I bought a Gtech eBike
Sometimes you need to spend money to save money and this was one of those occasions. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I made - I love my eBike. Read all about it here.
Save Money on your Commute
Commuting to and from work is expensive. If you drive you can have the cost of petrol and parking too, unless your job provides free parking. If you use public transport then this is also an added expense that most of us could do without. Imagine what you could do with the money if you didn’t have to spend it on commuting.
My eBike cost me the same as bus travel for one year. I hope my bike will last me a lot longer than one year and will made savings for years to come.
Ditching public transport
Around four years ago, I decided I’d had enough of giving £60 per month to the bus company and decided to find an alternative way to travel to and from work.
I decided I would cycle. The one thing I was most worried about, living in the UK, was the weather. I was not sure how I’d cope with getting wet and this is one of the most popular questions I get asked when I mention that I cycle to work.
Strangely enough, this is one thing that doesn’t really bother me now. You need waterproofs, obviously, and somewhere to be able to change when you reach your destination. With a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and even waterproof gloves, I am usually so covered up that there is only my face left to get wet.
I came to love cycling. Being out in the fresh air, getting some exercise and not being tied to a bus timetable are great. Plus it takes exactly the same amount of time for me to go from home to work as it does catching the bus!
Just recently though, I had begun to feel the strain. I am sure it is probably an age thing. I love cycling to work – it’s mostly downhill – but the route home, at least the last half, is uphill.
By the time I get home, after a day’s work, I’m shattered. It was time to think again about my commute and I seriously considered just handing over that £60 per month to the bus company.
The Cost of Bus Travel
I just couldn’t do it though. £60 per month is a lot of money. It’s also money I have got used to using for other things and not commuting. The money represents a short break away for the four of us, or driving lessons for my eldest.
I decided to take a look at electric bikes or eBikes as they are sometimes called. There are lots of different ones around and there is a wide range of prices. I knew they weren’t cheap but if I was prepared to spend £720 on bus fares in a year, I could actually save money, in the long run, by buying an ebike. It would pay for itself in just one year!
I had a few requirements though. After four years of cycling, I knew what was important to me and these were:
- An aluminium frame – it needed to be light enough to cycle when pedalling without power
- An upright riding position – as a female, I now understand why most women’s bikes have a slightly more upright riding position!!
- Large wheels – Again, the bike had to be something that was easy to ride without using the power all the time. I still wanted to get some exercise and pedal it as a normal bike on most of my journey.
- Around the £700 or lower mark – the cost of just one year’s bus fares.
- A comfortable seat – although I was prepared to replace the provided seat with a more comfortable alternative.
I did quite a bit of research, both online and by going in to shops. I eventually found exactly what I was looking for. It ticked every box above and it was in my price range!
I present to you the GTech EBike (affiliate link):
- Aluminum frame – tick.
- Upright riding position – tick.
- Large wheels – tick.
- In my price range – tick.
- Comfortable seat – tick. Yes, even the seat is perfect for me.
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An eBike does come with a warning though - once you have an eBike there is no going back to a regular bike - ha ha. My Husband used mine for just one day and now he wants one too!
If you fancy an eBike, remember you can also save money by applying for the Bike2Work scheme. I chose not to do this but if you read the terms and conditions, you may find that it is worth it to you.
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