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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. I like financial support
My municipality gives me a nice subsidy to purchase an electric bicycle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a quick video with a few more considerations around buying or not an electric bike. Enjoy!