I usually get upset whenever I introduce someone to the concept of an e-bike and they say it’s cheating. I really think this is a very narrow sense of view of the situation, because most times, the opinion is coming from someone who has never ridden an electric bike and has never had a personal experience with them.
I’m sure not everyone will agree with me that’s why I’d like to share the unique perspective I’ve acquired or gained working with people interested in, and that ride these bikes everyday.
From discussing their needs and concerns I’ve come to view electric bikes as a healthy addition to any lifestyle, rather than as a way of cheating.
More frequently than not, people interested in e-bikes love biking but need or want a boost.
Most electric bikes are more of a hybrid between the rider and motor rather than moped style throttle bikes.
These hybrid e-bikes work via two different methods which are based on the idea of an assistance and not a take over. These systems encourage and aid the rider to pedal and put in about half the effort.
They are not designed to zip around haphazardly with no effort like a moped or scooter.
Because these pedelec electric bikes merely supplement the rider’s natural ability, they are not cheating. What an electric bike of this nature does permit is for riders to go on longer bike rides that they would normally be wary of and ride more often without worrying about fatigue or feeling stressed and over exerted.
It is true that you get a decreased intensity of exercise from an electric bike but it is this low level exercise over a longer period of time which actually stimulates the body’s metabolism and leads to healthier, happier and more energized riders.
Electric bikes are a healthy addition to any lifestyle
An electric bike actually helps the average person stay in shape better than an ordinary bike and people are more likely to ride every day when riding an electric bike.
Take electric bicycle commuting for example:
If you’re lucky enough to have a shower and a changing room at your office, then you should be very thankful and maybe think about sneaking in bike commuters from other buildings to help out the cause.
The rest of us have to show up ready to work, and that means we have to be clean (not stinky). With an electric bike you can commute one way with a full assistance and arrive dry to work, then after work decrease the assistance level to low and pedal off to home for a bit of exercise.
The average person has such a busy schedule that fitting in a bike ride after work can be tough, so why not base it around riding with an e-bike? This is a great way to increase your energy daily and get or remain in shape.
Bicycle commuting is just one example of how an electric bike can actually benefit you rather than cheat you. In fact, for almost every example of how an electric bike supposedly detracts from the joy of biking you can respond with a better reason why it adds to your enjoyment.
Electric bike riding isn’t cheating, they let you have more fun and encourage you to ride farther and more often. It’s no wonder anyone who rides one gets hooked.