Pedego Tandem Cruiser Review

Pedego Tandem Cruiser Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego Tandem Cruiser
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 500 Watt Motor
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 48 Volt Battery
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Throttle Shifter
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Padded Grip Bell
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Front Crank
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Electric Bike Review 1
Pedego Tandem Cruiser
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 500 Watt Motor
Pedego Tandem Cruiser 48 Volt Battery
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Throttle Shifter
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Padded Grip Bell
Pedego Tandem Cruiser Front Crank

Summary

  • One of the only purpose-built electric bikes that is setup to be a tandem for two adult riders
  • Sturdy frame, fun classic design, reliable drive system with six speeds, great support and warranty
  • Twist throttle is easy to operate and enjoy though it lacks pedal assist and the bike is very rear heavy

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Introduction

Make:

Pedego

Model:

Tandem Cruiser

Price:

$2,795 USD

Body Position:

Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Tandem, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Components, 3 Year Frame

Availability:

United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Europe

Model Year:

2014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

85 lbs (38.55 kg)

Battery Weight:

9 lbs (4.08 kg)

Motor Weight:

8 lbs (3.62 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

(Wheelbase 74 in)

Frame Types:

Mid-Step (Classic Cantilever Style)

Frame Colors:

Black, Red

Attachment Points:

Welded Rear Rack with Spring Latch

Gearing Details:

6 Speed 1x6 Shimano

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index

Pedals:

Aluminum Alloy Platform

Stem:

Front Fixed Promax, Rear Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

28

Brake Details:

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Front with 160 mm Rotor, Dia-Compe Band Rear, Tektro Levers with Electronic Cutoff

Grips:

Padded

Saddle:

Comfort

Tire Brand:

Kenda K-RAD Urban, 26" x 2.3"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

White Wall for Improved Visibility

Tube Details:

Pre-Slimed

Accessories:

Bell Integrated Into Left Brake Lever, Extended Aluminum Alloy Chain Guard, Double Leg Kickstand, Rear Hub Lock, Rear LED Light Built Into Battery, Optional Metal Fenders, Optional Schwalbe Kevlar-Lined Balloon Tires

Other:

Removable Battery Pack (Charge on or Off the Bike), Quick-Connect Modular Throttle and Motor Cables for Easy Repair or Replacement

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

Three LED (Red, Yellow, Green)

Readouts:

Voltage Level (Remaining Battery Capacity)

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle (Half Twist on Right Bar)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Pedego Tandem Cruiser offers a sturdy, classic design that’s intuitive and fun to ride with a friend. The oversized seats, elongated handlebars and balloon tires add just enough comfort while supporting an upright riding position. It may lack some of the fancier features like an LED display and pedal assist mode but the simple twist throttle works well and perhaps offers less distraction for a new rider. I’ve ridden this bike with family members on vacation (we rented it near the beach). It’s perfect for sight seeing and takes the edge off when you’re dealing with hills, headwinds or a passenger who isn’t pedaling very much ;)

Driving this bike is a 500 watt direct drive (gearless) rear hub motor. It’s simple, tough and fairly powerful while still being quiet. In the video review you might be able to hear the soft electric whir as I accelerate? Having rented vespas and other gas powered vehicles for sight seeing, I much prefer the quiet ebike as it allows for easier conversation and doesn’t scare animals away. While the motor isn’t powerful enough to push two large riders up a steep hill without some pedaling, it works well enough and can reach 20mph on flats.

The battery pack design was updated in 2014 and now includes an integrated LED tail light. The pack itself is removable for convenient charging (or making the bike lighter during transport). It offers 48 volts of power and 10 amp hours of capacity which is on the larger side for ebikes and provides a lot of boost for the motor. Just insert the key, press the rocker on/off switch under the pack and you’re ready to go. The rear rack has also been updated and now encloses the battery providing more protection and easier mounting for racks and panniers.

The control panel and shifters on this bike are simple. Both are located within reach of the right handle bar. The six speed cassette offers enough variation that climbing or accelerating is possible but honestly, this isn’t a bike that’s setup for long distance pedaling. The oversized seats are comfortable but may rub on your legs a bit more than a performance saddle. I really like the new integrated brake lever bell and am a fan of the matching paint that covers the rack, chain guard and optional fenders. One of the few gripes I’ve got is that there is only one disc brake, on the front, and the rear uses a band brake that feels slower when stopping. For such a heavy bike designed to carry two people it would be nice to have oversized discs on front and rear wheels.

