Why buy an electric bike?
Why buy an electric bike?
Here are some pros and cons to help you decide whether getting an electric bike is worth it.
Get up hills easier - Less intense, especially for people who have joint conditions or asthma.
Great for daily commuting - Less stress than driving a car, traffic jams are easier as you take up less space, less intense than a normal bike, little maintenance, no need to queue for buses or trains.
Save money - Spend less on gas, spend less on your car in general, little maintenance similar to normal bikes, no license needed, charge bike from any socket for a full charge in as low as 4 hours.
Versatile - Can be used for commuting or off-road, snow and dirt.
Healthier - 95% of electric bike owners cycle daily, compared to 40% for normal bikes. Although it is less intense than a normal bike, you will be getting out of the house more.
Travel longer distances than a normal bike - More than 20 miles on a single charge. However, depending on the level of pedal assist you use, you could reach up to 120+ miles per charge.
Faster than a normal bike - But not above the speed limit, depending on your state.
Good against adverse weather conditions - Electric bikes fight the wind as the pedal assist compensates for the drag.
Less sweat - Pedal assist means it will be a less physically intense ride.
Harder to steal than normal bikes - They are heavier, around 30lbs, and some need a key to be operated.
Better for the environment than cars & other public transport - No brainer here.
Enjoy time with family and friends - If you're new to cycling or struggle keeping up, an electric bike may make it possible to join in on recreational bike rides.
Drivers are becoming more aware of cyclists - More people are cycling to work, electric bikes are expected to increase globally by 50% over the next decade. Drivers are likely to give you enough space as awareness increases.
More expensive than normal bikes - Electric bikes are an investment and usually start around $1000. So be sure to weigh up whether you'll be using it often or not, and where you'll be using it.
Weight - Electric bikes are heavy, generally weighing around 30 - 40 lbs. It means it's harder to store and pedal up a hill if it runs out of battery.
Slightly louder than normal bikes - They make a slight whizzing sound when you're using them.
Fixing broken batteries can be costly - As well as buying bigger batteries for longer range. So be sure to check you warranty.
Less physically intense - You won't get as an intense workout as pedal assist helps you up hills. Hills would feel the same as flats.
Legal speed limit - By the law, you generally have to keep within the speed limit of depending on the state you live in.