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Tern Buyer's Guide

WHICH Tern is right for you?

Every family is different, and that's why Tern makes so many bike to choose from. Whether you're looking to haul the whole family, or just need a bike to do your grocery shopping with, Tern makes a bike and series of accessories designed to help you get stuff done. 

Here's a quick breakdown of some of our most popular Tern bikes:

GSD

Get Stuff Done! This is your two kid car replacement bike that does it all. The rear cargo tray hold a massive 220 lbs of whatever you're trying to haul. Upgrade to a second battery to double your range for all day riding, or just in case you for forget to charge your bike every now and then.  Class 1 (max 20 mph of pedal assist) and 85 nm of torque powers this bike virtually anywhere you need it to go.

HSD

Haul Stuff Daily! This is your one kid or small adult hauler - the new gen2 version carries cargo up to 176 lbs or one passenger up to 165 lbs. One of our most versatile bikes, it clocks in with a seven inch shorter wheelbase than it's big brother the GSD. The new gen2 features a brand new Bosch smart system with a nearly 10% bigger battery and tons of smart phone integration. Class 1 or Class 3 available (max 20 mph or 28mph of pedal assist) and all gen2 models have a zippy 75 nm of torque to help get you up and over most hills with ease fully loaded!

Quick Haul

Fast, lightweight, and light on your wallet. This bike fits cargo or one passenger up to 110 lbs. Use it to haul your kid around town until they're old enough to be embarrassed to be on a bike with you, or for errands around Alameda and beyond. Class 1 or Class 3 available (max 20 mph or 28mph of pedal assist). Adjustable, but not as much as its big brother the HSD. 50-65 nm of torque - gets the job done, but not as zippy as the HSD. Rigid fork only helps keeps it a svelte ride.

NBD

No Big Deal! This is by far the easiest ebike for just about anyone to get on and ride. It has the lowest step through and lowest center of gravity for very easy on and off, and fits riders as short as 4'10". Class 1 (max 20 mph of pedal assist) and 50 nm of torque gives you a nice, gentle assist around flat and moderate hilly areas while still being able to carry up to 60 lbs of whatever on the rear rack - including a smaller kid on a Yepp seat! Are you curious about ebikes but have been a bit nervous about riding one, or are you tight on storage space? The NBD would be our first recommendation to you.

Vektron

Tern's folding compact commuter ebike! This zippy bike is perfect for tucking into small spaces at home or in the office, taking with you on BART or Caltrain as a first mile/last mile means of travel, or throwing on a car when you're on vacation or visiting friends and family. It's also the perfect college dorm bike you can take with you everywhere and not need to leave locked up outdoors, as well as folks in Alameda living on a boat or in a small apartment. Just like the NBD, the Vektron is Class 1 (max 20 mph of pedal assist) and 50 nm of torque gives you a nice boost around flat and moderate hilly areas while still being able to carry up to 60 lbs of whatever on the rear rack - including a smaller kid on a Yepp seat!  

Short Haul

An acoustic quick haul! Perhaps you need a grocery getter or kid hauler, but you don't need the extra assist from a motor and battery system. This tiny, super affordable cargo bike may look mini, but with a rear rack capacity of 110 lbs and optional front rack capacity of 50 lbs, you'll run out of things to load on this bike before it's at capacity! This is a perfect utility bike for getting things done around Alameda!

make it your own - accessories tailored to your family

Choosing your Tern is the first step, customizing it to your needs is where the bike truly becomes special. It's important when you're carrying passengers to make sure you have all of the accessories you need to keep them riding safely and in comfort!

Here are some things we've got to find out about you to meet your needs:


NOW TEST RIDE THE BIKE(S)

There is no substitute for getting on a bike. Don’t buy a bike without riding it first, and trust what you feel on a test ride.  Few of us are “car experts,” but we all honor what we feel when taking a car out for a test drive - the same goes for a bike. We can only tell you so much - you do have to go out and spin the cranks.

If you’re ready to begin test-riding some bikes, get a personalized recommendation online, text us or stop by when we’re open.  We're happy to get your Tern set up with any in store accessories ahead of time. So feel free to schedule a ride with you and your kid to see how it feels!