Many people seem to think that when you ride an ebike all you need to do is sit there and press a button or wind open a twist grip and away you go. This may be the case with ebikes in mainland Europe or other parts of the world, but it isn’t the case in the UK. An ebike is not an electric moped or motorbike, and in order to make an ebike work the rider has to out some effort in to it and the level of this input depends on the type of ebike.
In the UK an ebike’s motor will not run unless the pedals are going around, therefore the rider needs to pedal to make it work. With some electric bikes you can select an easy gear, which will make turning the pedals very easy, and let the electric motor do the work. This method is not much of a workout but it will burn off a few calories.
Alternatively, a rider may wish to set a harder gear and reduce the power assist, which means the rider will have to put in a lot more effort. This, obviously, means the rider will get a decent workout. The following video explores this further:-
The video footage was captured using a Go Pro Session camera (available from Adorama, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK) or eBay) mounted to a chest strap (also available from Amazon (US), Amazon (UK) or eBay), which I believe leads to some excellent footage.
A relatively new eBike owner and loving the experience – I really wish I had bought an electric bike before