Are eBikes cheating?

We get this question a lot. It’s evident that there are many misconceptions about electric bikes. So we decided to share why it is clear that no, in fact, eBikes are not cheating. An eBike is actually an enhanced riding experience. According to our founders, Josh and Yina “Just like a digital camera is more convenient than a film camera, and a word processor is more convenient than a typewriter, an eBike makes riding much more convenient than a traditional bicycle.”

The level of effort is one primary reason people claim that eBikes are “cheating.” Yes, riding an eBike is generally easier than riding a normal bike. Though this may have more to it than you think. A study from the University of Nebraska found that eBike cyclists expended the same amount of energy as manual bike riders, but they completed the circuit faster and felt like they exerted less effort. According to the study, the riders rated their “perceived exertion” and rated a bike in manual mode at a 15, and a pedal-assisted eBike at a 10 on the scale.

 

Our Espin eBike batteries are inside of the frame, creating a look and feel similar to standard bikes.

 

 

The clearest difference between normal bikes and eBikes is the motor. Our Espin eBikes are pedal-assisted, meaning that you still need to pedal when you ride it, the motor simply boosts your own power. This makes riding more convenient, and cycling, therefore, more accessible. Actually, 59% of people with disabilities that normally have a reduced ability to ride a standard bike can ride an eBike.

The ease of riding an eBike allows you to ride for longer without worrying as much about fatigue or exhaustion. Even experienced cyclists can reach for the car keys when confronted with a long distance. eBikes help you commute, run errands, climb steep hills – all while keeping cars off the road.

eBikes are especially helpful for urban commuters. With an eBike, you can pedal to work without breaking a sweat, you can ride longer distances while avoiding those crazy parking fees in the lot near your office. It’s still you, just with more power.

 

Ride to work without breaking a sweat.

 

 

eBikes help remove barriers that stop people from cycling. They aren’t cheating, they let you have more fun and encourage you to ride faster and more often. It’s no wonder everyone gets hooked. According to data collected for E-Bikes in North America shown in the infographic below, 55% percent of people surveyed rode bikes weekly before getting an eBike while 93% did after.

 

Why do people use e-bikes? By the Portland State Transportation Research and Education Center

 

You don’t need to give up your normal bike to ride an eBike, you can choose both. Just like you will have one pair of shoes for working out, one pair of shoes for hiking, and one pair of shoes that you wear to work that looks professional yet comfortable, they all fit different needs. There are so many great benefits of riding an eBike like the ability to flatten any hill, getting to work without being sweaty, being able to cut traffic and save money in the long run. What makes an electrical bicycle so powerful is that it combines the efficiency of transportation while working on your fitness and health, and it’s so much fun! Doesn’t get much better than that!
Curious about an eBike? Book a demo with one of our Espin eBikes today.

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