If you cycle anywhere on an electric bike, you're bound to get asked lots of questions. E-bikes are really taking off in the UK and people are naturally curious.
But sooner or later someone will ask you: isn't it cheating? It's a frustrating question for many reasons and it reveals just how prevalent misconceptions around e-bikes have become.
The most common accusation made about e-bikes is that the use of an electric motor in a pedal-based sport is cheating.
There is a common myth that electric bikes are like scooters or mopeds, but this simply isn't true. E-bikes are pedal-assist, which means they use a small electric motor to boost the power created by your own pedalling.
This means that to ride an e-bike you still have to pedal, which still takes effort. And that's why it's not cheating — you pedal and the bike just boosts your power.
It's true that riding e-bikes is easier than riding a normal bike. It's more convenient and less effort. But this is the best thing about it — it makes cycling more accessible.
So yes, electric bikes make cycling that bit easier, but this only makes people more likely to do it.
Some people simply don't find the thought of slogging to get up hills appealing. They want the fun of being out on a bike without it feeling like an endurance challenge.
The truth is that even fit, experienced cyclists can reach for the car keys when faced with a long, tough journey that involves plenty of steep hills. So if e-bikes help people get up hills or bike around to run errands, that can only be a good thing.
They're also great for keeping cyclists active while they have injuries, or helping people keep cycling as they get older. Still not convinced ? Then why not pop in for a chat , see our range or book a test ride .