The first thing about e-bikes you need to acknowledge is that they are here to stay. According to industry research, sales of electric bikes increased dramatically over a 12-month period as of September 2021 as compared to two years earlier. As of the previous year, the industry was worth around $27 billion and is still going.

Some see the popularity of e-bikes as a threat, fearing that once everyone switches to them, normal bikes would go extinct like the penny-farthing. But do not worry; e-bikes are not coming to steal our way of life. In fact, they might even improve it, especially when travel and commuting habits altered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is all you need to know about the electric bike revolution as we enter the busiest riding season.

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Electric Bikes Make Pedalling Easier

Generally speaking, powerful electric bicycles are bicycles with a pedal-powered battery “assist” and, occasionally, a throttle. On a pedal-assist e-bike, a little motor activates when you press the pedals, giving you a boost so you can glide over challenging terrain and climb hills without expending too much energy. They are also known as “pedelecs,” and they ride just like regular bikes, only better. Like a traditional bike, you regulate your speed with your feet, he explains. You just feel incredibly strong and can move forwards quickly

Some e-bikes also have a throttle that activates the motor with a button press in addition to the pedal-assist feature. These are part of a different category of e-bikes that obviously don’t provide a true cycling experience and are also prohibited in some localities. It’s interesting to note that non-cyclists initially favour throttle bikes before switching to pedal-assist models for their future purchases

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They Go Pretty Fast

The harder you pedal, the bigger the boost, the faster you’ll ride—to a point. E-bikes provide quick acceleration, but they are not motorbikes. At 70 km/h, you’ll never be hammering down the road. Depending on the bike, the motor is designed to stop accelerating you further once you reach 30 to 45 km/h. As a result, you’ll commute faster while still getting to take in the view.

How much assistance you receive is also up to you. Most electric bicycles have a power switch that you may use to change the boost level from “eco” (low) to “turbo” (high), depending on the situation.

You’ll Ride a Lot More, Statistics Confirm

According to a poll of almost 1,800 e-bike owners, purchasing electric bicycles can significantly increase how frequently you ride. Prior to this, 55% of respondents claimed to ride either daily or once per week. After purchasing an e-bike, that percentage increased to 91%.

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It is logical: Remounting your bike can seem like a pain, even if you’re quite fit. This is probably because you’ve been training or competing a lot. With an e-bike, you can keep going while giving your worn-out legs a little break. Even when you’re short on time, biking for longer journeys is more appealing because you can travel faster.

The e bikes give up a whole new world for folks who don’t ride frequently. Even while you might not be in shape to ride for longer than five to twenty kilometres at a time, you can easily cover those distances with an electric assist, which is a terrific way to increase your endurance and confidence. 94% of non-cyclists who acquired an e-bike rode regularly or occasionally, according to the same survey.

They Can Replace Driving

As a means of reducing automobile trips, many are purchasing electric bicycles. A desire to get out from behind the wheel is also shown by the numerous additional reasons consumers mentioned for desiring an e-bike, such as avoiding parking and traffic, still being able to transport your children, exercising and having a positive environmental impact. Additionally, since you don’t have to work up as much of a sweat, you don’t need to change into new clothing or clean up when you get to your destination.

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Also, keep in mind that more than half of all driving distances are under 10km with some polls estimating that the typical distance of a single journey is only about 5km. It makes sense to travel that distance on an e-bike. All you need is a good commuter bag to carry your stuff, a quality helmet, cycling glasses and you’re set.

There’s an E-bike for Everything

Any kind of cycling can be done on an e bike. If electric road bikes are not your thing, you might fall head over heels for a high-capacity e-cargo bike that can tote 400 pounds of cargo while travelling at a leisurely 25km/h. Cargo, commuter, recreational, hardtail, full-suspension mountain, and even performance road bike models of e-bikes are available.

The Batteries Are Improving

There is no getting past the fact that e-bikes require you to charge yet another device. Currently, you may anticipate your battery to last between 55 and 160 kilometres before requiring a recharge. Use the size of the battery and how much power the motor requires to determine where you fall within that range. The obvious difference between running on “turbo” all day and running on lower, more efficient settings is how quickly your battery will drain. However, we also anticipate advancements in e-bike batteries in the future.