Electric bikes have brought a whole new level of accessibility and efficiency to the world of cycling. They offer much better climbing efficiency, wind resistance, and range. For many, commuting was simply out of the question before, whether due to health issues or the terrain of the area they live in, electric bikes are changing that.
1. Still offer lots of great health benefits
Some skeptics complain that electric bikes don’t offer the same health benefits as their traditional counterparts, which on a one to one scale is correct. The fact of the matter is though; electric bike riders are way more likely to use the bike more frequently because it gives them the freedom to complete tasks that would seem unreasonable otherwise. An electric bike gives you the mobility to bike up a steep hill just to grab a loaf of bread, or haul goods across town without arriving at your destination exhausted. All those extra calories add up.
2. You might even decide to go car-free
Electric bikes have enabled many people to live mostly car-free, an option that just wasn’t viable with a regular bicycle. Even on days when you’re not feeling 100 per cent, an electric bike will make the commute less daunting and enables you to easily complete any chores or errands that need to be taken care of. You get to skip the frustration of traffic and congestion on public transit, contributing to overall mood and well-being.
3. Arrive earlier than expected
Speaking of cars, the analysis of transit time, accounting for traffic, often means that you will have a shorter travel time with an electric bike. Sure, your car might be capable of traveling at 200 miles per hour, but that doesn’t do much good when you’re stuck in traffic gridlock. An electric bicycle gives you the freedom to pursue the quickest route and get you to work earlier.
4. Beat the sweat
Due to the fact that electric bikes don’t require the rider to pedal quite as hard, people sweat a lots less when riding them. The higher speeds they travel at also helps to generate a cool wind that keeps sweat and over exertion at bay.
This is an important factor, as not everyone is lucky enough to have shower facilities at their place of work. Electric bikes allow you to arrive on time, feeling energized, and still looking great.
5. What to consider when you decide to buy
Electric bikes are designed for different people and different purposes. You should take some time to research the types available, and put some thought into what you want your bike to be able to do for you. Once you’ve decided what is most important, you can communicate that to retailer.
Some electronic bikes are geared toward different kinds of activities, such as cargo hauling, relaxed cruising, trail riding, mountain biking, downhill, child transportation, road biking, sand and snow (fat tire) riding, traveling and urban commuting. Having an idea of the main activity you want to use your electric bike for before you arrive at the store will help the sales associate suggest the right bike for you.
6. You get what you pay for (usually)
It’s important to keep in mind that good electric bikes are not cheap, even compared to good standard bikes. Although you can pick up a very basic model, you should ask yourself if you think you’re going to be happy with it in the long-run. An average bike with a quality frame, functional brakes, suspension and other components is a fair investment.
When buying an electric bike, you have to spend considerably more money for the motor. That is motor is going to provide a lot of benefits though, so don’t be surprised by paying a somewhat higher price for a better bike that will last much longer.