Is E-bike riding cheating?
There are always critics to any new rising phenomenon and rest be assured there will be critics even with riding electric bikes. Why you may ask? Well here are some common questions that critics will express:
1. Isn’t the point of cycling to exercise?
2. Isn’t it dangerous?
3. Why is it so expensive?
4. Wouldn’t it better off to ride a moped or scooter?
5. Do you believe you’ll even use it often?
Yes, cycling is definitely a physical activity that helps you stay in shape. However, not everything in life is a competition. You can socialize, do your regular chores such as grocery shopping or dropping off mail, and you can transport to and from work. Plus, it is a great exercise and its so much fun.
Like any mode of transportation, there are always risks associated with being on the road. However, the maximum speed for most electric bikes are set at 32km per hour, which is fairly reasonable compared to a moped or scooter which can go up to 2-3 times that limit (50-80km+).
Although E-bikes are fairly more pricey than an average bicycle, it is intended to give you a longer and easy ride. The battery is the most expensive component of the bike for most manufacturers, but on average you can expect to have a 1 year warranty and a 5 year life expectancy if taken care of properly. That being said, you can expect at least 35,000 km of awesome riding without breaking a sweat since most batteries have 700-800 charging cycles.
In most cities, riding an electric bike is legal on the road and on the bike lanes. That being said, it is not required to have a driver license or insurance, which can have significant cost savings. As for riding a moped or scooter, you will need a license and insurance and you are not allowed to be on bike lanes. Likewise, riding on trails and feeling more close to nature is only possible with an electric bike.
Lastly, studies have shown that electric bike riders ride more often and for longer than conventional bikers. On average, regular cyclists ride 5.3km versus 8km for an E-bike rider. It is more fun and exciting to be on an electric bike and for that reason you end up doing it more often. It definitely gives an edge to anyone whose looking for a modern look and thrilling experience.