An electric bike (or e-bike) helps by giving you an extra boost as you cycle, so although you’re still having to pedal you can generally travel further and faster for the same amount of effort. When you ride an electric bike you still burn calories, nearly as many as on a regular bike and it’s a whole lot more than you would in a car or on a motorbike.
Electric bikes also enable those who may be struggling to get out on their bike to reach new heights and destinations. This was true for one of our customers who was recovering from serious chemotherapy treatment and could barely walk. We asked her some questions to some up how she got along with electric biking. Read on to find out more.
Earlier this year, Samantha Butler, a Radiographer at the Belford Hospital in Fort William, underwent some serious chemotherapy. While recovering, Sam struggled to get outdoors. Recommended by a colleague at work, Sam came to Off Beat Bikes and spoke to Nicky Sharratt, a qualified E-bike Mechanic and Shop Manager. We asked Sam a few questions about her experience, read the lovely story below.
Why did you try an e-bike?
“In August 2018 I had major surgery, followed by 6 months of chemotherapy for a rare cancer called Pseudomyxoma Peritoneii. The Chemo left me with numb fingers and feet and very little energy. I was pretty fed up about not being able to ride my bike or go for much of a walk. Someone at work mentioned an e-bike so I thought I’d try. I spoke to Nicky and tried one of the Cube ones”
Where did you go on your first e-bike test ride?
“I live at the top of Lundavra Road, so that was the first challenge. Then we went round the Cow Hill Circuit, I cried it was like being given my life back.”
Did you enjoy it from the word go?
“Absolutely loved it, smiled all the way up Lundavra road!”
What’s the best thing about it?
“I can get out for rides with Adam, I was just at home feeling like I was missing out. I use it to commute to work.”
The worst thing about it?
“The price! But nothing else.”
Where’s your favourite bike ride?
“Either Cow Hill Circuit, or up to the Nevis Range and back down the Puggy Line.”
Would you recommend e-biking?
“Absolutely, particularly if you have health problems. It has changed my life. I keep recommending them to everyone.”
If this story has inspired you and are now thinking that you might like to give e-biking a try then please pop in to Off Beat Bikes and speak to any member of the team. They will be happy to help guide you through the pros and cons of e-biking and also let you know when the next test ride is.
E-bikes use rechargeable batteries that can help you travel up to 25km/h, much faster than most people would cycle, getting you to your destination quicker and in better shape. In a nutshell, they offer low cost, energy-efficient, and emission-free transportation which lets you travel further, faster for longer and discover the places you’ve never been or used to go!