In closing, the Tandem Cruiser is a capable and fun electric bike for two. At under $3K it feels like a bargain given the 500 watt motor and 48 volt pack. The new frame is refined and Pedego’s legendary customer service and warranty (1 year frame, 3 year battery) is easy to appreciate. While it’s not something that I’d buy for regular commuting, it has been a lot of fun to ride with my Mom during vacations and I’m glad Pedego offers it.

Pros:

  • One of the only purpose-built electric bikes in a tandem configuration for two riders
  • Large balloon tires absorb shock when riding to add comfort, can upgrade to kevlar lining, all come pre-Slimed
  • Platform pedals are stiff, wide and grippy for a stable ride in wet or dry conditions
  • Saddles are wide and soft, include rubber bumpers for added support, matching padded grips
  • Rear rack design surrounds battery pack for added protection, includes a sprung latch for quick storage
  • Battery pack is removable for convenient charging on or off the Tandem Cruiser, built in LED rear light
  • Battery locks to frame with sturdy metal lock and key, key must be left in when riding
  • Available in black and red as of 2014, wires are integrated into the frame for improved aesthetics
  • Simple to operate: turn battery on, press power button on throttle, twist and go

Cons:

  • No mounting points for adding water bottle cages, have to use a clip on accessory
  • Chain guard can get bent easily if stepped on or kicked, works well but a little fragile
  • Rear handlebars are mounted fairly low, work well for shorter people but may feel uncomfortable if tall
  • Basic control console does not show speed, range or precise battery capacity
  • No pedal assist mode, only included one disc brake (in the front) rear uses a weaker band brake
  • Heavier than most electric bikes, challenging to transport given length (removable battery helps)

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RockstarBruski
4 weeks ago

Nice pics! That's very cool. I have a hill topper 350w commuter bike and a hill topper 350w foldable bike. I have an old schwinn tandem that I would like to put a hill topper kit in. did you use the 350w kit? Did you use the tire that came on the hill topper rim or a wider cruiser tire? BTW I see you wish you had a battery gauge on yours. The new "Horizon" 36v battery has a built in LED battery level indicator that works well. You have to stop to look at it but it's simple and I usually take a break and look to see about when it's halfway discharged. If you put a rack on the back you could mount an extra spare battery or put it in some Pannier bags hanging off the rack and just swap it in when the other one runs out. :)

Happy and Safe riding everyone!

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RockstarBruski
4 weeks ago

Hi, Bruce (AKA RockstarBruski) here,
I thought I would post about Hill Topper electric conversion kits and electric bikes.

Here's my two e-bikes so far.

1. Conversion of a Giant "Escape" commuter with a 350W 36V Hill Topper front e-wheel first with 20 mile Ranger bag battery and then changed with Horizon 17 to 40 mile lockable slide in and out battery.

2. Foldable Hill Topper 350W 36V Hill Topper front e-wheel with Horizon 17 to 40 mile lockable slide in and out battery.

Video of Giant Escape with Hill Topper Ranger kit conversion

Video of foldable Hill Topper ebike with Horizon battery review

Also, one day in the future I might try to convert an older Schwinn tandem cruiser to a 350W 36v Hill Topper kit.

I’ve been riding Hill Topper products daily for years so if you have any questions let me know and I’d be happy to answer them.

Also, if you end up deciding to purchase a kit or bike from Hill Topper you can use this link http://www.electric-bike-kit.com/index.aspx?dc=brucemoody and save a bit of money and I get a small referral fee to help pay for my video equipment and time to make video reviews.

I LOVE e-bike riding! :)
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RockstarBruski
4 weeks ago

Hi, Bruce (AKA RockstarBruski) here,
I thought I would post about Hill Topper electric conversion kits and electric bikes.

Here's my two e-bikes so far.

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2. Foldable Hill Topper 350W 36V Hill Topper front e-wheel with Horizon 17 to 40 mile lockable slide in and out battery.

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Also, one day in the future I might try to convert an older Schwinn tandem cruiser to a 350W 36v Hill Topper kit.

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daniel58
4 weeks ago

I Have the ocean current and it to has the spokes installed in the same direction but I have not broken a spoke. This could be because either the spokes are shorter or the the tires have a lot more cushion but you are right about the front rim, as it has alternating spokes.

