There’s no doubt our lives have turned 360 in so many ways due to technology, from the world of medical breakthroughs to electric bikes and more. Speaking of electric bikes, you’ve likely seen one zipping past you down the streets, but do you sometimes wonder if they’re worth their salt?
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. Obviously, this will work great for senior riders who easily get exhausted. There are even e-bikes designed for particular purposes, such as conquering difficult terrain or uphill cycling.
Speed and Flexibility
E-bikes let you travel longer distances without putting in as much effort you normally would. And because you can still use the multi-purpose cycle lane and traffic-free paths, you’ll be able to reduce your commute time. In cities worldwide, e-bikes are growing in demand as governments themselves campaign for these high-tech bikes as an alternative to four-wheeled vehicles.
Although e-bikes come with a pedal boost feature, they are just as good as regular bikes in terms of health benefits. 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 happen to be a fitness buff, you’ll be glad to know that e-bikes can be custom-made for the purpose of exercise.
Using an e-bike instead of your regular car will save you money in the long run. After all, you won’t be needing to spend on gas. Just imagine what difference that can make! You still have to buy batteries, but they are still so much more affordable in comparison to your car’s fuel.
There is no denying the urgency of environmental issues such as global warming and climate change. Being citizens of the earth, we should all help provide a remedy instead of making the problem worse. Compared to typical motor vehicles, e-bikes contribute so much less to air pollution per kilometer.
There are different e-bike regulations from one state to another, but more or less, the maximum allowed motor output is 500 W (0.671 hp) and riders cannot bike faster than 32 km/h (20 mph). Pedals must be completely operable, but riders don’t need to be licensed or insured and the e-bike can go without registration. A person must be at least around 12 years old though to use an e-bike. 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.