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leehop71

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the Lectric Expedition!

My wife and I had an in-depth discussion about what she expected and wanted to do biking-wise in our ‘Golden Retirement Year Season’ and here’s what we agreed to.

She admitted she wasn’t real comfortable starting off ‘piloting’ an e-bike and expressed more of the ‘romantic’ side of preferring to ride behind me as a passenger when the weather breaks.

She is not against the possibility of learning to pilot over time either.

We also have 2 grandkids who I know would get a charge out of riding on the back as well!

So we decided the best option was to get a Lectric Expedition with the accessory option of the two cushioned pads and foot rests, plus the cushioned seat with the cushioned backrest!

She can ride with me and the grandkids as well.

After I get the Denago paid off around October, I will purchase the Lectric.

One thing I’ve discovered about the Denago is that even in 0 PAS when I’m pedaling on my own, it’s a much nicer and less strenuous ride than my other 7 speed acoustic bike was, so I’m going to start riding M-F and once we get the Lectric, in the hot months I can switch off from the Denago to the Lectric!
 
Make sure you unlock that thing to a Class 3 in settings!
I spoke prematurely cbas!

After hearing and seeing my post rides reactions, she said she now would like to do some slow learning on how to navigate one herself, but also to be able to enjoy the passenger side of things!

So, being only 4’11” and 105 pounds, the 20” size would be ideal, and, with the right accessories, she can comfortably STILL ride passenger on the XP 3 and it would be a little smaller and lighter than the cargo to learn how to navigate with!
 
My wife is 4' 11", I converted the Fiido T1 PRO to fit her stature.
Shorter stem for shorter reach.
Shorter crankarms for shorter legs & lower seat height.
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Nicely done! She will appreciate a bike that fits her properly, makes learning and adding up miles much more fun.
 
I had an expedition, they are not comfortable whatsoever. Plan on getting a new seat immediately. That’s what sucks about cargo bikes. No suspension.
 
People evolve in their riding styles rather quickly. I got my spouse a 20 inch folding bike with a 750 Watt motor. The first day, I could not get her to go past 10 MPH in PAS mode 1. Roll ahead two months and she was maxing out the bike, and deriving a perverse pleasure from gunning it from a stop sign to get a lead before I realize the game she is playing at.

Set her eBike for PAS 1, let her explore and learn at that safer speed/acceleration limit, and then tell her about PAS 2. This is a self-correcting thing.
 
Sounds good!
A lot is going to depend on your wife's personality, it's hard to predict how it's going to go.

Re. the Xpedition being uncomfortable, you can help that a lot (for the driver) with a nice seat and maybe even shock setup under it. A full suspension seatpost like the Suntour NCX will probably be too short, but there are other options. It's not going to help the passengers; for them, you'll just need to run lower rear tire pressure and seek out smoother roads.

One thing you might consider is getting something a bit more suitable for shorties and skipping the cargo bike for now. That would be a bike for your wife to ride and also your grandkids, depending on how big they are. My daughter (12) is 5' tall and rides my XP Lite all the time. The seat goes nice & low, so my 5'2 wife can also ride it. It costs half as much as the Xpedition and also weighs half as much, so it can double as a bike to throw in the back of your car sometimes. I use it in that capacity when I have to drop off a car for service and don't have a ride back.

I wish they'd made it a 3-speed or something, so it could do SOME kind of climbing without electric power, but that's the only complaint. It's a crackin' good bike.

My daughter has just requested a rear rack and tail bag for our XP Lite. I've promised her that bike when she goes off to college.
 
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