Small differences but with big effects: no more hard climbs, no more problems riding into the wind, no more sweating during your commute. Several studies show that e-bike users ride more often and longer, and they usually choose their e-bike instead of other means of transportation.
Economical to use (about $5 for 1,000km), interactive, enjoyable and lightweight, e-bikes have a huge advantage compared to scooters and electric cars: even without a battery, you can still use them!
Electric bikes are a new and promising alternative form of urban and rural transportation. They provide all the advantages of a regular bicycle: fun, exercise, free parking, zero emissions, and freedom from gridlock, while eliminating one of the bicycle’s more serious drawbacks, lack of power. Imagine pedalling up a hill as comfortably as riding down, that’s what the e-bike experience is all about. In most situations in the city, riding an electric bike will be faster and cheaper than either car or public transit.
Fundamentally, an e-bike is just a regular bicycle with an electric motor to provide additional assistance. You can pedal normally and just use the motor to help out on hills and headwinds, or use the motor all the time just to make riding easier. The experience is entirely different from riding a scooter or motorbike. Here the electric assistance is perfectly smooth and silent, and it complements rather than supplements human power.
We like to think there are two ways to get the best out of your e-bike. Use the motor all of the time and cruise from A to B. The other is to use the motor to get to where you want to play. Once you are there, turn off the motor, get more exercise and have fun. The reason being is that you have around 8 to 11kg more weight than a standard bicycle. Ride and play hard and then once you are done, turn the motor back on and enjoy your ride back home.
Choosing your e-bike depends on how you would like to use it. Some get an electric bike for recreation, and its perfect for that. For the first time you will be able to witness the scenery around you without thinking about how far you have to go. Others just want an e-bike to commute to and from work, without breaking a sweat. To master this (not on all models) there is a little thing we like to call the Monty Python fake pedal. This is when you set the pedal assist to the highest level, giving you maximum pushing power up to 25km/h, and setting the bicycle gears to the easiest gear, that way as you move your pedals and the electric bike thinks that you need assistance to get up to speed, even though you don’t.
Now you can cruise anywhere without any effort. Of course some would say that that is cheating but this theory is mainly used by those who have never been on an electric bike. Once they experience what an e-bike has to offer, most are converted. The electric bike can also be a great alternative to public transport. Now some folding e-bikes can be taken on the train even during rush hour. But if we compare the costs involved an electric bike will pay for itself over the first 12 months (for some maybe even sooner) when measured against 3 zones transport cost. You can do the math too and you will be as surprised as we were initially.
You can also check out our No Excuses page where we highlight all of the excuses we have heard to date about why you should not get an electric bike. We believe that there are no more excuses not to own one. All we have to do it take a look at their popularity in Europe, US and Asia. They are everywhere! So why can’t Australia be part of this club? We can and should be! Our weather and terrain are perfect for bicycles.
If you have never experienced what an e-bike has to offer come down to our Subiaco electric bike shop in Perth and feel what you are missing. For your safety we require you to wear a helmet (you can bring your own if you wish) as you navigate our local “test track” behind the store so that you can get accustomed to what an e-bike can do.
We will usually have the e-bike that is perfect for you in-store and even if we don’t we will order the perfect electric bike for you in no time!