Watch it! You are right on the verge of saying that people have a responsibility for their own exercise instead of a nanny state determining that bicycles are for your exercise and should not have motors. It's blasphemy to think that bicycles are for basic transportation and can rightfully be throttled or ghost pedaled.Shocking. All I know is it's possible to get a damn good workout pinging off our bloody 25 km/h limit every ride
For many of us, it's not bike or ebike: it's ebike or car. I wouldn't ride my commute without a motor: too far, too hilly and too sweat-inducing 9 months of the year. Plus I'm not that into lycra and communal showers at work. In that light, ebiking only represents upsides.
I have a colleague who throttles all the way to work. I think it's fantastic: #onelesscar. Watching him throttle by only tells a fraction of the story - he then does an hour of intensive gym work at lunch most days, so he's way fitter then the rest of us. There's plenty of ways to get your endorphin fix. As the Good Book says, something something.. eye, splinter.. something something.. judgement bad, m'kay.
My last post in this thread in May of 2023 noted I was not losing weight but instead dropping waist sizes, and effectively replacing fat with muscle.Like @m@ttRobertson, I've recently come off a medical adventure that ended up replacing a lot of muscle with even more fat in all the wrong places. Eleven months of ebiking later, that situation's been more than reversed: I'm now in my best physical shape in 25 years. Also much happier in general. No heart-rate monitor involved.
I think it depends upon the individual. I agree with the comments regarding HR, and how much motor power one needs to allow them to ride for say an hour is dependent upon many factors.I'd freely agree that riding an e-bike for exercise is better than no exercise at all.
But I'd also add the caveat that riding an acoustic bike for half an hour probably gives you more effective exercise than riding an e-bike for an hour or ninety minutes over the same terrain.
On heart rates and heart rate zones, absent some fairly extensive testing you are out to sea and have a hard time knowing what effective exercise actually means for your own body. In the literature and online "heart rate zones" are all defined in contradictory ways. On top of all that on a bicycle staying in one heart rate zone over varied terrain is pretty challenging at best and often impossible, and my own experience is that usually you are stuck either in too low a heart rate for effective conditioning or too damned high a heart rate. On top of that everybody is different.
Now if you hypothetically had an e-bike that also communicated with your heart rate monitor, and it adjusted your pedal assistance on the fly (possibly including negative assist) you might have something interesting. If you could also program the bike to provide interval training (e.g. 30 seconds at 80%HR, 30 seconds at 60%HR, repeat) then you'd have something really interesting.
Yeah, same here, as I've posted elsewhere in this forum. She has been riding her acoustic (Electra Townie) more, and says she is getting stronger, but I still can easily pass her on hills. I've backed off, not wanting to seem a nag; suggest you consider doing that too.I no longer ride an ebike, but I still recommend ebikes to my friends. It's amazing how many conclude that there's no exercise benefits because there is a motor. I think I've swayed about a dozen people, but I still can't convince my wife to get an ebike. I'd love her to get one as we could ride together more often if she did.