Undoubtedly, one of the fastest-growing trends in the cycling world is the rise of the e-bike. Essentially, these are bikes with an added electric motor, and they have become a huge success, with US sales enjoying a 91 percent increase between 2016 and 2017, according to NDP Group. In the Netherlands in the following year, e-bikes even outsold traditional bikes.
But, more importantly, on our e-bike tours, the ‘E’ in e-bike always stands for ‘Experience’ — just because you choose to be on an e-bike, that doesn’t mean tour routes get any less spectacular or jaw-dropping.
So why should you book an e-bike tour to Italy’s fabulous regions this year? Below, we’ve compiled our top five benefits to this growing phenomenon:
E-Bikes Make It Easier To Peddle
Yes, it’s true. That’s the main benefit of an e-bike — when the going gets tough, the small motor automatically and seamlessly kicks in, giving you a boost in the saddle.
Which means that cycling up hills becomes easier, or rough terrain suddenly becomes a breeze. A spokesperson from eCycleElectric says: “You control your speed with your feet, like with a regular bike. You just feel really powerful and accelerate easily.”
When it comes to our own e-bike tours in Italy, they’re built in to make things effortless — perfect for beginner-to-intermediate riders who want to have some puff left at the end of their days in the saddle.
Our E-Bike Italy Best Lakes tour will take all the seriously hard work out of your day to and breathe in more of the stunning lakeside routes around Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Iseo.
You Still Get To Exercise
Just because e-bikes have a motor, this doesn’t stop the need for peddling. E-bikes work in the same way traditional bikes do — you have to climb into the saddle, start to peddle, and then keep peddling!
This means one of the core benefits of a cycling holiday is kept intact: exercise. Cycling gets you fit, and it’s an invigorating way to take in some of the best scenery in the world and studies suggest it even improves your mental health.
So just imagine you’re cruising through beautiful pinewoods and medieval villages on our Easyrider E-bike tour of Emilia-Romagna on an e-bike. Your heart rate will be up, you’ll be receiving cardio exercise and you’ll still be getting fitter with every peddle.
Yes, an e-bike makes it easier for you to peddle, but it still means you have to peddle.
Don’t Worry, You Still Get To Ride Fast
One of the pleasures of any form of cycling is picking up some serious pace and feeling the wind race past you on a gorgeous, quiet, flat road.
A myth surrounding e-biking is that the motors won’t allow you to ride fast. This simply isn’t the case. With e-bikes, the harder you peddle, the bigger the boost from the motor you’ll receive. However, motors — depending on the bike — are designed to stop helping you out when you hit anywhere between 20 and 28mph. This is more than fast enough for most riders, especially if you’re riding in a group on one of our tours.
If you want to go faster still without the motor, it’s a case of applying good, old-fashioned peddle power.
E-bikes mean that the whole family can come on one of our tours
Another of the real pleasures of going on a cycling holiday is enjoying and experiencing the jaw-dropping Italian countryside with friends and family.
On an e-bike tour in Italy, it doesn’t matter what age or level of cycling your colleagues are at, an e-bike will help everyone in your party ride at a speed that suits them.
One of your family members having trouble with a climb? Let the e-bike do the work for them. One member of your party going too fast? Press that button and let your e-bike help you catch up with a timely boost.
If that wasn’t enough, we also offer the option of an e-bike on our slow cycling tours, which gives you yet another avenue to explore the sheer wonder of Italy at a pace that suits you.
E-Bikes Are Not Only Eco Friendly But Also COVID-Friendly
Cycling has already proven to be a great COVID-friendly activity, with the ability to social distance at ease.
A recent study says that E-bikes may also help with getting people back to work after the pandemic. The study, based in Oxford, England, says that e-bikes can slash transport emissions, reduce congestion, improve mobility and save CO2.
While you’re getting away from work and de-stressing on a cycling holiday, taking care of the environment is an important consideration when it comes to exploring rural areas, especially in Italy. With an e-bike you can be safe in the knowledge that your battery-powered ride is not only being kind to you, but the countryside around you as well.
Contact Us To Create Memories That Will Last A Lifetime
Our specialist and dedicated team, who is based here in northern Italy, can’t wait to help you choose a bike tour that suits you. If you are looking for a bucket-list ride in one of the most famous regions in the world, whilst taking in some of the planet’s best art, culture and food, then there’s nowhere quite like Italy.
And, if you have any specific questions about e-bikes or one of our e-bike tours in Italy, and how you can benefit from them, get in touch with one of our team today who will be more than happy to help.