Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. And thank you for your kind comments about our website. We specialise in electric scooters so we know our product and we are able to provide advice and support if you need it. We also keep a full range of spare parts in case you get anything damaged and, of course we give a full two year parts guarantee on the bike and one year warranty on the battery. Although the E Rider is the lowest cost, powered transport you are likely to find it is still a big buy and you should make sure the support you need is available.
As far as I know there are not any genuinely tandem electric scooters in the UK market. If you look at the pictures of the E Rider you will see that it has a seat which can take two people and it has rear foot rests. This is the same as the ones which are calling themselves tandem bikes. The reason they claim to be tandem is because they weigh more than 40 kilograms which is the maximum allowable weight for a road legal electric bike in the UK. A genuine tandem is allowed to weigh a bit more, but for a bike to be a tandem it needs to be capable of being pedalled by both riders. A bike with one set of pedals is not a tandem, it is a bike which can carry a passenger.
Let’s face it, we would all like to be able to go a bit faster. The reason why the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle Regulations (EAPC) limit us to 15 mph is that an EAPC is allowed to go anywhere that a pedal bike can go. If you were zipping along a cycle track, where there might be walkers as well, at about 25 mph you would cause alarm and worry people. I am sure you will tell me that you would only use the extra speed off road, but let’s look at what the regulations actually say:
“The electric motor shouldn’t be able to propel the bike when it’s travelling more than 15mph.”
If you have a switch or cable connector that allows your bike to be powered faster than 15 mph it is illegal even if you don’t use the extra speed at all. The bike must not be capable of being powered faster than 15 mph.
You said that our bike looked the best Alvin. Well it is the best, and it’s legal, and it is incredibly good value. Apart from that we give you support rather than forget you as soon as we have got your money.
Make your decision soon and thanks for talking to us.