So far we’ve covered what electric bikes are and how they work. In this section, we’re going to summarize both the pros and cons of electric bikes, so you have a better understanding of why you might want to buy an electric bike, or why you may not.
Electric Bike Pros
Electric bikes are far less expensive to own and operate than a car and in many cases can perform the same transportation functions of a car, especially since most eBikes can travel 20-60 miles on a single charge. Compared with driving a car, riders of eBikes don’t have to pay for gas, a driver’s license, insurance and parking fees. This makes electric bikes one of the cheapest forms of transportation around.
Most electric bikes allow for riders to get as much or as little exercise as they chose, which is a great way to introduce more physical activity into your life and can contribute significantly to overall health. When you ride an electric bicycle, you’re giving your heart, lungs, and muscles some room to work. There is research showing that people who ride an electric bike ride about three times as much as when they rode a regular bicycle. Why? Because an electric bike solves the challenges of dealing with sweat, hills, and wind and makes it more fun than riding a regular bike.
Because an electric bike allows riders to select how much exercise they chose while riding, an electric bike is a perfect way for people to get back into shape. A rider can still zip around town while exerting as much or as little energy as he/she feels comfortable with. This allows riders the ability to incrementally introduce exercise and build up muscles and stamina. This can be beneficial for people with joint pain, asthma, and other conditions.
Spending time has been proven to reduce stress, restore mental energy, reduce inflammation and improve short-term memory. An electric bike allows you to be outside more, rather than sitting in a car waiting in traffic.
With an electric bike, many of the challenges that make regular bike riding prohibitive, such as hills, long distances, etc. can be overcome. This opens up a new world of riding for many people.
It’s not uncommon for people that first consider buying an electric bike to be surprised about how much they cost - typically between $1,000 and $5,000. However, once someone purchases an electric bike, there are relatively few expenses to operate it. If you use an electric bike instead of a car for errands and going to work, you can save a significant amount of money related to gas, parking, and overall car maintenance. Those who sell their car can also avoid registration and insurance costs while maintaining occasional motor vehicle access through car-sharing and rental services. This is what many people now view as freedom to get around.
While there have been major advances in e-bike technologies and components, electric bicycles are heavier than conventional bicycles because you have a battery and a motor.