An electrically assisted pedal cycle, or e-bike, is a bicycle that provides assistance when you pedal. This makes it easy to cycle without working up a sweat and makes them a viable substitute for journeys that would otherwise be taken by car or public transport. Depending on the bike and the level of assistance, the battery will typically last between 50-80km (30-50mi). In the UK, e-bikes are limited to 25km/h (15.5mph) at which point the electric motor will stop assisting you. We believe they are the future of short distance travel.
No, e-bikes aren't cheating! The average heart rate of those riding e-bikes is 94% of those riding a conventional bike (The Verge). There is also a strong argument to suggest that on average you burn more calories riding an e-bike than a regular bicycle as riders use them more frequently and travel further. Having said all this, e-bikes are a great way to start exercising again as the assistance settings let you build up your strength and stamina over time.
E-bikes are one of the most sustainable forms of transport. There have been many studies in recent years, but BikeRadar provides a useful summary. We off-set the full life-cycle (cradle-to-grave) of our bikes by 400%. We do this in partnership with the Gorilla Organization and South Pole.