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UK lags behind in e-bike survey, with just 7% saying they would consider using one

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Jack Sexty

Jack is the news editor here at eBikeTips, and also edits the live blog and writes tech news over on our sister site Jack first became fascinated with e-bikes when an elderly gentleman breezed past him without a care in the world up a big old hill in North Wales - thus realising e-bikes are the real deal! Although he genuinely enjoys time trials and lung-busting climbs without assistance, Jack likes nothing more than cruising round town on an e-bike during his days off.   


3 years 9 months ago

@ Risotto It isn't true that you get less excersise on an ebike - you just go further and faster for the same effort. It also allows older people to go out more.

There is no evidence that ebike's break more often - as the components are all the same except a relatively simple engine there's no reason for that to be so. 

Statistics DO NOT show higher death and accident rates - surprisingly the evidence is that there are less fatalities. 

Of course the battery will only last a few years (lol). Is t that obvious? It will however last much longer than a cell phone battery 

As for your point about pollution - think about it a bit deeper. Most Ebikes are replacing car journeys. 

3 years 9 months ago

Everyone seems to praise e-bikes. But, you get less exercise/fitness, they are VERY expensive, the batteries are not very environmentally friendly to produce and, it seems, they break quite often which requires expensive repairs. They are dangerous to ride too. Statistics show a much higher accident and death rates compared to normal bikes. Plus, you have yet another device to charge regularly. Plus, for the cost of a replacement battery, they will only last a few years like the one in your smartphone, you could buy an excellent proper bike. It's 500 pound or more as far as i know.

3 years 9 months ago


3 years 9 months ago

Ah, found it:

3 years 9 months ago

My guess is that "they're for cheats" objection would only deter people who already cycle, with some element of competitiveness (even if only against themselves). It would be interesting to know from the survey what reasons people gave either way.

3 years 9 months ago

Definitely suggests that there are "other reasons not to cycle", but also that the portrayal and general opinion of ebikes is that they're for cheats, or basically motorbikes (i.e. even more dangerous than pushbikes).

I wonder what the stat would be for 'people who've actually ridden an ebike'?  Everyone I know who's tried one thought it was awesome.

3 years 9 months ago

If the basic problems of cycling haven't changed, and they are so huge that only the most dedicated ride a bicycle, why would anyone think an ebike was going to be attractive?  Until cycling is made safe on our roads, take up is going to be poor.

3 years 9 months ago

Which tells us that in the UK there are other reasons people don't cycle, beyond the physical effort required.