Things We Really Dislike About E-BikesMay 6, 2023
It goes without saying that we really love e-bikes here at EB-UK and of course we are always happy to show them in their best light. But I also think it is important to show you the other side of things and tell you a few things that we really dislike about our e-bikes. This list of things isn’t here to put you off, its purpose is to help you make the right buying choice and get the most out of your e-bike, no matter what one you buy. So with that in mind here we go…
One of the most common complaints about e-bikes is their weight. Due to the presence of the battery and motor, e-bikes are typically heavier than regular bicycles. This can make them difficult to manoeuvre or transport, particularly if you have to carry them upstairs or onto public transportation. The added weight also means that e-bikes require more effort to pedal if the battery runs out, which can be a nuisance if you’re used to riding a lighter bike.
E-bikes are also generally more expensive than regular bicycles. While the prices have decreased in recent years, a good-quality e-bike can still cost several thousand dollars. This can be a significant investment for some people, particularly if they are not sure whether they will enjoy riding an e-bike or if they do not plan to use it regularly. Additionally, the cost of maintaining and repairing e-bikes can be higher than for regular bikes due to the additional components.
Another issue with e-bikes is their limited range. While the range of e-bikes has improved over the years, most models can only travel 20-50 miles on a single charge. This can be a problem if you plan to use your e-bike for long commutes or if you want to go on extended rides without recharging the battery. Additionally, the range can be affected by factors such as weather conditions, terrain, and the weight of the rider and cargo.
E-bikes are also subject to speed limits in many areas. In the United States, for example, e-bikes are typically limited to a top speed of 20 miles per hour. This can be frustrating for riders who want to go faster, particularly if they are used to riding faster bikes. It can also be dangerous if riders are sharing the road with faster-moving traffic and are unable to keep up.
While e-bikes can provide a good workout, some people complain that they limit the amount of exercise they can get. Since the motor assists with pedalling, riders may not need to put in as much effort as they would on a regular bike. While this can be a benefit for some riders, others may feel that they are not getting a sufficient workout and may prefer to ride a regular bike instead.
While e-bikes offer numerous benefits, they are not without their drawbacks. Some people may find them too heavy or too expensive, while others may be frustrated by their limited range or speed limits. However, for those who are willing to accept these limitations, e-bikes can provide a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around. Ultimately, whether you love or hate e-bikes will depend on your personal preferences and needs.