Setting the record straight | Debunking common E-bike Myths

Words by Will Crump

on 14/01/2021 09:45:00


Debunking common Misconceptions and Myths with Electric bikes

We've all heard the myths and common misconceptions around Electric bikes whether we are out on the trails at Cannock or just leisurely cycling around town. At Rutland Cycling, we've been at the forefront of the Electric bike movement and seen the refinements and developments that these machines have made over the past few decades.

We can't shy away from the fact that E-bikes are excellent forms of getting people into cycling when they wouldn't usually want to, therefore, it is time to debunk some myths and show the real benefits of an electric bike.

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1. Isn't riding an Electric Bike cheating?


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Riding a bike is almost the pinnacle of happiness - behind drinking coffee of course - so combine the two of them together. Riding an electric bike involves 50/50 pedal assistance ensuring that the rider does half of the work which inevitably means you are still exercising. Having a motor assisting your ride allows you to ride further and cram in more coffee stops in one day which is always a good thing!

On the days that you want to push yourself to ride harder, you have full control of how much electric assistance you gain thanks to the sophisticated electronic systems that Electric bikes come with these days. Thanks to a little LCD or LED screen, you determine how far you want to ride and how difficult you want to make it.

Overall, this makes for a more fun and enjoyable experience as it can get people who hate slogging up hills the ability to get out and about on two wheels. Big Win!

2. E-bikes aren't safe!


All electric bikes are built to EU regulations and standards therefore making them safe even in the harshest of weather conditions. When it comes to lifting your e-bike it might be worthwhile having two of you around as most e-bikes weigh, on average, between 22-25kg depending on the specification. This can make it dangerous when lifting them onto a roof mounted car rack so having a second person can help in spreading the load.

3. Don't Electric Bikes require a lot of maintenance?


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Electric bikes require the same amount of short term maintenance as a regular mechanical bike and that includes, regular cleaning, degreasing and greasing, applying lube to the chain etc. As for the battery and the motor, these are sealed units as well as watertight and can be expected to last upto 1000 charges before starting to show signs of deterioration. Many manufacturers have ways of checking the software on Electric bikes alongside regularly updating it to make your bike run more efficiently

4. E-bikes aren't environmentally friendly


Using an electric bike as an alternative to a car can have major positive impacts on the environment as well as giving you a fun and enjoyable experience in the process. Especially over smaller distances, such as commuting to work or going to the shops, electric bikes are far superior than the car.

Furthermore, the batteries are easily recyclable and give off 0 emissions when in and out of usage therefore making them as environmentally friendly as a mechanical bike.

5. Would I end up exercising less on an Electric bike compared to a mechanical bike?


Not at all! As stated previously, riding an e-bike involves 50% input from the rider to actually start to get the motor to engage and with the cap set at 15.5mph you can easily exceed the speed of the e-bike and at that point you will be doing all the work. The concept of an electric bike is to get everyone out and about and motivated to exercise by bike and that's exactly what we are seeing.

After speaking to a range of customers who have converted to electric, we have found out that they often ride over further distance and for longer because of how enjoyable an E-bike can be! Riding for longer can only mean you are receiving the same amount of exercise as you would on a mechanical bike.

6. The range of an E-bike isn't very far.


With electric bikes being restricted to 15.5mph, you will find it very hard to drain your electric bike of battery juice. If anything, being restricted allows you to reserve you battery life so you can easily get 60 miles even out 500Wh batteries if not even further! Obviously, the range you receive can depend on so many different factors such as terrain and tyre pressure but it is hard to run out of range unless you're really pushing it in turbo mode the whole way.

7. Electric bikes are super expensive!


In 2021, you can find budget electric bikes as cheap as £999 which is an absolute bargain for what they can achieve! Apache bikes offer you aesthetically pleasing, high performing and practical range of electric bikes on a budget with prices starting at only £999. They offer you a range of leisure bikes, folding electric bikes as well as electric mountain bikes to kickstart your electric journey.

Typically, Electric bikes will always cost more than their counterpart mechanical equivalents simply due to their electrical systems but pair this with the other components as well, they often come out at very good value for money. As for maintenance costs, an electric bike will always come out superior against a car as you aren't paying 0.14p per mile - completely free to run!

8. Do I need a license or specific Insurance to ride one?


You do not need a license or insurance to ride an e-bike simply because of their 15.5mph restrictions. Owning an electric bike which has been derestricted will not only be illegal it will also void the manufacturer's warranty meaning that if your components start to fail, you have to pay for it.

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