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Why Riding An Electric Bike Is Still Very Good For You

Words by The Electric Bike Shop on 17/03/2020 13:42:56

The most common accusation made about E-bikes is that the use of an electric motor in a pedal-based sport is cheating - but that’s far from the truth.

Due to UK law E-bikes in the UK have to be pedal assist - you still have to pedal and you still burn calories. It’s like riding a normal bike, just a bit easier.

If you normally cycle to work using 100 Watts of your own energy, the e-bike would add another 50W on its lowest ‘eco’ setting. For the same effort, you’d have 150W of power, enough to go substantially quicker.

So for the same speed you’d use about two-thirds the energy meaning if you normally burn 300 calories an hour on an unassisted bike, that’s 200 if you stick it in eco mode and ride at the same pace.

The big benefit of an electric bike is when you come to a hill. Switch to the ‘turbo’ mode and your 100W would translate into 350W, the power of a fit racing cyclist. You could potentially climb the hill with the same effort you’d use for riding along the flat (although In practice, you’ll probably try harder anyway – subconsciously or because the slope demands it)

To get fit quick most fitness instructors focus on high intensity interval training but that is hard. More gentle assisted cycling is a much less fit that dovetails neatly into everyday life, and lower intensity exercise that you do regularly is much better for you than high intensity exercise you rarely or never do.

Commute 30 minutes a day on your e-bike and you’ll hit the NHS activity guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. If you use your e-bike 50% more than you’d use an unassisted bike, you’ll get similar fitness benefits over the same period.

And according to Norwegian and Dutch studies, you could get fitter than you would on a regular bike because ­e-bikes encourage you to go further than you might otherwise. Which makes sense when you try one - suddenly a meeting 10 miles away seems like nothing, even uphill.

Being active in a way that is right for you, can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.

We offer free demo rides from all our branches no need to book in advance but if you would like to let us know you are coming you can do so online by following this link https://www.theelectricbikeshop.co.uk/pages/testride/

Why riding an electric bike is still very good for you

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