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Bike to Work Week: Are e-bikes the answer to health, traffic and environmental issues?
Electric two-wheelers are taking Europe and Asia by storm, and big cities like Los Angeles and Atlanta have a growing market of e-bikes on the streets, and the prospects of commuter adaptation seem promising.
After battling cancer, arthritis and severe knee pain for years, the 41-year-old Minnesota native found an active solution to help her “transition back to a healthy lifestyle that simultaneously helps the environment.”
She bought an e-bike.
“I was just finishing my treatment for leukemia and I had gained a lot of weight,” Wenzel said. “I needed tools to help me get active again, so I bought an e-bike that has literally become my car.”
The unlikely way e-bikes could transform how we age
E-bikes are helping keep seniors young and, in some instances, even alleviating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
A growing body of research actually suggests that biking could alleviate the symptoms of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as support overall health. E-bikes are a critical component of extending these benefits as they enable older people to ride longer and more regularly.
Don’t Underestimate the Health Benefits of E-Bikes
A study of the cognitive and psychological effects of outdoor cycling finds equal results for normal bikes and e-bikes
The interesting twist came in the comparison between the regular and e-bike groups. The researchers hypothesized that the regular bike group would get the biggest effects, because they would have to work harder. The e-bikes had five motor settings, ranging from turbo to off. The subjects ended up spending 26 percent of their time in turbo, 7 percent in sport, 24 percent in tour, 28 percent in eco, and 15 percent with the motor off. So they were getting plenty of help during their rides. Perhaps in consequence, the e-bikers spent slightly more time in the saddle: 2.39 hours per week on average, compared to 2.07 for the normal bikers.
Contrary to expectations, though, the results showed little or no difference between the two bike groups.
The Wall Street Journal: Instead of Slowing Down, He Revved Up With An E-Bike
The popular “What’s Your Workout” feature of The Wall Street Journal tells the story of a man in love with his Pedego. Bruce Austin, 70 years young, rides his Pedego Ridge Rider at least 50 miles a week as part of a healthy lifestyle. He uses the electric assistance to moderate his heart rate while climbing steep hills, and to keep up with his athletic son on strenuous off-road rides without overexerting himself.
Mr. Austin says he turns off the assistance on flat ground but will use it to help him stay in his heart-rate range on hills. “When I’m going up a steep climb I’m pedaling with about the same effort I would on a regular bike, but going faster,” he says. Riding his e-bike has helped bridge a generation, he says, allowing him to ride regularly with his sons, as well as his two daughters, both in their 20s.
Another benefit is the time savings. A hilly ride that would usually take him three hours on a standard bike now takes 90 minutes, he says, and burns nearly the same amount of calories per hour, around 500. “I can get in a hard ride before my 7 a.m. train to work,” he says. Mr. Austin bought a second e-bike so he can ride with his wife, Rhonda, his daughters, and friends his age. “In the past, my daughters found mountain biking stressful,” he says. “Now, they’ll be full-throttle on the e-bike and they have so much fun. They haven’t yet refused a ride.”
While many purists disapprove of e-bikes, Mr. Austin says the assistance has allowed him to skip the stationary bike in the gym. “There’s nothing more motivational than climbing to the top of the Santa Monica Mountains and breathing in the fresh air as you look out to the Channel Islands,” he says.