This article first appeared in the September issue of the Ashland Locals Guide:
Ebiking For the Health of It
by Jerry Solomon
There is a common misconception regarding electric bikes – that they do all of the hard work for you. It’s true that they complement the pedaling power of the cyclist as well as provide assistance whenever needed, but it’s important to note that they are not the same as a motorbike or scooter.
Because electric bikes reduce the level of effort required when compared to a regular bicycle, they offer the perfect way to bridge the gap between no cycling and cycling on a regular basis. Health experts universally agree that even modest amounts of regular exercise are far more beneficial than no exercise at all and as such, ebikes are ideal for helping people of all ages enhance their fitness. Riding to work, school, or the grocery store on an electric bike offers significant health benefits to the rider.
Some even believe that electric bikes provide greater exercise opportunities simply because ebike owners choose to ride their electric bikes more than they would a regular bike. Riding an electric bike is often so exhilarating that it may not even seem like you are exercising, which makes people far more likely to stick with it, therefore increasing the health benefits even more so. Choosing to ride your ebike means that the car stays parked, therefore no exhaust fumes are generated, and that, of course, results in health benefits for everyone. Any way you look at it, riding an ebike more of the time is a healthy choice for yourself and everybody around you.
We’re making healthy choices at Ashland Electric Bikes that will benefit us all. With the help of my new associate, Blaine Pickett, we’ve reorganized the shop from stem to stern to maximize efficiency and make your visit more pleasurable. Our extensive array of accessories are more clearly displayed. The installation of a state-of-the-art, Oregon-made work stand will make servicing ebikes much easier and more of an ergonomically friendly experience for Blaine and me. Happy technicians make happy sales assistants make happy customers. Everybody wins. So, come on down and see all that’s new at the shop…for the health of it! Be sure to ask about the new electric cargo bikes by Biruni Motorbikes of California. They’re helping us create a whole new healthier world for one and all.