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Any experience with hybrid bicycles? (Original Post) Throck Nov 2019 OP
Following Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #1
Another interested. From what I've read, there are a bunch that will Hoyt Nov 2019 #2
All available bikes should do 5 miles easy... ExciteBike66 Nov 2019 #3
Downhill power generation? Throck Nov 2019 #4
UPDATE; Manufacturer's Response Throck Nov 2019 #5
Some people buy their fantasy car when they retire. Throck Nov 2019 #6
I have a Verve+ 47of74 Nov 2019 #7
 

Hoyt

(54,770 posts)
2. Another interested. From what I've read, there are a bunch that will
Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:33 PM
Nov 2019

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

ExciteBike66

(2,494 posts)
3. All available bikes should do 5 miles easy...
Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:51 PM
Nov 2019

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.

Throck

(2,520 posts)
4. Downhill power generation?
Wed Nov 20, 2019, 02:26 PM
Nov 2019

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

Throck

(2,520 posts)
5. UPDATE; Manufacturer's Response
Thu Nov 21, 2019, 12:13 PM
Nov 2019
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

Throck

(2,520 posts)
6. Some people buy their fantasy car when they retire.
Thu Nov 21, 2019, 12:23 PM
Nov 2019
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!

 

47of74

(18,470 posts)
7. I have a Verve+
Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:54 AM
Nov 2019

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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