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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


(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.


(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.


(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.


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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?

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;

RadCity Step Thru

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

Customer Experience Specialist
Rad Power Bikes


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6. Some people buy their fantasy car when they retire.
Thu Nov 21, 2019, 12:23 PM
Nov 2019

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!



(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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