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Manny



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:39 pm    Post subject: Electric Bikes Reply with quote

Looking back at older posts I see posts about bikes, mountain bikes, bug out bikes, e-bikes etc.. come up on a pretty regular basis. Certainly not as frequently as when Vlad was hanging around, but I sure see that I'm not the only one who's interested in them.

Though I haven't done a lot of biking lately, I'm a long time mountain biker that use to put a fair amount of miles on my trusty mountain bikes for fitness & fun. In the last couple of years I've really become interested in the "Fat Bike" variant's that have tires about 4" wide and really perform well in some pretty bad conditions. The down side to them I've seen is they're generally quite expensive, and those big tires/wheels come with corresponding penalties in weight & rolling resistance.

Recently while perusing YouTube, I discovered battery powered electric fat bikes, specifically those from Rad Power Bikes, that appear to offer quite good performance and durability for a fairly reasonable price.

https://www.radpowerbikes.com

They seem to get pretty consistent good reviews and enough honest usability and functionality that I'm getting very interested in getting one. For fun, getting back into fitness, running errands, etc.. I can think of a multitude of reasons why one of these could be handy as the dickens whilst putting a big ole smile on my face. The 20-40 mile range and up to 20 MPH top speed listed would fit within about any anticipated usage I would realistically have. The quietness and ability to use bike paths is very appealing and the video's I've seen of things powering through soft beach sand and climbing some pretty substantial hills really has me thinking that I want one.

Though they offer several models, the two Fat Bikes the Rover & the Mini are what really have captured my interest. Curious if anyone has any experience with these or similar, and what your thought are.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be interested in one but would have to put something on it to make a motorcycle noise. #mrgreen
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nancy1340 wrote:
I'd be interested in one but would have to put something on it to make a motorcycle noise. #mrgreen


All I'd have to do would be eat a plate of baked beans before ridin...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nancy1340 wrote:
I'd be interested in one but would have to put something on it to make a motorcycle noise. #mrgreen


Come on you could do it the old fashioned way with playing cards and clothes pins. Not quite Harley thunder but it's sumthin' ha.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever happened to Vlad? He was all about the electric bikes for a while.

You can buy kits on-line to convert your regular bike, some of the kits get pretty good reviews. I've kinda looked at them and supposedly the rear wheel drive kits are safer due to better handling characteristics. There are both gas and electric kits out there and some of them will attain speeds that I wouldn't be comfortable using regular bicycle tires.

One of my friend's parents no longer drive due to age and health issues and they started out with regular trikes (pedal) but now both have the electric versions. They use them for local runs to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc. he says they're happy with them although he had no idea the brand.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure wouldn’t mind seeing Vlad putting his two cents in on this topic.

FYI: since I posted about the Rad bikes above they’ve introduced a number of upgrades across their product line, an improved battery being one of them that has bumped the range a fair amount, looks to be about 45 miles per charge. That folding Mini especially just looks so darn handy & full of capability....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure wouldn’t mind seeing Vlad putting his two cents in on this topic.

FYI: since I posted about the Rad bikes above they’ve introduced a number of upgrades across their product line, an improved battery being one of them that has bumped the range a fair amount, looks to be about 45 miles per charge. That folding Mini especially just looks so darn handy & full of capability....
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://vlad-unclevlad.blogspot.com/2013/

Found his blog, nothing since 2013
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if he's still kicking, I think he was in his late 70s when he was posting here.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure wouldn’t mind seeing Vlad putting his two cents in on this topic.

FYI: since I posted about the Rad bikes above they’ve introduced a number of upgrades across their product line, an improved battery being one of them that has bumped the range a fair amount, looks to be about 45 miles per charge. That folding Mini especially just looks so darn handy & full of capability....
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