They say ignorance is bliss but in the context of electric bikes this could not be further from the truth. Ebikes are the most efficient form of transportation on the planet, Steve Jobs also thought so.
But there are still people out there that don’t know or believe in their efficiency. Below are some examples:
Excuse no. 1
You won’t get any exercise!
An ebike weighs around 7-11kg more than a regular bicycle. We say just turn off the motor and get ExcerciseMore! Even with the pedal assist turned on, you still have to pedal to get anywhere. More importantly ebikers are able to travel farther than a regular bike which all equals to more exercise. Have a read of this research paper from the University of Zurich.
Excuse no. 2
They are expensive!
A normal bike can also be expensive, but there is a budget for all. Moreso think about how much you would save compared to a car or even public transport. Filling up your ebike will only cost you cents and not dollars.
Excuse no. 3
You get lazy and don’t pedal
Unless you want to go 6km/p on the throttle then yes and that’s walking speed. Great for navigating through pedestrians around the city but your real asset are your legs. It’s also easier to keep your balance on the bike by moving the pedals, its second nature.
Excuse no. 4
The ebike weigh a tonne!
Some ebikes come in at under 18kg and can range up to the 30’s. But because you have electrical assistance, the ebike feels just like a regular bicycle. Some ebikes also fold up into a little cube for easy transport, perfect for those getaway holidays. You can even take out the battery and the seat to reduce the weight.
Excuse no. 5
Cheating in what way? Because you have assistance? Well if you were competing in the Tour De France, then yes it’s cheating. Otherwise don’t worry about what others say. Way back in the day this is the same thing they said when bicycles went from one fixed gear to a freewheel. Yes, “they” will complain whenever they can!
Excuse no. 6
The upkeep is expensive!
Except for the major organs the motor, display and controller you have a normal bicycle, just more adapted for the extra power. If you maintain these and service your ebike once a year like you would a normal bike, your real cost will be the electricity you put into the battery. For those who travel more than the average rider you should be doing your own maintanance such as lubricating the chain and checking your breaks. For more information, please refer to your ebike manual.