Electric bikes are fast becoming more mainstream. You may have even started to see them on the road or on cycle routes yourself.
But why are they so popular?
Whether you're thinking about buying an electric bike or you're simply curious about the benefits, here are twelve reasons to start riding an electric bicycle:
1. Variety of frames
Electric bikes used to be seen as clunky, heavy and not very attractive for people who already ride bikes.
But, as technology has developed and improved, newer models are much more slick and stylish.
There's a variety of electric bike available on the market, including mountain bikes, road bikes, step-through frames, cargo bikes and even folding bikes.
2. Build confidence in your fitness and ability
E-bikes are a fantastic gateway into cycling for fitness.
Of course, this may not be why you cycle. But if it is, the assistance provided by an electric bike can be reassuring if you're concerned about your fitness levels.
Despite the added boost, you will still be pedalling throughout the course of your ride. This movement means that you burn almost as many calories riding an electric bike as you would on a manual bicycle.
3. Hills and wind are no longer a problem
The thought of cycling uphill against the wind is one of the most off-putting reasons for not cycling. An electric bicycle (almost) eradicates this issue.
Just tap into your electric motor and you'll handle those hills with a lot less stress.
Plus, you'll be on the receiving end of some envious glances from those people struggling on a manual bike.
4. Wear what you want while you ride
An electric bike allows you to continue to look stylish as you ride.
As you're exerting less energy, you won't overheat and sweat in the same way that you would on a manual bicycle.
This is a real bonus if you’re cycling to work and there are no shower facilities at the other end. It also allows you to dress appropriately for the weather.
5. Safer than you think
Having more acceleration from a standing start can make traffic junctions feel a lot safer than on a traditional bike.
You may also find that you're more aware of your surroundings as you won’t spend as much time with your head down or standing up in an attempt to build up speed.
Another safety bonus or an electric bicycle is that having a silent motor means you'll be more aware of the sounds around you than you would on a motorbike or scooter.
6. Spend less time in your car
If you are an everyday commuter, you may find yourself regularly sitting in traffic daydreaming about being anywhere else other than in your car.
That dream can become a reality.
Cycling to work is a great way to include more exercise into your daily routine and you'll arrive at work more alert and ready for the day.
Check out our map of the National Cycle Network to see if you can plan your new route to work.
Tapping into your electric motor allows you to handle hills with a lot less stress.
7. Enjoy cycling longer distances
Being outdoors on a beautiful day can be one of life's most enjoyable and relaxing experiences.
One of the big draws of long-distance riding is that you are able to experience more views and sights than if you were walking.
With an electric bicycle, you can enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about the after-effects on your legs.
A short journey can turn into a mini-adventure that spans a bit further than it usually would.
8. Travel sustainably
Electric bikes not only have less impact on your knees and thighs, but they can also have less of an impact on the environment.
If sustainability is important to you, an electric bike may be a perfect alternative to driving.
As you charge the battery yourself, you have complete control over how eco-friendly your bicycle is.
9. Carry more cargo
Cycling with a heavy load of groceries can be exhausting. Packing your panniers with products means you'll be carrying extra weight on your way home.
Using an electric bike for your shopping means you can use your battery power on the way back to help with the added weight.
Electric bicycles require more exercise than driving, so you can still justify a few shop-bought treats for the week.
Take a look at a few more of our tips for shopping by bike.
10. Keeping pace with faster cyclists
Cycling can be a very social activity, and there are many who enjoy spending time with others whilst out on two wheels.
If you are concerned that you wouldn’t be able to keep up, then an e-bike can offer you some reassurance.
Use a battery-powered boost to keep pace with others (and perhaps even go a little faster, if you’re the competitive type!).
11. Cheaper to run than a car or motorbike or using public transport
Although an electric bike may be more expensive than a conventional push-bike, the costs are minimal when compared to a car.
If you already own a car, you will be very aware that it is not the cheapest form of transport. While public transport can cost between 10p-30p per mile.
It only costs a few pence to fully charge the battery on an electric bike. Depending on your bike and battery, this could take you as far a 30-90 miles. An absolute bargain.
12. You can try before you buy
If you think an e-bike might be right for you there are many retailers that offer a “try before you buy” offer.
This gives you the opportunity to test out a variety of e-bikes before you commit to buying. These offers are well worth the time and allow you to pick the right bicycle for you.