Electric Bikes: I Love Them and You Can Too, By Turbo Bob
This is a guest post from Turbo Bob who is an electric bike advocate and enthusiast that lives in San Diego California. Be sure to check out his Turbo Bob Bicycle Blog!
There are so many great and varied reasons to love your E-bike. Maybe one of these will hit home for you and be the catalyst that brings you into the fold. My wife and I have been riding ours for over four years. In an order that doesn’t match mine, and with more subjects that affect me personally, let’s get our E-bike love organized.
Money: If you embrace and ride your E-bike often, it will pay for itself in as little as a year. With such high costs to own a motor vehicle, the maintenance, insurance, parking and other fees, just keeping it parked at home will save a bunch real quick. If you can forgo a car completely, the savings will be incredible. These are not the reasons we ride our E-bikes, but why spend more than you need too?
Health: Even with the electric-assist, you will be doing yourself a wonderful favor to ride an E-bike. Being a regular bike with a motor to aid you when you like, you can pedal as much or little as you prefer. So you can tailor your amount of exercise to suit your mood or athletic ability. Also, the more you ride, the less you might need the power. So trimming down and bulking up can come at the rate you choose.
Attitude: The open air, freedom of youth and staying out of traffic can make you a different person. Getting away from an oppressive routine can be the best. You don’t necessarily need an E-bike to be out riding, but then again, maybe you do. Knowing that the ride might not be strenuous could make all the difference whether you decide to climb aboard and do some pedaling.
Marching to your own drummer: Why follow the crowd? Being your own person is part of what makes each one of us. Your family and friends might boo-hoo your E-bike, but who cares? If it makes you happy, then that’s all that matters. You can read them the reasons you love it off this list, or you can just smile and ride. I am sure you will come up with your own list as the miles go by. Even still, let the world live their life, while you really live yours.
Environment: This one is a given. Your so called carbon footprint will shrink to near nothing in the transportation department. With a recharge of your battery in the 3-10 cent range (I’ve heard many estimates), you know that’s not much in the way of energy. Plus, you can combine your E-bike with public transport to really max out the whole effect. This is the number one reason that put us on our E-bikes. And keeps us there too.
Perfect for people who want to ride but are concerned about their energy to complete a trip: You or a family member might be recovering for an injury or suffering from some energy sapping health problem. Yet you want to ride, so you are looking for an answer. On an E-bike you can pedal till your feeling done, pull a u-turn, and motor back home. Each time you might get a little further, and soon smiling and riding often. Perfect.
Commuting: Covered a little in the above sections, this is probably the main reason you might consider getting an E-bike. Studies have shown that an outdoor bike blast can perk up your brain, calm your nerves and get you ready for a better work experience. Many work places are offering bike parking and showers for bike commuters. They are finding out that a more productive and content employee is arriving for their day on a bike.
Social: Group rides are awesome. At a mellow pace, you can talk, laugh and relate to friends and new friends in the best of ways. We got our E-bikes well before we started joining in on local group rides, but now that we participate on many, it makes our E-bikes a bigger source of contentment. Enjoying great scenery and the outdoors with like-minded people has become one of our biggest pleasures.
Hills and winds: High on our E-bike desires was to be able to conquer the local grades without getting off and pushing the bike on up. This has made biking and bike commuting much easier. A strong wind or breeze can mimic the same effect as a hill. Once again, a little assist from your E-bike’s motor will flatten out a hill and calm a headwind. Nature versus your E-bike—winner, you.
Get an E-bike and make your own list. You will be happier, healthier and most likely have a few more dollars in your wallet. Your contribution to cleaner air and a healthier planet are a wonderful by-product. Make sure you get a quality one that fits you well and riding it will come naturally. I know at my house, E-bikes have made a ton of changes, all good.
Love an E-bike? Oh yes, Turbo Bob.
“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.”—Chip Brown, A Bike and a Prayer.
End of guest post by Turbo Bob
What do you think? Can you add more reasons to love an electric bike? Please share your thoughts and story’s in the comment section below.
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Jeff Arnold says
I could not agree more. I get much more exercise with my E-bike than with my old bikes. Why? Because I RIDE IT EVERYWHERE! 500 miles already this year that would have been in my car! I’m 64 and getting stronger every ride.
Jeff, great point! When it is easy and convenient to ride a bike, you will ride it more. I find that to be so true for my commuting around town. Riding in 100 degree heat makes you really appreciate an e-bike!
Ken Sanders - Trek Navigator says
All i can say Great article Pete and Bob
Michael K. says
Great points for the ebike. I will print this out for the shop and bulletin board out front. Who could argue against such reasoning.
bob you probably nailed everything. for me, i can’t believe how disconnected i now feel from the modern world. watching all those people who are a slave to their automobiles. riding past the huge grid lock every morning and afternoon. the car payments, insurance payments, the cost of fuel, just so you can sit in this money sucking lineup. you really notice how much time and energy we as a society put into preserving the car. it’s like i’ve had the blinders taken off my eyes. how much we have been decieved by the machine. nobody see’s it either. we truly are a sad bunch, when there are so many more important things to do in this world. i just love riding my bike in any weather. when the weather is sunny and nice, i feel as i have reached that perfect moment. i feel in harmony with my surroundings
Richard Brandt says
We `love’ our electric bikes because, with our knee and heart problems, it is the only way we can get out and see the world; at least that part of the world that is alongside Rails-to-Trails or other bike trails.
We typically ride 25 miles per outing and last year set a record total for us at 2400 miles.
Simon Lodewijks says
Great article and can relate to all. Have enjoyed my e-bike for well over a year and logged over 4300 miles cycling around the Bay-area.
Discovering new routes through quiet neighborhoods, zooming along beautiful bike lanes, trails, and even along the many Bay area express lanes one feels safe and make excellent time to reach ones destination.
Retired, 72, sold my car and love my e bike to the fullest.
Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing your story. Enjoy the ride!
kev thomas says
I have put a deposit down on a Kalkoff s10, have n’t tried it out yet! as the shop is a 200mile return journey. Hope it’s worth the dosh as the trip to work on a bike was very difficult (uphill last couple of miles). Hope it’s good enough for my 7 mile commute.
Hi Kev, Yes I think you will enjoy the Kalkhoff and it will handle your 7 mile commute easily.
The most difficult part of our job is just getting people to simply ride the electric bike. Once we do that, it’s all downhill from there (no pun intended). There are so many benefits to using an electric bike, like the ones Turbo Bob mentioned, if people can just put aside their angst and preconceived notions of electric bikes.