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Electric Bikes

As a keen cyclist, I still riding a conventional bike, where I provide the pedal power. However, it’s surprising to see the number of e-bikes around town. E-bikes are growing in popularity, with 6% of cyclists currently owning an e-bike and 14% of cyclists intend to buy one over the next 12 months. You can get up to 15mph almost instantly on an e-bike. Have you considered joining the electric bike revolution? 


Talking bikes

With electric bikes, you still must pedal, or the motor won’t kick in. Otherwise it’s the same as a normal bike, except there is a battery-powered motor and small control unit for changing. Electric bike speeds are capped at 15.5mph by law. You can go faster than this, but only by pedalling. 

Why bother?

  • The motor will allow greater distances and ride for longer.
  • Great for your heart, your lungs and reducing stress levels.
  • Cheaper than buying, insuring and maintaining a car (recharging is measured in pennies).
  • Avoiding the commuter misery of either queuing traffic or overcrowded trains and buses.
  • Maybe safer, as able to keep up with the flow of traffic.
  • Ride up those dreaded hills.
  • Better in crosswinds and headwinds.

On you bike

With 2.5m bicycles sold in the UK in 2018, over 70,000 were e-bikes. Although electric bikes are expensive, the prices will fall as more cyclists swap to e-bikes. The main benefit is that you can choose the level of effort you put in and rely on the motor to cut in. Put the f-word word back into cycling: Fun!

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Date: 21 December 2020 by max robinson