Cycling is a great way to get around, but unfortunately comes with a major downside: You need to be in reasonably good shape in order to be able to complete a full journey. There’s nothing more demotivating than having to stop for air while on a cycle path with other riders.
Fortunately, the introduction of the electric bicycle on to the market means less effort is now required to get around on two wheels – assuming you have one of these new hybrid models that is. But just how fit do you need to be to ride a motorized bike?
Ideal for Shorter Journeys
The electric bike averages around 20-40 miles per charge, depending on what model you’ve purchased. This means such bikes really aren’t aimed at long-distance cyclists and future Tour de France riders. They’re aimed at those looking for a convenient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly to get around.
As you can almost certainly guess, a motorized bicycle comes complete with motorized parts. These motorized parts, such as the battery, help somebody riding their bike to maintain momentum without having to exert as much effort.
The battery works as an insurance policy, for when you’re tired and need a break, or as a support system, helping you ride faster whilst peddling at an average speed. This means you’re able to take the road at your own pace. You’re even able to adjust the amount of energy you’re expending depending on how you feel. If you’re some way into your ride, you can actually reduce your physical output and let the battery keep you moving.
Easier to Climb Hills
One of the most challenging aspects of riding a bike is climbing hills. Even in first gear, going up a steep slope can be extremely draining. Luckily, with a motor bicycle, the battery will take care of much of the work when climbing hills. In fact, they become so easy to climb, even the elderly or those with injuries can easily reach the top of an incline with relative ease.
The electric bike therefore is a great investment for anybody living somewhere with lots of inclines or hills nearby. If you’re on a leisure commute or on your way to work, chances are you won’t want to tire yourself out by pedaling wildly. You’ll want to be able to tackle hills in the effortless manner you do when in a car.
In conclusion, it’s fair to say that you don’t have to be very fit at all to ride an electronic bike. While your fitness levels will of course improve if you’re out on the roads every day, your base level of fitness doesn’t need to be anything special in order to purchase your new vehicle.
Of course, reasonable sensibilities should always apply. Consult your doctor before partaking in any new exercise regime, especially if you have prior health problems.