You’ll probably be familiar with e-scooters but how much do you know about e-bikes? To the cycle elitists, they may be seen as a lazy option, but we’re here to set the record straight. If you didn’t know that e-bikes existed, you’ve come to the right place because we want to look at why you should opt for an e-bike.
Keeping you fit
First of all, E-bikes are a great option for all bike enthusiasts and, despite what some people may say, they’re not cheating. In fact, we’ve written an entire blog about why this is just a myth here.
Electric bikes offer riders the same benefits as other bikes do but they’ll also allow you to travel further for longer thanks to their motors and batteries. So contrary to popular opinion, the bikes will keep you fit.
This is because although the motors aid you when you’re feeling a strain, they will only help you up to a speed of 15.5 mph, anything higher and that’s all you. So while you may think the motors help you cheat, they actually help you go further, and if you’re riding for longer, you’ll be pedalling more, which is great for your physical health and fitness.
Safer than regular bikes
During the first lockdown in 2020, we saw a sudden surge in cyclists. As the majority of people had more spare time on their hands, they decided to make the most of the British sunshine with a bike ride. According to a study from Cycling Uk, Scotland alone saw a 43% rise in cycling between March and August 2020.
However, with the rise in cyclists came a rise in on-road accidents and injuries. Road accidents are very common for cyclists, perhaps because of the few seconds they have to build up the necessary speed to contend with vehicles and angry drivers. Which is why an electric bike can be a lot safer for cyclists than regular bikes. The motor in an electric bike helps riders to accelerate faster and get them out of the danger zone in seconds and with this added acceleration, fewer cars, buses and vans will be tempted to overtake cyclists on e-bikes, which will also make the roads safer a lot safer for them.
They’re a lot of fun
We couldn’t leave this off the list of reasons to buy an e-bike, because we believe it is so important to have fun when you’re riding a bike. Trust us when we say there is no better way to have fun while cycling than to use an e-bike.
The dread of tackling hills is gone, the stress of having to keep up with cars on the road is gone, and the worry that you won’t be able to build up enough speed coming off a roundabout is gone. Leaving you with all the fun of riding a bike.
So whether you’ve never heard of an e-bike before today or you’ve been put off by the lazy myth, there are so many great reasons to buy an e-bike. Why not see for yourself here.