Our lives have surely changed with one technology breakthrough after another, whether it’s renewable energy or breakthrough medical treatments or electric bikes, etc. Talking about electrical bikes, you may have seen one yourself, but question is, do they live up to the hype?
The following are five of the most popular benefits of using electric bikes:
E-bikes are built with what is called “pedal assist.” Running on batteries, this is technically a machine that boosts your pedaling, hence decreasing the stress and impact that your thighs and knees otherwise have to endure. This is clearly perfect for older riders who get physically drained rather easily. Some e-bikes even come with pedal assist created for specific purposes, like biking up a hill or across difficult terrain.
Speed and Flexibility
With the technology behind e-bikes, you can cover longer distances with less effort. And because you can still use the multi-purpose cycle lane and traffic-free paths, you’ll be able to reduce your commute time. E-bikes are quite popular in cities these days, with governments and lawmakers promoting them over four-wheeled vehicles.
While e-bikes are equipped with a pedal-boosting feature, they are just as healthy for riders as typical bikes. After all, whether a person cycles on an e-bike or a regular bike, cycling is cycling – in other words, physically and mentally healthy. If you’re interested in e-bikes for its fitness benefits, you’ll love them when you learn that they can be custom-made for exercise.
If you start using an e-bike instead of your car for transportation, you’ll be able to save money in the long term. After all, you won’t be paying for gas anymore. You can just picture how big a difference that will make! While you still need to buy e-bike batteries, they will cost but a fraction of what you’d spend on car fuel.
There is no denying the urgency of environmental issues such as global warming and climate change. As citizens of the planet, we all have to give our share in finding solutions instead of adding to the problem. Compared to typical motor vehicles, e-bikes contribute so much less to air pollution per kilometer.
Different states have different regulations covering e-bikes, but in most cases, the speed limit is about 32 km/h (20 mph) and motor output should be lower than 500 W (0.671 hp). Pedals should be totally operable, but there are no such requirements as registration, licensing or insurance. A rider should not be younger than 12 though. Again, because the regulations may differ from one state to another, it’s best to verify this information before you buy or ride an e-bike.