It’s no secret, a regular bike provides a more intense workout. It activates more of your body, makes you sweat more and you’ll wake up with sore muscle the day after the hill climb.
It’s all you, no outside assistance added, and there are many people who are looking for this feeling. And that’s just fine, an E-Bike isn’t the best choice for someone that’s an avid cyclist already.
But which is healthier for you? This Swiss study pits regular bikers vs. e-bikers, and the result is pretty surprising. The health benefits are pretty similar in the end; in the big picture, regular vs. intensive exercise has similar benefits, it’s just important to exercise.
There’s one thing that the regular bike can never do. It can’t help people with disabilities, people that have trouble riding a regular bicycle due to knee injuries and overweight and obese people.
The E-Bike can serve a very diverse crowd – this means that some people that wouldn’t work out at all get a chance at a healthy life, and a fun and simple fitness program (just drive the E-Bike for ~3 hours a week and you’re doing great!).
The greatest advantage the regular bicycle has over the E-Bike is the price; an average bicycle costs about ten times less than an E-Bike and is much simpler and cheaper to maintain. And the regular bicycle enjoys being legal pretty much everywhere, while some countries and states legalize E-Bikes like mopeds and require driver’s licenses for them.