The differences between e-bikes and regular bikes might seem obvious, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Here’s a quick myth-busting rundown of the main differences:
Unlike a regular bike, an e-bike uses a battery-powered motor to assist as you ride, meaning you use less energy to travel the same distance you would on a non-electric bike.
Whilst e-bikes are often heavier than your average bike thanks to the weight of the battery, you won’t notice the difference since it’s offset by the assistance from the motor. If you’re looking for marginal gains and a super-light carbon frame, an e-bike might not be for you…
As e-bikes become more popular and the market more competitive, prices for e-bike are just as varied as regular bikes. You might be able to find them at rock-bottom prices, but when you’re making an investment this good, it’s worth the extra pennies.
On a regular bike you could spend a long time slogging uphill. The assistance provided by the motor on an e-bike means you can whizz up the hills with half the pedal power needed on a regular bike.
By law all e-bikes are limited to maximum speeds of 15mph, no matter how hard you pedal. But considering that’s how fast the average weekend road rider travels on a regular bike, we don’t think that’s bad going. Plus, you’ll use less energy getting to that speed, so can keep riding that fast for longer.
You still need to pedal even though the bike is battery-powered. The motor is there to give you a helping hand, but it won’t do all the work for you. That said, it will make things considerably easier on your legs meaning you can keep riding for longer without fatigue.
You don’t need a licence to ride an e-bike, you just need to follow the same rules of the road as on a regular road bike.
E-bikes aren’t just about whizzing past all the regular riders (although you can feel pretty smug about it when you do). There are plenty of benefits to shout about including health and fitness, confidence, money saving and being kind to the environment to name but a few. Get yourself an e-bike and give yourself a bit of an edge out on the road, arrive to work feeling fresh, and climb those uphill slogs with ease after a gnarly downhill. Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons why we think everyone should have an e-bike in their bike collection.
The most obvious answer is that you can travel further and faster with less effort than on a traditional bike. With the help of a motor, you can cover more ground and take more with you because it requires less pedal power from your legs. They’re particularly useful in hilly areas or if you’ve got a lot to carry, even eliminating the need for a car if you’re commuting relatively short distances.
Without the need for a car, as an e-bike user you’re helping reduce emissions and traffic, wear-and-tear on our roads and you’ll save money too; the average e-bike user spends 5p-8p a mile compared to a whopping 40p for the average car. Seems like a no brainer to us.
It’s no secret that exercise and being outdoors has multiple health benefits – cycling is hugely positive for both your physical and mental health, but times that by 5 on your commute and you’ve got your daily exercise in before you even hit the gym. An e-bike might be less intense, but you still need to pedal; the assistance provided by the motor simply helps you to keep it up and ride further for longer. And if fitness isn’t your forte, an e-bike is a great way to get started with the help of the motor to keep those legs turning. But aren’t e-bikes heavier? Yes, but this only adds to the health benefits, helping to improve your strength and condition every time you’re out on the road.
Getting out on your bike before and after a busy day at work helps clear your head of the stresses and anxieties of daily life and increases endorphins to leave you feeling awesome after your ride. And without the struggle up that final hill when you just want to get home, you can focus on how great it makes you feel and not that cramp in your legs! Cycling makes you feel good, inside and out, so buying a bike that gives you a helping hand…
Whether you’re riding alone or with fellow cycling fanatics, on the road or on the trails, cycling is fun: fact. And who doesn’t want to have fun every chance they get? Research shows that e-bike riders cycle more, which can only mean that they’re having more fun, right? It makes sense that the more you ride the more fun you have and the more you’ll want to keep riding. The more you ride, the more confident you’ll be which will only help you enjoy it all the more. The feeling of assisted riding is exhilarating too, keeping you motivated from the first turn of the pedals to the last.
Whether you’re a die-hard commuter, weekend road warrior or hardcore downhill mountain biker, there’s an electric bike you for everyone, from the best brands including Brompton, Cube, Cannondale and Orbea. If you’re thinking of investing in an e-bike, it’s worth having a look at our Electric Bikes Buyer’s Guide to help answer any questions you might have. You can shop full range of e-bikes here.