Hello everyone! I ride an ebike, but I swear I'm not an enemy.

Discussion in 'Say Hello!' started by Frank, Mar 3, 2020.



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  1. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thank you for the insight. I'm confident that I will get better and for sure will be weaned off the motor sooner than later.
     
  2. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Tom, thank you for the reply. At the highest speed setting, its not at all possible for me to go above a somewhat normal speed going uphill. My conditioning and knees simply won't allow it. Tapia Canyon is now on my list although its a little far (I live in Eastvale, a few miles north of Corona). The ultimate goal is to get into good enough shape where I can wean myself off the motor. I realize fully that it is not the same workout. At this point, I am just happy to be pedaling again with minimal pain consequences. If I break a little sweat, that is a huge bonus.
     
  3. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thank you Redman! I sincerely hope to see you out there! Life is too short to stick with negativity. God knows I have been guilty of it.
     
  4. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thank you Faust29! I try to stand when I can precisely because of the pain from sitting too long. My biggest problem is the instability on my knees. I actually visited my ortho today and got fitted for a new brace. I am hoping it alleviates some of the pain. I will try your technique though to help me strengthen my supporting muscles for sure (quads and hamstrings). I'd rather sweat on the bike then going to the gym if I could.
     
  5. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thanks for the welcome! I have added El Moro, Tapia Canyon and Main Divide to my list of destinations. This is exactly what I have been hoping to get from joining the community. Tips on where I can ride as well as tips on HOW I can ride;-)
     
  6. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    You know what @Frank I’ve personally concluded that you’re a good dude and not here to cause problems...:thumbsup: I know I as well as many others here have their guard up a bit when in comes to the big “E” topic.

    I tell you what if you ever make it out my way I’ll give you a tour of Tapia, assisted bike or not. This is a GIGANTIC departure from the normal me. Seems like you’ve got the right attitude and the right reasons for what you’re doing. Like others have said fire roads ain’t bad. I’ve personally ridden thousands of miles on them and tell you they sometimes lead to some bitchin places...
     
  7. tick

    tick Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    Tick
    Current Bike:
    Process 111
    Unless there is some very late breaking news, El Moro is not open to motors:
    http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/e-bikes2.jpg
     
  8. AKAKTM

    AKAKTM Member

    Location:
    SCV
    Name:
    Tony A
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    El Morro / Crystal Cove is not open to E-bikes. As others here hav pointed out, not much in OC other than fire roads and a very few trails are. Same for much of LA County. E-biles are legal for most of SCV, but not Towsley or East Canyon. They are legal in any city open space or at Tapia (private). The NPS (park service) and BLM view e-biles as bikes with no differentiation so where bikes are allowed by the NPS (not many places) and BLM, e-biles are allowed. BUT, the USFS, to the best of my understanding, still does not allow e-bikes on non-motorized trails. USFS only allows them on fire roads, paved roads and OHV trails as I suspect most here would support. I expect that USFS will eventually align with the other government agencies for simple consistency.

    So, if you stick to fire roads, BLM land and many private areas or regions that specifically allow e-bikes like SCV, you'll be fine. Like you Frank, I've become less popular here because I have an e-bike, moto and love my Ibis Ripley pedal bike. I know they still love me though ;). As others have said, hang in there. This is a great group. As with the trails, be respectful, yield and know that riding an e-bike means treading lightly around hikers, equestrians and harder-core bikers. I applaud you for your approach here and maturity in carefully wading in.
     
  9. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 SC Megaplower
    And El Moro seamlessly transitions to LCWP where they are not allowed. Old Emerald Falls (BVD) is half El Moro/Crystal Cove and half LCWP I believe. I have no problem with motorbikes on fire-roads regardless.
     
  10. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    We all love Tony! He just had a momentary lapse of reason... :whistling:
     
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  12. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
  13. tick

    tick Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    Tick
    Current Bike:
    Process 111
    It does capture the silliness of current epistemological trends. It made me laugh, then it made me sad that we can only tell the truth in the form of heavily veiled humor.
     
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  14. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thanks @Voodoo Tom I am looking forward to riding with you. I will absolutely take you up on your offer!
     
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  15. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
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  16. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thank you!! I look forward to sharing the trails with you someday!
     
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  17. konakc

    konakc iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    kc
    Fullerton loop is full of ebikes... Not sure if legal or not but basically everyone rides e bikes so have fun Frank!
     
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  18. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Thanks! That’s one of the trails I usually ride.
     
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  19. Demetrio GQ

    Demetrio GQ Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Dee
    I rode my bike at cherry yesterday a little later than usual - around 3pm. I have never seen so many e bikes in my life!
     
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  20. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    I rode the Intense Tazer a few weeks ago. Cool bike, but the motor is just to whiny. It’s legal to ride in Bako, so no laws were broken. But I am a bicycle purist, but when the rep hands me a $7000 bike to go ride......A6A02465-AF91-4545-9EE5-E4E76F72B140.jpeg
     
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  21. Maderas84

    Maderas84 Member

    Location:
    Fluent in French & sarcasm.
    Name:
    Andres
    Current Bike:
    Ibis, Pivot & Santa Cruz
    I towed my son in his trailer on my HT while my wife followed on her e-bike. We did a 12/1,240 ride. Watching her smile enjoying the freedom of the outdoors and climbing hills behind us was the best feeling/emotion I had felt in a long time. I'm beginning to understand the argument of the freedom it gives some riders.

    I still maintain my position that they are not for me and will continue to sweat out pedaling myself or with my son in tow.
     
  22. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    I will have another "person powered" bike hopefully in the near future. But until my knees get better and I can get in better condition my ebike is my means of freedom.
     
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  23. Frank

    Frank Member

    Location:
    Eastvale
    Name:
    Frank Fontanilla
    Current Bike:
    Haibike SDuro, Scott Aspect 29
    Wow. Thats a lot of machine. Aside from the whiny motor, how was the ride?
     
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  24. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    Frank's back! I thought we scared you away...
     
  25. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Frank will outlive the Crash of '20 and the Budweiser Virus. :rolleyes:
     
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