Despite a boom in electric bike sales, some misconceptions about them still persist, which means many people who could benefit from owning one are missing out. So, we thought we’d set the record straight on some of the most common myths.
They are too expensive
This is one of the most persistent myths because people often look at the upfront cost of getting an e-bike and no further.
While e-bike prices start at about £1,000, which is undoubtedly more than many regular bikes, in the long run they can be a more cost effective option.
That’s because an e-bike is more convenient than a regular bike, so you’ll be more likely to use it often. E-bikes are ideal for commuting because you can use the pedal assistance to help you ride longer distances, or get over tricky hills. So you won’t have to arrive at work all sweaty!
Biking instead of driving means you’ll save on petrol and parking, plus your car will last longer too because it will experience less wear and tear.
When you consider that you can get several years’ worth of use out of your electric bike, that upfront cost begins to look like a worthwhile investment; the latest batteries can last as long as 12 years – depending on how often you use your bike. Plus, with interest free finance available from Raleigh, there’s no need to break the bank.
They constantly run out of power
You may be put off by the idea of charging your bike regularly but thanks to advances in battery technology e-bikes now last for longer between charges. They can run for anywhere between 22km and 150km on a single charge, depending on factors like how often, and at what level, you use the pedal assistance.
The type of motor or battery your bike has will also affect how often it needs charging and how long it will take to charge, so it’s worth considering this when you’re choosing what bike is best for your needs.
When you do need to charge your bike, all you need to do is plug it in and within a few hours you’ll be good to go again.
You don’t get any exercise on electric bikes
If you want to get a bike to get fitter there’s no reason why you can’t choose an electric bike. In fact, they can be a good choice if you are not yet confident about your fitness levels. You can choose to use the pedal assistance more often while you get used to cycling. Then you can reduce the level of assistance as you get fitter.
You’ll be more likely to take on challenging rides too because you’ll know help is at hand if you need it.
So, electric bikes are a good option if you want some flexibility because how much effort you put in is entirely up to you.
They are very heavy, bulky and noisy
This another myth that technology has taken care off.
Although e-bikes carry a little extra weight because of their motor and battery, it’s barely noticeable.
At Raleigh, all our bikes use lithium ion batteries, which are incredibly light and efficient. You’ll find many e-bikes have sleek designs too and don’t look bulky.
Electric bike motors are now also incredibly discreet, you’ll hardly notice any noise from them, especially when you are riding in traffic.
They involve a lot of maintenance
All types of bikes need taking care off, even regular ones. Caring for an e-bike is similar to a regular bike, with a few small exceptions.
When you wash your e-bike you need to be careful not to drench it in water. If you have problems with the electrics you’ll need a professional to look at it but this isn’t something you’ll need to do often, if your bike’s well taken care off.
So, if you’re considering getting a new bike then rest assured there are plenty of good reasons to go electric.