Do you still need to pedal on an electric bike?

Due to the convenience, greenness, time-saving advantages of e-bikes, they have gained rapid popularity in the international community. The rapid popularization of e-bikes has also triggered some debates: do you still need to pedal when riding an e-bike?

Types of e-bikes

E-bikes fall into two main categories: pedal assist and throttle control.

When you start pedaling, the pedal assist e-bike activates the motor to provide you with extra power. This extra power can be adjusted depending on how hard you pedal. This type of e-bike is ideal for those who want to enjoy a healthy ride without the effort.


Throttle control e-bikes allow you to control the motor directly using the throttle. You don't need to pedal to ride, making it a convenient option for short trips or for those who prefer a more relaxed ride.

Pedal-assisted e-bike

Pedals do need to be pedaled when pedal assisting an electric bike. The motor is primarily there to give you extra power to make your ride easier, not to replace it. The more you pedal, the more power you get from the motor, and you can adjust the level of assistance to suit your ability.

Benefits of pedal-assisted e-bikes

  • Exercise: Pedaling gives you a ground-strength workout that builds muscle strength and improves a rider's overall fitness level.

  • Extended range: Pedal assist helps to extend the range of your e-bike as you no longer rely solely on the battery.

  • Safety: Pedaling maintains control of your e-bike, especially in challenging terrain or emergency situations.


The decision to pedal or not while riding an e-bike ultimately depends on your personal preferences and riding goals. Pedal-assisted e-bikes are a good choice if you enjoy an active and healthy riding experience.

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