As a more affordable alternative to cars and motorcycles, electric bikes are snowballing in popularity. They are easy to charge, come with pedal assistance, and boast impressive efficiency.
Naturally, electric bikes are a little different from your run-of-the-mill bicycle. With that in mind, a few misconceptions are inevitable. Here are a few myths about e-bikes you should know about.
Myth 1 - E-Bikes are Only for Lazy Cyclers
Despite their 50/50 pedal assist, e-bikes still require riders to shoulder half the work. Yes, there is less effort involved, though avid e-cyclers claim to travel more significant distances. Thus, you can expect to get more use out of an e-bike than you would a traditional one.
If you’re riding a short distance, you can opt to do without the pedal assistance and get a full exercise’s worth of leg work. With an e-bike, you have full control of your exercise regimen at all times.
Myth 2 - E-Bikes Aren’t Environmentally Friendly
E-bike batteries are recyclable and don’t pose a threat to the environment. Because they don’t emit unhealthy vapours, taking your e-bike for a ride around the block can help reduce nitrous oxide emissions.
When taking a trip down to the store, opt to cycle on your e-bike instead of taking your car.
Myth 3 - E-Bikes are Identical to Mopeds
Unlike mopeds, e-bikes come equipped with pedals and can travel up to 15.5 mph under power. You can also cycle on bicycle lanes and parks, which you can’t do with a moped. With an e-bike, you reap the same benefits as you would on a conventional bike—something you don’t get with a moped.
Myth 4 - E-Bikes Can Only Achieve Limited Distances
Legally, e-bikes can only travel on a speed of up to 15.5 mph, which is further limited by battery capacity and power use. You can fully-charge an e-bike battery overnight, ideal for daily use. You can also charge them remotely whenever a plug socket is available.
Myth 5 - E-bikes are Extremely Costly
Compared to a motorcycle or moped, e-bikes won’t set you back tremendously. High-value e-bikes come with good-quality components and a dependable battery.
Plus, you won’t have to shell out for petrol bills, insurance, or taxes. Care for your e-bike well, and you can avoid costly repairs and replacement parts.
Myth 6 - You Need a Licence to Drive an E-Bike
Riding an e-bike is simple; you won’t need a driving licence for it. At the bare minimum, you must be at least 14-years-old to operate an e-bike.
Myth 7 - E-Bikes Don’t Work in the Rain
British e-bikes are used to unpredictable London weather. The occasional shower shouldn’t stop you from taking your daily commute.
Myth 8 - E-Bikes Aren’t Safe
All officially-sold e-bikes are built to EU regulations and standards. They also come equipped with specialist pedal assistance and control systems.
Myth 9 - E-Bikes Require a Lot of Maintenance
Like all vehicles, e-bikes will require some maintenance. However, its quality motors can go several thousand miles without it. When it comes to repairing your e-bike, the most you’ll have to shell out for is re-inflating tyres and replacing e-bike accessories.
Myth 10 - E-Bikes Don’t Last Long
E-bikes are just as reliable as high-end bicycles. Care for it well, and you can see them through at least five years without having to undergo maintenance.
If you’re transitioning into green living and love a good exercise on wheels, an e-bike is an excellent way to get active. Plus, you can run quick errands without having to navigate work-day traffic.If you’re looking into your first electric road bike, shop with Electric Rider. We are big believers in a sustainable future, and plant a tree on your behalf with every purchase.