Yes it can not be definitely overlooked or ruled out that the Ocean Current uses not only a substantially larger cushioning footprint beach cruiser tire but also uses a much less substantial electric hub motor of only 500 watts versus 650 watts; which is automatically at least 30% more additional powerful highly destructive stressful twisting torque forces being introduced about ones electric hub motor flanges' for ones potential spoke elbows and spoke head combination to metal fatigue flex up and down; until the expected premature eventual catastrophic spoke elbow joint metal fatigue failure occurs;

I have read in the forum responses of other users who have also taken the precaution of switching out the default CCS Kenda supplied rear tire(one can always use them on the front tire) and using the Schwalbe Marathon Plus HS348 in the 38mm width; which has the classic famous Schwalbe blue smartguard puncture protection layer; that even prevents and stops literally any and all punctures by goathead thorns penetration; when used in combination with the equally robust protection offered by Sunlite thorn puncture resistant tubes;

(https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Thorn-Resistant-Bicycle-Tube/dp/B000AO9PY8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1508531038&sr=8-3&keywords=thorn+tubes&th=1&psc=1);

so much so that one can regularly routinely have a few dozen 2mm plus sized goat head thorns buried within the tread without nary a goat head puncture(nicely durable and puncture resiliant indeed); though they do and can regularly fall prey to sharp metal road litter so one still needs to be quite careful, on guard and cautious still; by also getting a tire guard that basically is a curved tire formed piece of flexible adjustable light metal that continuously brushes the surface of ones tires of any potential tire surface clinging metal and organic puncture debris also as well; Sunlite even makes their own tire patch kit also as well in case you actually get a puncture also as well; or one can just use the well known and regarded traditional Rema self vulcanizing puncture tube patch kit also as well;

now the truly funny thing is the Schwalbe integrated blue puncture proof layer strip not only makes ones ride truly more plush and comfortable feeling but it also effectively doubles and acts as a small effective road shock absorption device also as well; those Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires are truly bulletproof indeed in more ways than one; plus one will indeed in time grow to love the quality tire ride and tire durability aspects in particular;

now whether one is using the Schwalbe tire for commuting and/or extended weekend long mileage bicycle touring; these Schwalbe Marathon plus tires are so tested durable and tough; that cyclists regularly use them as the default safe conservative choice; for even extended long distance fully loaded bicycle tandem bicycle touring.

JohnT
3 months ago

I looked at the owners manual online and it stated on page 12/Safety/Weight Capacity of being 250 lbs for all models (Boomerang, Boomerang Plus, City Commuter, Comfort Cruiser, Interceptor, and Tandem): http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Master-Manual-WEB.pdf
The Pedego Interceptor and Boomerang Plus are available with a Mag wheel option which brings capacity to 400 pounds. Also, the Stretch is capable of at least that.

We've put 6' tall guys on stock Interceptors and Stretches, but I might recommend a longer seatpost. The Boomerang would likely feel cramped with the stock bars, so I'd recommend swapping to bars that don't sweep back as much. Many people like to use the City Commuter bars and adjustable stem. The Stretch comes with them stock.

On any bike with wire spokes that regularly carries 350 pounds, whatever the rating, I'd recommend keeping a close eye on spoke tension. That's where a failure is most likely to occur.

mrgold35
4 months ago

I don't know what the official weight limit is, but a Pedego City Commuter is built like a tank... for that matter, so are the rest of them, I suspect. I know they have heavy duty wheels as an add on to several of their models as well. Certainly a mainstream bike with a solid reputation. My wife has one - no weight problem for her - and loves it. Worth a look.

I looked at the owners manual online and it stated on page 12/Safety/Weight Capacity of being 250 lbs for all models (Boomerang, Boomerang Plus, City Commuter, Comfort Cruiser, Interceptor, and Tandem): http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Master-Manual-WEB.pdf

Bill A
4 months ago

I just got my Riese & Muller Cruiser Mixte HS (large frame) a couple of weeks ago. With 70 miles on the odometer, I am very happy with this bike so far. Since there are so few reviews on this bike, I am posting some of my early impressions. I will throw in some comparisons to my wife’s IZIP Zumo as this is the only other electric bike that I have experience with. Keep in mind though that the R&M Cruiser cost almost twice as much as the IZIP Zumo.

Compared to any bike that I have ridden in the past the R&M Cruiser Mixte looks big and that’s mostly due to the 28” tires. Those big Schwalbe tires, along with the suspension, smooth out the ride tremendously. Even though this is a big bike, the Mixte frame design gives me easy standover and step-over height without sacrificing stiffness. And despite looking big the bike feels just right when riding.

