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The 7 Biggest Myths About Ebikes, Busted

Ebike rider on a mountain trail. We’re dispelling the biggest myths about ebikes; check out our latest blog at Roseville Cyclery.

The 7 Biggest Myths About Ebikes, Busted

Any celebrity will tell you, fame brings with it a certain amount of rumors and myths. And now that ebikes are reaching the popularity level of some of the biggest names in movies and music, myths and misinformation have come with the territory. We’re here to clear up the worst of these rumors once and for all. Because ebikes don’t deserve a bad rap or a negative reputation. Here are the seven biggest myths about ebikes, busted.

Myth: Ebikes are Cheating

Like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, this is the granddaddy of ebike myths. And, like those other mythical monsters, it continues to pop up, time and again. This myth has been dispelled a hundred times over. Because anyone who’s ridden an electric bike can undoubtedly attest that… Ebikes are Not Cheating All you need is a basic understanding of how an ebike works to know this claim is pure myth. In general, an ebike includes a pedal-assisted motor that only activates if you’re pedaling. It’s not a motorcycle in disguise; you won’t just kick back, relax, and let the motor propel you around. You’ve got to be putting in some (wo)man-power of your own to get the motorized assist to kick in. Like the Specialized Turbo Levo or the Santa Cruz Heckler, many electric bike models offer varying assist levels. This means riders can choose the amount of assist they use on their rides. And, of course, you can decide how much assistance to use. Want to climb to the top of that hill completely unassisted? Great! It’s your ride. But if you want a little boost so you can reach the top faster and go even further than you ever have before, an ebike gives you that ability. We’re tired of hearing this myth. It’s time to retire it for good.

Myth: Ebikes aren’t Good Exercise

Anyone who claims an ebike isn’t good exercise obviously hasn’t spent a day ripping up and down trails, heart pumping, sweat dripping, dirt flying, and face smiling. Ebikes are Great Exercise Sure, the pedal-assist motor kicks in whenever you want it. So you can go faster, further, or get a boost up that one hill that’s always been your nemesis. But that doesn’t mean you’re coasting around town on a moped, letting a motor do all the work. Ebikes provide all of the health benefits of cycling. And most people who buy an ebike do so for health and fitness reasons. Because ebikes are a great way to get some serious exercise.

Myth: Ebikes are for People Who Can’t Ride Conventional Bikes

Another big myth about ebikes is that they’re only for people who can’t or don’t ride a conventional bike. This myth may be founded in a small bit of truth: ebikes are a fantastic way for a less experienced cyclist to enjoy the sport and keep up with more advanced riders. But, in general, we’re marking this as FALSE. Experienced Riders Love Ebikes Our favorite quote about ebikes comes from Janelle, who coaches a local high school mountain bike team. “If you’re not having fun on an ebike, you probably don’t have the assist turned on!” Janelle’s not the only “serious” cyclist who’s a big fan of electric bikes. “The only thing that surprises me is that more people are NOT on eBikes,” says seven-time US championship retired professional cyclist Rahsaan Bahati.

Myth: Ebikes are too Expensive

Electric bikes add some additional components to a standard bike frame, including a motor, battery, and even apps that connect to your smartphone. And all of these extra components can add to the final cost of the bike. But too expensive? We’re saying no. Ebikes Come in a Wide Range of Price and Function Saying an ebike is too expensive is like saying a bicycle costs too much. There are just too many possible combinations of form, function, and price points to make that kind of blanket statement. Just like conventional bicycles, you can find an ebike for every type of rider. You can find ebikes built to help you commute to work, cruise around town, put some serious miles on the road or gravel, or climb every mountain. And you can find an electric bike in almost every price range, from hundreds to thousands of dollars. In most cases, if you’ve got the cash for a conventional bike, you can probably find an ebike priced similarly. Get Ebike Pricing: Shop Ebikes at Roseville Cyclery

Myth: Ebike Batteries Don’t Last Long

Worried that an ebike battery won’t keep up with your ride? Don’t be! You can leave this myth at home while you confidently conquer the streets and peaks. Ebike Batteries Are Long-lasting and Rechargeable For starters, think of an ebike battery like gas in your car. There are a number of factors that go into how long your ebike battery will last, just like there are different factors that determine how long your tank of gas will last. Rider size, terrain, and level of assist are just a few of the things that determine your battery life. And when your battery does need to be recharged, simply plug it into the wall for 3 to 5 hours and you’ll be good to go. Learn more ebike battery facts. Read: How Long do Ebike Batteries Last and Other Ebike Battery FAQs.

