With the new year often comes a renewed focus on annual resolutions — and for many, that means the addition of healthy habits.
One health trend that has exploded in popularity over the last few years is the electric bicycle, or e-bike. Designed to assist its rider, the e-bike is equipped with an electric motor that helps ease the act of pedaling without completely taking over the propulsion. This means the rider often exerts less energy to move the bike.
Because they’re easier to ride, electric bicycles have gained a following that spans generations — from everyday cyclists to exercise newbies. According to Tom Brown, owner of Tom’s Bicycles, the demand for electric bicycles boomed during the pandemic and has remained consistent ever since.
For many riders, the allure of the e-bike comes from its ability to make exercise less exhausting. What was once a 30-minute bike ride could easily become an hour-long trek with the same amount of spent energy.
“Some people are using them to commute because they can ride to work and not be sweaty when they get there,” Brown says. “Other people use them for health reasons because they help get over the exercise hump and get in shape easier.”
With an average starting price of about $1,800, e-bikes are an investment that — when treated with care — should last for years.
“They’re like a cell phone, so you have to take care of the battery. We’ve had some electric bikes on the road for 10 years,” Brown says.
The supply of electric bikes remains consistent in Tulsa, and prospective buyers shouldn’t have a hard time finding one that fits their needs. If you’re unsure if an e-bike is right for you, most bicycle shops offer test rides so you can take one for a spin before making a commitment. But be prepared; you may just get hooked.
“People come back from test rides with a smile on their face,” Brown says. “With electric bicycles, you go more places and have more fun.”