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Can You Ride an E-Bike With Bad Knees or Arthritis? | Electric Bike Questions

Hey guys, Dustin here, CEO of sixthreezero. Today, I'm going to answer the question, "Can you ride an e-bike with arthritis or bad knees?" Stick around.

Okay, so today I'm going to answer the question, "Can you ride an electric bike with bad knees or arthritis?" But before I jump in and answer that, hit Subscribe on our channel, stay in touch with us here at sixthreezero, and be in the know about all the contests we're doing and giveaways for bikes, e-bikes, accessories, and apparel. It's a lot of fun so hit Subscribe. Okay, so today, I'm going to answer the question, "Can you ride an electric bike with bad knees or arthritis?" The answer is yes. Now, the caveat is choosing the right electric bike will be key depending on how bad your knees are, how bad your arthritis is, you're going to want a bike that would be accommodating to your body, be easy to mount and dismount, and not cause a lot of pain in your trouble spots for arthritis. Now, obviously, your knees are one element, but arthritis can affect your whole body.

I personally have dealt with arthritis. I've had surgery on my foot twice now for arthritic problems in my toe. So, I have limited mobility. I know what it's like to have pain when you walk, which is why I personally ride bikes a lot, it's a lot easier on your body and your joints. So, getting back to it, can you ride an electric bike if you have arthritis or bad knees? Yes.

Now, I have one of our electric bikes here. This is our EVERYjourney internal e-bike frame. And I have this bike here because this is really one of the ideal frames if you do have bad knees. Now, the key to choosing an e-bike if you have bad knees or arthritis is something with a low step over, something that's easily mounted or dismounted, something that you can balance on easily, you can stop easily on and get your feet on the ground, and generally puts you in an ergonomic position so it's very easy on your joints and your body.

Now, the beauty of the EVERYjourney frame, and you can find this on our website, is it's a forward pedaling design. What it means is instead of the pedals being directly below the seat, you can see the down tube is on a forward angle which actually shifts the pedals forward. In this case, it's about seven inches forward. What this does is, take pressure off your knees when you're pedaling so it's not a direct downward impact. You're actually pedaling a little bit out in front of your body, and that means that you can have the seat lower to the ground while still getting ample leg extension when riding. So, relieves pressure off the knees and also allows the rider to be lower to the ground when riding. Let me show you. As in a situation where I am, I'm mounted, I can get my arms here in an ergonomic position, with not much tension on my shoulders, my elbows, my wrists.

And then when I go to pedal, I can still be lower to the ground but I'm getting the leg extension, not by way of raising the seat, but by having those pedals moved forward. The beauty of this is if you have bad knees, you have arthritis and mobility is an issue, when you stop, you're going to be able to have your feet flat on the ground, you won't be up on your tippy-toes like you'd need to be on a traditional bike to get that ample leg extension, you can be flat on the ground and stop and feel safe.

The other beauty is with the low step-through height. You can easily just pull your leg through. So, if you have limited mobility and are on a traditional bike, you can't do the leg over, you can just step through and slide on. Again, if bending your knee, getting your high, lifting your leg is difficult, this is great for mounting and dismounting.

And then when you're here, like I said, instead of being a direct downward, which may be harder on your knees, you've got this forward pedaling design, it's easier, more relaxed, generally puts your overall body in a more relaxed position. So, this is a great option if you have arthritis, you have pain, you want to be in an ergonomic position, and you want to be able to ride for many miles. Or the other beauty of this bike or an electric bike is you can let the bike do the work. The benefit of an electric bike is if you have such bad knees or such bad arthritis that you can't even generate the power necessary on a standard bike, an e-bike is a great, great thing. Because number one, you can either put it in pedal assist and let the motor assist you while you pedal or you can honestly just do the full throttle and let the bike do the work.

So, depending on where you're at and your arthritis, where your knees are at, what your mobility level is, the beauty of an electric bike is you can adjust it to how you want your body to work, how hard do you want your body to work, how much mobility is okay with you, and get a feel for it and figure out what's best for you. In addition, it's got five levels of pedal assist.

So, really, you can go from assistance level one, two, three, four, five, or full throttle. So, if your knees are pretty much okay but you still want a little bit of help, put it in one. If your body's really hurting, you just want to pedal a little bit and then stop, use the full throttle, let the bike do the work. So, electric bikes are actually a very, very good option for anybody struggling with knee pain or arthritis anywhere throughout your body.

I hope that helps. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us or call us,, or email us, sorry, or call us (310) 982-2877. Also, comment below, we always respond to our YouTube comments. We'll get back to you as soon as possible. In addition, if you haven't taken our Body Fit Quiz on our website, do it. It's going to ask you some questions about your body and your life, and our proprietary algorithm will fit you to the perfect bike for your body. And visit our website,, to browse all of our electric bikes in our electric bike category. And don't forget, on standard bikes, we have a 365-day return policy and a 90-day return policy on electric bikes. If you don't love your bike within either of those periods, send it back, no money out of your pocket, no cost to you at all.

Lastly, join our Facebook pedalers group or go ahead and pop in and see how other sixthreezero riders are using their bikes in the pedalers' group. It's a public group so you can ask people questions, see how they're riding their bike, and see what their experience is like. Before you purchase, after you purchase, be a part of the group, share photos of yourself, and ask questions you want about accessorizing your bike or anything. There's a lot of great information in there. And lastly, download our app, track your rides, and also be a part of the community. You can compete on the leaderboard and see how many miles others are riding and what bikes they're using. It's a ton of fun, we'd love to have you. So, thanks for sticking around. And don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.


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