People cycle for different reasons. Commuting. Exercise. Preferred lifestyle activity. Ambitions to be the next Lance Armstrong (minus the scandal). Electric bikes build on the benefits that traditional bicycles offer cyclists. Here we look at the numerous benefits that eBike provide and some of their drawbacks. Let’s ride.
The Pros of Electric Bikes
1. Electric Bikes Keep the Environment Healthy
Just like electric cars, electric bike are an eco-friendly alternative for transportation. They’re great for both short and long commutes to work, school or personal errands because unlike traditional bicycles, electric bikes ones don’t rely only on your muscle power. Depending on the city you live in and your lifestyle, the eBikes can completely replace your car.
By reducing how often you need to use your gas-powered
vehicle, eBikes help reduce emissions and keep the planet healthy. Furthermore,
they reduce noise pollution by offering much of the benefits that motorbikes do
without the noise because the electric motors on eBikes run quietly.
2. Getting Started With Electric Bikes Is Easy
Unlike traditional bikes that rely solely on your
muscle power, eBikes have motors that can either assist your pedaling or
eliminate the need to pedal when you’re in throttle mode. So, you don’t have to
worry about showing up at work or school all sweaty like you just ran a 5K at
eBikes lower the barrier to entry into the cycling
lifestyle. Many people who consider getting into cycling hesitate, but an eBike
provides these people with a good starting point. You can push yourself as hard
or as easy as you want. Over time, you’ll become a better rider with more
endurance as you rely less and less on the battery-assisted motor for pedal
support, and more on your own legs and feet.
3. Electric Bikes Ride Fast and Far
eBikes quickly get you to where you want to go. If you
live in an area with a lot of traffic congestion, an eBike might get you to
your destination faster than your car.
A trip of a few blocks may take an unreasonably long
time if you get stuck in traffic, which seems to happen more and more.
With an eBike, it may only take a few minutes as you can ride to the side of a
traffic jam or even take shortcuts.
eBikes also quicken trips that you would have taken with a
traditional bike. You can cycle for much longer distances on an eBike than you
would on a traditional bike using the same pedaling energy.
And, say good-by to walking your bike up a steep incline. The
electric motor on an eBike boosts your torque when you pedal. The throttle mode
lets you ride the bike like a scooter, which means minimal effort on your part.
Just crank the throttle!
4. Electric Bikes Are Sturdy and Rugged
You can typically carry more weight on eBikes because
they’re sturdier than traditional bikes. If you carry rather hefty luggage
often (hello, brick-like work laptop), you can get an eBike with a robust
frame, thick wheels and a sizable chassis. The bike will not buckle under the
combined weight of you and your luggage.
The power and range that eBikes provide also let you
explore places otherwise inaccessible to traditional bikes, especially when you
cycle off-road. An eBike can venture deep into bike trails and deliver
additional torque to bike wheels when you pedal to let you traverse terrain
previously unnavigable by traditional bikes.
5. Electric Bikes Are Convenient
An eBike reduces the stress related to using public
transport. You can use the bike for both short and relatively long trips
without having to worry about the inconveniences of public transport. Most
notably, you can commute on your own schedule instead of following preset bus
or train routes.
Most SWAGTRON® electric bikes have extra features that
help enhance portability. Our foldable eBikes range from the trail-blazing EB8
Fat-Tire eBike to the more campus-friendly EB7
Plus electric bike. So you could ride to the train or bus station and, with
enough available space, fold up the eBike and keep it next to you. Or if you’re
going to be cruising around a park, you can easily stow a foldable eBike in
your trunk until you’re ready to roll.
6. Electric Bikes Cost Less Than Cars and Motorbikes
eBikes are much cheaper to buy and maintain than cars
or motorbikes that offer the same level of utility. Furthermore, you don’t need
to pay to learn to use an eBike nor do you have to pay insurance to ride your
eBike about town — although laws do vary by state, so be sure to check
those out before you ride.
Adding an eBike to your options for commuting also reduces
your use of your car. As a result, eBikes help car owners save costs related to
wear and tear. Many daily trips in America are no more than three miles, a
range eBikes cover with ease.
7. Electric Bikes Are Tons of Fun
eBikes offer you all the joys of cycling, including
enjoying some personal time to reflect as you commute or take a leisurely ride.
A morning ride on your eBike can improve your entire day’s outlook by elevating
The Cons of Electric Bikes
1. Electric Bikes May Cost More Than Traditional Bicycles
eBikes typically cost more to buy and maintain than
traditional bikes. You may need to replace the batteries after some time, for
example. But this may be a small price to pay when you’re not paying for the
upkeep of a traditional car or truck.
2. Electric Bikes Can Be Hefty
The additional components and sturdier build of many
eBikes make them comparatively heavier than traditional bikes. However, many
are relatively light and are built on aluminum frames. As we mentioned before, SWAGTRON®
carries several models that are foldable and more portable compared to
3. Electric Bike Riding Rules Aren’t Always Clear
In many regions, the rules for using an eBike on the
road are a gray area. eBike classifications tend to vary across individual states
and countries. As a result, trying to figure out the rules for riding your
eBike can be confusing. It’s a good idea to check your local laws for details
on where you can ride your eBike.
4. Electric Bike Batteries Can Be a Hassle
An eBike is practical only if you have reasonably easy
access to charging stations. You always have to keep an eye on the battery to
avoid the inconvenience that comes with it suddenly running out. The good news is
you can use less battery by easily switching riding modes from all-throttle, to
pedal-only, to something in-between with pedal assist. Do so gives you more
control over how much you rely on your battery.
That said, it’s hard to even consider this a true
“con.” You’ll have plenty of options to keep riding the eBike, even without a
fully charged battery. And plenty of SWAGTRON® eBikes — like the EB7
to name just three — have swappable batteries that are easily accessed,
lightweight and compact. You can charge these batteries installed in or
detached from the eBike itself. That means you can get to the office in the
morning, charge up the batteries inconspicuously at your desk, and be full
amped and ready to roll by lunchtime! And if you lose track of time on your
ride and run out of juice, you’ll have a spare at the ready for power on
So What Are You Waiting For? It’s Time You Got Yourself an eBike!
Overall, eBikes’ benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.
Whether you cycle as a necessity of leisure or you’re fairly competitive about
your exercise, finding the right eBike can
greatly improve your cycling experience. If you’re thinking about adopting the
cyclist lifestyle, eBikes are a great place to start.