Whether we are in the middle of summer or winter, this does not prevent us from riding two-wheelers. In fact, now is a good time to buy an electric bicycle. We’ll tell you why.
Switching from four to two wheels makes sense for those of us who live in major cities around the world where road traffic is saturated and cycling infrastructure is improving. I am not saying that all cities can be like Amsterdam, where there are 1.91 bicycles per household, but there is still a lot of reluctance to replace car use with cycling – even in urban areas.
Here are the top five reasons why you should consider buying an electric bicycle for the next season wherever you live.
1. Sustainable development
This is an obvious criterion and also the most important one: two cars per household and driving every trip is not sustainable. Australia is on fire, Venice is under water, and young people are skipping school to let us know that they would like to have a planet to live on in the coming decades.
The figures for France are quite promising. Nearly 2 out of 5 French people use bicycles on a daily basis. In my opinion, it is the electric bike that can really be the solution to change the minds of those who have in mind the cyclist dressed in lycra as in the Tour de France when we talk to them about traveling by bike.
Going to work on an electric bicycle eliminates many of the inconveniences associated with using an ordinary bicycle. For example, it allows you to wear your usual work clothes and not get all sweaty at the office.
2. Always a good workout
The advantage of electric bikes is that you can pedal little or a lot. It’s really up to you. If you go to work in the morning and you don’t want to sweat, you can set the power to its highest level so you can pedal gently without moving like a snail.
On the other hand, if you want to burn a few calories, you can turn down the electric drive and really put some effort into it. This flexibility is one of the great qualities of an e-bike.
3. Faster than cars
Okay, I admit it. It’s a debatable point, but I do have a point to make. In the city, riding an electric bicycle is often faster than driving a car or taking a taxi. Let’s take the example of Paris, where the average speed of a car in the city center is 15.2 km/h. You can easily reach up to 24 km/h on an electric bicycle. Bicycles are often the fastest way to get around town.
One day I raced with my friend across the city, from one office to another – me on the e-bike and him in his car – and we arrived almost at the same time. This was around a 7km ride. Time was mid-afternoon, during rush hour. I could have easily won. Besides, I was the first one to get back to the office because he had to park.
4. Improved security
One of the biggest reasons I hear from people who don’t want to invest in a good electric bike is a fear of theft. E-bike theft is a problem in many large cities, especially when you have to leave your e-bike on the street. However, with electric bikes, you get extra security measures that you won’t find on conventional bikes.
You will often find a built-in GPS tracking system and some e-bikes even come with a SIM card. Many e-bikes connect to a smartphone application via Bluetooth and can be disabled or locked remotely.
VanMoof, for example, employs bike hunters who will find your e-bike if it is stolen. Of course, you should continue to use a quality bike lock and leave it in a safe place, but owning an e-bike is not supposed to make you paranoid.
5. Incredibly fun to drive
Riding an electric bicycle can be incredibly fun. In the city, it’s especially fun to weave your way through the small streets, it makes you feel alive! But it’s also the ease with which you can ride at higher speeds for longer periods of time that often gets the adrenaline flowing. Electric bikes can bring pleasure to those who can’t enjoy a conventional bike for a variety of reasons.
If you’re facing hills, or if you live in a particularly mountainous area, the idea of having to tackle these slopes on a regular bike can be intimidating. But electric bikes are a great help when it comes to climbing. This option makes cycling in mountainous regions more fun and accessible to everyone.
These bikes are also perfect for those just starting to get back into shape because they allow you to do more cycling without overdoing it.
View offers for purchase before next season
As a last piece of advice, I would like to point out that offseason is a good time to buy an electric bicycle. Of course, you could wait until next season arrive when the weather is milder and everyone decides to cycle to work or go on long weekend outings. But that’s when competition in the used bike market increases and prices go up.
The best thing to do is to start looking at the market when things are quiet. You can often find good offers during times of the year when other people think it is too cold, too wet or too dark to use an e-bike.
Read also: How to select the best e-bike for your needs? Making your educated e-bike selection choice – in this article. And, how much does a good e-bike cost? Comprehensive e-bike pricing guide (with 46 examples) – in this article.
Check out this short video review of this RadPower City e-bike: