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  1. One crappy bike after another. If your goal is to get a bike that breaks down then by all means, buy one of these. If your goal is to get a bike that lurches when you start to pedal, get one of these. If you want a super unstable trike that wants to tip over in turns, get the one they list here. If your goal is a reliable, safe and easy to ride, then go to your local IBD that sells quality bikes and listen to their recommendations. This list represents nothing more than paid advertising. Look elsewhere for advice

    • I can’t give my opinion about the quality of those bikes, but I agree the most important is the safe, smooth and predictable ride of a senior bike.
      Unfortunately I read nothing about the drive characteristics of the bikes, the response, the smoothness and the amount of support. All very important to get a safe bike, and only to be realized with a torque sensor

      • Nope, several solid and better bikes were left out including the fact that none of the Gazelle bikes were listed all of which are better made and will last longer than any of these bikes.

        • Unfortunately, Gazelle does not make an e-bike that will better accommodate a petite person. Petite people are not necessarily lightweight people but those of us less than 62 inches tall have trouble with Gazelle e-bikes. My good friends have two Gazelle e-bikes and let me ride from time to time – while I love the experience overall, it’s frightening when I have to immediately stop or dismount. I’m too far up off the ground. Because of the quality of the Gazelle e-bikes is outstanding, I keep communicating with them about creating a customized version with 20 inch wheels and/or a compact frame. Gazelle bikes, in every other aspect, are my favorite. The only reason I have not purchased, as I get older (yes, I am a senior), the higher bikes are more daunting.

    • I could not miss that you did not mention your qualifications and were completely negative in your comments while providing a solution of your own. When I followed the link attached to your name it took me to Freedom Folding Bikes. I submit Sir that your motives are not in the best interests of the target audience of this article.

      I am a senior who purchased an ebike for several reasons not the least of which is my reduced capacity to ride a traditional bike. I found the article well written and with seniors in mind. Every potential purchaser has their own criteria that needs to be met. My advice to those investigating is to talk with people who have purchased an ebike, take some out for a test ride, and to remember that only you can decide if it is right for you.

      • Bryan …….. I’m a 79 senior. Riding a Pedego Stretch (cargo bike) for almost 6 years with over 10k miles. Your comments regarding hands on consideration and test and trial of what’s good way to decide on an e-bike are very good. Especially for seniors, who may be less interested in being their own mechanic than younger generations, finding a dealer nearby with a track record of service and being in business for a while is especially important. Also, consider that with e-bike assist, some added weight is not particularly a burden. Especially with regard to wheels and tires, because skinner tires and rough trails or streets potential for flats are something that seniors want to stay away from. Invest time in shopping and talking to experience will pay off. Being on 2 wheels is so much liberation and fun for seniors ……..

      • And the price point on the Freedom Folding bikes is substantially higher than those in scope for this article, too. Another important point about the critical comment.

        • I don’t know anything about freedom bikes but cost per mile is more important to most seniors than initial price.

          • Cost per mile? nah. Maybe, cost per year. But most will sit unused after the first 2 months.

    • Couldn’t agree more. Seniors want low/no maintenance. A lot of seniors have an above average budget to spend. You only have one belt drive bike on your list. Where are the Reise & Muller and Gazelle e-bikes that feature belt drives and internal gear hubs for maintenance free riding?

      • Agreed, lifetime costs, cost per mile and no grief are the most important factor. I have a Gazelle with 4k miles in 18 months and zero issues. From the Schwalbe Marathon tires that have never had a flat to the Bosch drive system everything is built to last.

      • Agree. And I love the Bosch motor powered bikes. Where is the Tern NBD, or Trek’s low step through Verve +? I would much rather have a mid-drive than a rear-hub motor.

  2. At just 68 years old I have found my Radcity to be very reliable, safe, and easy to ride. Extremely smooth and quiet-VERY relaxing to ride.

  3. I’m sure these are fine bikes, but it’s amazing that someone would write a story about ebikes for seniors and never mention weight. You know, that property of 60+ pound bikes that makes them stick to the ground. Instead of BS about hydraulic brakes, try a casual mention that the bike isn’t going anywhere it can’t roll to.

  4. In my case one of the most important decisions for seniors like myself when considering an e-bike is “WEIGHT”. It affects all aspects of riding and also transporting. I’ve been riding e-bikes since 2013 and I could not recommend any bike that approaches 60 pounds to a senior.

    • David, likewise. I’m a 50+ year cyclist; road, mountain, folding (Brompton) and now e-bike (Pedego Stretch). Pedego offers many model options. The nationwide independent dealer network is especially important, unless one has the ability, tools and a lack of arthritic joints to be a bicycle mechanic. As we age, good dealer service is increasingly important consideration.

