Some bike enthusiasts are wondering why we step on an E-Bike instead of his non-electric version. E-bikes are discussed over and over for a long time and when it comes to new innovations, it’s in our human nature to be somewhat distrust. As many cyclists see an E-bike as a novelty, it’s very normal to be in a kind of suspicious to it. In fact, we have had this same feeling as well in the beginning. We've done many trips on a normal bicycle and we've both been Bike Messengers for a few years, so we also know our way around without e-support.
Actually, using an E-Bike for our expedition is also kind of experiment for us. Only a few have done similar journeys like us on an E-bike. With our expedition, we want to help and capture information about traveling with an E-bike and share our tips with fellow cyclists out there. Especially for the cyclist out there who are doubting to step up on a bike again. Mostly, because of injuries, sickness or other health reasons. We are wondering what challenges an E-bike is up to and how it withstands itself in different weather and conditions, therefore we are going to put our E-bikes to the limit and show other fellow cyclists what is possible and what isn't when traveling by E-bike.
Our First Ride
The first impressions are very good and since the first time we used our E-bikes, we are a big fan. During some of our testrides, we found some interesting advantages. An E-Bike gives you the opportunity to cycle way farther at the same speed, no matter the headwinds, with the same amount of effort.
Instead of 70 kilometers, you can do now around 100 kilometers or more. Which is for us a great advantage since we can cycle similar distances with more rests for our dogs! Because we travel with our dogs, we carry around 50 kilos of extra weight. Cycling with an E-Bike makes this weight much lighter to ride with. Another advantage is having more energy left at the end of the day, so you can properly ready up your camp for the night.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages to keep in mind, like the battery-radius, gear and where to charge your E-bike. The E-Bikes we use during our expedition are the Giant Explorer+ and Liv Emiti, we carry two batteries (500W) per person giving us fully-packed a radius of around 200 kilometers a day. Read more about our Equipment here!
Taking in mind that at least in Europe and the U.S. there is always electricity in this radius, we should be able to re-charge our battery every day. If not, luckily our E-bikes aren’t weighing much more and don’t pedal heavier than an average touring bike so we can cycle around with our batteries drained.
Everbody should be able to cycle
A very important reason for us to ride with an E-Bike, is that there are many people out there, who would love to cycle, also without e-support but can't to do due to several, mostly health-related reasons. We want to show those people, it is still possible for them to travel around with the help of e-support. Many people are doubting travelling with an E-bike, main reasons: battery-radius, charging etc. With our journey, we want to show that it is still possible to enjoy the beautiful experience of cycling and that they can still travel in this way instead of taking a car, bus or airplane (which are way more harmful to the environment.) We've spoken to many people, who would have never stepped on a bike again. But with the innovation of E-bikes, the bar is way lower which helps them to step up on a bicycle again.
Do you have any experience traveling by E-Bike? Let us know about your own experience and we will be happy to share it with our readers.