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Ebike Riders get as much exercise as analog bike riders

Old 11-19-19, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by momsonherbike
My personal belief is the same. The shift to electric technology usage in bikes is gaining unprecedented momentum in creating a culture of accessibility to all those that want to ride extensively, not just the physically capable demanded by unassisted bicycles.

There is also the level of "ease of use" to consider as well. When a bike that is electrically enhanced becomes easier to use than an unassisted bike, no matter how many ease-of-use improvements are made to the unassisted bike, the assisted bike is ridden more often.

Ease of use is exactly it. When safety bicycles (2 similar size wheels, chain drive, and usually some form of brakes) became available, they were infinitely easier for new riders to manage than the tall, unstable high-wheelers. The chain drive and sprocket allowed different gear ratios to be used, as opposed to the direct drive on most high-wheelers, and could be set so that they required less physical strength to pedal. That was the entry point that allowed bicycles to be more useful and cheaper than horses, the then-dominant transportation mode, as you noted.

And, of course, the safety bicycle could be ridden fairly easily by someone wearing a skirt - which opened the field to women in a way that changed North American and European cultures forever.
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