As anyone who remembers Vine, Disco
or pre-ripped, stonewash jeans knows, fads don’t come and go, they morph,
change with the times. Vine becomes TikTok. Disco becomes House Music, then
shifts again into EDM. Pre-ripped jeans . . . well . . . maybe not pre-ripped
jeans. (Perhaps some fads actually do fade into obscurity.) You might be
inclined to think eBikes are
one such fad, destined to be as forgotten as the Pet Rock™.
But that isn’t the case. Electric bikes are changing the face of city planning and personal transportation, as well as helping individuals get active and reduce their carbon footprint.
Electric bike don’t have to be expensive, either. Many people have found that a $400 eBike can be a cost-efficient replacement for their car! A robust, compact electric bike can be perfect for urban living or for those with mobility issues who can’t manage a regular bike. There’s a wide range of bikes on the market with options tailored to every need.
While lower-priced ebikes carry fewer features than more expensive bikes, many of them provide excellent value for their price point. For instance, the SWAGTRON® EB5 Pro Plus retails around $500-$600 online. While it’s not a small investment, it checks off every box of what an urban commuter needs. Thanks to its foldable design, it fits neatly in a closet, trunk or other storage space.
The EB5 Pro Plus also has a comfortable range of 15.5 miles, seven-speed Shimano® gears and lightweight aluminum construction that makes it easy to carry. And if you’re interested in a more basic bike and can do without added perks, you can find excellent electric bikes as low as $250-$300.
High-Functionality Electric Bike
While cheap eBikes can
replace a car and solve mobility issues for many people, there are many
bells and whistles available for those who want them. The record-breaking
Delfast Prime electric bike can run for over 200 miles on a single charge!
If that isn’t making you gasp, the $4000+ price tag is sure to do so.
On the other end of the
high-performance spectrum, some electric mountain bikes can tackle the
most rugged terrain. Like our off-road, fat-tire electric bikes — the EB6
These definitely aren’t toys. You can find eCycles that
are just as good as, if not better than, any traditional bike on the
If the question is “Are
eBikes good?” the answer must be a resounding, “yes!”
There’s no shortage of great bikes at every price point. More importantly,
there’s no shortage of heartwarming
stories about the increasingly popular bikes changing peoples’ lives.
Electric Bikes Conquer Mobility Challenges
While using a traditional bike
instead of a car sounds great, there are many reasons people can’t always do
- Hilly terrain can make cycling tough going.
- Standard bikes may demand too much exertion
for people with health conditions.
- Older people may struggle with traditional
- Long commutes may make regular cycling
- Cycling with a heavy load (groceries, tools
for work and so on) can be difficult.
Since eBikes rely on a
combination of pedal power and electricity, they’re less strenuous to ride than
standard bikes. Most also have the option to run on motor power alone,
which is perfect for tackling inclines along your route. Not to mention, any
bystanders are going to be pretty impressed when they see you cruising up a
hill without breaking a sweat!
Electric bikes give everyone a way
to leave the car at home and exercise while accomplishing their daily errands.
Electric Bike is Great for Health
While you might doubt the health
value of assisted cycling, studies consistently show that it’s a clear health
benefit. A senior contributor wrote on Forbes stating that
electric bikes represent a boon to
health. The conclusion of the cited study was that electric biking
“provided physical activity of at least moderate intensity, which was
lower than the intensity elicited during conventional cycling, but higher than
that during walking.”
While lower intensity might sound
like a point against electric bikes, it’s important to remember that
eBikes typically aren’t replacing traditional bikes. Instead, they’re
replacing car rides and other low-activity transportation methods. The
study showed that pedal-assisted bikes helped encourage physically inactive
people to begin riding, and their health showed clear improvement
afterward. We explore more of this in our FAQ article, “Cheating or
Not? Can eBikes Help with Fitness?”
eBikes Are Affordable
Many people with health
conditions have written about how electric bikes have changed their life.
However, electric bikes have also changed people’s lives by making personal
transportation financially accessible. With excellent bikes retailing as low as
$400 or $500, it’s clearly a much more affordable alternative to a car.
Electric bikes are also exempt from
the taxes many regions place on cars, and some areas don’t require
eRiders to carry insurance or a license. Always check with the laws in your
state before mounting your eCycle for the first time.
The amount of electricity they need
costs a tiny fraction of the gas bill for an automobile. Even with
heavy usage of your bike, charging shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars a
Electric Bikes Deserve the Hype
But eBikes aren’t good —
they’re great. The bikes themselves are reliable and offer excellent
performance at reasonable prices. But that’s not what truly makes them stand
out. The most important factor is that they make cycling and
transportation accessible — and fun! — to everyone.