Interest in e-bikes has never been higher, if the results of a poll Thursday at RVtravel.com are any indication. Of the more than 1,300 readers who responded, nearly a quarter (23%) reported they already owned an electric bicycle. Another 22 percent said they planned to buy one within the next two years, with 16 percent reporting they were interested in buying one in that same time frame.
“I’ve owned two e-bikes,” noted RVtravel.com publisher Chuck Woodbury. “They have come a long way in usefulness and efficiency since my first one about ten years ago. But even those somewhat primitive models were handy for short trips from the campground, even on rural roads. I made many trips to the local general store for milk, bread or other items that were running low.”
Many readers commented after responding to the reader poll, noting that electric bicycles were still too expensive for them. Others praised them for their convenience with no mention of price.
“I enjoy riding my Lectric (brand name) bike around campgrounds and down trails,” wrote one reader. “It folds up and easily fits in the truck bed. My knees will not allow me to do a lot of walking, but I can pedal the bike with ease.”
Tony Barthel, of Stressless Camping, recently attended the national Forest River Owners Group Rally (FROG) in Goshen, Indiana. “It was overwhelming how many e-bikes there were,” he said. “Last year Peggy and I were very unusual having e-bikes and this year they were EVERYwhere.”
To see the latest poll statistics (readers are still voting) click here.
If you own an electric bicycle or plan to, you may enjoy our Facebook group Electric Bikes for RVing.