Cycling Into Old Age: How E-Bikes Help

Cyclists, like footballers, have a shelf life. After a certain age—usually about 40—it becomes impossible to ride a bike with quite the same intensity and strength as you once could. Suddenly, those hills that you once blasted up become a bit of a struggle. These rules apply to everyone, from elite athletes to ordinary folk that just like to ride a bike.

One of the beautiful things about an e-bike is that you can roll back the years and ride around over hill and dale like a teenager again. It really is that good: a bit like riding a tandem with someone else doing much of the donkey work.

Any ailments that you’ve picked up along the route to middle age and beyond might be compensated for by an e-bike, too. Bad knees, for instance, will be put under much less strain with motorized assistance against hills or headwinds. Those two foes are the bane of all cyclists.

Because e-bikes are generally allowed on cycle paths and in cycle lanes, they’re a safer mode of transport than other motorized vehicles. With a top pedal-assisted speed allowed of 15.5 mph (25 km/h) in the EU and 20 mph in the United States, electric bikes are no more hazardous to riders or pedestrians than regular bikes.

With all of this said, electric bicycles do not drive themselves. At least they don’t in the EU, where throttles are only allowed on e-bikes for the purpose of starting the bike. You always have to pedal the bike, no matter how softly, to travel forward.

If you’d like to either stay active or become active again, the electric bicycle offers a gentle way in. It also offers a chance for you to enjoy riding a bike with your children, grandchildren, or perhaps a significant other without exceeding your physical limits.