not poo poo them just because they are not our cup of tea.

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I believe they don't belong on the mountain but do believe we have nothing to worry about.At the moment they are only been ridden by pro's or ambassadors pushing them for the big companies OR the just plain fat and lazy.

Won't take long before pro's and ambassadors go back to their normal bikes and the fat and lazy by nature just park them all in the garage never to be ridden again.So we will see them on the trail now and neth but before long you won't see any.

Don't be fooled by the big companies saying it's going to take over.

They all just imported a shitload of ebikes they want to get rid of.

How many fat bikes we see on the trails now days?

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