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4 Great Reasons to Ride an Electric Bike

We've teamed up with Raleigh to discover the benefits of riding an e-bike

Summer is finally here, so now is the perfect time to get the whole family out on two wheels. Whether you’re looking for a healthier and stress-free way to commute, or just trying to get the kids out the house, cycling is ideal for everyone.

If you or your family are new to cycling, or you’re returning to the road for the first time after a period of hibernation or recovery, then an electric bike could be a great place to get started.

So, what is an electric bike?

Electric bikes are just like any other bike except they are power assisted. You still have to pedal but as the pedals are turned, the power kicks in to help you. A torque sensor is built into the drivetrain which detects how much force you’re putting through the pedals, and the motor then distributes the power assistance accordingly.

Electric bikes are not just a great way to get around town, as renowned bike manufacturer Raleigh explains, they are packed with other benefits you can enjoy every day too…

Great for health and fitness

Power assistance doesn’t mean you’re cheating. In fact, electric bikes help you go further and see more during your ride. You can take on those big inclines and other challenges that would have previously been too difficult. There’s no denying that electric bikes do require less effort compared to traditional bikes and that’s great If you’re building up your fitness.

However, in terms of health and fitness, electric bikes help you cycle for longer and enjoy a prolonged period of exercise.

Get back in the saddle

If you’re returning to cycling after a sustained period out of action then an electric bike is a great place to start cycling again. The assistance an electric bike offers ensures you are putting less strain on your body while still getting the exercise to help you recover from injury or ease you back into cycling without being too difficult or strenuous.

Maybe you haven’t biked at all for a while and you’re lacking in confidence? An electric bike is a great way to regain your confidence on two wheels. You can concentrate less on speed and power and more on your surroundings and the joy of getting back in the saddle.

Commuting? No sweat!

Let’s face it, no one enjoys sitting in traffic on their commute to work but arriving at your destination hot and sweaty after cycling isn’t always the best option either. Electric bikes allow you to travel as efficiently as a normal bike without the normal strain. You can travel great distances with less effort and not need a shower when you arrive at work. Plus, you’ll also get exercise before work and save money on train tickets and petrol too.

Safe on the road, safe for the environment

Riding on the road can be daunting. Road awareness comes from experience and concentration, so wouldn’t it be great to have one less thing to worry about when you’re out on your bike?  Electric bikes make it easy to maintain a constant speed, you won’t slow down as much on hills and that means less wobbly moments.

Using a bike is also the eco-friendliest form of transport and because an electric bike is less strain on your body and more versatile than a regular bicycle, you’re more likely to regularly take to the saddle.

If you’re looking for an efficient, healthy and less strenuous way to get around, then an electric bike should be top of your wish list. It doesn’t matter if you’re returning to biking or want a new hobby, electric bikes are great for leisure, transport and everything in between.

Take the strain off yourself and discover the love of biking and exploring.

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