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?
Here are the top benefits offered by electric bikes:
E-bikes are built with what is called “pedal assist.” This is, technically speaking, a battery-run machine that pumps up your pedaling, thereby freeing your knees and thighs from considerable stress and impact. Obviously, this will work great for senior riders who easily get exhausted. Some e-bikes even come with pedal assist created for specific purposes, like biking up a hill or across difficult terrain.
Speed and Flexibility
E-bikes let you travel longer distances without putting in as much effort you normally would. And since you’re still free to use the cycle lane as well as any path with zero traffic, your commute time can be significantly reduced. E-bikes are actually growing in popularity in cities today, with governments themselves encouraging people to give up their four-wheeled vehicles.
While e-bikes are equipped with a pedal-boosting feature, they are just as healthy for riders as typical bikes. After all, any kind of cycling is still exercise – and therefore good for physical and mental health – with or without technical assistance. If you’re thinking of these e-bikes’ fitness benefits, you’ll be happy to learn that some of them are actually made for exercise purposes.
If you use an e-bike instead of your usual car, you can end up with some nice savings after a while. After all, you won’t be having to gas up. Just imagine what difference that can make! Even if you still have to buy batteries for your e-bike, they will still be a lot cheaper than car fuel.
Environmental issues like climate change and global warming can no longer be ignored today. As citizens of the planet, we all have to give our share in finding solutions instead of adding to the problem. E-bikes cause drastically less air pollution per kilometer compared to cars and motorcycles.
Different states have different regulations covering e-bikes, but in most cases, the speed limit is about 32 km/h (20 mph) and motor output should be lower than 500 W (0.671 hp). Fully operable pedals are also required but there is no need for a driver’s license, vehicle registration or insurance. A rider should not be younger than 12 though. Again, regulations can vary from state to state, so make sure you verify the rules in your state.