The benefits of electric bikes


27 September 2020

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In recent years, electric bicycles have increased in popularity in the United States and in other countries. An electric bicycle (bike) is basically a bicycle with pedals and an auxiliary [electric] motor. Most electric bikes can travel between 10 and 25 miles on a single charge; however, the distance may be shorter if the bicycle is powered solely by the electric motor, without pedaling. Electric bikes typically cost from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on the style and make of the bike. Regardless, the investment in such a bicycle is worth the cost for the following reasons.

First of all, as mentioned above, an electric bike has an auxiliary motor that helps the rider to pedal. Biking a long distance, even a few miles, and especially uphill, can be very tiring. To get the maximum benefit from an electric bike motor, a combination of pedaling and motor use is recommended. However, when you start to tire of pedaling, it is time to let the electric motor help you. Let me give you an example. I have a 25-30 mile round trip bike commute to work if I take the local paved bike trail. If I was riding an electric bike to work using just the pedals, I'd probably be a bit sore on my way home at the end of the workday. I would definitely like to use the bike's motor in part or in full to conserve my energy for the long journey back, especially the last 10 miles.

Second, electric bikes can get you to your destination faster. Most electric bikes can travel at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, or more if the pedals are used with the motor. It may take me two or three hours to get to work on a normal bike. But with an electric bike, the journey can take between an hour and a half and two hours. This is because with an electric bike, you don't have to work as hard to propel the bike as you do with a regular bike. People's time is valuable, so why travel longer or expend more energy than necessary?

Finally, electric bicycles are powered by an electric motor instead of diesel or gasoline. This is the main feature of electric bikes that makes them truly eco-friendly. With all the gasoline-powered cars and motorcycles on the road, the air is already polluted enough without more people going out and buying these fuel-powered cars and motorcycles for transportation


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