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5 Benefits of Electric Bikes

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5 Benefits of Electric Bikes

If you’ve started seeing electric bikes everywhere lately, it’s for good reason. From getting more exercise to cutting down on car trips, every ebike owner has their own reason why they made the decision to go electric. Here are five reasons why everyone is riding an ebike:

Getting More Out of Your Ride

If you think electric bikes are for novice riders, think again. Even the most dedicated cyclists are enjoying the biggest benefit of electric bikes: the ability to ride further, faster, and longer. Electric bikes allow riders to explore territories that may have previously been out of reach or to cover more ground in less time.

Ebikes can allow you to go an average 4x further on your rides, taking you to new heights — literally.

Good for Your Health

According to a report by the Transport Research Laboratory, conventional bikes are used only 25 times per year. In comparison, ebike riders are using their bikes far more often:

  • 81% of ebikes are used 1x weekly
  • 30% of ebikes are used 1x daily

That means ebike riders are getting a whole lot more physical exercise than those who leave their bikes parked in the garage the other 340 days a year.

Sure, electric bikes provide pedal assistance. But that doesn’t mean you’re not doing any work. Cycling health benefits include increased cardiovascular fitness, joint mobility, and muscle strength as well as decreasing stress. The more you ride, the better it is for your health and wellness.

Keeping Up With the Kids

“My six-year-old son already outrides me,” admits Melissa, a 40-year old mother who wrote about her experience test riding a Specialized electric bike. “This definitely makes me feel like I could keep up with him!”

Electric bikes can help you keep up with your kids, spouse, friends, or anyone else who may have more riding experience or be used to going further and faster on rides. Instead of declining the group mountain bike ride because of a fear of falling behind, electric bikes can give you the extra boost of confidence (and speed) you need to keep up with the more experienced riders in your life.

Reduced Car Trips

There’s no question that cycling is better for the environment than commuting by vehicle. The average US car emits about a pound of CO2 per mile from burning fuel, while cycling is carbon-free. Even though the environmental benefits of commuting by bike are clear, there is still a surplus of cars on the roads. Clearly, many of us need more motivation to bike to work than doing it for the environment’s sake.

Electric bikes can make commuting by bike much more attractive to casual riders. For one, the peddle-assist can help power a commuter to work without fear of arriving in a sweaty, sodden mess. And the added speed from the ebike means one could arrive to work 4x faster than on a conventional bike.

More electric bikes on the road mean fewer cars and fewer emissions. And that’s a benefit for everyone in the community.

More Fun!

“If you’re not having fun on an ebike, you probably don’t have the assist turned on,” says Janelle. Janelle is no novice to the sport of cycling; she coaches the mountain bike team at a local high school. This experienced rider and mountain bike coach gets the appeal… cycling on an electric bike is simply a whole lot of fun, no matter what your level of expertise is.

Want to experience the benefits of an electric bike for yourself? Pedal on over to our ebike showroom in downtown Roseville, CA, and find the perfect ebike to ride longer, faster, and further than ever before.

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How Long Do Ebike Batteries Last and Other Ebike Battery FAQs

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How Long Do Ebike Batteries Last and Other Ebike Battery FAQs

So you want to buy an ebike. However, unlike a conventional bike, ebikes come with a few more parts and pieces (like a motor and a battery) that will need your consideration. Before you take the plunge, there are a few questions left to answer. Here are the answers to your biggest questions about ebike batteries:

How Long Will an Ebike Battery Take to Charge?

Your ebike battery will fully charge in 3 to 5 hours. To charge your battery, make sure the battery pack is turned off, remove it from the bike, and connect it to the charger that came with the ebike.

How Long does an Ebike Battery Last?

Just like the gas in your car, the length of time your ebike battery will last depends on multiple factors. Things that can impact your battery life include:
  • Terrain
  • Rider weight and size
  • Assistance mode
Ebikes can offer different levels of assistance, known as modes. Specialized Turbo ebikes, for example, offer three modes: eco, sport, and turbo. Eco provides the least amount of assistance and therefore uses the least amount of battery life. In contrast, turbo mode cranks up the speed with the most assistance but will drain your battery faster. Again, just like the gas in your car, the faster you go the quicker you’ll empty the tank (or battery).

What Happens if the Battery Dies?

If you’ve pushed your ebike to the brink and completely drained your battery, well, congratulations on being a die-hard and challenging your limits! Luckily, you’re still on a fully functioning bicycle which will operate in the old-fashioned way: with (wo)manpower.

How Can I Tell When the Battery is Low?

Ebikes like the Specialized Turbo series are smart bikes that connect to an app on your phone. Specialized’s Mission Control app allows you to customize motor characteristics, control range, and ensure you get home with enough charge.

What is the Life Expectancy of an Ebike Battery?

Lithium ion batteries like the ones used in ebikes can be charged over 1,000 times with little to no degradation. Many ebike batteries and motors come with a 2-year warranty, and, should you wear out the battery from 1,000+ epic rides after that period, you can always recycle and replace it with a new one.

Where Can I Learn More About Ebike Batteries?

Got more questions about ebike batteries, parts, or performance? Visit us at Roseville Cyclery, Northern California’s premier ebike shop located in Roseville, CA. Our knowledgeable team can help answer all of your ebike questions and find the perfect fit for you and your riding style.

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Are You One of These 3 Types of Ebike Riders?

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Are You One of These 3 Types of Ebike Riders?