In addition to cruiser ergonomics and superior craftsmanship, my other priorities were the Bosch power system and the NuVinci hub. The Bosch control is smooth and feels like riding a tandem with your riding partner perfectly plugged into you brain. The Bosch power delivery matches exactly what I want with no surprises. Compared to the Currie system on the IZIP Zumo the Bosch system seems to always put up some percentage of my effort whereas the Currie system will put up 100% of the effort if you are just turning the crank, with or without any pedal pressure. Let up on the Bosch peddles and you slow down; not so on the Currie. Although the Bosch system is intuitively smooth it requires some effort all of the time. The Currie system is jumpy, but requires no effort at all to go. However, the trade off on effort and distance is the same on both systems; minimal rider effort goes minimal distance whereas maximum rider effort goes maximum distance. Also (thanks to Court’s ‘Reeee’ comments) the Bosch system is much quieter than I expected and on par with or even quieter than the Currie.

On the NuVinci, no derailer means minimal wear on the gears and chain. The prospect of lower maintenance and positive recommendations from Chris at Propel Bikes sold me on this transmission. I know it’s probably a bit heavier and a newer technology, but if the NuVinci holds up I think it will be worth it.

On flat ground or on moderate hills the Cruiser is a pure joy to ride. At 60 years old and out of shape, I can easily maintain speeds over 25 mph, but I generally dial back the power assist to maintain 20 mph. Speeds over 25mph do require a bit more effort. On a short 15 mile ride this morning, in a mix of street traffic, bike trails, University sidewalks, and hills, I averaged 17 mph without breaking a sweat.

I got this bike the day before leaving on a vacation to Yosemite, CA. Since I was planning to drive anyway, I took the Cruiser along with my wife's IZIP Zumo. After that experience, I would highly recommend the Bosch Performance CX motor over the Performance Speed if you plan to ride steep mountain roads and you’re out of shape like me. We climbed 8 to 10% roads that were a couple of miles long and I was huffing and puffing up those hills. My wife’s Zumo, with it’s 500 watt motor and a simpler control system, handled them with ease; although my wife would tell you that she’s in better shape (and lighter) than me too.

In summary, I really appreciate the fact that R&M didn’t skimp on the power system, frame, and transmission on this bike as they are all top notch. Besides a very solid construction, the beautiful fit and finish are exactly what you expect from premium German engineering and craftsmanship. And for a couple of small gripes: although the suspension is adequate, I would have liked options for a better front fork and seat post suspension that are found on the R&M Charger. Also the battery charger that comes with this bike is a 2.5 amp and not the 4.0 amp; its more compact, but takes 7 hours for a charge. On the other hand, I like the chain guard, ABUS cafe lock, brakes, and tires. I added a Busch & Muller 701 mirror that looks perfect on this bike and is a simply brilliant design that folds out of way when storing the bike or pushing the bike through a gate or doorway. I will probably upgrade the seat post suspension and maybe the peddles.

One last shout out for Propel Bikes in Brooklyn as they were super responsive, courteous and very helpful in my selection. Before ordering a bike, I emailed a couple of other bike shops on the West Coast and they didn’t respond anything like Chris at Propel Bikes. It’s clear to me that Propel Bikes is top notch bike shop and Chris Nolte manages his business with passion and care. I ordered before Court made his phenomenal visit to NY and I had to wait a crazy 12 weeks for this bike. Propel shipped the bike on the same day that they received it. And even though I was on the receiving end of R&M’s growing pains, I am very happy with the Cruiser Mixte and would repeat the purchase if I had it all to do over again.

PedegoElectricBikes
5 months ago

Electric Bikes energize the town with fun and fanfare

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 5, 2017— A Pedego® Electric Bikes store is now open in Petoskey, Mich., bringing an exhilarating new activity to town. Pedego Petoskey co-owners Bryan Newman and husband-wife team Bill and Pat Anton are excited to introduce the nation’s Number 1 electric bike brand with a party that includes free test rides on the elegant electric bikes. It is the 99th Pedego store worldwide. Pedego’s enormous popularity grew from the brand’s stylish designs and quality components. Every Pedego bike features a 500-watt motor that empowers riders to conquer hills, headwinds and long distances with ease.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE GRAND OPENING & RIBBON-CUTTING CELEBRATION

What: Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony will include free test rides and snacks

Where: Pedego Petoskey, 438 East Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI, 49770

When: Thursday, July 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at 4:45 p.m.