  5. Not one of these ebikes has a mid drive motor like Bosch makes which makes for a far more natural feel and safer
    ride nor are any of these bikes equipped with Gates belt drive, CVT hubs or the quality of such brands as Gazelle
    and Riese and Muller, Bull, Mustache etc. Yes, they are more expensive but all have low step aka step thru models with far better features
    including full suspension. I have not seen any article listing bikes that includes what are really the top brands for anyone who wants the best
    in ebikes.

    • Hi Sher,
      I’m with you. I’m 75, in good shape at this point. I’ll be getting an Evelo Omega as soon as I can save enough. Maine passed a law last year for an e-bike rebate that they still haven’t implemented, but hopefully soon. Evelo has Belt drive, Enviolo, step through, Class 1, 2, or 3, ability to add a second battery, 4 year/20,000 guarantee, and their customer service response is phenominal! Perfect bike for anyone, including seniors.

  6. As a 69 year old senior that migrated to an e-bike two years ago due to health reasons, I find that one key item is not addressed in your recommendations.
    The weight of e-bikes is a significant factor to understand when buying a bike.

    While I understand not everyone has a need to transport their e-bike on their vehicle, those that do need to understand the following:
    If you want to transport your bike on a car rack, you have be strong enough to lift it up onto the rack and take it off. (with or without your battery installed).
    You also have to have a car bike rack made to handle the weight of e-bikes. The only e-bike rated car racks I have seen require a car hitch, so that might limit your ability to have a bike rack if you do not have a hitch on your vehicle.

    You analysis and recommendations should include the weight of the e-bike.

  7. I am 78 and ride a recumbent trike with a super pedestrian wheel on the hills of upstate New York. Excellent for seniors. Did you consider recumbent trikes in your research?

    • I am 85 and have been riding a three wheel Bionx assist recumbent for the past five years. My wife and I switched to recumbent trikes after crashing our mountain bikes three times each while touting on the GAP with panniers. I tried switching back to an ebike about a year ago and found them to be heaver than my trike and very short front to back. I felt very cramped and unstable.

  8. I’m a 69 yr. Old senior with hip and knee issues. I bought a Aventon Aventure Step Thru. Other than its a little heavy as expected ,its great, especially on hills. My area is not very bike friendly, riding on the road mostly. One of my rides I can ride approx. 12 miles in 40 minutes with approx 30% hills, that’s riding on level 3 of 5. Need to work my way up to lower levels, less power, better workout,when. I want. I rode the same area , shorter rides,20 yrs ago on a Mtn bike. So much easier and more fun on ebike at almost 70 vs 50. My backside is the most limiting factor.. Looking at new seat,maybe suspension seat post and tougher backside.

    • The saddle is crucial! It doesn’t have to be expensive. A suspension seat post is a real bonus. Again, it doesn’t have to be expensive. You appear to be my age with the same problems. I built my own bike as there is nothing on the market with the features I want. (That I can afford).

  9. Thanks for a nice report.
    Some of the negative comments by readers are not true.
    I recommend that a customer test ride 3 different types of E-Bikes from 3 manufacturers before they buy a bike.

  10. I’m 69 with some hip and knee issues riding a Aventon Aventure. I’m new to ebikes. 20 yrs ago I rode a Mtn bike. No hip or knee issues then. The ebike is much easier to ride and I can ride much further. Ebike is a lifesaver on hills or when my knee is hurting.. My backside is my limit so far doesn’t last as long as the battery . The bike is a bit heavy. But I’m also a big man. 6 ft 1″, 255 lbs.

  11. Out of all of these, the RadCity is my favourite. I suppose I am a Senior now – no escaping the fact. I wanted a bike with the things that were important to me. It had to have: Central battery,low step frame, disc brakes, hub gears, hub motor, steering stabiliser, proper centre stand, proper luggage racks, suspension forks and suspension seat post. I almost achieved what I wanted by building my own for about £800, but the frame was the limiting factor. Out of all these bikes for review, you can cross-off anything with the battery hanging off the back, central motor or fat tyres. The trike I’m not sure of, but I may have to have one in the future – who knows? I will be honest and admit I have ordered a Rad Runner as it has most of the things I/we wanted, although I’m not keen on the tyres. It is supposed to be for my wife. Time will tell.

