Re: Why Can't Mountain Bikers EVER Tell the Truth?

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Edward Dolan, May 5, 2006.

  1. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Vincent Stadelmann" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On 2006-04-20 05:40:04 +0200, Mike Vandeman <[email protected]> said:
    >
    >> On Sun, 16 Apr 2006 13:29:56 -0400, "S Curtiss" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> "Mike Vandeman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >>>> On Sun, 16 Apr 2006 10:15:54 -0400, "S Curtiss" <[email protected]>
    >>>> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Actually, we have given several reasons. Several times. However, since
    >>>>> you
    >>>>> insist on your own definitions and opinions being the only ones, you
    >>>>> are
    >>>>> closed to sensible solutions and cooperative efforts to save habitat
    >>>>> for
    >>>>> everyone.
    >>>>
    >>>> Still waiting to hear even ONE good reason to allow bikes off-road,
    >>>> after 12 years. If you could have come up with one, you already would
    >>>> have.
    >>>> ===
    >>> This has been stated many times and in many ways:
    >>> Cycling off-road is an excellent physical and mental exercise, allows
    >>> the rider to enjoy this exercise without the constraints and dangers of
    >>> being in auto traffic, allows the rider to enjoy the natural
    >>> environment, and develop an appreciation for the natural environment.

    [...]

    You can do all of the above and get all those benefits on back country roads
    and specially constructed bike trails. You do not ever need to be on
    footpaths anywhere in this country since we have roads of all descriptions
    going every which way. It may be that you would have to be on a footpath in
    a third world nation if there were no roads, but that is the only excuse I
    can think of. Even there, it would be politeness to get off your bike and to
    walk it so as not to offend everyone in sight.

    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
    aka
    Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota
     
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  2. Sorni

    Sorni Guest

    Edward Dolan wrote:
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    > You can do all of the above and get all those benefits on back
    > country roads and specially constructed bike trails. You do not ever
    > need to be on footpaths anywhere in this country since we have roads
    > of all descriptions going every which way. It may be that you would
    > have to be on a footpath in a third world nation if there were no
    > roads, but that is the only excuse I can think of. Even there, it
    > would be politeness to get off your bike and to walk it so as not to
    > offend everyone in sight.


    Oh Great One, there's a big difference between "footpaths" and "trails".

    HTH, BS
     
  3. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Sorni" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Edward Dolan wrote:
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    >
    >> You can do all of the above and get all those benefits on back
    >> country roads and specially constructed bike trails. You do not ever
    >> need to be on footpaths anywhere in this country since we have roads
    >> of all descriptions going every which way. It may be that you would
    >> have to be on a footpath in a third world nation if there were no
    >> roads, but that is the only excuse I can think of. Even there, it
    >> would be politeness to get off your bike and to walk it so as not to
    >> offend everyone in sight.

    >
    > Oh Great One, there's a big difference between "footpaths" and "trails".


    Yes, I greatly prefer the humble footpath. Trails too often are like super
    highways, what with many hikers, horses and bikers all vying for its' use.
    Frankly, I do not like trails which are over-constructed. Every step chosen
    should be an adventure - something you only get on a very primitive
    footpath. Nonetheless, all trails start out as footpaths and only become
    trails after some agency takes them over and strives to "improve" them for
    the masses.

    The main problem I have had with my humble footpaths is that you can lose
    your way on them. Believe you me, it is no fun to be lost in the woods. The
    first thing I do when I think I am lost is to check my food and water. It is
    really strange how all the beauty in the world rapidly disappears when a
    crisis strikes. And where do all the people go when you really need them.

    The most important thing about walking a footpath is NOT to have a
    destination. Every inch needs to be as interesting as every other inch. If
    it is not, then go home and forget about it. TV-land will suit you better.

    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
    aka
    Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota
     
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