The research aimed to investigate the differing levels of exertion experienced during an average cycling commute in a European city

E-bike commuters sweat three times less compared to normal bike riders, a study has revealed.

A scientific study at a Formula One testing facility commissioned by cycling component manufacturer Shimano found that after exercise, e-bike riders had an average core temperature of 37.5 degrees, compared to 38.4 degrees on a regular bike.

Participants on the e-bike sweated 3.1 times (350ml) less than on the regular bike and had an average finishing heart rate 63 beats lower than the regular bike.

Shimano’s Pieter Vincent said: “This study shows how perfect e-bikes are for riding in our towns and cities.

“By using bikes with our Shimano steps e6100 system riders can remain cool, calm and sweat-free, plus arrive at their destinations quicker and more refreshed than many other forms of transport.”

For the study, six participants rode for 30 minutes in a heat chamber set to 28 degrees, once on a Shimano Steps e6100 powered e-bike and once on a regular bike.

Their heart rate, core body temperature, rating of perceived exertion (RPE), power output and sweat volume, measured by pre-and post-weight, were recorded.

Those on an e-bike had an average RPE of 1.6, classed as ‘light to easy’ and those on a regular bike had an average RPE of 4.1, classed as ‘hard’.

Sports Science Agency’s lead scientist Jack Wilson said: “The main findings of this study show that by using an e-Bike as opposed to a regular bike, commuters can complete their ride to work without concerns regarding sweat and physiological strain.

“It’s fair to hypothesise that the benefits of exercise remain and that e-bikes may be a good introduction to those who feel they’re not sufficiently fit enough to attempt to cycle to work.”

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