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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:25 PM

Any experience with hybrid bicycles?

https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radcity-electric-commuter-bike?variant=18180055629920&utm_source=AdWords&utm_campaign=Smart_Shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_8H8wJj55QIVzNTeCh1WagHQEAEYASAEEgLFo_D_BwE

I'm looking for a 5 mile commuter bike. Any experience with electric assist bikes? Durable? Good battery life? Known problems?

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Throck Nov 20 OP
Sherman A1 Nov 20 #1
Hoyt Nov 20 #2
ExciteBike66 Nov 20 #3
Throck Nov 20 #4
Throck Nov 21 #5
Throck Nov 21 #6
47of74 Nov 28 #7

Response to Throck (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:28 PM

1. Following

Iím likewise interested.

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Response to Throck (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:33 PM

2. Another interested. From what I've read, there are a bunch that will

do well at that distance. Someone posted a few months ago about one they got on Amazon significantly less than $1000.

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Response to Throck (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 12:51 PM

3. All available bikes should do 5 miles easy...

In my case, 5 miles of purely using the throttle (no pedaling) uses about 100wh of power. All ebikes have batteries with more capacity than that.

I have a cheap Chinese kit (bought years ago) that works great, but is heavy. I replaced the battery with one from Luna Cycle, known American supplier of durable batteries (all made in China, but using Panasonic cells). I found a steel-frame bike in my neighbor's trash to put the kit on.

Radpower bikes have good reviews, but if you can DIY it a kit would be much cheaper depending on what you spent on the bike.

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Response to ExciteBike66 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:26 PM

4. Downhill power generation?

Do they generate power when going downhill or when you're pedaling? I wonder if I making good assumptions.

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Response to Throck (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 11:13 AM

5. UPDATE; Manufacturer's Response

Question: Do Rad Bikes charge when the bike is going downhill/pedaling or does the battery only charge on the charger?

Answer:
Thanks for taking the time to write in! I would be more than happy to help out in any way that I can.

Our bikes do not charge while pedalling or coasting but the models that have a Direct Drive Motor will recharge under braking. These models are as follows;

RadWagon
RadCity
RadCity Step Thru


If there is anything else I can assist with, please let me know.



Regards,
Peyton
Customer Experience Specialist
Rad Power Bikes

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Response to Throck (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 11:23 AM

6. Some people buy their fantasy car when they retire.

https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radcity-electric-commuter-bike?variant=18180055629920&utm_source=AdWords&utm_campaign=Smart_Shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6czCndn75QIVBj4bCh0VDAo0EAEYASABEgITQPD_BwE

This is my fantasy retirement vehicle. Throw on a rear cargo rack and I'm off to town (4 miles). Anyone who's ever read my other post, I gather acorns, hickories, walnuts, apples.... and randomly plant the seeds. This would be perfect for picking them up and distributing them. I can start cruising farther. Knee replacement be damned!

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Response to Throck (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 10:54 AM

7. I have a Verve+

Yes it was expensive but it's been great. I put about 1400 miles on it this year. Where I live it's hilly and hills that would have been impassible for me before are now doable. I still get a workout on them but the electric assist motor is a big help.

I try not to go full on turbo but dial it back so I still have to work a bit.

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