I used to own an electric kit for my bicycle, and I have to say, it was a blast to ride around! But the thing was, I felt like I was cheating on my bicycle commute. I mean, when you commute by bicycle, it supposed to be some sort of work. Or at least in my opinion, it is.
But wouldn’t an electric bike defeat the purpose of commuting by bicycle? Actually some may argue that the purpose of commuting by bike is to save money on gas, save the ozone layer, reduce green house gases and etc.
Sure those things are great reasons to commute by bicycle, but if you’re commuting for the first reason, to save money. Then a $400 electric bike kit negates that savings.
Let’s say your commuter bike cost you between $300-$500, then your electric kit from $200-$400, then that could potentially add up to $900! That doesn’t even include the costs of recharging your batteries everyday, or the cost to replace them if they go bad.
So if you ask me, are electric bikes like cheating on your commute? Maybe, but I think you’d be cheating on your wallet more than anything. A good non-electric commuter bike doesn’t cost that much, and every time you get on your bike to commute to work, school, the gym, grocery store, you automatically save money!