When I first mentioned about getting an electric pushbike to my peers the first thing many of them said was “an electric bike is cheating”. In fact, most of them said if you’re going to get a bike with a motor you may as well get a motorbike.
My response to this was that I needed to tax, insure and MOT a motorbike, and I didn’t need he hassle of keeping another vehicle on the road. Besides, I wanted to get some exercise and even though the electric pushbike had a motor I still had to put in some effort to get it moving. My peers weren’t convinced about the “still having to put in some effort” argument and carried on saying using an electric bike is cheating.
Despite the attitude of my peers I invested in an electric bike, a Wisper 905 Torque, and I have to say that using an electric bike isn’t cheating, or at least it doesn’t have to be.
Okay, you can choose to let the motor do all the hard work however you still need to turn the pedals for this to happen although you don’t have to expend too much energy to do this. Simply select a low gear that is easy to turn and pedal, and the electric motor will get you to 15mph where it will comfortably sit until the battery dies. Is this cheating? The answer to this depends on a lot of different factors and whilst it is cheating for some people it isn’t cheating for others.
If you want to travel at more than 15mph you have to push the electric bike along under your own steam, and this is no easy feat. An electric bike is heavy, and far heavier than a non-electric push bike. Riding an electric bike at 15.5mph – 16mph (my average speed on my Wisper electric bike) requires a fair amount of effort and I work harder riding the electric bike at this speed than I ever did riding my old Trek racing bike. In fact, I would say that averaging 15.5mph – 16mph on the electric bike requires the same amount of effort to average 18mph – 20mph on the racer. This difference may not seem like much to non-cyclists but all cyclists know that averaging just 1mph more takes an awful lot of effort.
The way I ride my Wisper 905 electric bike isn’t cheating and if anyone thinks otherwise I welcome them to take my Wisper out for a quick spin around the block to see just how much effort it takes.
To demonstrate that riding an electric bike isn’t cheating I thought I record the following clip:-
The best place to buy a Wisper 905 Torque in the UK is Halfords, and the reason I say this is because:-
If you want to order a Wisper 905 Torque electric bike from Halfords you can do so here.
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before