How Far to the Top

The Fernie Trails Alliance deal with many multi-mode trail use issues. We strive to provide inclusive access to the entire trail network, but at times may need to adjust perspectives to suit everyone. Below is a fictitious account of an FTA conversation that may occur in the near future.

“Hey Arnold, is that the new Triumph Super Fat Tire Electric Bike?”

“Yeah, I just got it delivered to my door from China. Pretty cool, eh? I heard these new bikes would be taking the world by storm, but didn’t expect to see them in Fernie so soon.”

“What makes it so special?”

“Well, first of all it was only $800, so that was almost irresistible. Secondly, it is painted my favourite colour – Chevy Red.”

“Do you have to pedal it to make those big tires turn?”

“Man, this bike has a 1000 watt electrogyromagneto generator that will propel even the laziest rider up the mountain. You can pedal to make it look like you are working out, but the lack of effort saves on your post ride beer consumption, so the savings are enormous.”

“Does it go really fast?”

“I did an override on the governor, and can get this baby up to 50 km/h, and probably 70km/h going down Swine Flu.”

“That’s rippin’ dude. How do you slow down in a hurry?”

“I bought the 12” hydro-cooled disc brake upgrade, so you, if you can prevent going over the handle bars, fairly quickly.”

“How much does it cost to charge that big battery?”

“I just pull up to those free electric charge stations around town, so the power is free.”

“How far can you ride on a full charge?”

“I guess that would depend on a lot of factors, but I can usually ride fully loaded for about two hours.”

“Do the batteries stay charged in the winter?”

“It all depends on how cold it is, or how much you pedal, but I was out riding up Eric’s Trail when it was -20C, and still had enough juice to get up Kid’s Stuff and through R-Trail before floating down Oh Dear back to the downtown charging station. This park and ride is great for checking into Nevados after a hard ride before heading home with another full charge.”

“Wow, these new Triumph Bikes sound like the next revolution in Mountain Biking. Has anyone been giving you a hard time about being motorized on the non-motorized trails?”

“Well, the way that I look at it, is as long as I don’t spin my tires to erode the trails, and slow down when I encounter other riders there shouldn’t be an issue.”

“Don’t you feel a bit lazy, and hypocritical preaching about what is basically a motorbike?”

“C’mon, man. Motorbikes are noisy, smelly, and you need a license to drive one. These electric bikes are different, with quiet acceleration, and a desire to satisfy. They are the future.”

At the rate that new cycling technology is evolving, it is hard to imagine what might be common place twenty years from now, but what is sure to continue is rules and regulations struggling to keep up with advancements.