I have always been a motorcycle enthusiast who preferred the weekend cycle run. Little did I know at the time that I would be giving up my motorbike and cycle for a more economical and environment friendly mode of transport.
All it took was one day on an eBike to show me another side of life that i had never explored. Two years down the line I’m happy with my eBike and have no regrets.
Let me tell you what changed my mind and why it is a good idea for you to get into the whole eBiking scene.
Why You Should Get An eBike
To own an eBike with a pandemic looming over our heads is a great way to feel safe and secure, creating your own little bubble everywhere you go. It beats closed off modes of transportation such as subway services, buses, trams and cars.
Owning an electric bike lets you feel younger, visit new places and take trips on a budget with ease.
Here are some of the reasons why joining the eBike revolution is beneficial to you in the long run.
Riding an eBike is Fun
Who said you have to be young to have fun? eBikes are meant for everyone and the best part is that they are so lightweight and smooth to ride that they can be fun most of the time.
Electric bikes are fun to use modes of transportation as compared to driving a car or sitting in a bus.
With eBikes you get out more often, you’re able to feel the wind blowing through your hair, the thrill of riding fast and being able to get your heart racing with a broad grin across your face are a few of the things that make owning an eBike a great idea.
The main factor behind why riding an eBike is so much fun as compared to riding a traditional cycle is the fact that you have a feature called pedal assist that converts your regular cycling experience into a full blown biking one with the help of the hub motor.
You Get to Workout on your eBike
Not as much as you would on a normal cycle but so much more than sitting on a bus or taking a cab. Riding an eBike is the solution to all those times you regretted not going to the gym because you were stuck at work or you simply didn’t have time.
Replacing the ways you normally commute with an electric bike will give you the assurance that you’re at least going to get ‘some’ workout done even if you’re not hitting the gym.
Riding an eBike lets you burn anywhere between 280-350 calories making it the perfect addition in enhancing your healthy lifestyle.
One great workout that you can try with an eBike is to ride uphill without any throttle assistance and then on the way back home make use of the throttle assist and ride freely.
Cuts your Expenses / Saves you some Money
Buying an electric bike is not cheap, the good ones are retailed between $1000 – $2500 while there are some which are priced at a higher rate because they’re simply jaw-dropping.
Practically speaking, owning an electric bike resolves all your financial worries if you play your cards right.
- Owning a car comes with hidden costs like insurance renewal, parking charges, service costs, change of parts, new tires, speeding tickets and so many more.
- The money you end up spending on a regular basis for your electric bike would be just a few cents worth of electricity to recharge your batteries and maybe the occasional service or change of battery.
- You save on fuel expenses if you own a car or motorcycle so using an eBike helps save you an easy $500+ per month on these miscellaneous expenses.
- The amount you spend to service your eBike is only a fraction of what you’d spend quarterly on your car or bike service. This is because there are less parts to work on in an eBike and takes lesser time to have one serviced.
eBikes are a Fast and Flexible Means of Transportation
The technology that’s used in electric bikes is what gives you the ability to cover vast distances with little effort. The powerful high capacity battery coupled with a high performance hub motor and a throttle system can get you traveling at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
Owning an eBike gives you access to bike routes laid up across cities, this lets you evade the rush hour traffic and get to work earlier than you could have.
They’re flexible to use and can be switched from Manual to Throttle mode with the twist of your wrist.
With an electric bike you can fold it up and carry it with you on your trips. This unique ability to take your eBike anywhere is what makes it a great choice as compared to a regular bicycle or a bike.
Electric Bikes are Environmentally Friendly
Two global issues that can blow out of proportion if we don’t play our part correctly are Global Warming and Climate change. Owning an eBike and using it in place of cars and motorcycles for your daily commute can help the earth heal itself on the long run.
eBikes consume less energy and do not rely on fossil fuels to run. However, they do emit small amounts of CO2 on a daily basis which is still a fraction of what is emitted by cars or motorcycles.
