Electric bikes represent a great alternative to traditional push bikes in many respects, but that is not to say that you should completely switch and abandon regular road bikes forever. In fact, many people have found that the best strategy involves a combination of the two.
On a day to day basis, an electric bike offers many advantages over other forms of transport, which makes it ideal for everything from commuting to and from work to getting your weekly shopping done at the supermarket. Here are just a few of the main benefits:
- It’s not public transport, so you get your privacy, stay on time and save money
- There are no parking costs, which is a major advantage in most cities
- Charging the motor is much cheaper than fuelling any other vehicle
- There are no emissions or pollution produced directly by riding
- You can travel longer distances and carry heavier loads than regular cycling
You probably already know why people choose to use e-bikes for these kinds of activities, but what about other situations where electric assistance isn’t needed or appropriate? Well, sometimes it’s best to also keep a regular push bike for some of the following…
- Cycling purely for fitness over relatively short distances
- Cycling clubs where other people aren’t using electric bikes
- Any other time you want your bike to be lighter or feel like a challenge
Sometimes it’s only fair to leave your power-assisted bike at home so you can level the playing field when you’re riding with others, or when you want to judge accurately how your fitness routine is improving your endurance. That’s why keeping a balance between the two types of cycling really gives you the best of both worlds.