Keeping on top of our health is something we all want to improve, but the problem we often ask ourselves is how. For many, the answer will be the gym, but with work getting in the way, it can sometimes be difficult. However, why not combine fitness and your trip to work by cycling?
Helping to improve your health and cutting your carbon footprint, there are plenty of schemes designed to get people cycling to work. Recently, people have been opting to put aside their push bikes for an e-bike. Powered by electricity, these come with a host of advantages a regular bike wouldn’t necessarily have. But, there are a few things you should consider when buying an e-bike, which we’ve outlined below.
Firstly, you’ll need to assess your needs. If you’re looking to just go from A to B, it may be worth starting with a regular push bike, just to be sure it’s not a fad. However, if you already cycle or you’re looking to take it up as a hobby, expanding your need for the bike, then an e-bike would be perfect for you. This is because they’re perfect for going along hilly terrain and travelling long distances. Another advantage is they’re good for heavy loads, which could eliminate the need for the car on those trips to the shops.
As mentioned, cycling to work is a great way to get yourself fit and reduce your carbon footprint. However, cycling from door to door can sometimes be a bit of a problem, especially if you have quite a long commute. Sometimes, you can’t just cut out the need for the train. If you do need to catch the train however, an e-bike is perfect because there are models available that will fold up, which is something you don’t necessarily get with your average push bike. This will make transporting the vehicle much easier, and easier to store when you get to work – rather than having to find somewhere to lock it up.
This isn’t just about the cost of buying one, but also the cost of running one. As you can probably guess, these bikes aren’t free to run due to them being powered by electric. However, don’t let this put you off as it isn’t that expensive. When you break it down they can cost users around 5p – 8p per mile, which isn’t that expensive, and much cheaper than what you’d pay in a car.
Finally, you’ll need a warranty, and it matters. So, make sure you get the right one for you. It shouldn’t matter how much it is, because this will give you peace of mind that you’re covered, and your investment was worth it. Usually, you could expect a warranty of around two years for parts, the motor and battery, but make sure you read the finer details to ensure your needs are covered properly.