    • Its true the RAD City is a well made and excellent bike.
      I was 81 when I rode my purchase bike 29 Miles total and fell standing still in my garage at 29 Miles dismounting. Determined bike was too heavy and sold it. I broke 3 ribs and had rehab for 3 months. I still ride a 1999 Curie kit at the beach 24V 600W MAC Chain rear Drive with 12,000 miles. The stock Kollmorgen lasted 8k miles before Hurricane rise of 5 ft in my garage where bike was hanging. Blew the controller with an audible Pop. My experience before the 90s was a kit from Mobility Co in NJ Mounted over front tire. Was friction setup with 12v tractor battery between your legs.
      Starter Motor with a bench Grinder disk mounted to the shaft. The mechanics was a break lever that went thru a block and tackle arrangement under the fiberglass housing which had a standard old starter switch that started the motor on contact with tire.
      It worked if adjusted correctly and your were moving else you grinder a hole in the tire! It was called Pedal Power Kit. From a company that pioneered Mobility Handicap Scooters in Swell NJ. Frank Flowers was the designer. For $ 99 it came with kit wires and battery with charger 1979. Ive narrows my new bike down to 2 Blix models. Both Step thru The Food up and Beach Cruiser light weight step thru. That’s my experience of many years peddling with Power.. Bob

  12. Hi I’m a senior in my middle 70” always enjoyed bicycles, & hiking. I have been shopping for a Trike. EBR & Court give the Raleigh Tristarie IE & the Izip Tristar Plus a 👍🏼High Rating . It was a few years ago. The price on this Trikes is $3000. The Evelo Compass Trike is at present time $4,299.00 Oct. 2021 Worth ones time, to check them out. All are good quality. Take Care Carmen

  13. I didnt get to see this article when it came out much earlier, but found it today and gave it a read. SOrry, but Chucks initial reply rings true to my own experiences dealing with older customers who still want to ride.

    Reliability is a HUGE factor when choosing a bike. When a bike breaks down for most people its just an inconvenience, but when that bike is a mobility device, a break down can turn a fun afternoon into a survival problem.

    Weight is another. I laughed when I saw the 70+ pound aventure on the list! This is NOT a bike for seniors.

    Choose wisely from an actual bike shop and not from review shills on a website, and god forbid you pick ANYTHING from amazon! I’ve also found out that $2000 seems to be the price point to having a repaired often bike to a reliable AND supported one.

  14. I just turned 60 and my wife and I have owned our eBikes since early 2019. We love it! We test rode several brands before we landed on the RadCity 5. No complaints. As to reliability, I’ve got over 700 miles on it and it’s going strong. It just works. No need for service yet. It’s well built and has decent components. Check the reviews… they are solid and have thousands of satisfied customers. And an amazing value at under $2K. The only negative is that it is a bit heavy. Not an issue for me but could be a bit much to handle for a smaller or older person. The big bike manufacturers (Giant, Trek, Specialized, etc.) have eBike models as well. Even Harley Davidson has entered the eBike foray (check out Serial1.com). I’m sure they are great (integrated batteries, high quality components, sleeker look more like a traditional bike, etc.) but you are well over $3K with this option. If money is no option, then check them out but I’m sure any of the options listed here will serve you well. I recommend that you test drive as many models within your price range, talk to owners/check the reviews, and go for it… you won’t regret it!

  15. I am the 88 year old founder and President of North Bay Elder Ebikers in northern San Francisco Bay and my overall assessment of your list is that it is geared more for your advertisers and general readers than for potential older eBike riders. In a nutshell, they should want to buy the best quality bike they can afford from the closest eBike store that has a full service operation run by knowledgeable people. Also, I don’t believe value should be an issue if one plans to go down any hills, off road or in traffic. Ease of access and operation, proper fit, quality components, stability and, above all, safety should be their main concerns. In my opinion, any list for older riders that leaves off the Gazelle and Riese & Muller step through eBikes is, at best, incomplete.

  16. I own a Rad rover step, through I have almost 1900 miles on it and love it. I am 79 yrs young ride almost daily. I have added a brooks saddle and double actuated brakes.

  17. I have not read anything about hand comfort for those of us with arthritis in our hands. Squeezing a hand brake after an hour or so becomes painful. Same with a thumb throttle. The throttle twist is better, but not ideal either. I would love to have coast brakes where I don’t have to use my hands at all. I am a small 71 yr. old woman. Do not want to give up bike riding, dang it!!!

    • I’m sure it’s possible to fit a rear wheel with a coaster brake to a bike with a front motor or even a mid-motor. Would that solve your problem? (Partially).

    • Make sure you check bikes with hydraulic brakes before trying to get someone to install a coaster brake, which would be an unsafe option, especially for the typical heavy ebike.

