Are There Any Good Electric Tandem Bikes?


Easy E-Biking - Pedego tandem electric bike, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
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Tandem bikes are a great way to get around the city and the countryside. You’ll be able to enjoy the experience of riding with a partner. To make riding even easier, you might want to get an electric tandem bike. These come with a battery, so you can take a break from intense pedaling to enjoy the scenery. But are there any decent electric tandem bikes available? 

What electric tandem bikes are available? 

At the time of writing, there are a handful of tandem electric bikes available. Though they aren’t as common as regular tandem bikes. Creating an electric battery system for a tandem bike is more difficult than for a single-person bike. But increasingly, manufacturers are learning to get around these problems and build excellent electric tandem bikes.  

Here are a few of our picks, available at the moment:

Tandem e-bike manufacturerTandem e-bike model
PedegoPedego Electric Tandem Bike
MoustacheMoustache Samedi 27 X2
MicargiMicargi Raiatea Electric Tandem Bike
EcosmoEcosmo Folding Electric Tandem Bike
FlyerFlyer Electric Tandem Bike
Van RaamTwinny, Twinny Plus, Kivo, Kivo Plus, Fun2Go
GepidaGepida Thoris Tandem Electric Bike

As this technology improves, there have been several improvements made. Batteries are starting to get more powerful. They will last longer and will become more efficient. Plus, the range and speed are improving.

This is likely to continue into the future as more people start to embrace electric bikes. Because of this, you can usually rest assured that you will be getting an electric tandem bike that is built to last. 

Finding a good tandem bike

While there are plenty of tandem bikes for you to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is the right choice for you. Here are some of the factors you can use to narrow down the list. 

The most important element to consider is the people who will be driving the bike. Sometimes, it will be designed for an adult to accompany a child (Van Raam Kivo from the table above, is a good example of this). In this case, you will need to get a model that has smaller wheels, so your child will find it easy to climb in and out of the bike. Pair the bike to the height of the person who will be riding it most often. You can use this guide to learn how tall the wheels should be

Easy E-Biking - Pedego tandem electric bike, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
Photo credit Pedego bikes

It’s also a good idea to think about the terrain you are going to be using the bike in. If you are planning on frequently going uphill or downhill, you will need something that can travel at higher speeds and more power. It’s also a good idea to look at the number of gears the bike has. This will determine how easy it will be to maintain speed and how hard pedaling will be. 

The price is an important element. Often, you will be working within a set budget range. While it’s important to get a bike you can afford, you don’t want to go for the cheapest option. These bikes will often have weaker frames and chains, so you’ll need to spend more time and money repairing them. 

Read also: Why are e-bikes so expensive? – in this article. And, What is the difference between cheap and expensive e-bikes? – in this article. And, Will e-bikes become cheaper? – in this article.

Lastly, you want to get something that will be able to last for a long time. Look for a strong, yet light, frame. It’s also a good idea to get something that comes with a long warranty period from the manufacturer. Ideally, you should be able to get something that will last for between three to five years.

If you are looking for a traditional non-electric tandem bicycle and want more advice, check out the list of tandem bikes here

Converting a traditional tandem bicycle to electric

If you have a regular tandem bike, you don’t need to worry. There is a way to turn it into an electric bike. To do this, all you need to do is get the battery, motor, and a way of controlling the speed. Often, you’ll need a speed controller on the motor and a throttle at the front of the bike. You should be able to find these in a kit online. Bikeberry.com is a good choice and has a wide selection of e-bike conversion kits. 

The only tricky part about making this conversion on a tandem bike is finding the right place to mount the battery. You’ll need to put it on the wheel hub, as it won’t be able to fit the battery on the frame. This video will explain the process of converting a regular tandem bike into an electric one.

The good news is that the kit should come with clear instructions and you won’t need any tools. The conversion should only take a few minutes. This can be cheaper than purchasing a retail electric bike. 

Read also: Should I buy a new e-bike or a conversion kit? – in this article. And, Can a traditional bicycle be converted into an e-bike? – in this article.

Tips for riding an electric tandem bike

Once you have a good electric tandem bike, it’s time to take it out onto the road. If this is your first time riding a tandem bike it can be a challenge. You might find that it will be harder to keep stable than you thought. There are a few simple tips you can use to look like a pro on a tandem bike. 

Easy E-Biking - Moustache Samedi 27x2 electric bicycle - real world, real e-bikes, helping to make electric biking practical and fun
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The first thing to know is the position you will be riding and what role you will have to play. The person at the front of the bike will be the captain. They will be responsible for steering the bike. They will need to get onto the bike first. They will then need to hold it in place for the rear rider, called the stoker, to get onto the bike. 

Once you are on, the stoker will need to start pedaling to get the bike moving, while the captain holds it steady. To stop the bike, the captain will need to tell the stoker, so they stop pedaling. Then the captain can apply the brakes and bring the bike to a stop, using their legs to stabilize the bike. 

If you want more advice, this article will guide you through the process of riding a tandem bike. Though the first few rides will always be a little rough, it will get easier over time. You just need to learn how to ride together as a team. 

Read also: How to use gears on an electric bike (mechanic and electric)? – in this article. And, How to switch electric assistance levels on an e-bike? – in this article.

A few words in conclusion

Tandem biking is one of the fun ways to see the world. You’ll be able to ride with your friends, chat and enjoy the scenery. Riding together is a great way to practice teamwork. On a shorter ride, you will often be able to use a regular tandem bike. But if you prefer riding over longer distances, or just don’t feel like pedaling, an electric tandem bike is a great option. 

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