Should I Buy an Electric Bike or Not?


Easy E-Biking - man e-bike mountains, helping to make electric biking practical and fun

We talk about e-bikes more and more, some of us dream of one…. More and more, we see them on the street of our cities and villages. Well, should we finally surrender to the electric-assisted bicycle and buy one? 

Before we make the final decision, let’s take another quick look at the pros and cons!

I should buy an e-bike if…

1. I want to go further

I decided to leave my car in the garage but I cannot ride long distances on my traditional bicycle. An electric bike allows me to go further and faster (25 km/h or even 45 km/h for speed models), and to stay in the saddle longer without suffering.

Read also: How far can e-bikes go? What is e-bike range? – in this article. And, How fast are e-bikes? – in this article.

2. I want a no-sweat ride

I want to go to work by bike, but without sweating. I get a lot of help from the electrical assistance. I arrive as fresh as a rose, in my high-heels and my skirts.

Read also: How not to sweat on your e-bike commute? Trip planning – in this article, on the road – in this article, when you arrive – in this article.

3. I have some physical restrictions

I have health problems. I want to practice sports activities without experiencing health issues. And, as I go along, I can increase or reduce the power assistance to my pedalling efforts.

Read also: Cautions and tips on riding an e-bike with certain health conditions – in this article. And, Typical e-bike pains and how to avoid them – in this article.

4. I have to go over hills

I live in a hilly region or in the mountains. I want to discover the landscapes and go hiking 10 km/day. An e-bike helps me climb slopes without running out of breath.

Read also: Can e-bikes help climb steep hills? – in this article. And, How safe are electric bikes? – in this article.

5. I have to cope with winds and rain

Winds are rather strong near where I live and rains can be heavy. Riding an e-bike makes this not a challenge any longer.

Read also: Can e-bikes get wet? – in this article. And, How to clean an electric bike? – in this article.

6. I like to test new tech

I am a geek and I like to test new trendy tech. E-bikes are nice gadgets. They are elegant, sleek, look great.

Read also: Here is why e-bikes are really cool – in this article. And, Five questions about city e-bikes – in this article.

7. I like financial support

My municipality gives me a nice subsidy to purchase an electric bicycle.

Read also: What financial aid you can get in France? – in this article. And, How to quickly recover money invested in an e-bike? – in this article.

8. Even extra weight is not an issue

I am concerned about my weight. Of course, I will burn calories on an e-bike, but not as many as on a conventional bike.

Read also: Are electric bikes cheating (backed by research)? – in this article. And, Are electric bikes good for fitness? – in this article.

Easy E-Biking - too many e-vehicles in cities, helping to make electric biking practical and fun

I should not buy and e-bike if…

1. I think it is a motorcycle

I am a bit lazy and I think that an electric bike is a scooter. And I will not need to pedal. Well, this is wrong. I will have to pedal (if I use a pedelec model), because, like any bike, it won’t move if I don’t pedal.

Read also: E-scooter vs E-bike: which one is best for daily use? – in this article. And, Five transportation alternatives to help fight climate change? – in this article.

2. I ride a traditional bike on flat streets

I live in the city and I drive only a few kilometres a day. The extra cost of an electric bicycle over the price of a traditional bicycle is not justified.

Read also: Why are electric bikes so expensive? – in this article. And, Does it make sense to buy the cheapest electric bicycle? – in this article.

3. I do not like speed

I am afraid I will be going too fast and I cannot control the speed. I am afraid of traffic.

Read also: Why fat tires are good news for electric bikes? – in this article. And, How to select the best hybrid e-bike? – in this article.

4. I have no place to store an e-bike

I have no basement, no garage, no elevator. The weight of an e-bike (23 kg on average) makes it difficult to climb the stairs.

Read also: How heavy are e-bikes? – in this article. And, Can an e-bike pool a trailer? – in this article.

5. I am afraid it can be stolen

I live and/or work in an area with a high risk of theft. E-bikes are not cheap and attract thieves.  They must be carefully stored and protected, especially at night.

Read also: How to protect your e-bike from theft? – in this article. Does it make sense to buy specialized e-bike insurance? – in this article.

Here is a quick video with a few more considerations around buying or not an electric bike. Enjoy!

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