It wasn't my first option, but a nice tandem bike has come up and was wondering what general thoughts anyone might have in converting it? Power levels needed to move two on a bike, any other considerations would be appreciated! Thanks Much!
Not looking for high-speed on this one. But there are plenty of room for batteries. How does one install that single speed on a rear hub?How fast you trying to go? How much you trying to spend? I've pulled a bike and rider behind me on my ebike for a few miles home and it's only 1500 watts. It was no thrill ride lol but we made it. I'd say it's totally doable with room for lots of large batteries! You got me thinking i could use one myself. If it's electric it wouldn't be that bad just to drive yourself as well if you didn't have a partner or needed to drop someone off or pick someone up.
I'm heading into Taylor Michigan tomorrow, as it turns out.I have a vintage Schwinn tandem, with a 2000 watt rear direct drive hub motor (Crystalite with a Cycle Analyst display). That is a very expensive set up, but it will pull 2 average size people up most any hill. It’s Heavy, but with two people peddling the range can be better than regular diamond frame bike. The speed is probably faster than you want to go. I’m going to sell it, as we just don’t use it. I live in Michigan, if you’re interested let me know.
The green tandem needing some polishing has a rear drum brake was the bike I was referring to. That's why it is a DeLuxe. So for that reason, I'd want to put a mid-drive on it, were I to take it on. That drum brake is a wonderful conversation piece and it works well, to boot!The disk you see in the rear wheel is a hub motor only, I don’t know of any hub motor with a drum brake included. It has a rear rim brake and a front disc brake. Get better and stay safe. F