Why buy an electric bike?
Here are a few reasons why people find electric bikes so useful.
1. IT'S FUN!
An electric bike is guaranteed to put a smile on your face - every ride!
2. SAVE MONEY
Petrol prices may soar, but electric bikes offer a genuine transportation alternative for just pennies per charge. A full charge costs about 10p and will take you up to 56 km. That's the equivalent of 1,500 to 2,000 miles per gallon!
Parking costing you an arm and a leg? Ride to work and save hundreds more in parking fees not to mention the cost-savings from less wear and tear on your car. Give up your car altogether and save even more on tax and insurance!
3. CLEAN, GREEN ENERGY
If thoughts of global warming leave you cold, consider this: Compared to a car, moped or motorcycle, an electric bike provides a clean, green, no-petrol transportation alternative.
Electric bikes typically consume fuel at an average rate of 100 to 150 watts of electrical energy compared to 15,000 or so for a car.
4. GET THERE FASTER
Avoid the time delays and frustration of getting caught in traffic congestion. Did you know average rush hour car speed is just 16mph? An electric bike can take advantage of the network of bicycle and multi-purpose paths, giving access to routes that cars and motorcycles cannot reach.
The result: a faster door-to-door journey!
5. GENUINELY SUSTAINABLE
While there's a lot of talk about sustainability in transportation, an electric bicycle can be made genuinely sustainable. Purchase electricity from a "green" supplier and the bike's fossil fuel consumption will be zero. You can help to "change the world one bike at a time."
6. EFFORTLESS HILL CLIMBING
Hills can be daunting to even the best cyclists. One of the most obvious advantages of electric bikes are their ability to conquer hills. Use the battery to assist by increasing your average hill-climbing speed and you'll be at the top before you know it!
Lungs on fire are a thing of the past. Hold the grunts and groans, too.
7. PERSONAL FITNESS
A conventional bike will keep you fitter - or will it? It depends on how much - if at all - you use it.
Research shows that 46% of conventional bikes are used only once or twice a week. Compare that to electric bikes: 81% are used once or twice a week, while 33% are used every day.
Research also shows that riders of electric bikes tend to stay in the aerobic, fat-burning zone, whereas conventional cyclists tend to burn less fat, riding more in the anaerobic zone.
8. NO RED TAPE
Unlike other forms of motorised transportation, electric bikes don't require registration, licence plates, or insurance. If you're over 14 years, all you need is a belief in the age-old adage that "getting there is half the fun!"