Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 3612 | BikeLife Anchorage RIDE‘EMONCE... 22 | UrbanStreets Seattle No headwind gives you pause. No hill is too steep. No car is needed for longer distances. And, you’ll get healthier. Research out of the University of Colorado shows that people riding pedal-assist e-bikes get significant health benefits. Twenty sedentary volunteers, who drove to work, were given pedal-assist bikes to measure the im- pact on their fitness levels. After a month of riding, the volunteers had “significantly greater aerobic fitness,” and were generally more fit. Heart rate and other data showed that the average e-assist ride was about the same as a moderate workout. What’s better: the test participants loved it. According to James Peterman, the lead researcher, “Everyone in the study rode longer than the test required. Some rode 50% more. Several bought e-bikes after the study was over.” But shopping for e-bikes can be confusing, and we’re here to help sort it out. For starters, you need to know that there are two main types of e-bikes. Pedal-assisted e-bikes are those where the motor only kicks in while riders are pedaling, which offers more health benefits than the alternative. Throttle-assisted e-bikes feature a handlebar mounted throttle (similar to a motorcycle or moped) that allows riders to accelerate at any time with a twist of their wrist. You should also consider the same things that you consider with any motorized vehicle: speed, range and cost. The top assisted speed of your e-bike can impact how it is classified in your state (more below), so make sure to find out beforehand. The range is how long your battery lasts. E-bikes add weight to a conventional bike so you want to make sure that your battery can get you home, or else you’ll really be chugging. Lastly, e-bikes can elicit some sticker shock from first-time buyers, but the premium price often justifies itself. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that driving to work costs about 42.3 cents per mile. That means that if you commute 20 miles per day, your e-bike will pay for itself in less than a year. Now, let’s get shopping. By LYNN GUISSINGER and MORGAN LOMMELE with BLAIR YOUNG and DAX BURGOS You’ll fall in love with an electric bike What happens when you start commuting with an electric bike? You start going the long route, because you can. You start adding in a few hills, because you’re an Olympian. You start keeping up with the traffic. PHOTO: Leslie Kehmeier E-Bikes f2016 SEATTLE NAT SWFIN.indd 2 11/29/16 8:51 AM