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Electric Bikes and Exercise – the Stats are in!

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One of the most common questions we get about eBikes is, “Will I still get exercise riding one?” In short the answer is a resounding yes! We did some research and the stats are in. Keep reading to find out what we discovered about electric bikes and exercise! 

Meet ERIK’S Staffer, Ken.

ERIK’S Staffer Ken is an avid cyclist AND a super busy guy with job and family obligations. Time is precious to him. And, so are his workouts! Purchasing an electric bike and using it to commute to work has granted him more of both. Plus – riding an eBike has made him happier too!

Commuting by eBike = A Great Workout!

Ken lives 18 miles from work. He discovered that the level of workout he got while commuting on an eBike was very similar to when he rode his acoustic bike. This was good news! He was still getting a great workout in on his eBike. Not only that, he shaved 20-30 minutes per day off his commute time when riding his electric bike! This meant more time with his family and doing other things he loves. 

Ken used his Garmin Fenix 3 cycling computer, the Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor Strap, and Garmin vector pedals (on his acoustic bike, his 2020 Specialized Vado 5.0 has a built in watts meter) to compare commuting 18 miles on his electric bike to his acoustic bike.

Here’s his stats!

18 Mile eBike Commute:

  • Average Heart Rate: 150
  • Average Watts He Produced: 175
  • Time Saved: 20 to 30 minutes each direction
  • Calories Burned: 500

18 Mile Acoustic Bike Commute:

  • Average Heart Rate: 160
  • Average Watts He Produced: 190
  • Time Saved: None
  • Calories Burned: 550
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(To make his commute safe, comfortable and a success, Ken also uses all 45NRTH Cycling Apparel including boots! Ortlieb bags, Serfas and Niterider lights, and the Specialized Ambush helmet with Angi and MIPS technology.)

Close-up image of a Specialized eBike handlebars

Commuting by eBike = More Family Time!

Ken saved up to 30 minutes per day in commute time and only burned 50 less calories! He gets to ride his bike more which makes him happier overall. And he has more time to be with his family. There’s even more…

Commuting by eBike = More Energy for Racing!

Another benefit to commuting on an eBike is that Ken is able to keep riding the week of a bike race. He simply increases the level of assist he gets from the motor. This allows him to reserve his energy for race day. His legs aren’t burnt out from biking to work all week-long and he still gets to ride his bike before and after work. Or, in Ken’s own words: “I would much rather be on my bike then in my steel coffin (car) the week before a race.”

Check Out These Studies…

And don’t just take our word for it. Here are some other studies about electric bikes and exercise: 

Research is clearly showing the fitness benefits of electric bikes!

Specialized electric bike parked on an urban street

Stop into your local ERIK’S today and check-out our amazing assortment of eBikes or shop online now. Take one out for a test-ride so you can discover how an eBike can help you meet your exercise goals.

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