If you think you hate cycling you might want to back pedal…
Why Electric Bikes are the new necessity for summer and why you should get one!
Electric bicycles might seem like a new fad, but they have really been on the scene for two decades! They started in 1999 with the EV Global Motors Ebike from Lee Iacocca and have only gone from strength to strength!
An electric bike, or ebike, is any bike that has an electric motor. In most of Australia, they are legally classified as bicycles and have limited speeds of 25km/h from a motor of 250 watts or less.
Although they have motors, these only kick in once you are pedalling. The primary source of power must come from the effort of the rider’s legs and the motor will match how hard you are working.
There is an electric bike out there that suits every style and need. They are lighter, tougher and more capable than ever.
They allow you to commute speedily without the hassle of public transportation, to get exercise without getting overly sweaty and to get from point A to point B without spending money on gas.
These days you don’t even have to commit to purchasing an ebike outright, simply hire one and cruise your city to see how amazing they are!
Or you can continue reading and find out why the world of electric bikes is jumping up a gear!
They make cycling enjoyable for everyone
The most obvious benefit of an ebike is its ability to make cycling up hills or into wind so much easier for the rider!
Moving off your mark when the lights turn green can be a bit awkward on a push bike but with the boost from the electric motor on an ebike, it’s easy to achieve optimum speed.
A lot of people get put off cycling because the idea of pushing a bike up a hill or standing and pumping their legs furiously is just too exhausting.
But with an electric bike the pedal assist kicks in and you sail up the incline. You’re still pedaling, but you’ve got help and it feels unreal!
Especially if the rider experiences things like knee pain or asthma, having an ebike can make destinations, and even cycling in general, so much more accessible.
It also means that if you have a stubborn friend who won’t ever join you on a weekend cruise, an ebike could be the answer!
Cyclists of all levels can cycle together using the motors to their advantage (if they require it), so everyone can enjoy their ride together!
They increase your level of exercise
Even though you have a motor to help you when it gets hard, this means you are more likely to get out and about on a bike more often.
And exercise on an ebike is more than you will get in a car or on the bus, that’s for sure!
The motorised pedal assist helps you forget about any anxiety due to not being fast enough and allows you to concentrate on the scenery and enjoy the sunshine; the real joy of cycling.
If your city has good cycling routes, an ebike might allow you to skip that daily rush hour traffic jam too.
The commute to work may be too far or too hilly for a regular but on an ebike you will arrive at work sweat free and ready to go, saving money and getting a bit of exercise too.
No one will know you have just cycled to work as you will look like you just stepped out of a taxi, fresh as a daisy!
When on leisure rides, you can keep the pedal assist off and simply use the bike for exercise. The motor use is optional so you can choose when to life hack, and when to just live.
They can save you money
Think of the savings on insurance, petrol and services! Basically, electric bikes are about three times less expensive to operate than cars.
So, if you’re a person who uses your car to travel the last few kilometres from the bus station to home or to cruise to a café in the weekend, then an electric bike could save you thousands in the long run!
Ebike battery life can take you anywhere from about 15 to 90 kilometres on a single charge, depending on a few factors like how fast you are pedalling and what the terrain is like.
But don’t worry, even if the battery does run out mid journey, you can certainly keep going, just without assist.
Even though you must plug the bike in to charge it every couple of days, this is hardly a problem for those with a garage or a house where you can easily wheel the bike indoors.
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