May is National Bike Month (aka, our favorite month)! Some of you may wonder what is the point of biking to work, the benefits, the ‘why should I’ type questions? Well, we have the answers. With bike to work day this Friday, May 18th, we put together some reasons why you should get that butt on a bike – specifically a FattE-bike! Take a look at the reasons below and let us know what you think – are you ready to go electric?
1. A Link to Happiness
Can there be a better reason than happiness?! We didn’t think so. Statistics show swapping out the car for a bike can make you happier. While most people would not identify sitting in traffic, navigating a congested city, or riding crowded public transit as activities that calm them down or make them happy, conversely e-cycling to work can transform your daily commute into a moderate form of therapy. In addition, exercising outdoors – both in urban and rural contexts – has been proven to boost self-confidence and improve overall mood.
But maybe your office sits on top of the biggest hill in the city? The e-bike has your back! Electric bikes get you to work on time and give you the option to pedal – or not to pedal! To climb hills with ease, try out a FattE-Bike for your next commute!
2. Get your Fitness on!
News Flash! Biking to work is good for you. Although our FattE-Bikes make commuting effortless you can still get a workout if you so choose. Our bikes will do as little or as much of the work for you as you want. Dreading the gym after a long day at the office? Don’t give yourself a chance to sit at home and instead lower the pedal assist level (PAS) when you ride to and from the office for more of a workout. Cycling improves cardiovascular and aerobic fitness, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, builds muscle, and improves coordination. Build those muscles and get some fresh air along the way.
Sneaking in the health benefits of biking into your daily commute is so easy it almost feels like cheating! Check out FattE-Bikes Spokesperson Vance for some pro-tips regarding getting lean on a FattE-Bike.
3. Save those Dollars
Saving money makes everyone happy. While you are getting lean and improving your health, sleep well knowing you are also saving money along the way. From car payments, to car insurance and registration, to weekly (or even bi-weekly) gas stops, an electric bike just needs one thing – a re-charge! Check out this tool to calculate how much you could save.
4. The Convenience Factor
One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to biking to work is that it can be an inconvenience. For those that live in the city, you don’t need us to tell you the horror stories of finding parking, getting trapped at a roadblock, or being 30 minutes late to work because everyone on the freeway had to slow down and check out that tiny fender-bender on the side of the road. They are on the side of the road, KEEP MOVING! Imagine flying past these on-lookers and parking right in front of the building (or in the building!). Genius! If you have a tight squeeze like an elevator or a small office or apartment, try the Peñalosa – you can just fold er up!
We also offer cycling bags and storage areas with all our models we offer so you can easily carry everything you need for the day and then some. For example, The Major T is designed as a go-to cargo bike with everything you need to haul your gear!
5. Freedom to Explore
View your city from a different perspective – you may be amazed! When you fly through the city in your car, you are missing out on the sights and sounds the area has to offer. Connect to the area you live in and explore something new every day! Swing by that park you could never find parking at, find a new route home, or meet some new friends at a local brewery. Cycling opens up avenues – both literal and figurative – to see your city in a whole new way. It’s your community, go be a part of it! Our go-to model for sightseeing? The Londonderry. This electric bike is the perfect blend of function and comfort with a high seat position providing great visibility, and a low-step design making getting on and off the bike easy.
6. Create a Safer City
Knocking the notion that biking could be more of a danger than driving, more bikes on the road actually means a safer community. Not only are car accidents extremely frequent killing more than 33,000 people in America annually, but you can also be left with the headache of dealing with insurance companies. With more bikes on the road it becomes easier to spot cyclists, speeds are lessened, and tempers are calmer.
“The likelihood that an individual cyclist will be struck by a motorist falls with increasing rate of bicycling in a community. And the safer cycling is perceived to be, the more people are prepared to cycle.” – Dr. Julie Hatfield [source].
7. Maintain your Health
In addition to staying fit, you will also benefit from the long-term health factors that come with commuting by bike. Reduced healthcare costs, more productivity at work, and a decreased risk of getting sick are just a few benefactors. Replacing fresh air with the air from your car, a bus or a train is actually pretty dangerous. A recent study by the University of Nottingham found public transit riders were “six times more likely to suffer from acute respiratory infections”.
8. Electric Bikes are Affordable!
You don’t need an $8,000 Electric Bike to do the trick. Leave the car, the monthly payments and the insurance hassle in the dust and check out some affordable electric bikes to get you to work on time. A common reason people don’t bike to work: time. Factor in the loss of traffic with the electric push of an e-bike and you may find your commute evens itself out! A sweet, simple and affordable e-bike option is the Sgt. Mingo. Sitting at $1,999, this baby can handle all of the elements.
9. Cut Down on your Carbon Footprint
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out biking to work versus commuting in a car will reduce your carbon footprint, reduce pollution in your area, and cut down on traffic and congestion. Fight the smog and help your area thrive by simply putting the pedal to the metal and going electric. Not only will going electric help the pollution density in your area, but you will also be omitting the use of fuel. Feel good and help the planet all at the same time – works for us!
10. What Do you Have to Lose?
Plain and simple, your excuses are lame! Harsh? Well what better time to give it a try for yourself than Bike Month! May 18th, 2018 is National Bike to Work Day and we DARE you to give it a whirl. Those onlookers will be so jealous you may even convince someone to join you!
Have fun, be safe, and go electric!