There are many benefits to using an electric bike. By now it’s pretty clear, e-bikes are here to stay and their market is booming.
What is a e- bike? It is an electrically assisted pedal cycle (EAPC), with a rechargeable battery and a motor that helps you pedal. They come in multiple varieties including – hybrid, road, folding, mountain, cargo bikes and even tricycles. They can be used in a variety of environments, from city streets to off-road trails.
Here are just 5 of the many benefits of using an electric bike.
Electric bikes reduce environmental impact
E-bikes produce zero emissions, which means that they do not contribute to air pollution. This can have a significant positive impact on the environment, especially in urban areas where air quality can be a major concern. In addition, e-bikes do not produce any noise pollution. Making them a more pleasant transportation option in areas where noise levels are already high.
Using an electric bike can also reduce the need for fossil fuels, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. By reducing the demand for fossil fuels, e-bikes can help to combat climate change.
While electric bikes do provide assistance when pedalling, they still require some physical effort from the rider. The level of assistance can usually be adjusted, so you can choose to get more or less help from the electric motor depending on your fitness level and the terrain you are riding on.
Using an electric bike can be a good way to get some low-impact exercise, especially if you are recovering from an injury or if you have limited mobility. The electric motor can help to take some of the strain off of your muscles, allowing you to ride longer distances and hills that might be more challenging on a traditional bike.
In addition, electric bikes can be a good way to get started with cycling if you are new to the sport. The electric assistance can make it easier to get the hang of balancing and pedalling, and can help you build up your strength and endurance over time.
Electric bikes can save you money in a number of ways:
Fuel costs – One of the main costs of owning a car or motorcycle is the cost of fuel. Electric bikes, on the other hand, do not use any fuel, which can save you a significant amount of money over time.
Maintenance costs – Electric bikes require less maintenance than cars or motorcycles, which can save you money on things like oil changes, tune-ups, and repairs.
Parking costs – Depending on where you live, parking a car or motorcycle can be expensive. Electric bikes, on the other hand, can be easily stored in a small space, such as a closet or on a balcony, which can save you money on parking fees.
Public transit costs – If you use public transit regularly, an electric bike can be a more cost-effective option, especially if you use it to replace multiple trips by bus or train.
Electric bikes are convenient
Electric bikes can be convenient in a number of ways:
Easy to store – Bikes are smaller and lighter than cars. This makes them easier to store in a small space, such as a closet or on a balcony.
Easy to maintain – Again, like all bikes, they require less maintenance than cars or motorcycles. This can save you time and hassle.
Easy to use – Electric bikes are easy to ride, even for people who are new to cycling. The electric motor provides assistance when you need it. Which, can make it easier to get the hang of balancing and pedalling.
Versatile – Electric bikes can be used for a variety of purposes, such as commuting, running errands, or leisure riding. They can also be used in a variety of terrains, from city streets to off-road trails.
Electric bikes are fun!
Many people find e-bikes to be fun and enjoyable for a number of reasons:
The electric motor – The motor can add a sense of excitement to your rides, and can make it easier to tackle hills or headwinds. This can make cycling more enjoyable for people who might otherwise find it challenging.
Variety of uses – The bike can be used for a variety of purposes, such as commuting, running errands, or leisure riding. This can make them more interesting and enjoyable to use on a daily basis.
Social aspect – E-bikes can be a fun way to socialise with friends or family, as you can ride together and explore new places.
Sense of accomplishment – Using a bike can give you a sense of accomplishment. You’re still getting some exercise and using your own physical effort to power the bike.
Some of you might still be sceptical about e-bikes and what they contribute to the cycling community. But we think, no matter how you use an e-bike, as long as it motivates you to ride more, it’s the right thing for you.
Electric bike insurance
Bikmo offers comprehensive insurance cover (with a 25% discount) for electric powered riders. So, if you’re considering buying an e-bike, we’ve got your back.
For your Bikmo policy to remain valid, your e-bike must be classed as a EAPC. Not sure on some of the rules? Read our blog What are the UK electric bike laws? Or, visit this page on the government website for the electric bike rules in the UK.
Got more e-bike insurance questions? Visit our Electric Bike Insurance FAQs for more information.