Who: Store co-owners Bryan Newman and Bill & Pat Anton, store manager Dawn Marie Hansen, Friends & Family, Petoskey Chamber and various City Ambassadors will be present as well as Pedego California representatives Tom Bock and Cassidy Castleman.

Newman is an experienced Pedego dealer as he also owns Pedego La Quinta and Pedego Palm Springs, both in Southern California. Every winter since opening his other stores, Newman has had visitors from Michigan rave about the electric bikes as the best part of their California vacation, so he decided to bring the fun of Pedego electric bikes to Petoskey, an established vacation destination. “I chose to become a Pedego dealer because it’s all about fun, and now I'm thrilled to bring the fun to Petoskey,” he said.

Pedego riders can cruise for hours enjoying Petoskey’s miles of scenic paths without over-exerting. Located in the Northwest tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Emmet County offers a variety of paths that blend scenic splendor with rich historical sites. Long stretches of sandy beaches, quaint downtowns and year-round activities beckon outdoor enthusiasts, including families. Little Traverse Wheelway, a re-established turn-of-the-century trail that goes from Walker Road, Charlevoix, to Hoyt Street in Harbor Springs, presents more than 26 miles of pure riding enjoyment. This and several other trails await riders who want to explore the area while having fun on electric bikes.

Pedego Petoskey offers sales of all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and through headwinds. All Pedego bikes have a 500-watt hub motor that helps riders cruise distances of up to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Now available at the new store are California-styled cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; and the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power. Also available are the sleek City Commuter; the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on gravel and snow; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Pedego also recently introduced the Airstream model for camping devotees.

Available for rent are Pedego’s cruiser-style Interceptors, sporty Ridge Riders, ultra-low step-thru Boomerang Plus bikes, fat-tire Trail Trackers, Stretch cargo bikes, sleek City Commuters and a shiny red Tandem. Helmets and locks are included with rentals.

“Petoskey is such a beautiful place with miles and miles of scenic bike paths to enjoy,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “We're very happy that riders will now be able to see, experience and enjoy Petoskey on Pedego electric bikes.”

About Pedego Petoskey

Pedego Petoskey is the region's premier dealer in Pedego Electric Bikes. Offering a large selection of Pedego electric bikes for sale and rental as well as accessories and service. Riders can cruise near sandy beaches, through quaint downtowns and enjoy year-round activities on Pedego electric bikes. Little Traverse is a local bike path offering more than 26 miles of scenic splendor combined with fascinating historical sites. Open Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at 438 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, MI 49770. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call (231) 881-9488 or email info@pedegoPetoskey.com. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/Petoskey/.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at nearly 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

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PedegoElectricBikes
5 months ago

Pedego San Diego brings energetic vibe to Downtown’s fashionable BRIC

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 5, 2017 — The first Pedego® Electric Bikes store in Downtown San Diego has opened a pop-up shop in front of their soon-to-be permanent location on the ground floor of the elegant new BRIC center on San Diego Bay. Pedego San Diego offers Pedego’s 12 stylish models of powerful electric bikes that enable riders to enjoy cruising all over town with ease. Pedego Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego San Diego is Pedego’s 98th store worldwide.

The Pedego San Diego pop-up shop offers free test rides, sales and rentals of the popular electric bikes. They're located at BRIC San Diego along with the Marriott Residence Inn, Spring Hill Inn and Suites Bayfront Hotels at Lane Field, just one block from the Santa Fe Depot train station. The store is open Sunday from Noon–6 p.m.; Monday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Closed on Tuesday; and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Store co-owners husband-and-wife Sean and Chelsea Chavez, and Sean’s dad Celso Chavez, are excited to bring Pedego electric bikes to Downtown San Diego, giving visitors and locals alike an easy, fun and green alternative to cars. “With Pedego electric bikes, you can discover more of this beautiful city without the hassles of parking or worrying about hills or headwinds,” Sean said.

From the store, riders can easily cruise to the city’s great landmarks, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Balboa Park and museums, Old Town and Harbor and Shelter Islands. Riders can also take their bikes on the ferry to Coronado Island or bike to the island via the full 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway, which conveniently begins across the street from the store.

