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How EBikes are Helping Overweight People: Electric Bikes and The Benefit for Heavy Riders

How are electric bikes helping overweight people?

Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry. Today we're gonna talk about how electric bikes are helping overweight people. All right, I got four e-bikes here that are great for heavier riders. The Relaxed Body, Simple Step-Thru 26 inches, Simple Step-Thru 20 inches, and our EvryJourney. We've also got some other great e-bike videos of some heavier riders riding, demonstrating on our e-bikes. You can check those out as well. The reason I wanted to make this video about how electric bikes are helping overweight people is because I see negative comments on YouTube that I hate. I am 230 pounds overweight for my height. I'm five foot 10. And we've done some videos of heavier riders talking about how the benefits and their experience on e-bikes. And inevitably there are some negative comments saying, just get a regular bike. Just do this, just do that. And I wanted to address it and talk about how e-bikes are helping, not only all people out there, but if you're a heavier rider in particular, e-bikes are a great option. Now, we've done test rides with riders 250, 300, 350, and 400 pounds, and I can see a couple of major benefits. Number one, if you haven't been on a bike for a while, or haven't gotten exercise in a while, it can be a daunting task to take on. There may be fear around loss of leg strength or your ability to lift or pedal. And let's say you wanted to look at a bike as an option. Maybe you just don't have the leg strength to keep that two-wheel bike up anymore. Now, the other thing is there are tricycles available that you can also use. But if you still want to be on a two-wheel bike, the awesome thing about an e-bike is there's a little bit of assistance that can help you pedal to get your legs back into motion and get you up riding again.

And I see this with our heavier riders that in order to move the bike and keep it moving, some of them need that assistance. And there's zero shame in that. In fact, it's inspiring so many more overweight people to get onto bikes. So, I don't want to see the hate around that anymore because without having that assistance, many of these riders wouldn't even jump back into bike riding. And so what's the alternative? No exercise at all? We don't want that. We want more people out exercising, in particular getting on bikes. Its clean transportation, and getting them outside into the sun is another huge benefit for the vitamin D, and also dopamine in general. It's gonna make life just better all around. The other thing I wanted to say is when you talk about going to the gym, right? And if you're somebody who's getting into weightlifting and you get onto a machine, you have the option of putting however much weight you want onto that machine. In fact, if you're getting into pull-ups, you can have an assisted pull-up machine. The reason they have those is that not everybody can jump in and do a pull-up without any assistance. But the question is, how do you get yourself to the point of doing a pull-up? Well, you do them as best you can with a little help. An e-bike is the same philosophy and principle and if you are an overweight rider, this is a great way to get you back on a bike and to give you that assistance. The other thing is if you have a throttle, all these e-bikes do, you can take a break midway through, let your legs rest, push the throttle as you regain your strength, or let your legs just breathe a little bit and pedal on and off as you see fit.

No different than going to the gym, right? You can do three reps, two reps, 10 reps. You take a break as you need. E-bikes can allow you to do that as well. So, you don't have to be scared of how far you go and you can't come home. Utilize it as you see fit. It's just the same as going to a gym. A treadmill gives you the option to get on, get off, and vary the speeds. On a bike, without a motor, you didn't have as much flexibility. In that, you have to keep pedaling and keep it moving. That's a daunting task to somebody who maybe is just getting back into it, right? And that's why e-bikes are inspiring so many overweight people to be back out riding. So the comments saying that just get a regular bike, no. That is not right, and that's the exact reason why so many people either don't go to the gym because they're scared somebody will ridicule them, or they don't get on a bike because they feel like they'll be ridiculed if they can't do it as well either. So, an e-bike is changing lives and as a whole is going to benefit society in general. And I've heard in so many forums that I belong to on Facebook, there are other e-bike groups and things like that, how many people have lost weight getting back onto an electric bike. It's the step in getting your body moving and use the assistance as you see fit. You can start with the highest level of assistance as you first get riding, you can work it down to the lowest level of assistance as you build your muscle strength and you start to shed weight off of your body as well, and pedaling and cycling becomes easier for you. So that's really how e-bikes are helping overweight people.

If you have an experience of how it's helped you, how it's helped you lose weight, or just in general been a benefit to your life, please comment below and share so others can hear your experience and we can inspire more people to get out riding. And if you have any other questions at all, please comment below. And don't forget, all four of these e-bikes are linked in the description or you can check out our full selection on sixthreezero.com. We offer a 30-day test ride, your e-bike policy. If you don't love it in the first 30 days, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket. In addition to that, we warranty everything for one year. If anything goes wrong in the first year, we take care of it, parts and labor. Now lastly, we've got two great ways to connect with our community, our Facebook group called sixthreezero Pedalers, and our app. In the Facebook group, you can talk to existing riders before you purchase, and then when you have an e-bike, post photos of your rides and make friends in the group, and then also download our app in the Android or iOS store, track your rides, track the leaderboard, see who's logging the most rides per week, and also post your rides with photos. It's a lot of fun. So thanks for sticking around, and don't forget, it's your journey or experience. Enjoy the ride.

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