As the number of cars on the roads increases year on year, more people are looking to alternative ways to commute, get into town and visit friends and family. Public transport is an obvious choice but with the average cost of rail fares increasing by 3.1% and a staggering 55% increase in bus fares over the past decade, this perhaps isn't the most cost-efficient way to change your travel habits.
One option that is becoming more attractive is switching 4 wheels for 2. Cycling instead of driving regularly can have huge benefits to you both physically and mentally. Cycling isn't for everyone and some people can be put off by the thought of having to pedal their way around. Thanks to the increase in popularity of E-Bikes recently, cycling to work has just become accessible to all!.
Cheaper than a car
It is estimated that it costs on average, £162 per month to run a car in the UK, this amounts to £1944 a year which is a significant amount. A bus or train pass can set you back hundreds, if not thousands of pounds a year which again, doesn't bode well if you are looking to save money and your carbon footprint. On the other hand, the start up costs for an E-Bike may be similar to a car (around £2000 for the bike) but once you have purchased the bike, there are minimal running costs. Some of these being; charging (it is estimated to cost 15p to charge an E-Bike which could last you a week of usage), servicing fees (not compulsory but a good investment), and replacement parts (varies from bike to bike). In the long term, running an E-Bike will save you hundreds of pounds a year and time spent in traffic.
#TeamRutland ambassador and commuter Michelle Brideau has been sharing her thoughts on E-Bike commuting: "At first glance, an E-Bike may seem expensive, but after you calculate the savings of going car-free or even car light, it will pay for its self in no time. Most people underestimate how much their car costs them and never really add it all up. A car has a lot of hidden costs (oil changes, MOT's, insurance, emissions tax), as well as the day to day costs of owning a car like petrol and parking."
"It's pedal-assisted, that's cheating...", "You can't get fit with an E-Bike...", just a few excuses we hear when the words electric and bike are spoken in the same sentence. It's true that it is easier to cycle with an E-Bike but that doesn't mean you can't get your heart rate up on the bike, there are different levels of assistance which means if you want to put in more effort you can simply turn the motor to eco-mode. Even just a few minutes of cycling a day can improve your health both mentally and physically, you'll be amazed at your change in attitude when you spend your commute to work or trip into town on a bike, out in the fresh air away from the ever-increasing British traffic.
A study by researchers in Finland found there were significant benefits to cycling to work; including reduced cardiovascular risk factors and increased fitness. There are tonnes of studies and personal accounts about the benefits of cycling instead of driving, an E-Bike makes cycling so much more accessible to those who are either no fit enough or don't think they have the time to cycle.
"Then there are the health costs of a sedentary lifestyle. If you cycle to work, even on an E-Bike there are health benefits to getting your body moving. People who cycle to work are less stressed, happier, have significantly less chance of getting cancer, have enhanced cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol levels, and cycling regularly prevents elevated blood pressure levels. Now if there was a pill to do all that, most people would be lining up to buy it.
Breeze past the traffic
One of the biggest bug bears for most drivers is traffic. You can sit for minutes at a time, waiting for the lights to change, wondering where everyone else could possibly be going at this time and taking up space on the road, and don't even mention the frustration at driving behind a tractor! When you cycle to work, this wasted time is massively reduced. You can take the slower country lanes that are avoided by the school parents and 09:00am office workers, and nip through the traffic by using bike lanes. Trust me, you will feel very smug riding past all those people in cars who have yet to discover the benefits to cycling!
When you cycle you also get rid of the panic of trying to find a parking space, and one that doesn't cost an absolute fortune, parking in town or city centres can cost up to £10 for a day and this may still involve a decent walk into town or a long winded bus journey through every neighbouring village! Most town centres and cities will have ample bike parking right in the middle of all the shops. You can park up for free and be in and out of town in half the time. Sound appealing?
"One of the great benefits to riding to work is the reliability, your commute is much more predictable, you don't get stuck in traffic, and there are no train delays to worry about. In my years of commuting, I've never been late. In fact, I road my e-Brompton to the interview of my current job because I knew it was more predictable than any of my other options and I knew I wouldn't be late. Cycle commuting is a great way to start and end your day. Sometimes on beautiful sunny days, if I have time I even take the long way home to enjoy a little time to myself, I can't say I've EVER done that when I drove or took the train!
Demo an E-Bike
If you want to try before you buy, we offer demo bikes that you can try for free in store or hire for a whole weekend for just £49.99.
What E-Bike is best for you?
