3 Facts to Know about Electric Bikes

Though they’re known by many names (including pedelecs, electric assist bikes, and e-bikes) and come in many makes and models, high-quality electronic bikes offer powerful motor assistance across the board. We love them for their efficiency and ability to help cyclists of any level power through hills and enjoy a smooth ride (even when riding against the wind or facing other challenging conditions). Let’s explore three more reasons why electric bikes are worth the investment.

1. They can help you stay active

Navigating varying terrain and riding up inclines can be intimidating — especially for beginners or those who aren’t accustomed to riding a standard bike. If you prefer other forms of activity over cycling, don’t currently practice a regular fitness routine, are a casual rider, or struggle with aches and pains or other health concerns, an electric bike may just be the solution for you. In fact, in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, previously sedentary participants experienced “significantly greater aerobic fitness, better blood sugar control, and, as a group, a trend toward less body fat” when they rode an electric bike to and from work for three days each week over the course of one month.

E-bikes are an especially good option for people whose health circumstances deter them from exercise. Because the motorized pedal assistance minimizes impact and offers greater control over exertion, e-bikes are easier on bad knees or joints and more accessible for people with mild asthma that is exacerbated by intense activity (though you should always discuss with your doctor first).

Essentially, many factors that you may otherwise consider limiting can actually be compatible with electric cycling, ultimately allowing more demographics to stay active and healthy!

2. They’re great for commuting

When it comes to finding reliable and efficient transportation to and from work or school, electric bikes are an outstanding compromise between a car and a standard bicycle. As an alternative to an average vehicle, an e-bike will significantly reduce emissions and improve your carbon footprint. Factor in energy cost, purchase price, and other maintenance expenses and e-bikes cost an average less than five cents per mile compared to 71 cents per mile in a car.

If your route features formidable hills or frequent headwinds that complicate a standard bike commute, electric assistance can offer the power you need to take on any challenging terrain you may encounter. A less exhausting ride will also limit sweat so you can arrive at work fresh as ever.

3. They’re all different

Not all electronic bikes are created equal. Most models are created with different purposes and different types of riders in mind. Everything from the motor type to the battery and the tires will influence the intended use. So before you start browsing, be sure you can answer: where do you plan to ride your e-bike and how do you plan to use it?

For example, an e-bike that is best suited for commuting on urban roads will often have different specifications compared to one built for trail riding on unpaved surfaces. Other popular uses include cruising, touring, or even hauling cargo.

While many electric bikes feature pedal assistance (or, in other words, allow you to add power to your natural pedaling rhythm), some feature a throttle that powers the bike even without pedaling. Regardless of the type of e-bike, most operate at an average maximum speed of 18 mph, while some can run up to 25 mph. It’s important to note that electric bike road laws vary by state, so be sure to educate yourself before taking yours for a spin.

You’ll also still want to consider the same factors you’d compare and contrast when choosing a standard unassisted bike, such as frame, brakes, and suspension. However, when shopping for an electric bike, you’ll also want to pay special attention to the range (or the distance you can ride on a single battery charge), as this will ultimately define how you use the bike.