E-bikes and Riding to Work – The Pros and Cons

E-bikes, or electric bikes, have enjoyed rising popularity over the past years, and for good reason. 

Electrically-assisted bikes means less work for you when struggling up those hills and could be the extra incentive people need to ditch the car and make the move riding to work.

However, it’s useful to weigh up the pros and cons of e-bikes before you rush out and purchase one…

Pros

Environmentally Friendly

Compared to a car, e-bikes are a significantly more eco-friendly alternative to commute to work.

By switching to an electric bike, you’ll have the satisfaction that you are doing your bit for the environment… while avoiding fuel and public transport costs at the same time!

Travel Further

If the distance between your home and work is slightly more than what is rideable, an e-bike might be a good option for you. 

Depending on your fitness level and the terrain of your route, it can be a bit daunting to make the switch to ride to work. E-bikes can help you tackle any steep hills or long distances that may be hindering you making the switch!

A Less Strenuous Form of Exercise

For those with medical conditions, riding a conventional bike to work may not be an option. E-bikes are great for those that want to exercise more, but require a bit more assistance to do so. 

With the added benefit of choosing how much assistance you require, e-bikes are a great way to ease into the exercise routine for those who might have fallen out of it too. 

As your fitness increases, you may even find yourself using the electric assistance less!

Less Sweat!

If you ride to work, a significant drawback to your daily commute is the sweat factor, particularly in sunny Brisbane. With electric bikes, you’ll be able to make your ride as easy or difficult as you desire… excessive sweat and red faces will be a distant memory! 

Cons

More Expensive than a Normal Bike

The upfront cost of an e-bike is significantly more than a regular bicycle. An e-bike is more of a long-term investment, which is why you will want to be sure that you’ll get use out of it.

Theft and Vandalism

Unfortunately, because e-bikes are more expensive than regular bikes, they’re more often targeted for theft and vandalism. So extra care needs to be taken in regard to security and extra insurance taken out for peace of mind.

Heavy

With the added components and batteries, the weight of the e-bike is noticeably more than other bikes. 

This may pose a problem if you are transporting it up stairs or if you’re out riding and the battery runs out… forcing you to pedal a heavier frame without the luxury of added power.

More Complex Parts

When something goes wrong on an e-bike, it can be costly to fix. Due to the added technology, electric bikes often have more specialised parts that are more difficult to fix than your conventional bicycle.

Whether you are riding an e-bike or conventional bicycle, you’ll need a place to store it when you get to work. At cycle2city, we have a range of storage and biking facilities including e-bike servicing available in the heart of Brisbane city. 

Get in touch or GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.


New Year, New You – Riding to Work

With 2020 (finally) over, many are looking toward the future and thinking about how they can make this year a better one. 

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to set intentions for the year ahead, and you no doubt already have some in mind. In the past, the most common resolutions have been to:

  • Eat healthier
  • Spend time with family and friends
  • Learn a new skill or hobby
  • Save money
  • Exercise more

However, as the year goes on, it can be hard to stick to the promises you made at the start of the year. Finding the time for new hobbies and activities isn’t always simple, and it can be easy to fall back into old habits.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more active, riding to work might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. Here’s why:

It Fits Seamlessly Into Your Routine

Carving out a time in your day to exercise can be tricky with a busy schedule and is one of the most common reasons that so many don’t achieve the resolutions they set for themselves.

By using your commuting time to fit in your daily exercise, you will already have a plan in place to follow through with your intentions… making it that much more likely that you’ll achieve what you set out to do. 

It Will Save You Money

If one of your resolutions is to have more money in the bank, then you’ll have an added motivation to make the switch to cycling.

Fuel and public transport costs can add up to a significant amount over time. With a bike as your transport, you’ll only have to make one purchase and it will get you where you need to be for years to come… for free!

You’ll Be Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Not everyone can say that the exercise they do actively helps save the planet. 

Ditching the car and riding to work can have a hugely beneficial environmental impact… and just might be the thing to keep in mind to keep you riding through the rest of the year. 

There’s Plenty Of Support Available

If you are in need of an extra push to keep going with your cycling commutes, there are plenty of Cycling Apps to give you the support you need. 

Be sure to also check out our Guide For People Who Want To Ride To Work But Can’t Get Started for tips to give you that initial push!

If you want to start riding to work, get in contact with the team at cycle2city to find out about our great storage and biking facilities in the heart of Brisbane and GRAB A FREE 7 DAY TRIAL.