Ebikes are showing up on the roads, trails, and bike shop showrooms everywhere. You can get an ebike for road cycling, mountain biking, and even casual trips around town. But who’s riding these electric bikes, anyway?

Here are three types of riders you’re bound to see on an ebike:

Experienced Riders (No, it’s not Cheating)

Sure, there are those diehard cyclists who consider ebikes “cheating.” But any experienced rider who has vocalized ebike criticism probably just hasn’t tried one yet. The idea that using an electric-assist bicycle is somehow cheating is an outdated notion. Ebikes can take you faster and further on your rides and, no, the motor isn’t doing all of the work. Ebikes like the Specialized Turbo line give a rider control over how much assistance they use. And, since the assist only kicks in when you’re peddling, there’s still a fair amount of effort and physical exercise that comes along with the ride. Today’s savvy experienced riders are enjoying the benefits of an ebike. If you’ve only got a limited amount of time to ride, who wouldn’t want to travel 4x further in that short span of time? And why wouldn’t you want to speed to the top of the climb so you can get back to the fun part — the descent — even faster? So, unless you’re sneaking an ebike into a competitive non-motor bike race, taking out an ebike isn’t even close to “cheating.” The added speed and distance that an ebike can provide allows even the most experienced riders the opportunity to shake up their normal routines and go further (and faster) than ever.

Casual Riders

In a surprising plot twist, you don’t have to be an experienced rider to enjoy an ebike, either. Casual riders may be getting even more benefit from electric-assist bicycles than experienced riders. Longer Ridesstudy in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives found that physical activity levels were similar between e-bike riders and conventional cyclists, in part because e-bike riders had “significantly longer trip distances.” More Time Riding = More Exercise A 2016 study in the  European Journal of Applied Physiology published results from a small University of Colorado Boulder study on ebike commuting revealed that participants voluntarily rode twice as much as required: four hours a week on average and almost 200 miles per participant over the four-week study. These participants saw significant health improvements over the course of the study, including improvements in blood pressure and glucose tolerance. Keeping Up with the Pack Ebikes are allowing casual or novice riders the opportunity to keep up with friends or family members who are more experienced.

“…the ebike bridged the gap between my current skill set and athletic ability and what I needed to keep up with the experienced riders I was with.” 

– Melissa Z., I Tested a Specialized Ebike. Here’s What I Thought

Casual riders who may only take a conventional bicycle out occasionally are finding that ebikes are making bike trips more accessible, easier, faster, and more fun.

LOHAS

LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. It’s a consumer segment whose attitudes and behaviors place health and sustainability in the foreground. LOHAS typically have a greater awareness of social and environmental responsibility than the average consumer and tend to “vote with their dollars” by purchasing products that will make a difference in their health and the health of the planet. Unlike a casual or experienced rider who chooses an ebike for sport or hobby, a LOHAS is more likely to purchase an ebike in order to cut down on car trips in order to fight climate change. A 2017 paper published in Transportation Research found that ebike use led to 25% fewer car trips on average. According to a 2015 study by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a dramatic increase (about 20 percent) in cycling worldwide could “cut carbon dioxide emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050.” For LOHAS consumers who place a priority on sustainability and alternative transportation, ebikes are the answer to reducing car trips and cutting harmful emissions.

Should You Ride an Ebike?

Did you relate to one of these three ebike riders? Whether you’re an experienced rider who would love to cover more ground in less time, a casual rider who wants to get more exercise and keep up with more experienced riders, or a passionate environmental activist who wants to take more cars off the road, an ebike is the answer. Shop our collection of ebikes online or visit our Roseville showroom to learn more!

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Who Rides Ebikes?

Who Rides Ebikes?

Who Rides Ebikes?

Electric bikes are growing in popularity, making an appearance on mountain bike trails as often as they’re spotted on the street. If you haven’t tried an ebike yet, you may be wondering if an ebike is for you.

Who Rides Ebikes?

Before we dive into who’s riding ebikes these days, let’s take a moment to examine a few widespread myths about ebike owners.

Myth: Ebikes are for older riders.

We can see how this myth began making its rounds. A pedal-assist ebike can make it easier to ride farther, faster, or make your way up a steep hill or rocky mountainside. So it’s no wonder that people mistakenly believe that only older riders would want an ebike.

Like many myths, this one is rooted in a little bit of truth. 

According to Ray Verhelst of the U.S. Electric Bike Association, the leading age groups of ebike consumers are 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, and 65 and older. 

We’re guessing those consumers in the 35 – 55 age range would object to being labeled as “senior” riders.

Myth: Ebikes are for people who struggle to ride.
Electric bikes are opening up a whole new world for those who consider themselves novice riders. The pedal-assist can help a novice rider keep up with a more experienced rider on the trails or streets. 

But, far more often than not, it’s the experienced riders who are loving the benefits of a pedal-assist ebike.

“If you’re not having fun on an ebike, you probably don’t have the assist turned on!” says Janelle, a mountain bike skills coach and experienced rider.

Experienced riders are finding that ebikes can help them get more riding, more distance, and more speed in for an allotted time. They’re also highly desired for riders who don’t want to pay for, or hassle with, shuttled lift access.

According to a U.S. ebike survey, 93% of ebike consumers have cycled with a standard bicycle. And almost half (49.2%) of ebike purchasers ride daily.

So, who rides ebikes?

Men and women of all ages use ebikes for recreational and fitness purposes, commuting, going further than a standard bicycle allows, and, mostly, because the overall experience is more fun!

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