6 Surprising Ways an E-Bike Will Change Your Life

Peter Glassford
by Peter Glassford
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6 Surprising Ways an E-Bike Will Change Your Life

Electronically assisted bicycles, or e-bikes, are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. As driving a car becomes more expensive, traffic gets worse and the infrastructure for efficient and safe travel by bicycle improves, the excuses to avoid riding a bike for transport and recreation decrease.

E-bike technology is developing alongside these trends, and while you may have mixed feelings about the e-bike, there are so many uses worth considering. In fact, you likely have one single usage in mind when it comes to riding e-bikes — but here are some surprising ways an ​e-​bike can change your life for the better:

1

YOU CAN RIDE WITH MORE PEOPLE

One of the major benefits of ​e-​bikes ​is​ slower riders can keep up with stronger, more seasoned cyclists. This way, more people can ride together, slower riders won’t get dropped and faster riders don’t have to wait all day.

2

YOU’LL BE MORE LIKELY TO COMMUTE

E-bikes have been a major boon for riders looking to switch to a more eco-friendly mode of commuting. When you don’t live close to the office, an e-bike can make a long commute a reasonable pedaling distance, while still giving you a workout (but maybe avoiding those sweat stains).  

3

THAT COMMUTE MIGHT TURN INTO A WEEKEND GETAWAY

Maybe during the weekends, you can pack up and ride to farther-flung cycling destinations. City dwellers can use an e-​bike to get away from the air pollution and into the country, exploring parks and recreational facilities that used to involve car rides.


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4

YOU’LL BE OUTSIDE MORE

Once you start commuting and  e-biking to the country, the next logical step is to run errands. An ​​e​-bike with a trailer attached, or a cargo e-​bike, might be ideal for dropping your kids at school and doing errands on your way home. The e-​bike gives you the boost you need to make it home even if you have a ​ton of groceries to lug.

5

IT’LL BRING THE FAMILY CLOSER

Getting your parents (or grandparents) on e-bikes can be a gamechanger for their fitness and mobility since now they’ll be able to get out on rides and even skip driving in favor of using bike paths when possible. You’re helping keep them healthy, adding a family element to their activity (since you can join them on a standard bike) and letting them tag along with the grandkids as they shred on balance bikes.

6

YOU WON’T BE LIMITED BY ELEVATION

With e-assist as an option, you can test your power on the bike by hitting a hill and not turning on the assisted function (or using a lower setting) until you’re completely worn out. The heavier bike provides a good workout on the hills and you always have the option of a boost when you need it!

About the Author

Peter Glassford
Peter Glassford

Peter is a cycling coach and registered kinesiologist from Ontario, Canada. He travels frequently to work with athletes at races, camps and clinics. He also races mountain bikes for Trek Canada and pursues adventure in all types of movement. Follow @peterglassford on Twitter, or check out his online and in-person coaching at www.smartathlete.ca.

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