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If you live somewhere it gets hot and particularly hot/humid in the summer an ebike can make the difference between riding a bike in reasonable comfort and being drenched in sticky sweat after only a few blocks.
Although pre-built ebikes like the Porteur in the article are nice you can get a lot more range and capability for considerably less money by putting an add-on kit with a hub motor or even a bottom bracket motor (basically powered pedals) on an existing bike. Hub motors are simple and good if your riding is on flat terrain to moderate rolling hills, if you deal with a lot of hill climbing then the bottom bracket motor that works through the existing bike gears is superior although more complex.
With a bottom bracket drive and a "water bottle" battery a lot of people will never even realize your bike is electrified, the motors are surprisingly quiet and the installation can be unobtrusive to the point of invisibility to the average onlooker.
Getting a kit installation done if you aren't handy yourself can be an issue, most bike shops tend toward purism and aren't interested in having anything to do with adding an electric drive to an existing bike but that attitude seems to be changing at least to an extent.
For me, the biggest obstacle to bike use is a road system designed around and dominated by automobiles. I've seen a cyclist hit by a car even on my very short commute. In my suburban area, a trail network separate from the road system would be of huge benefit in getting people out of their cars.
I would love to ride a bike to work for my ~13 mile commute up and down hills if I had an electric bike that could make it. Honestly It’s just a matter of me allocating funds for the purchase.
I predict SDC's will make the roads much safer for cyclists. And ebikes make cycling so much easier for cyclists to use their bikes for actual transportation more often (rather than pure fun) that we'll see much higher levels of bicycle use in the US in the coming decades.
As with other EV's, it's still mostly the battery keeping things expensive. An ebike going 30mph with a 100 mile range still needs almost a $1,000 battery.
Ebikes are great, but it's crazy you can find used cars with years of life left in them cheaper than an underpowered brand new ebike.
I live in the US, ride 7.5 miles to and from work (every) day. Gas is cheap. I’ve spent around $1000 on my mountain bike + accessories since September. Only spend about ~$30/mo on gas.
I know it’ll pay off eventually, but it’s absolutely not why I do it.
I do it for the exercise and fun! Cycling is the only exercise I enjoy. And doing it two times a day instead of driving a car is the best way to fit it in.
Not sure where food fits in. I do this while fasting and eating OMAD on Keto.
People who ride bikes do it for the exercise. I commute regularly 7.5 miles and it’s the best part of the day.
EDIT:Thanks for the downvotes. I do work at a desk and I do love riding a bike. If you don’t love riding your bike, don’t do it!