An electrically assisted bicycle (EAB) – or “electric bicycle” – is still a bicycle: you have to pedal to benefit from the help of the motor, powered by the battery. The assistance is cut off when the pedalling stops, as well as at 25 km/hr. But the possibilities are far superior to those of a conventional bicycle. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the advantages of the electric-assist bicycle.
You can ride longer distances without getting tired. The rides are less strenuous, and you can get to work without breaking a sweat. The hills are effortless to negotiate, and wind is no longer a problem. Carrying a child on the back of the bike, or even several children on a cargo bike, becomes a possibility.
In sports cycling (mountain biking as well as road biking), climbs are easy to negotiate: ideal for cycling enthusiasts who have aged or suffer from joint problems, but who want to keep up with the younger ones on outings.