i'm 70/30 against them. i think that they detract from the sport and make a mockery of those that do put the effort in.
thepodge - Member
My Mrs is considering one, then she can pull the kiddy trailer & keep up with me. she is neither disabled or lazy, she just has different muscles in different areas (she's an awesome swimmer).
I could of course pull the kiddy trailer but where's the fun in that... well actually there is loads of fun in that but as a family unit we'd not travel as far.
i think i would question exactly how far you'd get when pulling a trailer.
And, by the number of £5K+ superbikes you see being ridden badly at any trail centres already - this is a market which is only going to grow & grow
i think this is the problem.
people have the money and they want the experience, but are unwilling to put in the effort.
i can understand the idea of someone a little older, or someone commuting a fair distance of buying one. the ones i don't get are those that are in their 30s, 40s or 50s and are racing along the trails. see this quite a bit here in Munich (kinda affluent). i usually make a point of drafting them and shouting "e-bike!" at them.
in summer mate and i were in the train heading south and there was a guy in there with an ebike. he was about mid 30s. we asked politely him if he had any health problems (he didn't) and what made him buy an e-bike. my mate made him feel small.
i know of one guy that has a 35km commute. he sold his car and bought a powerful e-bike which he now uses to get to work. he should, according to German law register it as a moped, but hasn't. his commute takes a little longer than it did with the car, but he says he has got fitter. he also rides MTB and i can in his situation see the point. we do, however, still take the piss.
perhaps if those who were riding them had flag or armband that, with some sort of coding, gave the reason for riding one....
piss yellow for the old
orange for the disabled/injured
black for the lazy bastards/too much cash
that might actually work here in Germany given the history. (even now blind people wear an armband)
^^funny because it says "eye witness"... who said ze germans have no humour?