Pedego San Diego offers sales of all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and power through headwinds. All Pedego bikes have a 500-watt hub motor that helps riders cruise distances of 20 to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Now available at the new San Diego store are California-styled cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power; Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, which is powered by a 36-volt battery for gentle help with hills; and the Pedego Tandem, the most stylish and powerful electric tandem available. Also available are the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on sand and gravel; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; the sleek City Commuter; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike that allows for extra cargo or an extra adult or two children to ride along; and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Rentals start at $20 per hour and $75 per day, depending on the model.

“San Diego’s famous sunshine and outdoor lifestyle make it a perfect home for a top-notch Pedego store,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “Pedego riders will enjoy riding longer, farther and faster, seeing more of this great city without having to deal with traffic or parking.”

About Pedego San Diego

Pedego San Diego is the region’s premier dealer in Pedego Electric Bikes, offering a large selection of Pedego electric bikes sales, rentals, accessories and service. Test rides, rentals and sales are available at a nearby pop-up site during construction of the store’s permanent location in the elegant BRIC hotel complex, an exciting lifestyle destination in the heart of Downtown San Diego. Riders can cruise to the city’s great landmarks, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park, Balboa Park and museums, Old Town and Harbor and Shelter Islands. Open Sunday Noon–6 p.m.; Monday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Closed on Tuesday; and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Located at 900 Bayfront Ct., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92101. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call (800) 604-7187 or email info@pedegoSD.com. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at www.pedegosandiego.com.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at nearly 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

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Ann M.
6 months ago

I like the trike idea; we do a lot of custom conversions on standard trikes as well as tadpole types which allow someone with iffy balance to have their own wheels. With some brands of kits, like Golden Motor, or Bafang mid drives, the motor is programmable so you can set the acceleration, top speed and other features to make it appropriate for a 12 year old.

Other idea, check out the Pedego Tandem Ebike; it's been around for a few years; Court first reviewed it in 2014 which will give you some perspective on the bike.

J.R.
7 months ago

There are a few I've read about.

Pedego:

https://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/shop/tandem-cruiser/

Bosch powered:

http://www.fullycharged.com/newsandreviews/best-electric-tandem-ever/

I believe there are other Bosch powered tandem bikes. The Bosch dual battery seems ideal for the purpose. 2 seats, 2 batteries :)

Matteo Vitacco
1 year ago

ahsome

Sacred Society
1 year ago

500 watts is nothing. You need at least 2,000 with 2 people.

Jonathan Wolfe
1 year ago

I usually not comment on these, but this is the most obviously fake review I have ever seen!

Jonathan Bruening
4 years ago

Court, You do an amazing job, and I always check out your review on any given bike that I want to know more about. For this tandem review though, I would have enjoyed seeing a passenger on the bike with you. I am volunteering Turbo Bob for any future tandem reviews.

Jonathan Bruening
4 years ago

+Electric Bike Review Those considerations are way above my pay grade, but I can imagine you and Pete in a spirited  "Siskel and Ebert" type venue...

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 years ago

Ha! Bob does a great job and he's got a lovely wife to ride along with him. I suppose the two of us on this tandem would be a fun review... Maybe his wife could hang out with Pete Prebus and do commentary :P

Taggerung
4 years ago

When you take off on this bike, does the kickstand retract itself, if you're alone? If so, how do you put it back down when you're done?

Taggerung
4 years ago

Thanks.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 years ago

+Taggerung Sure, I think it would be much easier to just use the kickstand than laying it down. It wasn't too tricky for me to just hop off and hold the second handlebar while maneuvering myself towards the kickstand (and I was holding a camera at the same time). I think you'll do fine with it on your own :)

Taggerung
4 years ago

(Thanks for the answer, it explains it for me, quite well) That's what I'm mostly concerned with. If you're alone, going to pick up your friend, the next question is, how do you put the kickstand back down when you arrive at their house to get them? Or, do you just lay the bike down gently, until they arrive?

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 years ago

+Taggerung Yeah, you got that right. I basically nudged it forward like you're saying but stood at the second position so I could kick the stand with my foot to make it go up. Not sure if that was necessary but it gave me a better sense of control (especially since I was just one person on the tandem doing this review).

Taggerung
4 years ago

It makes sense that the rear wheel is up in the air. In that case, you'd probably have to move it a bit forward (nudge it) if you were on the front seat, to get the kickstand to retract, and have the rear wheel get traction. Did I explain that right, and is that what you'd have to do? (while getting on it, I mean)

RC-Collector
4 years ago

I thought of buying one of these.

ElectricBikeReview.com
4 years ago

They are pretty neat for the right occasion :)