E-Bike Can Make You Fitter Than Regular Bike, Here's Why

Some cyclists find the use of e-bikes as a way of cheating, and even questioning its ability to make its rider fit.
Some cyclists find the use of e-bikes as a way of cheating, and even questioning its ability to make its rider fit.
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Using e-bike is becoming a new trend nowadays. But some cyclists find it as a way of cheating, and even questioning its ability to make its rider fit. As a lot of people, especially older ones, are using this electric-powered bicycle, what truly matters is they are enjoying the ride.

According to the South China Morning Post, riding an e-bike is quite strange for the "young and fit" bikers. But for everyone else who finds the ease using the power bike, it is a chance to take a ride and be at a place they wanted to be.

"I've had customers who say it's literally changed their lives, both in terms of getting out and about in the fresh air and getting fitter," UK-based shop Electric Bikes Kent owner Tony Scudder said about e-bike. He revealed most of power bike buyers are older people who already gave up biking a long time ago. These people are now enjoying their ride again with the help of electric-powered bicycle.

In contrary to what other people believed, e-bike could still make its rider physically active in spite of the motor batteries. "E-bikes are excellent for exercising, allowing you to choose your own level of effort," Lyle Metcalfe, from the e-bike manufacturer Volt Bikes, added. The rider could choose the level of the help they needed and the amount of effort they wanted to give in. 

Metcalfe also added people more often used e-bikes than the traditional bicycles. It just proves that riders can get more exercise using power bikes with the combination of motor assistance and the rider's effort in cycling.

Sir Chris Hoy backed up this claim and added that even though e-bikes get motor assistance, it is "pedal-assisted." So the biker still needs to use their feet.

The Telegraph cited a Norwegian study that revealed e-bike users put almost the same amount of effort when using regular bicycles. The researchers found that e-bike riders are 8.5 times more active than not riding at all. Cyclists, on the other hand, are 10.9 times more active - just over 2 percent difference.

E-bikers use 51 percent of their lung capacity while cyclists use 58 percent. As there is not much difference between the two, the only disparity is the e-bike users can go 21 percent faster than bicycle riders. 

The publication added the Norwegian and Dutch studies proved that e-bike riders could be fitter than the regular bike users as power bikes could push its user to go further. With the support of its motor, it would give the rider a chance to take a rest for a little while and use the pedal once again to continue the ride. 

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