Electric bikes have come a long way since the first one was patented in 1895. In fact, a 2016 market report stated that there were 210 million electric bikes worldwide used daily. With these numbers on the rise each day as more and more people discover the unparalleled experience they offer, it is safe to say that e-bikes are here to stay.
The good news for new riders is that, as their popularity increases, e-bike designs are becoming increasingly refined, light-weight, and practical. Here are some reasons why an e-bike just might be the cycling solution you’ve been looking for.
1. You get the benefit of a regular bicycle while going faster and longer
Some seasoned riders remain skeptical of e-bikes because they’re worried they aren’t going to get the same level of physical activity or important health benefits that their standard bike can offer.
Although it is true that, depending on how you use it, an e-bike can take a lot of the work out of a ride, there are many factors at play and more and more studies are confirming that electric bicycles offer many of the same benefits that regular cycling does but because you’ve got an added bit of oomph on board, you’ll be able to travel greater distances and ride for longer.
2. You can pedal more than the regular bicycle
The math is simple and ultimately means that because you’re riding more, you’ll be pedalling more. Just because an electric motor is helping you out on occasion doesn’t mean that your body isn’t working, and the overall increase of time spent on your time ends up resulting in a net increase in health benefits. Your stress levels will be down, and your lungs and blood pressure will be thankful.
3. E-bikes have opened up cycling for a whole new group of riders
E-bikes have benefits for anyone who is able to ride, and in fact they have greatly increased the accessibility of this wonderful, low-impact activity. Many people fear riding a bicycle, or simply are not able to manage on a regular bike due to age or illness, e-bikes have given them the opportunity to put these limitations aside and enjoy the speed and freedom that only two wheels can offer.
4. There are different models of e-bikes
Even if you tend to rely fairly heavily on the motor while riding, getting out to ride on an e-bike is still infinitely better than not getting out to ride at all. Different models of e-bikes are designed for different types of riders, so you can rest assured you will be able to find something that suits your needs and physically capabilities.
5. You’ll save money while decreasing your carbon footprint
Although at first, an e-bike can feel like a big investment, it is important to think long-term. As they’ve become more and more popular, the price range has expanded significantly, and you can now pick up a decent quality e-bike for about the same price you’d be paying for a road bike of a similar class.
The costs of maintenance are also approximately the same as that of a standard bicycle, including replacing parts like tires, chains and brake pads.
6. You get added mobility from an e-bike
The added freedom and mobility of an e-bike might also make commuting possible where it was otherwise unrealistic. Think about all the money you will save when it comes to buying, insuring and maintaining a petrol or diesel car, or even the cash you spend on transit tickets, and all of the sudden an e-bike can be looking a lot more attractive.
The cost of recharging your bike’s battery won’t even make a noticeable difference in your electricity bill, plus you’ll have the added benefit of knowing you’re doing something positive for the environment.