New research: Comparing physical activity of pedal-assist electric bikes with walking and conventional bicycles

Highlights

•        Compared physical activity of electric bike, conventional bicycle, and walking.

Lab tests calibrate energy and ventilation rates to heart rate for trial assessment.

E-bikes require less energy than regular bike (24%) and walk (64%) for same bout.

E-bikes require moderate (level, downhill) and vigorous (uphill) physical activity.

E-bikes elicit higher enjoyment scores, less exertion, and lower need to shower.

The paper is here:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214140516303930

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