10th January 2018

Can you get fit on an e-bike?

Highgate Womens E-Bike

The Whyte Highgate e-bike 2018, a much harder workout than driving to the shops.

Can you achieve the same fitness levels on an e-bike that you can with an “acoustic” bike? Absolutely not. Can you get fitter than if you did no exercise at all? A thousand times yes.

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You still have to work

Owning an electric bike isn’t the same as owning a motorcycle, where you crank the throttle and zoom off into the distance. On any legal electric bike in the UK the motor is pedal-assist, meaning you still have to pedal. By keeping those legs moving, you’re burning calories, keeping your joints in good nick and giving those muscles some use (finally!)

e-Endeavour Kalkhoff e-bike

The Kalkhoff Endeavour Advance e-bike comes  fully equipped with mudguards, pannier rack and dynamo-powered front and rear light. Available in mens, women’s and step-through versions.

You can turn the motor down, or even off

If you really want to work for those miles, all of the e-bikes we stock come with at least 3 power output settings: High, medium and low. Simply turning the pedal assistance down, or even off, means all of the power has to come from your legs. Trust us – you’ll be sweating in no time.

Even if you decide to go full throttle, the heavier weight of an e-bike means your core muscles have to work at every turn in order to keep you steering in the right direction. On an e-mountain bike, this effect is multiplied as you tear down mountain trails.

E-bikes encourage you to use them

E-bikes are so fun and hassle-free you’ll want to use them all the time, which makes them incredibly effective exercise machines.

Consider the hassle involved with driving or taking public transport, like petrol costs, traffic congestion, convoluted bus routes, and so on. Your daily commute is a piece of cake on an electric bike. Your weekly grocery shopping is no match for an e-bike with a couple of panniers. A child seat turns any e-bike into a straightforward people carrier. You don’t even have to worry about finding a parking spot.

As for leisure, consider all the lovely places you can visit within a 30-mile radius (the minimum distance you’ll get off a single charge)!

You can absolutely become fitter and more healthy by using an e-bike, and if you don’t believe us you’re invited to come into any of our stores and try one out – no strings attached.

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7 comments on “Can you get fit on an e-bike?

  1. Ronald Coulshed on

    Hi everyone, I bought an e-bike in October last year. I feel I can get fitter on an e-bike!
    Much depends on the character of the rider and how they use their bike!

    I certainly feel much more in control of my fitness program – I’m more likely to work much harder before hitting the assist button! LOL


        Hello, I agree! I bought my e-bike from the Edinburgh shop last May in order to keep fit and moving while waiting for a knee replacement. I am competitive with myself (if no one else is available) and find I push myself to cycle without power as long as possible. The most positive aspect is that even through my fitness is not yet back again, I am assured of being able to complete my ride, using the power where necessary

  2. Stephen on

    I purchased an e-bike from EBC about a year ago to commute the 8 miles round trip each day to work. Haven’t been on a bus since! Twice as fast to get to and from the office, and feel fitter and better for being outside – even in the Edinburgh winds and rain 🙂

  3. Lee Colleton on

    With e-bike systems like the Copenhagen Wheel, regenerative braking can be set against the rider such that one has to work even harder as they work against the motor and regenerate power back into the batteries!

  4. richard c machin on

    i own an electric bike and you have to pedal to assist the motor so it does keep you fit but electric bikes with full power throttles on are still road legal if built prior to the new regulations, so you can have a dual mode electric bike that you dont have to constantly pedal but they cannot be purchased brand new ,so if you wanted a full power throttle you would have to purchase a second hand electric bike .


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