Answering our Most Commonly asked Question: Is it cheating to use an eBike?
Why electric bikes are not cheating
There is a common misconception that electric bikes are like scooters or mopeds, but this simply isn't true. eBikes are pedal-assist, which means they use a small electric motor to boost the power created by your own pedalling; this is why electric bikes are not cheating! Something we’ll go into more detail about below.
To ride an electric bike you still have to pedal, and pedalling takes effort. You pedal and the bike simply boosts your power.
The reason why electric bikes are not cheating
Yes, electric bikes make cycling somewhat easier, but this only makes people more likely to use them regularly. And cycling using an electric bike is still cycling! It’s still valuable exercise; getting out in the fresh air and spending time exploring new places (or your favourite places!) with friends or loved ones; eBikes simply make the process that little bit easier.
The truth is that even fit, experienced cyclists may be tempted to reach for the car keys when faced with a long, tough journey that involves steep hills.
So if electric bikes help people cycle up hills or get out in the fresh air, that can only be a good thing. They're also great for keeping cyclists active while recovering from injury, or helping older people keep active.
Electric bikes are fantastic for commuters because you can get where you are going in good time, in your work clothes, without breaking a sweat. And, if you buy the right eBike, you can switch the motor off completely and still get the exercise you want and need.
The New York Times outlines research undertaken by the University of Colorado. The researchers wanted to determine whether electric bikes — even with the added assistance of a motor — would provide a meaningful workout for people who previously had not been exercising much.
After one month, the researchers found the riders were healthier and more fit, with significantly greater aerobic fitness, better blood sugar control, and, as a group, a trend toward less body fat.
This is why electric bikes are not cheating!
With increased fitness and other health benefits being only a small part of the overall benefits an eBike offers, we firmly believe that the future is electric.
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