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1 Jun 2023

A new Cycle to Work Scheme that launches this week is claiming to offer partner bike shops the lowest commission fees in the industry at 4%, with an introductory offer of 3% until 31st December...

31 May 2023

A report published by financial institution Claro Money’s wellbeing division on the effects of money worries for retail workers found that 73% of retail workers feel negatively about their...

31 May 2023

ACT partners V12 Finance, who are headline sponsors for this year’s National Cycle Show, have an allocation of free tickets that they would like to share with you!

30 May 2023

ACT Gold Member ICE Trikes is looking for high quality independent bike shops to become new agents or dealers. The company already has dealers and agents in over 32 countries all the way from...

18 May 2023

A lobby group has warned of the “startling rise in the cost of accepting cards” for small businesses after the European chief of Mastercard defended the fees it levies on merchants.

18 May 2023

It has been reported by This Is Money that HMRC now holds 55 billion items of taxpayers' data, including email and bank records, as it cracks down on tax avoidance. The data is held on its...

18 May 2023

Sustrans is working with local businesses to provide bike maintenance stations and pumps at key stops along the National Cycle Network in Scotland, which, it says, will support more people to...

16 May 2023

Cycling UK has opened nominations for its annual 100 Women in Cycling list, which celebrates the inspirational women working in the cycle sector.

16 May 2023

Bike sales in 2022 were lower than 2021 throughout Europe's main markets, Bike Europe has reported, but e-bike sales continue to thrive - although the UK seems to be the exception.

9 May 2023

A mixed picture is emerging about the effect of the Coronation weekend across the UK's retail sector.

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German study finds electric bikes drop heart rate and reduce cancer risks

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

A study into the positive health effects of riding an electric bike has picked up traction in Germany’s press in the past week, according to a piece in Cycling Electric. Researchers at the Hannover Medical School have concluded that, among other things, riding an electric bike regularly can drop the risk of a heart attack by 40%. It also cuts in half the risk of metabolic syndromes like obesity and heightened blood pressure.

German ebike

Speaking to Der Spiegel , the Director of the Study, Uwe Tegtbur, expressed surprise at just how far the medical benefits discovered went. Among the revelations making up the headline findings were that riding between 12 and 15 kilometres by electric bike daily would have a contributory effect of reducing cholesterol levels, dropping the risk of a fatty liver, lowering the chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s and very specifically dropping the risk of developing cancer by 30%, as well as chopping in half the risk of metabolic syndromes like obesity, heightened blood pressure and developing sugar or fat metabolism disorders.

There are some known knowns in the study, namely that a regular, enhanced heart rate north of 110 beats per minute will strengthen the cardiovascular system. As has been found previously, the differences in percentages of HRmax (max heart rate) were not miles apart. According to the data cyclists nudged just ahead of 65% of their HRmax, while electric bike riders were just below.

Of those taking part in this study that rate or above corresponds to between 60% and 80% of the maximum heart rate of participants, which Tegtbur told the paper means there is “no better training in the basic endurance range” than going by electric bike.

The pool of participants was among the largest studied to date, with 1,879 people from Germany recording data for the University team; of these 1,250 rode an electric bike and 629 rolled on pedal power alone. As you might expect from a publicly selected pool, the electric bike riders were generally older and with a higher body mass index than the non-electric bike users, many also suffering from complaints like joint wear, high blood pressure or diabetes. Other than that there were no major differences in the groups in terms of gender, or overall activity levels.

The data was collected via an activity tracker over a period of four weeks, with a smartwatch registering heart rate data, cycling time and distances covered. Add to that data collection via questionnaires and the researchers were even able to track accident rates over a 12-month period.

Why are people buying e-bikes versus cycles?

The survey also outlined the motivations of each rider for buying either a bicycle or an electric bike, with the main differences cited being ‘convenience’, ‘health’ and ‘fitness’.

Moreover, it was found that electric bike riders are taking to these vehicles more often to replace car trips than pedal cyclists. There were no major differences in replaced walking trips.

The study wasn’t only interested in the pedal-assisted user data and accounting for electric bike riders generally riding for 6.5 minutes longer per ride across the sample pool, the data showed that the cyclists are more often reaching the 150 minutes per week threshold of moderate to intense activity. 35% of the pedal powered users hit this goal, while 22.4% of electric bike riders hit the benchmark.

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