Do you get more exercise riding an electric bike?

How much exercise do you get on an electric bike?

  • More than a regular bicycle

    Votes: 32 64.0%
  • Same as a regular bicycle

    Votes: 7 14.0%
  • Less than a regular bicycle

    Votes: 11 22.0%

  • Total voters
    50

Court

Administrator
Staff member
#1
Okay guys... I'm asking this because I think a lot of traditional cyclists look at ebikes and think "that's for weaklings" but in my experience, the adrenaline and help with hills and winds actually gets me amped and I tend to pedal more frequently to go even faster (maybe not pedaling as hard... but that saves my knees, and I still get cardio). The other thing about my electric bike is that I ride it more often because I don't dread hills, sweat or getting tired. So yeah... what do you think, can you get more exercise riding an electric bike than a regular bike?
 

Aushiker

Active Member
#3
Well I am yet to get my bike finalised (kit ordered) but I expect it to provide less exercise as I will not be working as hard on the same rides I do now but without e-assist. Of course for others it will be a different story.

Andrew
 

Vern

Active Member
#4
When I was telling my extended family about my experiences commuting on my e-bike, someone asked me how the effort and exercise compare to when I take my regular bike. I said it is about the same. Most of the people were confused at that statement. "How can that be? What's the point then?" were the responses I heard. I am sure individual personality and the bike choice play a big role here. Some bikes, read cadence sensor, just "want" you to move your legs and the bike does the rest. Some people pull their twist throttle and "motor" along. For me, I want the e-bike to be a practical transportation alternative and making the commute in a "reasonable" time frame makes it practical from my standpoint. So I hustle. I push myself. I work my ass off e-bike or not. I VERY obviously work harder on my regular bike going up hills, but on gentle climbs and downhills, I think I actually work harder on my e-bike. This is especially true when hitting the half way point. On my regular bike I get discouraged at times, or back off a bit because I am saving myself for a hill I have to climb. On my ebike I am encouraged by the speed/fun factor and keep going at it. Also, the torque sensor of the Carbon/Neo series actually does encourage you to work. Haters keep in mind that e-bikes are freaking heavy!! If you don't use higher levels of assist, the motor barely compensates for the extra weight of the bike!!

All in all I think I get a similar aerobic workout on both bikes, but the the time is greatly decreased on the e-bike so commute for commute it is MORE exercise on the regular bike. Once again personality and bike choice play a huge roll here. Before I got my e-bike, I rented a couple of Pedegos at the beach with a friend. I had so much fun, and barely worked at all on that thing. I pulled the throttle and zoomed along enjoying all the beautiful CA beach scenery.
 

Ralph

Active Member
#5
Vern summarized it very well. For me, the thought of extended rides made be worry about the return trip. I find myself almost always pedaling and rarely use the twist and go except for starts in high gear on the E3 Dash to get going. It is a nice feature. I ride longer, further, pedal harder and without a doubt get more exercise because I use it more and click off more miles. For me, the electric bike is a game changer and all for the good. I am sure we will add a pedal assist beach cruiser to ride up and down the beach as fatter tires would be more desirable.

The Dash bike computer has lots of info, but I got a iPhone holder for the handle bars and use a cool app called Strava that records my rides and shows them on a GPS map. I keep up with my progress and it just makes it more interesting. I am amazed at how many miles I ride and to Vern's point, I feel the pain at the end of the ride when I push it. Bottom line, it is not cheating and electric bikes are a good thing:)
 

JoePah

Well-Known Member
#7
There is no question that riding a regular bike is 4x to 5x more work than riding an electric bike. However, only YOU can be the judge about the exercise.

How many miles a year were you riding your regular bike before you bought that electric bike?
And how many miles a year are you riding your electric bike?
If you weren't riding that electric bike, what would you be doing?

I went from riding a bike maybe 200 miles a year, to 3000 miles year on my electric bikes, going on 5 years now. No question about the benefits, plus my cars take hardly any wear and tear.
 
#8
I've put more miles on my bike (850) in three months than I put on a regular bike in the past 5. I definitely feel my heart rate go up when I ride, and my legs have bulked up noticeably in the time I've been riding. I've managed to avoid breaking a sweat (so far) by choosing appropriate attire for the temps (I'm still figuring out at what temps to switch between types of clothing, but I'm getting better). But, one should not judge one's workout by the amount of sweat, since many things impact your sweat production, from humidity, to hydration, to ambient temperature.

I've been thwarted the past few weeks in riding in more than a day or two a week (combination of weather and two visits from family) and have crept back up from my low of 172.2 to 179.6 a few days ago. I'm going back on low carb which, with more-regular cycling (crossing-fingers) should get me back down in no time!
 

rafe

New Member
#9
I have a 60t front chain ring and i get more excercise than a regular bike. The thing i find impossible to explain to people you can get excercise yet not sweat. the 60t front chain ring means i cant airpedal even at high speeds and the motor guarantees there is enough airflow that the body does not build up enough heat to turn sweating on. Yet when i get to office after 20 minute ride my legs hurt for hours.

And nobody believes me that i am exercising on an ebike.
 

