The lengthy battle over whether ebikes are cheating compared to regular bikes, often includes the issue of ebikes not providing riders with any form of exercise. Many times this stems from the lack of knowledge or understanding of the difference between using pedal assist and a throttle. However, recent studies have falsified this claim and state ebikes ARE a great form of exercise. Check out the latest Blix Journal to learn what experts have to say about exercise on an ebike and how Blix ebikes can help you spend more time riding!
A recent study by the Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspective, focused on the "average energy expenditure of different forms of transportation including riding an electric bicycle." After analyzing over 10,000 adults, a general trend was found that "e-bikers use their bikes more, go longer distances, and often substitute their ebike for driving or transit."
Because of this tendency to ride more often and longer, ebike riders are actually on average expending more energy and thus, getting more exercise, sometimes even more than traditional bike riders. Another fun finding is that ebikes are encouraging older adults to get back on a bike and exercising stating ebikes are attracting individuals "who might not have otherwise cycled."
As ebike experts such as Electrek and Treehugger have argued, this study encourages us all "to put to bed that idea that e-bikes are somehow cheating."
How do Blix eBikes Promote Exercise:
The study also mentions that in order to get this type of exercise, riders must use pedal assist and not just the throttle. Blix designed their models to have 5 levels of assist that allow riders to choose how much exercise they want to get and when it is appropriate for them to use more or less assist based on their riding needs.
Blix bikes are also designed to make commuting easy and have riders carry everything they might need. This encourages replacing the car, riding more frequently, and often riding for extended distances. The Packa is also designed to help families or people with more cargo to switch up their routine and ride their bike instead of drive as well. Each time the ebike is chosen over a car, not only are you reducing your carbon footprint, you are increasing your calorie burn!
Blix electric bikes make exercise fun, and in no way should the thought that you are "cheating" by riding an ebike cross your mind.
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