There are some critics out there who are sneering and saying that e-bikes are cheating compared to purely human machines.
But there are some powerful benefits to e-bikes.
So, how about some positives for e-bikes that are showing up.
E-bike riders often cover longer distances than pedal-only. That means it is more likely they can replace car trips. And the longer distances mean they do pedal longer which can mean more of a workout.
Sedentary folks are getting benefits because they are more likely to use the e-bikes than standard bikes. And their oxygen levels are high as they do so, making them healthier.
Exercising at the same intensity can feel like it is less physically taxing on an e-bike.
E-bikes can help with excuses that folks use to not exercise: distances too far, hills, and they don't want to arrive sweaty.
Some people are finding they would rather use the e-bikes than commute by car.
The point isn’t what you’re riding, it’s that you got out at all. Maybe the next time you grab your car keys, ask yourself: Why do I need to use the car for this trip? What are the obstacles to doing it by bike, and would an e-bike help solve those issues? Maybe the real cheating is that alluring, lazy excuse we all give ourselves: it’s easier to go by car.