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Science says we can get a workout on e-bikes. Duh…

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Hello FIFI readers– I just bought an e-bike! After thinking and writing and talking about it for a couple of years, I finally took the plunge.

I’m just back from vacation, so the details and pictures, along with copious commentary, will be coming this week. In the meantime, take a look at my commentary from 2021 on a study of exertion on e-bikes vs. conventional bikes.

-catherine

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The New York Times, paper of record, reported this week on a new study comparing levels of exertion (perceived and measured on participants using road bikes vs. e-bikes.

tl:dr conclusion from NYT:

The study, which involved riders new to e-cycling, found that most could complete their commutes faster and with less effort on e-bikes than standard bicycles, while elevating their breathing and heart rates enough to get a meaningful workout.

tl:dr conclusion from the study abstract:

The faster times and the lower perceived exertion associated with the e-bike may incentivize active transportation. Further, while the cardiometabolic responses (e.g., HR [heart rate]and V̇O2[roughly, how hard your lungs are working for your body]) were lower for the e-bike, they were indicative of being at or near “moderate intensity,” suggesting that e-bike use may still benefit health-related fitness.

Well, that’s nice. However, digging a little deeper revealed some more interesting…

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