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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
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    Indeed! There's more of those stupid things on the trail than ever. If they're not allowed, no one is enforcing it. And if they do, expect to hear some noise, because the people who ride them are too lazy to ride a real bike. My local bike shop (Spokes) probably sells more ebikes than real bikes. And they must make a good profit doing it, because they push them hard. Kind of a sad state of affairs when the most up and coming desirable feature on a bicycle is an electric motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Indeed! There's more of those stupid things on the trail than ever. If they're not allowed, no one is enforcing it. And if they do, expect to hear some noise, because the people who ride them are too lazy to ride a real bike. My local bike shop (Spokes) probably sells more ebikes than real bikes. And they must make a good profit doing it, because they push them hard. Kind of a sad state of affairs when the most up and coming desirable feature on a bicycle is an electric motor.
    A masterful blend of hot take and shitpost. Tip of the cap to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    A masterful blend of hot take and shitpost. Tip of the cap to you.
    Can I have your RadWagon so you can be a real cyclist again?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Can I have your RadWagon so you can be a real cyclist again?


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    It's yours. Better to be a "real cyclist who drives almost everywhere" than a "car-free e-biking shithead" amirite

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    It's yours. Better to be a "real cyclist who drives almost everywhere" than a "car-free e-biking shithead" amirite
    Hey, I commuted 5200 miles last year. How many tons of coal did you go through? amiwrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    amiwrong?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Indeed! There's more of those stupid things on the trail than ever. If they're not allowed, no one is enforcing it. And if they do, expect to hear some noise, because the people who ride them are too lazy to ride a real bike. My local bike shop (Spokes) probably sells more ebikes than real bikes. And they must make a good profit doing it, because they push them hard. Kind of a sad state of affairs when the most up and coming desirable feature on a bicycle is an electric motor.
    I am sympathetic to the gut response here, but I feel like you've gotta let people do what they are gonna do. So many cyclists seem to think that everyone has to ride the exact same way they do, and my initial reflex can be that way at times, but then I relax and let it ride. Sure, be proud of what you do, but there's nothing to be gained by belittling others for making a different choice.

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    Stop it.

    This is one of the few Internet communities I am aware of that virtually never gets into flame throwing. Let's keep it that way. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huskerdont View Post
    I am sympathetic to the gut response here, but I feel like you've gotta let people do what they are gonna do. So many cyclists seem to think that everyone has to ride the exact same way they do, and my initial reflex can be that way at times, but then I relax and let it ride. Sure, be proud of what you do, but there's nothing to be gained by belittling others for making a different choice.
    I'm fine with people riding electric bikes. I think it's lazy, but that's opinion and I'm entitled to one. What bothers me is that electric bikes put a lot of speed into the hands of a lot of inexperienced bike riders. They should be banned on the MUT. I've been commuting from Vienna to DC for over two decades. It's gone from maybe seeing one or two of them a week to getting passed by them several times each way every day. Yesterday, a guy on an ebike passed me and then zipped by the guy 20 yards in front of me around a blind corner. Or the guy that passed me going the other direction on the 14-th street bridge two days ago. He was literally going 25-30 mph. What would have happened if that idiot had hit some debris? I see people on these bikes doing really dumbass stuff pretty often. Do people on 'real bikes' do dumbass stuff? Yes they do, but I see it on a higher frequency with people riding ebikes. Having the ability to ride faster than anyone else on the bike path is a dangerous thing in the hands of relatively inexperienced bike riders. The bike path is not very wide and sometimes heavily used, so anything that minimizes people doing dumbass stuff is an improvement. And in my opinion, that would include banning ebikes, After all, they're motorized vehicles. I dread the day -- and its coming -- when half the bikes on the bike trail are going to have motors on them. And what's it going to be like when I'm riding up the Rosslyn hill and there's all these impatient folks behind me on ebikes that are pissed that I can't go up that hill at 20 mph? The situation right now is tolerable, but at the rate this is going, it won't be five years from now.

    Wanna ride an ebike? More power to you, but ride it with the rest of the motorized vehicles, not on the bike path. If you really need a motor on your bike, maybe the Metro is a good commuting option. The bike path was never intended to be used by motorized vehicles.

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