Power throughout your work commute on an e-bike
Are electric bikes step ahead for an everyday slog to work? We shall introduce the best bicycles for your budget.
Philip Dalton, a film producer from Lower Godney, has very high opinion about two-wheeled commuting revolution when cruising across the UK.
He ditched the vehicle in favor of his electric bicycle (also known as an e-bike) and converted his daily 55-mile ride to Bristol. As he said, he had to ride across the Mendips, the trip with many hills to climb. That’s why an e-bike is a fantastic as it helps him to keep his speed as riding up the hill, taking him to work without too much effort. An electric bicycle is almost as fast as a car, plus it’s a great way to begin the working day.
So what is an e-bike really? Basically, it is an ordinary bike pimped up by adding an electric motor, a battery cell, and some other gadgetry on the handlebars. As you start pedaling, the engine kicks in automatically. On the other hand, some models allow you to choose when the engine starts. You can also determine the intensity of help.
But you can’t just leave the motor do all the tough work, as electric bicycles are neither mopeds nor mini scooters. For electric bikes to be legal in the United Kingdom, the engine can kick in once you begin pedaling and will stop the moment you hit 15mph. Of course, it’s possible to go faster by either freewheeling downhill or driving like the clappers, but that depends on your effort and not the motor. The battery cell will generally allow you cycle between 10-100 miles (depending on the model), and unlike electric vehicles, if the worst does happen and the juice runs out, you can still make it home using pedal power.
Most batteries are detachable, which means you can take them off the frame and recharge them anytime you want via an ordinary plug socket. You’ll need about 3 to 5 hours to restore the cell. However, if you use solar panels and generate your power, then running an electric bike is entirely sustainable and carbon-free.
To ride an e-bike, you don’t need a license; you don’t have to pass any test, you’re not obliged to wear a helmet (but it’s advisable).
A lot of people wants to be slim and fit, so they cycle. The question is can an electric bicycle help you remove that unwanted weight? You still need to make some effort on an e-bike, but you can manage the amount of help you get. If I do not feel that energetic, then I can use more power, but if I’m up for it, I can use less. There is no logic to waste your time in the gym; you had your workout while getting to your job. In just several months you’ll be much fitter without noticing it.
The significant difference between regular and e-bikes comes with the cost. Price of the electric bikes goes from $1000 and higher. The wise way to ease that financial shock is to take cycle-to-work scheme, the government initiative that can knock up to 40% off the value of a new bike by salary sacrifice. However, this idea hit a roadblock immediately since you are only allowed to spend up to $1,000, and that my friend rules out almost all electric bikes.
GCI or Green Commute Initiative has recently been launched targeting the electric bicycle market with a purpose to help more commuters leave their cars. GCI made contact with several big-name organizations such as City of London, Heathrow airport, and Heathrow Express. The GCI does e-bikes more affordable to a lot of people.
The crucial question is can the e-bike indeed save you money? With the battery costing about 10 cents per recharge, and an annual service cost of about £50, the economic benefits of electric bikes are compelling.
Electric bicycles can help modify the journey to work for infinite commuters. 43% of passengers who aren’t currently pedaling to work don’t because they are either not sharp enough or need to reach at work wearing business clothes and there are no possibilities for a shower or change. The significant advantage for e-bicycles is that you don’t get sweaty at all as you do on a conventional bike.
E-bikes can convert cycling for many people including commuters. With urgent action from the government, electric bikes could also tackle the public health urgency of poor air condition by making cycling a practical travel choice for everyone.
You need to try an e-bike to experience what it feels like really and to enjoy its benefits. When you’re out riding with the wind blowing in your face, it’s terrific to know that you’re becoming fitter, helping the environment and saving some money. It seems like the tomorrow has already arrived.