By Chris Carmichael
CEO and Head Coach of CTS
Recently, while riding a lightweight Pinarello F10 on the 10-mile commute between my home and office, a middle-aged man in work boots and overalls blew by me like I was standing still, and it brought a big smile to my face. Like many of you, I’m a diehard analog cyclist, but it’s time for all of us to embrace ebikes.
There is no downside to getting more people outside on two wheels. None. It’s good for the new people riding, good for the environment, good for a struggling cycling industry, and yes, it’s even good for devoted cyclists like you and me.
Ebikes eliminates fear of hills
In my experience, hills are second only to safety concerns as the most intimidating factor that keeps people off bikes. You and I may seek out hills for training and enjoyment, but most people get tired just looking at them. An ebike eliminates the fear of not being able to make it to the top. Put another way, an ebike expands the range and routes people consider rideable, which increases the likelihood they’ll choose the bike for recreation or transportation.
Ebikes make commuting more realistic
A lot of people like the idea of riding a bike to work, until they show up to a meeting in sweaty work clothes. Ebikes eliminate, or at least minimize, that concern. In my travels I’ve seen people in business suits and painters’ overalls riding ebikes, and everyone in between. In some places, commuting by bike can be as fast or faster than driving, but up until recently that was only true for reasonably fit cyclists. Ebikes enable people who are not – and may never be – very fit to achieve financial and time savings that make bike commuting a reasonable option.
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