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#41 porter

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Posted 14 October 2020 - 09:19 PM

I have a less than five mile commute. I've considered various options but in the end it's such a short distance why bother? I could drive something incredibly inefficient and it wouldn't matter.

What if it rains? I need to suddenly pick up the kids? On top of that we don't have very wide shoulders on the roads and a lot of people are bad drivers.

 

My wife is excited about it because 1. she can "park" closer to her job (on a campus), 2. she can get an hour of variable intensity outdoor exercise of her choosing for the "cost" of only an extra 30 minutes vs. using the car, 3. She can go to as needed basis for a parking pass (yes, her work charges her to park), 4. Decreased miles on the car. It could break tomorrow, but potentially our old Outback could make it another 5+ years with decreased city miles. Appeals to me from a cost standpoint. Plus, as mentioned above, there's some family utility to an e-bike. I would totally use it for small "whoops, we forgot this and need it for dinner tonight" grocery store runs. Our area has wide bike lanes or MUPs available, though. That's a big difference.


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:26 AM

They ended up having a package deal on the RadRunner for black friday so I ordered that for my wife: https://www.radpower...-sale#radrunner
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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:28 AM

They ended up having a package deal on the RadRunner for black friday so I ordered that for my wife: https://www.radpower...-sale#radrunner

 

that's a pretty sweet looking ride.  make sure to give a review later :cheers:


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#44 porter

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:35 AM

Will do - she will be the main rider and use it to commute when weather is conducive, but I hope to use it here and there as well.
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Posted 28 November 2020 - 10:35 PM

Got it today, unpacked and set up, added accessories (fenders, passenger seat, center console).

Pretty amazing what you get for the price. Everything seems of reasonable quality. I took it on a test run and I (200 lbs) went up a 15% grade, 1/3 mile near my house at around 7 mph with moderate effort. On flatter ground you do 15-18 mph pretty easily. The lights are surprisingly good and tires have a reflective sidewall.

We'll see how it does in everyday usage but I'm pretty impressed so far.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 03:33 PM

The Harley Livewire looks pretty neat.
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Posted 06 January 2021 - 11:39 AM

Here it is with the towing rig set up. My wife loves it. Drops the kids off at daycare and leaves the trailer there, then to work. About 16 miles total, round trip, and only uses about half the battery. All on wide low-traffic residential streets, spaced bike lanes or MUPs. Adds about 20 minutes to her day but gets about an hour of exercise out of that.

The kids love it too. They stay warm in the trailer. In the spring we'll get a rack mounted safety seat for the older one.

I've used the bike for quick errands on the weekend as well.

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Posted 06 January 2021 - 12:26 PM

Sounds awesome.

Wonder how many other people are in the overlap area of the venn diagram with the two vehicles in your photo...
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Posted 06 January 2021 - 12:29 PM

nice!  glad it's working out for you.


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Posted 06 January 2021 - 12:41 PM

Sounds awesome.

Wonder how many other people are in the overlap area of the venn diagram with the two vehicles in your photo...


We've never claimed to be normal. Truck only gets driven about 3-4k a year now.
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Posted 06 January 2021 - 12:50 PM

it's the wide low traffic streets with bike lanes that I'm missing :P


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