There are many different types of E-Bikes to choose from when deciding which bike is best for you. You can choose from folding bikes like the one Michelle is riding, step-through bikes, hybrid bikes and even road bikes. Choose your type of bike based on your commute using the following range.
Do what they say on the tin, folding bikes are designed for busy cities and those commuters that need a train for a portion of their journey. We currently sell Brompton electric bikes, these are built to the same high standards as their non-electrical counterparts. The battery is removable meaning you can ride the bike without any assistance or take it with you if there are no secure bike parks.
Brompton 2019 M-Type 2 Speed Folding Electric Bike
The Brompton Electric is designed to change cities; it has smart features, a sleek design and is simple to use. Perfect if you want to arrive fresh to a meeting or want to tackle those steeper inclines with ease.
- Frame - Folding w/L type rear (mudguard)
- Colour - Gloss white
- Drivetrain - 2-speed
- Brakes - Dual pivot brakes
- Motor - Brushless DC front motor, 250W
- Battery - Brompton 300Wh with LED display
- Seatpost - Standard
- Saddle - Standard
Popular for town riding and shorter commutes. Step-through bikes are those bikes with no top tube (the part of the frame that goes from underneath your saddle to just below your handlebars. Step-throughs are easy to mount and ride but can be tougher on climbs due to the frame shape and weight.
Cube Kathmandu Hybrid EXC 500 2019 Electric EasyEntry Bike
The new Kathmandu Hybrid EXC will more than meet your expectations! Because in this frame design is an entire experience, which Cube have gained through the development of the highest quality E-MTB frame.
- Frame - aluminum SuperLite, Gravity Casting, Efficient Comfort Geometry, Tapered head tube, internal
- Fork - SR Suntour NCX D Air, 63mm, Lockout, EE: 75mm
- Drivetrain - Shimano XT RD-M8000-DGS
- Brakes - System Shimano BR-MT520 / BR-MT500, Hydr. Disc Brake (180/180)
- Motor - Bosch Drive Unit Performance CX (75Nm) Cruise (250Watt)
- Battery - Bosch PowerTube 500; EE: Bosch Power Pack 500
The perfect blend of road bike and mountain bike, the hybrid bike comes with flat handlebars and front suspension. Hybrids are perfect for those trips that include some off-road and a few hills. Built for both the road and gravel, there aren't many places you can't take the bike.
Cube Kathmandu Hybrid Pro 500 2019 Electric Hybrid Bike
Designed to be a do-it-all machine, the 2019 Cube Kathmandu Pro is great for a commuter, enthusiast or regular cyclist, ideal for city riding in the week and exploring the countryside at the weekends.
- Frame - Aluminium Superlite, Trekking Premium Comfort
- Fork - SR Suntour NEX-E25, 63mm travel
- Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 10-Speed
- Brakes - Shimano BR-M315, Hydr. Disc Brake (180/160)
- Motor - Bosch Performance CX, 250W, 75Nm
- Battery - Bosch PowerPack 500Wh
- Display - Bosch Intuvia
Kalkhoff Endeavour 3.B Move 2019 Electric Hybrid Bike
Explore the city in style with the all-new Kalkhoff Endeavour 3.B Move, featuring a powerful Bosch motor and a high-capacity battery to get you riding further, for longer.
- Frame - Aluminium
- Fork - SR Suntour NEX E25
- Drivetrain - Shimano Alivio 9-Speed
- Brakes - Tektro T285, hydraulic disc brake
- Motor - Bosch Performance Line, 250W, 60Nm
- Battery - Bosch PowerTube 500Wh
- Display - Bosch Purion
If your commute is mainly on roads and over 5-10 miles, a road bike may be the best option for you. An E-road bike will look and ride very similar to a normal road bike and will be the most comfortable and quickest way to get around.
Bianchi Impulso E-Road Ultegra Disc 2019 Electric Road Bike
Take your training up a gear with the Bianchi Impulso E-Road, with a powerful 70Nm motor to assist you up the steepest of inclines, ideal for long rides with your friends!
- Frame - Impulso E-Road alu triple hydroforming technology
- Fork - Bianchi Full carbon
- Drivetrain - Shimano Ultegra 22-Speed
- Brakes - Shimano BR-R8070 Hydraulic disc brake
- Motor - Polini EP3, 250W, 70Nm
- Battery - Polini 500Wh
- Display - EP3 Display
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Find your nearest Rutland Cycling store
You can view our extensive range of E-Bikes in any of our 6 E-Bike centres and speak to our expert staff. You can also view the whole range online.