Can You Really Exercise on an Electric Bicycle?

Australian university study makes 'heartening' discovery about exercise and electric-assist bicycles

Published: 15-Feb-2005

past Friday it got up to 64 degrees Fahrenheit here in Papillion, which is unusual for this time of year on the edge of what once was known as the "Great American Desert". Actually, there is no desert here -- there never was -- just hundreds of miles of rolling grasslands -- now farm fields -- stretching in every direction, bisected by the Missouri River a few miles east of my home and the Platte River about the same distance to the south.

Anyway, it was so beautiful out that I decided to take my Wavecrest TidalForce M750 electric-assist bike to the Post Office and then for a run to the video store up the street to redeem a Christmas gift certificate. I was inspired, not only by the Spring-like weather, but also by something I had just written for my soon-to-be published article, The Electric Passion of Dr. Frank Jamerson".

While interviewing the editor of the Electric Bike Worldwide Report, I learned about a study in Australia; and it's that study got me to roll out my electric bicycle, instead of taking the car, or my sleek but aging 21-speed Schwinn racer.

Intuitively, I think everyone -- including me -- would assume that you're going to get more exercise pedaling the Schwinn than using an electric-assist bike. The study entitled, Encouraging E-Bike Use was conducted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 and looked at, among other things, the health impact of electric-assist bicycles compared to conventional bicycles and cars.



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