I’ve started cycling everywhere on my electric bike; it’s the best decision I ever made. The best part? The boke does some of the work for you – Sara Cox
As the planet is spiraling ever close to ecological catastrophe and climate change is a reality that’s slowly, but surely starting to make its presence felt, we’re all trying to find a way to do what we can to save the world of tomorrow.
That’s one of the reasons why more and more of us are choosing to abandon our cars in favor of bicycles so that we can get where we need to go and give Mother Earth a high five instead of leaving her to choke on diesel fumes.
While pedaling your way to the office and back home again, you’ve probably noticed an increasing number of electric bikes on the road, as more and more former motorists have embraced the philosophy of two wheels good and four wheels bad.
And being firm believers in that credo, we’re more than a little happy to see more cyclists riding through the streets, but we were a little mystified about why electric bikes (or e-bikes as their dedicated, and ever-increasing, fanbase like to call them) are so popular.
In order to try and answer that question once and for all, we thought we’d take a closer look at the pros and cons of electric bikes, and why they seem to have taken off like a rocket.
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A Positive Force For Good – Why E-Bikes Are Amazing
As we’ve always been more inclined to see our glass as being half full, we thought we’d start with the good news first and leave the bad news until last.
Why are E-Bikes so beloved by new and old cyclists? There are, as it turns out, a number of reasons why they’re becoming increasingly popular.
The Healthy Way To Commute
Riding to work, or anywhere else that you want to go on a bike has always been a much healthier way to travel.
Pedaling a bike instead of sitting behind the wheel of a car, regardless of whether or not it’s an e-bike, is a great way to improve your physical fitness, stamina, and general health.
It’s also a great way to lose weight and add a little extra muscle mass to your body.
A Little Assistance
Unlike traditional bikes, e-bikes have the added advantage of being able to take a little of the strain out of every ride, and if you’re feeling a bit worn out or could do with a break from doing all of the hard work, with a flick of a switch the bike can take over, and you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Most e-bikes have sufficient battery power to add another ten or twenty miles to your ride, so if you decide you want to go on a thirty mile round trip, you’ll only have to pedal for fifteen and the bike will do the rest.
Riding around on an e-bike and letting it take the strain for you every now and then, is an environmentally friendly way to get around and about.
There are no emissions, you won’t be adding to the carbon content of the atmosphere, and best of all, you won’t have to worry about the increasing price of gas, or how much it’s going to cost to fill your tank.
Why? Because an e-bike doesn’t need gas, it just needs you to pedal and its battery to get you, and it, to wherever it is you’re going.
An e-bike isn’t the same thing as a moped, a scooter, or a motorcycle, and you don’t need a license to buy or ride one.
Even under their own power, most e-bikes won’t go much faster than fifteen or twenty miles per hour at the very most, and as most cyclists frequently surpass those speeds, all you’ll need to ride an e-bike is a helmet, and maybe some other padding for your elbows and knees if you’re trying to get back into the swing of things and ride a bike for the first time in a couple of decades.
The Half-Empty E-Bike Glass – The Downsides To Electric Bikes
It isn’t all sunshine and roses in the world of e-bikes, as there are some downsides to owning these twenty-first century pollution-free runarounds.
And in the interest of being completely objective, we’re going to take a look at some of their most obvious flaws.
They’re Not Exactly Cheap
There is no getting around, or way to disguise the fact that e-bikes are considerably more expensive than their traditional cousins.
All of the technology that they use to make your cycling life easier comes at a not inconsiderable cost, which will leave a significant mark on both your pocketbook and your bank balance.
They’re Heavier Than A Small Moon
All of the technology that we just mentioned? The battery, the gears, and everything else that makes them work?
It actually weighs quite a lot, which makes them harder to ride, and you’ll be more than grateful that e-bikes can, and will take the strain whenever a hill (or even a slight incline) appears on your route to work.
Far From Simple
If something goes wrong with a normal bike, it’s usually easy and cheap to fix.
That’s not the case with an e-bike, as they’re more complicated and have more specialist components than normal bikes do, which means they’re more expensive and labor-intensive to fix.
Because e-bikes are so popular, they’re in ever greater demand, which makes them an appealing target for thieves looking to earn some easy money.
That makes them more expensive to insure than normal bikes are and doesn’t exactly do wonders for your peace of mind as you’ll constantly be worried that someone is looking to steal, and sell your e-bike.
The E-Bike Conclusion
We know, it sounds like we’ve painted an ominously dark portrait of what it’s like to own an e-bike, but that’s honestly not the case, as the positive aspects of traveling around on an e-bike far outweigh the negatives.
And if you don’t believe us, try it for yourself and get on your e-bike and ride.