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Old 08-11-20, 08:35 AM
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E bike for wife

I ride a bit faster than my wife. Thinking about an E bike for her. Nothing fancy. Something comfortable that would help us ride at a similar pace.

Suggestions?
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Old 08-11-20, 10:05 AM
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I bought my wife an Electra cruiser, it allows us to enjoy longer rides together and has increased the speed that we ride. Careful though because it has led to the purchase of two new e mountain bikes and now in our retirement years she has started riding the single track with me as well.
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Old 08-11-20, 10:30 AM
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Nothing better IMO than having your wife along for the ride. Fortunately/unfortunately my wife doesn't need "e" power to keep up (we ride un-electrified on weekends and one night during the week). There are many options, both DIY and OEM. Tell us the requirements and we can provide more assistance. In general, if the terrain isn't hilly a hub system as above will suffice; otherwise a mid-drive may be indicated. Look at the thread "DIY Systems" as well as others in the forum for ideas.
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Old 08-11-20, 11:27 AM
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Go to a Bike Shop, both of you, and test ride bikes ,,

Best are the Mid Drive Motors from Shimano (STEPS) and Bosch, that require the frames to be built with motor mounts.
Shimano Alfine IGH have Di2 options integrating with the motor (power cuts when you shift)
Bosch-Rohloff e14 does similar..
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Old 08-12-20, 01:57 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. We used to ride together 25 plus years ago. She has not ridden in a long time. I only assume I will be faster.

We are thinking of getting her an inexpensive bike and seeing how it goes. Then if she likes it and is slower as we expect then look into an e bike.

She would need something small, light and easy to handle. She is 5' 0" and about 110 lbs.

We are in Florida and do not have a lot of hills.
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Old 08-12-20, 04:07 PM
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Make sure you don't get such an inexpensive bike that she doesn't think it's fun; a rental for a couple of rides may help. Of course, this is not the best time to procure a used bike, but you might look anyway..
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