Dunbar

Well-Known Member
#12
If you are not sweating, then you are not getting a good workout. It takes about 15 minutes in a meaningful workout to consume the free glucose in your blood stream. After that is gone you will sweat as calories are extracted from other stores.
You're missing the point that e-bikes are faster for the same effort so you sweat less (or not at all.)
 

pxpaulx

Well-Known Member
#13
You're missing the point that e-bikes are faster for the same effort so you sweat less (or not at all.)
Agreed, the pace and resulting wind mitigate sweating for me. heart rate is consistently between 120-140 during my rides with virtually no sweat...and I normally sweat a lot.
 

Trail Cruiser

Well-Known Member
#14
I get more exercise simply because I ride the bike more often than before (non-ebike). The ebike makes the riding fun and makes me want to ride as frequently as my free time allows me. It also allows me to ride along the professional cyclists and even pass them. Passing professional cyclists made my riding even much more fun, knowing that they spend more money on their carbon fiber bikes, high end components, expensive aerodynamic suits, helmets, and other gadgets.

Here's an article of people getting more exercise on ebikes since they now enjoy riding bikes and spend more time riding. http://electricbikeblog.com/researc...e-people-cycle-longer-often-especially-women/
 
#15
Okay guys... I'm asking this because I think a lot of traditional cyclists look at ebikes and think "that's for weaklings" but in my experience, the adrenaline and help with hills and winds actually gets me amped and I tend to pedal more frequently to go even faster (maybe not pedaling as hard... but that saves my knees, and I still get cardio). The other thing about my electric bike is that I ride it more often because I don't dread hills, sweat or getting tired. So yeah... what do you think, can you get more exercise riding an electric bike than a regular bike?

More, because I commute to work 7.5 miles and get there without breaking a sweat. Without pedal assist for cruising and throttle for intersection crossing, riding in the city would be too dangerous for me. Remmber, life isn't a test, so its ok to cheat.
 

Dunbar

Well-Known Member
#16
I have bikes and I have ebikes. I'm not missing anything. Enjoy the Kool-aid.
I've done 35-40k miles on regular bikes and 4.5k miles on my e-bike. You are mistaken if you think somebody will sweat just as much on a e-bike set to the higher levels of PAS. I ride 10-14 hours per week so, if I wanted to feel superior, it's a safe bet that I'm fitter than 99% of the population.

Here's a little experiment to test your theory. Set up one of your regular bikes on a stationary trainer indoors and ride the bike hard with no fans. Now get two strong fans to blow on you and repeat the test. Let us know if you sweat the same amount in both cases...
 
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#17
I've done 35-40k miles on regular bikes and 4.5k miles on my e-bike. You are mistaken if you think somebody will sweat just as much on a e-bike set to the higher levels of PAS. I ride 10-14 hours per week so, if I wanted to feel superior, it's a safe bet that I'm fitter than
99% of the population.

Here's a little experiment to test your theory. Set up one of your regular bikes on a stationary trainer indoors and ride the bike hard with no fans. Now get two strong fans to blow on you and repeat the test. Let us know if you sweat the same amount in both cases...
Calm down dude, what's good for you is good for you, but some of us aren't super fit spandex wearing cyclists. Anything that gets a 54 year old fat guy like me off the couch is a good thing. No need to be so competitive about it.‍♀️
 

Dunbar

Well-Known Member
#18
Of course they won't. We agree on that. The more work the bike does for you, the less exercise you get, the less you will sweat.
More airflow from traveling at a higher speed means you could sweat less on an e-bike while doing the same amount of work as you were on a regular bike. I don't know why that concept is so hard for you to understand. If I'm pedaling @ 200 watts on my e-bike cruising at 25-28mph I'll be sweating a heck of a lot less than I would doing ~20mph on my road bike. Then there's the benefit of acceleration from low speeds on a e-bike which I would argue makes an even bigger difference when it comes to reducing sweat.
 
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Dunbar

Well-Known Member
#19
I don't know why I'm even bothering to respond at this point. You appear to lack a pretty basic understanding of why the body produces sweat. It's to cool you down. If you are riding a faster bike, at the same effort there, there is more air flowing over you to cool you down so you're body doesn't need to produce as much sweat. The idea that somebody produces the same amount of sweat regardless of the amount of air flowing over them is ridiculous on its face. Here's another fun fact that contradicts theory - you can sweat profusely sitting in a sauna doing zero exercise. I ride with power meters on my road bikes so I'm pretty well acquainted with what a certain amount of power output feels like.
 
#20
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How about this little experiment for everyone other than Duncan? Go ride your e-bike. You'll probably need the lowest pedal assist setting to make this work without going too fast. Get your cadence up to 70-90. This should provide fairly easy, low resistance pedaling. Get your heart rate up to 70% of your maximum sustained rate and hold it there for 15 minutes. Are you sweating? Bring plenty of water and enjoy the endorphins.[/QUOTE]

or just start riding the old fashion with the bike OFF for the first 20 minutes.
heck you have the battery to get threw the rest of the ride, :) of course i'm a total noob to ebike's, I only rode one inside a very small store at a walking speed :) all the battery were not on(powered up to use). so i have no reel for how the ride with power. but riding very slow in the store with the battery on the racks they did not feel too back heavy.
 

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