If you enjoy going on long scenic bike rides but your partner is having a difficult time keeping up or enduring the rides, it may be time to look into a different cycling option for them. There are many types of options available and an electric bike could be right for your partner.
Not only could you use an electric bike to help with the more difficult rides, but there are double-seated bikes for shorter, smoother rides. Here are a few bike options for you to consider when you don't want to give up your bike rides and time with your partner, but they don't have the endurance anymore.
An electric bike is an ideal option because it allows your partner to get the same experience as a bike ride, and can do the following:
- Keep up with you at any point in the ride
- Rest and use the power when needed
- Pedal when they have the energy to get exercise
Your riding partner won't have to fall behind, stop to go up a hill, or make you end the ride earlier than you want because they can just use the power stored in the bike. This makes an enjoyable independent ride for both of you and allows you to go on bike paths and trails anywhere. With proper care and maintenance, this machine can last for years.
Double Bike or Side-By-Side Bike
Although you will be limited to the types of trails and paths or areas where you can ride, a double bike or side-by-side could be an option. A double bike would put you both sitting and pedaling together, one person in the front of the bike and one on the back.
A side-by-side bike would sit the two of you next to each other, and you each will have the opportunity to pedal. You will need to have relatively smooth terrain for this, and if your partner gets tired you will be left to do all of the pedaling.
Set a budget and have your partner test out a couple of the options so you can see what the best for your rides would be, and what you think will help them the most. If you want to continue riding but you think that independent riding is the best option you have, then an electric bike will be the perfect addition.
Contact a local sporting goods store to learn more about electric bikes.