  18. TOWNIE GO by Electra bikes.
    I am a senior and have 3500 mile on my Townie. This bike has the FLAT FOOT design with the pedals moved about 6 inches forward is extremely comfortable and easier to control. I commute about 6 miles roundtrip on most nice days and have enjoyed this bike. It has a Bosch mid engine and is fine for the hills in our city.
    I believe Trek bought this company to be able to use the patented design. The bike has been durable and held up well.

  19. You identify the Ride-1-UP 500 Series (which I ride), but a number of the comments you give are about the Core 5. Which model are you really trying to describe and recommend for (us) seniors?

    • Thanks for the catch, Lou. We updated our recommendation from the Core-5 to the 500 series. Looks like the page had an error when updating.

  20. For those whose ability to lift and/or carry heavy loads, weight of the bike is *everything*.

    I’m a woman aged 62, and I’ve had my Electric Bike Company Model S for 2 years. It’s lovely–the envy of all the neighbors (that custom paint is gorgeous!)–but it has become too big and heavy. When I purchased it, the weight wasn’t that big an issue (I was 60 at the time). But now I’m older (and an inch shorter!), and I do lift weights, but apparently it’s not enough for me to handle this bike.

    At 63 pounds in weight (including the basket and battery), it’s just too heavy to handle when I stop to cross at an intersection, for example. At this point, I’m afraid to ride it. I will try to sell it and get something lighter so I can ride without worrying if it’ll tip over and hurt me. Before you choose a bike, TAKE IT FOR A TEST RIDE. See if it’s too heavy, because you’re only going to get older (and likely: weaker) as you age. If you want to ride it for a couple of years, make sure it’s easy to handle *now*.

  21. Still riding Bionx since 2010 . *Since 2013 I have accrued over 30,000 miles On both bikes. My PL350 motors no problem.
    My Cruiser is a Townie 26″Schawble Marathon e-bike tires.21 Spd. Bike. Equipped with front shock forks, suspension seat post, Textro Rear Mag. Brake Lever,11.5 Amp 48 V. Battery. Range 45+ miles.
    *My Other Bike is a KHS 700cc Schawble Marathon e-bike tires Touring Bike PL350 Freewheel Motor Equipped with front shock forks, suspension seat post, Textro Rear Mag. Brake Lever,8.5 Amp 48 V. Battery. Range 45+ miles. Both Bike batteries have been Rebuilt by Jhonathan Nethers. BionX Has Regenerative Braking and Regen Charging at 10 MPH.

  22. Sorry, but as a senior, living in Canada in a hilly area, we need a lighter bike (58-64 lbs) and only a 500 watt motor(street legal) coupled with a larger battery (20ah) for great range. Also a rear hub motor so we could peddle home if needed. An upright position cruiser would be best. I don’t often see these specs quoted for seniors. I’ll keep reading in case you find different bikes that are better. Thanks, Warren.

  23. Very disappointed to not see any ebike picks with fully covered chains. On-going maintenance tasks (without taking it into the shop – $$) to prolong the life of a big expensive purchase are a big consideration for seniors, and many in this age group have joint and HAND issues. Cleaning a chain/ belt is one of those. Also, (beyond the scope of this article) would really like to see a senior-friendly air pump on the market!

  24. Beth, Thanks for sharing your views! You’re right about the importance of keeping your chain/belt clean and chain lubed. A lot of the e-bikes we see have chainguards. If you see an e-bike you want that doesn’t have a chainguard, check with the manufacturer. Sometimes they have guards as an accessory, or they might be able to refer you to an after-market supplier. Thanks for checking out our site!

  25. I’m disappointed that very little emphasis was put on bike weight. I like to load my bikes in the back of my truck and have sold two ebikes that were far too heavy and unwieldy for me. I’m currently considering Evelo Galaxy models or Specialized, as those seem to be the only ebikes in the sub 45 pound range that cost less than 4k. Honestly, weight is critical to know for those of us who don’t have upper body strength that we used to.

  26. Wow! A lot of ‘old’ posts in this comment section. 3 years has seen a LOT of changes in the ebike market and prices have come down. Take a serious look at the Evelo Omega. Belt drive, Enviolo CVT hub, throttle, fenders and the price is an incredible $2,600.

  27. I’m a Boomer. Not much income . Three Heart Attacks. Two years ago I was in Costco. I saw a Jetson Pro
    300$ OTD. I had not ridden for fifteen years (since My second H.A.) I grabbed it. Haven’t looked back since.
    Not pretty. Not very powerful. Very short range. BUT it saved My life. My cardiologist was impressed. The
    Hard part. Is changing the tires. I’ve gone through three sets. Lots of flats. The bonus is the Grandkids love it
    It’s paid for itself by Me saving on gas. Besides the health improvements. I live in a senior apartment complex
    I’m known as the Bike guy.

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