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Here's How to Find the Perfect Electric Bike for Seniors

Posted by Yina Liu on
Here's How to Find the Perfect Electric Bike for Seniors

There are a number of extra factors to consider when it comes to picking an e-bike that's suitable for seniors. Strong consideration should be placed on the areas of comfort, safety, and stability. Other e-bike considerations include:

  • Battery power
  • E-bike weight
  • Motor power
  • Storage location

Senior Safety and Stability

Elderly riders need to remember that there are features that can make e-bikes more stable and safer than others. A good example is getting puncture-resistant tires, which will help keep any dangerous falls and injuries from happening. Even the size of the tires can play a key role: fatter, thicker tires will go a long way in terms of rider stability and balance.

Read on more information on how you can help a senior rider by picking the correct electric bike:

  • Battery and Motor Power

Senior riders should get e-bikes whose motors fall between the 250-watt to 500-watt range. Anything faster than that will likely do more harm than any possible good. Senior riders that move too quickly on an e-bike will be at higher risk of getting intensive injuries. Contrary to popular belief, there is no need for a powerful motor in an e-bike, even for exercise purposes or a commute.

  • Electric Tricycle

Instead of an electric bicycle, for elderly persons with compromised balances, an electric tricycle may be in order instead. Having three wheels on hand will go a long way in helping to establish rider stability. In the same vein, an electric bicycle with a pedal forward design will do the trick. Riders can easily place their feet flat on the ground as needed, helping them to retain balance.

Proper leg extension that's key for cycling can be retained through pedal forward e-bikes. It's a great design in order for balance to be retained while starting, stopping, and even riding. Luckily, the pedal forward design tends to come with many step-through frames already.

  • Low Crossbar or a Step-through Frame
Senior riders will benefit greatly from getting a step-through frame or step-through e-bike. It's a better alternative for them instead of the usual high-top tube e-bikes. It then follows that an e-bike's crossbar should be low, if there must be one at all. That way, riders can dismount or 
mount as they go along. Sometimes, step-through frames will not be available; a lower or swooping frame will dismount/mount easily enough. For a senior rider that loses balance as they ride, all they need to do so they can get off is to step through the e-bike.

Elderly riders whose balance has decreased and/or have limited mobility will benefit greatly from step-through frames. Those make it more convenient for them to actually get on the e-bikes, all while barring any risk of tripping or falling as they mount, dismount, or even stop.

Conclusion

E-bikes are suitable for people of all ages, but certain considerations must be taken when it comes to seniors. This is because there's a tendency for aging to reduce balance and mobility. Seniors must be safe and stable, which can be done through a step-through frame and appropriate battery and motor power.

Looking for the best adult electric bikes that are perfect for seniors? Shop at Espin Bikes today! We aim to redefine urban mobility through e-bikes.

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