Any comments on tandem ebikes?

gordonrands

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I'm a newbie to this forum, and to ebikes. I'm interested in a tandem ebike because my wife no longer feels safe cycling due to balance issues after suffering a brain injury. We rented a regular tandem in NYC last year and rode in Central Park. We could handle the tandem, but not the hills, so started looking at electric tandems.

The only one we've been able to test ride is a Pedego tandem cruiser. We only rode it around the parking lot for a while, and it seems like it would fit the bill but it seems expensive ($4500). We would ride mainly on roads and simple trails here in the midwest, and on vacations to parks and forests in the western US.

Does anyone have any experience with the Pedego tandem or with other tandem e bikes you could share?
 

Nelson37

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Tandems are not very common among bicycles, and less so among ebikes.

However, the requirements for tailoring one to your needs are the same.

Load carried? - yes, the weight of the two riders is a major factor. Range in miles desired? Length of hill climb - Distance and/or estimated time to pedal? Climbing hills is easy, climbing mountains requires some careful selection. Maximum speed desired?

Do you want a little boost or a motorized, 2-seat scooter, which is something you should seriously consider as an option.

If you can handle a wrench, pick the right tandem, add a motor and battery for a grand or less, and you should be in for half the price of the Pedego.

Check out some tandem bikes at stores, ideally in-person but also online for variety.
 
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