Myth: Ebikes Can’t Go Where Mountain Bikes Go

“I don’t want an ebike. I can’t take it on my favorite trail.” Sound familiar? We’ve heard this song a time or two. But we’re interrupting the recording because this myth usually isn’t true. Ebikes Can Go Where Most Bikes Go Functionally speaking, ebikes can go where any conventional bike can go. In fact, an ebike may help you conquer terrain that’s previously been out of reach. Ebike fans love how they can get more distance out of their rides. There’s been confusion in the past and a fair share of controversy—over whether ebikes were allowed on trails in national parks. But a 2019 reclassification of ebikes as “non-motorized bicycles” allows all three classes of e-bikes to ride on cycling trails in national parks. Be sure to check on your state and local regulations for ebike use on trails, and remember that an ebike doesn’t give you license to hog the trail or otherwise act like a dirt clod. “In order to maintain a safe experience for everyone, cyclists—whether using an e-bike or a regular bike—must respect the experiences of pedestrians, other cyclists, and other trail users by using safe speeds and signaling when passing. In short, it is user behavior, not the technology of an e-bike, that determines the trail experience,” reminds

Myth: Ebikes are a Passing Trend

Transportation trends come and go. Remember when the Segway was supposed to reinvent personal transportation? But putting electric bikes in the same category as the Segway and other passing trends is untrue and unfair. Ebikes are Here to Stay Ebikes are here to stay. The global e-bike market size is projected to grow to USD 70.0 billion by 2027. COVID-19 boosted sales of bikes and ebikes as people looked for both outdoor recreational opportunities and creative ways to avoid crowded public transportation. Studies have shown that ebike riders ride more frequently and cover more miles per day compared to conventional bike owners. That’s a very appealing, eco-friendly alternative to car-based transportation, and governments are taking note. Government incentives are expected to boost the sales of cargo and commuter ebikes in the future, as well. Do you have more ebike myths that need to be dispelled? Or just general questions about electric bikes? Visit our downtown Roseville ebike showroom in Northern California and our team of ebike experts can answer your questions and help you find the right ebike for your needs.


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Is an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

Fit woman exercising on ebike. Discover if an electric bike is good exercise at our blog from Roseville Cyclery.

Is an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

Looking for a fun way to get outside and do something good for your body? There’s no doubt about it, cycling is a great way to cross “get more exercise” off your to-do list.

But if you’ve been thinking about getting that exercise on an ebike, you may be wondering:

Is an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

The news is good…

It turns out, ebikes are great exercise!

A survey of ebike purchasers found that most people are buying electric bikes for recreation and health reasons.

According to the survey, the top reasons to buy an electric bike were:

  • For recreation (78.89%)
  • To stay active (76.79%)
  • To get in shape (45.08%)

Ebike owners aren’t buying ebikes because they’re not fit enough for a conventional bike, either. The same survey found that 42% of ebike buyers reported they were in good health, 28.6% in very good health, and 10.68% in excellent health when they purchased their bikes.

Healthy people are recognizing that ebikes are a great way to get all of the health benefits of cycling, with all of the fun of a motorized assist that can help them cycle further and longer than they had before.

Ebike Owners Cycle More Often

A 2018 North American Study of Electric Bicycle Owners found that ebikes increased the frequency of riding for their owners. Before owning an ebike, about 30% of respondents rode their bike once a week and 25.1% rode daily.

But after purchasing an ebike, 91.5% ride frequently: 42.3% of ebike owners report riding weekly and 49.2% ride daily.

Another study showed that people who purchased an ebike increased their bicycle use from 2.1 km (1.3 miles) per day to 9.2 km (5.7 miles) per day on average.

That’s a 338% increase!

Ebike owners are definitely cycling further and more often, and that means they’re experiencing more of the amazing health benefits of cycling.

5 Incredible Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is an incredibly fun way to treat your body to exercise that can benefit your heart, joints, muscles, lungs, and more.

Heart Health

Cycling is cardio, an aerobic exercise that’s great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels. Aerobic exercise is recommended by the American Heart Association for people with, or at risk for, heart disease.

A 2016 study found that people who biked regularly had about 15% fewer heart attacks than did noncyclists. Even as little as half an hour of biking per week was linked to reduced rates of heart disease.

How much should you be cycling to support heart health? The AHA recommends adults get a minimum of 150 minutes per week (that’s about 20 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes (10 minutes a day) of vigorous aerobic activity.

Regulates Blood Sugar

Regular aerobic exercise like cycling can also help regulate insulin levels and lower blood sugar. According to Harvard Medical School, both aerobic and strength training exercises can lower insulin resistance; combining both provides even more insulin-regulating benefits.

Improves Mood and Benefits Mental Health

Aerobic exercise triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals. Aerobic exercise, including cycling, has been studied for its benefits on mood and mental health and found to relieve stress and reduce anxiety and depression. Studies have also found exercise to improve self-esteem and cognitive function.

Healthy Bones, Muscles, and Joints

Cycling is overall good for your skeletal-muscular system, supporting strong healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Pedaling works as a resistance activity, which increases bone density and strengthening muscles like glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, and calves. Cycling is also easy on the joints.

Weight Loss

In a study funded by the National Institute of Health and published in the Obesity journal, researchers set out to discover if exercise alone could result in weight loss, without cutting calories or other dietary interventions.

Participants exercised an average of 44 minutes, 5x a week for 10 months. The results concluded that “significant reductions in weight” compared to a sedentary control group.

Ebikes are a Great Way to Exercise

So, if you’re looking for a fun way to get more exercise into your week, an electric bike can certainly get you there. Getting more exercise is one of the primary reasons people buy an electric bike, and, once they get it home, they’re cycling more often and riding further.

Curious about which electric bike is the best fit for you and your fitness goals? Visit our ebike showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA, and our ebike specialists will help you select the perfect bike to get you out and exercising!


Stop Guessing. Start Riding. Let our team of ebike specialists help you find the perfect bike.