They are the most environment friendly electric vehicle in the market and this is because of the small quantities of rare earth elements used to manufacture the battery. Apart from that and the fact that batteries and tires have to be maintained, eBikes are much safer to own and use than conventional modes of transportation.
eBikes Come with a Variety of Designs
With technology advancing at the rate that it is, anything is possible. As electric bike companies grow, they tend to produce a variety of designs to accommodate everyone’s needs.
eBikes are available in all sizes, high and low seating arrangement, fat and thin tires, step-through or standard bike frame, range of motor sizes and battery capacities covering a wide range of personal requirements.
However, if none of the eBike variants appeal to you, then rest assured that somewhere down the line there will be one made to suit your needs.
eBikes Come with Removable Battery Cases
Charging an eBike has never been easier. Most come with removable battery packs you can unplug and carry in-doors to be recharged.
What makes this a compelling feature is that you can charge your battery from the comfort of your office so that you’ll have a fully charged battery to use on the way back.
Even in the case of overnight charging, simply detach the battery case at home and plug it in to charge, when you wake up you will have a fully charged battery at your disposal.
Owning an eBike with a removable battery pack can be the most convenient thing ever. You get to charge your battery anywhere and won’t have to worry about the battery getting damaged in the rain or someone robbing the battery from your eBike.
Owning an Electric Bike saves Storage Space
eBikes are compact modes of transport and are not extremely heavy to carry. For city dwellers storage is not always an option especially if you’re living in a flat.
Unlike a motorcycle or regular cycle, eBikes can actually be folded and stored without occupying too much space. With this fold-able feature you won’t have to worry about your eBike getting stolen from the street-side and carrying it around with you is easier, be it by car or on the subway.
Fold-able eBikes have always been an adventurers favorite since they can be moved and stored easily in a bag. This makes it easier to have your eBike shipped to other places without having to pay higher amounts for the shipping.
eBikes are Great for Climbing Hills
Have you ever taken your cycle on a trip to a hilltop only to struggle while climbing to the top? With an eBike that is no longer a concern.
Usually equipped with a range of power modes to tackle any situation, eBikes can make your uphill ride a breeze. Twisting the throttle will kick the hub motor into automatic mode, giving you that extra push you need.
Most mountain bikers prefer using an eBike because it allows them to spend less time on the climb and more time navigating the descent (the fun part of mountain biking).
Cons of buying an eBike
Though buying an eBike is a great investment in the long run for a variety of reasons, they do have one or two negative sides to buying one.
- eBikes are not cheap, as i mentioned before they range from $1000 to well over $2500. Though they don’t require you to spend money every time you use them, they still cost a lot of money.
- Storing an eBike in a room for a long period of time like over the winter would require you to look after controlling the climate of the room so the metallic components do not rust.
- Buying an eBike is not for everyone as some states have laws in place to regulate the use of electric bikes, where you’d have to have a valid license, wear all the required protective gear and follow a designated set of rules.
- eBike batteries are not always reliable, the more they’re used and recharged the faster they will have to be replaced.
Getting an eBike is beneficial to users both young and old. I think that with more people getting into using eBikes on a daily basis, we’re sure to live long and healthy lives.
They’re fun to use, great for a workout on the side and are environment friendly. While using an eBike however, make sure you always stay protected and stay in the designated bike lanes, there are many out there who ride with no care in the world. Your life is precious, make it last.
Do Electric Bikes make Cycling easier?
eBikes do make cycling easier, it’s more convenient and less effort is used. Pedal assist and Full Throttle modes can assist with your ride in case you’re tired or have issues with your knees.
Can we ride an eBike without a Battery?
Yes. At times when you need to charge your battery but also have to step out to the grocery store all you will need to do is unplug the battery from the cycle and pedal away to the grocery store.
Can we ride an eBike in the rain?
Yes. Electric bikes have been designed to have water-resistant wiring and can tolerate rain. You can ride the eBike in the rain but there’s only one thing you must remember if you do so. You must wipe the bike dry. There are metallic components that may rust if they’re left damp or wet.
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