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Aside from the fact that eBikes are extremely popular in Europe and other parts of the world, there appears to be some mystery surrounding them in North America. While the trend to greener forms of transportation continues, eBikes are a large part of the equation. As they produce a far smaller carbon footprint than vehicles, touring around Vancouver and area on one is not only good for the environment, it is good for your health.
So why are there so many myths out there about the eco-friendly eBike? We are not sure but we do know that a myth is not truth and let’s take a look at some of the most common ones.
1 – An eBike Is Just A Fancy Moped
This is far from the truth. Side-by-side an eBike is completely different than a moped and even further along the scale from a bicycle of any kind. The construction alone includes components and mechanics that are not built into any other kind of two-wheeler. This makes operation of an eBike very different. Plus, there’s mileage, fuel, economy and maintenance benefits that can’t be matched.
2 – An eBike Is Extremely Heavy
Considering the fact that the operating mechanism in an eBike is much like that of an electric scooter, the overall body weight is light. It is also extremely light compared to the weight of a motorcycle, as an example. Because eBikes are easy to maneuver due to their lightweight construction, they are suitable for use by men, women, older men and women and younger children.
3 – An eBike Does Not Offer High Speed Travel
Sure, in the early days when eBikes were first hitting the market there were restrictions on the speed one could reach. As the marketplace has expanded and more manufacturers are producing this eco-friendly mode of transportation, speeds have also increased. You can credit newer designs and consumer demand for these changes.
4 – An eBike Is Costly
Again, with an increase in choices with more manufacturers entering the eBike market, competition has had an effect on pricing. That means better deals on wheels for you. In fact, not only is your initial investment affordable, your long-term costs will be minimal. An eBike is considered a low maintenance product and the cost of operating one is also minimal. Something this economical to own and operate cannot be costly.
5 – An eBike Is Noisy
Going back to the construction of an eBike, there is no typical engine parts as you would find in a normal motorized vehicle. In other words, there are no gear boxes, clutch plates or other complex parts. You could call a ride on an eBike whisper quiet which allows you to further enjoy your surroundings.
Take One Of Our eBikes On A Tour of Vancouver
The green technology that revolves around eBikes is what makes them an attractive choice for a tour bike. There are no worries about running out of gas, and everyone in your family or small tour group can have their own ride. An eBike gives you a different pace which will enhance your visit, trip or errand run. For more information on our eBike rentals, call us today.
There is no doubt that one of the best ways to tour the City of Vancouver is not on foot, but by eBike. Not only are they easy to operate, you can get from here to there and anywhere in-between without having to deal with the hassle of parking a vehicle. Plus, with an extensive cycling network of trails and biking paths, you can visit many spectacular sights in and around the city without having to be a hiker. Here are a few of the benefits of touring Vancouver on an eBike:
We’ve already mentioned you won’t spend extra time trying to locate a parking space for an eBike but did you know you’ll even save money with one? That’s because there are few places in Vancouver to park a car that won’t cost you a parking fee. With an eBike you just need to lock it somewhere safely and go.
Another great thing about eBiking around the city is that you won’t be stuck in traffic. Sitting in a vehicle in a line up exposes you to air pollution and increases your stress level. With an eBike you can get around traffic jams and not miss appointments or attractions.
This is not always obvious, but if you are touring Vancouver on an eBike and need to get somewhere for an event of some kind, you can very often arrive at your destination sooner than you would if you drove. Add hunting for parking to traffic jams slowing you down and you’ll know what we mean.
Even though the eBike has an electric motor, you can still receive health benefits by switching the motor off and pedaling up that incline to your Vancouver sightseeing destination. In fact, you can switch back and forth all through your bike tour of the city.
Nothing beats exploring Vancouver from the vantage point of a bicycle seat. You get to take your time, stopping whenever you please to wander around a location on foot if you desire. Plus, you will be able to visit several sites that you could not even get close to by using a vehicle.
What couldn’t be more fun than cycling in and around the city with your significant other or whole family? It’s a great group activity that allows each individual rider the independence to go at their own pace and do what they want without having to be stuck in a car for hours going here and there. For more information on how you can have an affordable eBike tour of the most beautiful city in British Columbia, contact us today.
I recently moved to Vancouver from Slovakia and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to work at Bee’s Knees. This is a beautiful city to live in, and now I get the chance to show it off. I came from a tourism background, so Bee’s Knees eBike Tours and Rentals is a perfect fit for me. I love people, I love to travel, and I love bikes! You cannot refuse an offer to try an electric bicycle. When I first met Tony and Melody, they talked about riding this eProdigy bike with great passion and enthusiasm. I didn’t understand what was so exciting at that time, but I would soon find out.
The slogan came next day when they asked me to “Bike the bridge with us!”
Full of expectations, I picked out a red ebike named Whistler. What typical Canadian, I think. I haven’t been on a bike for almost a year, so I was a bit nervous. I didn’t know how far we are going, I hoped not far. I pay attention and listen carefully on how to use the electric bike. Ride like a normal bike but with added assist levels and a throttle for extra boost! In my mind resonates Tony’s last sentence: “It’s really easy and fun to ride these bikes, you’ll see.”
The first pedals were uncertain. I didn’t know what to expect, but soon, as I’m riding and following Melody, we get to the first hill. My eyes grew wider, my grip went tighter, and I might have even been shaking my head but as the motor kicks in, I couldn’t help but smile. I want to scream “I LOVE THIS BIKE!” I suddenly feel the acceleration and the fun begins. Very addictive fun. I see that I’m using assist level 3. I look forward to discovering what happens when I use 5. Whooooaaaa, these ebikes go fast! Separated from car traffic, we have our own bike lane. We cycle safely along through city’s business district towards Canada Place. We use hand bike signals to turn towards the waterfront, and wow, we reveal a stunning view of the North Shore mountains in front of us. Along the Seawall we continue towards Stanley Park. I try out all numbers of assistance and even the throttle. I’m enjoying an easy ride, and I use my bell when I pass people safely on the left.
Huge totem poles by the shore is our first stop in Stanley Park. We take some group photos and continue. Around the Brockton Point Lighthouse, we climbed the road leading to the bridge. All the way is uphill. I’m excited! I’m setting the lowest gear like on a regular bike, I’m using assist level 4 or 5, and using throttle. I have my feet on the pedals, but I don’t really pedal because I am enjoying the view. The bike creates the feeling that we are on a flat road, even when we go uphill.
The bridge is newly renovated with safe bike passage, cycling lane is again separated from vehicle traffic along the Stanley Park Causeway. The view I get from the bridge is unforgettable! The city looks different from this viewpoint, you really get the Grand view of the city. From the bridge we head to West Vancouver district. Beautiful green environment with lots of flowers and azure ocean beside us. An amazing view of the Lions Gate Bridge is opening in front of us. The most beautiful photos I’ve taken in Vancouver! I stand in the right place, definitely.
The way back around the large Stanley Park’s trees offers a pleasant shade during the hot summer. We go directly to Vancouver’s most visited beach, English Bay. The green park, soft sand and the beaming sun reflecting on the ocean. I was hoping that there will be a big hill on the way back. And guess what? The hill is right in front of us, Yippee!! Touring on an ebike is easy, beautiful, and just the Bee’s Knees! Come and let me show you!