OK here's the deal, I'm a road rider who enjoys training and riding hard. A few years ago I got my wife into riding with me and over the course of a couple years she became good enough to ride 60 mile charity type rides and she really enjoyed it. Several unrelated health problems kept her off the bike for almost 2 years in a row and now she's back to square one. She'd like to ride again, but she's not looking forward to starting over. I'm not looking forward to the slow and short rides that we did back when she was getting into shape.
Many people suggest we ride a tandem, but we tried that and she didn't like not being in control, and I certainly didn't like her being in control. I read an article in Road Bike Action about an intern riding with a fast group on an e bike and it got me thinking.
If my wife was on an e bike would it help balance us out so I can get a workout and she can enjoy riding with me? Where she needs the most help are the hills, but also she tends to bog down on flats when there is wind.
One concern I have is her ability to control an elaborate system with throttles and buttons. It was hard enough getting her to understand how the shifting worked. Top end speed isn't a big concern. I typically average around 16 mph and I don't mind slowing down for her.
At this point it's just an idea we're thinking about, and we don't want to spend a bunch of money on this. Her current bike is a road bike with flat bars and I doubt it would be suitable for a conversion. I'm looking at the 250 watt front wheel kits. Is it really like producing another 250 watts of power, because I'm certain that with that kind of power she'd be able to zip up hills. I'm a skilled bike mechanic and can fix just about anything and build up my own bikes, I've also got some experience with electrical systems so I'm considering experimenting with one of these.
Anybody offer any experience to let me know if this is a good idea?