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E-bikes and cardio: everything you need to know to stay fit on an e-bike

Cycling has a time in 2020. The interest in racing bikes and mountain bikes is greater than ever, major companies report one month’s arrears on bicycles. And it’s not surprising – with trips effectively canceled until at least 2021, more and more buyers are turning to their own roads and backyards for entertainment. Fortunately for bicycle manufacturers, the ‘safer home’ mentality of 2020 coincides perfectly with the rise of affordable and consumer-oriented e-bikes.

E-bikes are essentially traditional bicycles with electric motors. The e-bike trend is a few years behind the electric car trend, which really took off with the introduction of Tesla to the consumer car market around 2013.

Since then, more and more consumers have decided that eco-friendly travel is a priority and are opting for e-bikes for commuting and shopping. In the mountains, buyers realize that e-bikes can take the pain out of uphill mountain bike tours and make the rides more fun.

Allant + e-bike from Trek

(Image credit: Trek Bikes)

But athletes who cycle for the cardio or training benefits will likely still sniff their noses on the e-bikes, often seen as “ cheating ” in the minds of traditional cyclists and mountain bikers. Unfortunately for those veteran cyclists, that skilled mindset is anything but correct. With the right knowledge and technology, almost anyone at any skill level can train fantastically on an e-bike. Here’s how.

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