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General Chat / Re: Another new Rad model: RadCity 5 Plus
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:08:09 AM »
I have the rover 6 plus on order. I wonder if I should switch to this model ? Shame I donít live where I could test ride one.

If it were me, the biggest factor would be whether or not all riding would be done on paved roads.  The City looks like its name; designed for pavement, period.  I think even wet grass would be skeevy on those tires except for agile people with sharp reflexes.  But they will be far more efficient using the battery power than Rover tires.

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General Chat / Re: Another new Rad model: RadCity 5 Plus
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:02:38 AM »
It looks like they're going to migrate the Rover 6's changes to most or all of the lineup, as we'd expect.  Nice to see they finally put a decent motor onboard the City.  But the idea of having to live in a city just gives me hives.   :D

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RadMini / Re: Best bike lock for Mini st2?
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:47:02 AM »
The secondary battery lock is a great trick! Do you leave the lock in place while riding?
Yep, in fact I never bother to remove it now; switched to charging the battery on the bike to keep it simple and easy.  The lock doesn't get in the way of anything and the extra weight is negligible, especially compared to all the other stuff I've hung on the bike, including my fat ass.

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RadRover / Re: Canadian Upgrade to 500 W Motor
« on: September 21, 2021, 11:58:12 AM »
The freewheel tool is available from Rad but for some reason they don't list it on their website and the one that I did order goes to a blank page now in my order history.  I had to call them directly and they e-mailed me an invoice to buy it.  I assume that they would do the same if anyone else needs it but it seems they don't go out of their way to advertise it for sale on their website.  I attached a photo of what the freewheel tool looks like on my order history.

Thank you for all those details!  Bookmarked for future upgrade path.

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BOGO is a heckuva sale!   :D

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RadMini / Re: Best bike lock for Mini st2?
« on: September 20, 2021, 09:50:15 AM »
When you lockup your bike, do you have much trouble getting the frame of the bike and the bike rack bar all within the "U"? Do you have to take the battery off to successfully lockup your bike?

No trouble locking the bike's frame to bike racks and other things so far - there are several points on the frame that work well, depending on the height and shape of the rack, but I also bought the long version of the 540 (300 mm shackle) for exactly that reason, because e-bikes tend to be somewhat bulkier and heavier to position in place than standard bikes.  The extra shackle length makes that a lot easier and as you can see in the pic is about the same length as the rear basket, so it tucks right in.  But I do have to put the bike up next to the rack even so, although not touching.  I carry that cable for situations where it's not possible to use the U-lock directly, like with a tree or too great a distance from a rack.

As for taking off the battery, no, I never have to remove it to lock it up.  But what's not shown in that pic is a mod I made to add a separate small u-lock to help protect the battery itself (see pic below) - if you're not aware, you should know that all current-gen Rad batteries (except probably the new Rover 6) can be unlocked and removed with a blank, uncut key available easily on eBay.  I carry a blank on my keyring to show other Rad owners, because they find it very hard to believe.

The extra u-lock deters battery removal.

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Rad Modifications / Re: Rad Runner plus 1000W motor swap
« on: September 20, 2021, 09:43:20 AM »
so far so good! im not going to go as far as to say I can wheelie the bike now but it definitely has some real torque now.
ive put about 30 miles on it so far and I love it. even kind of wish I could ramp down the torque a bit as I fear my little one could feel some whiplash when he's riding in the front. but its great I haven't gotten her past 31-32 mph and I don't care to. its just more robust, feels solid! instead of struggling on hills or to get up to speed.

Did you swap in a new controller as well?  If so, which did you use? 
Thanks!

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RadRover / Re: a mirror for my Rad Rover 6 Plus Step-thru.
« on: September 19, 2021, 12:03:02 PM »
I have two Mirrycle mirrors on my MiniST and they're amazingly rugged and adjustable without loosening up.  Mine are mounted differently due to the need to clear between a tree and a fence at a neighborhood trailhead.

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RadRover / Re: Canadian Upgrade to 500 W Motor
« on: September 19, 2021, 11:58:18 AM »
The one thing that I would recommend to anyone doing the motor upgrade would be to buy a replacement freewheel to install as it is very difficult and requires a special tool from Rad to remove the original one.  The OEM 11-34T freewheel is available right on Amazon.

Thank you for that tip; my local bike-shop owner buddy mentioned that unique freewheel to me back when I bought my MiniST - he had to buy the tool to service another customer's Rad bike.  If I end up doing the upgrade someday, I'll either take the wheel to him or borrow the tool - good to know a standard replacement is no big deal.

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RadMini / Re: Best bike lock for Mini st2?
« on: September 19, 2021, 11:43:50 AM »
Below is a photo of how I mounted my Abus GRANIT XPlus 540 u-lock to my rear basket - it's the only place on the entire MiniST's unique frame that works (the ABUS cable is for occasional use around trees and the like).  I know the 6500 is a folding lock, but may have a mount included for attaching to a frame bar like mine. 

I think the 6500s are typically mounted to water-bottle stud locations like the ST's front downtube; you can also buy adapters to mount water bottles to the front-rack interface; I have one of these to hold two bottles and you could mount the 6500 to one side: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BH69WGP

When I was researching locks, I found more than one video showing how to blow the 6500 apart at a folding joint (just like all the other folders), so I went with the u-lock design instead, and the 540 costs less as well.   It's certainly bulkier and heavier than the 6500, but in this location is completely out of the way yet easily accessible when needed. 

If you're not in a high-crime area, the folders are probably a great option.  I live in a peaceful little town in the woods, but my recovering-engineer OCD wouldn't let me get the 6500 I originally wanted after I saw it defeated with a little horsepower.

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RadMini / Re: Stem extension separation
« on: September 19, 2021, 11:36:08 AM »
The picture is for what Item I am talking about.  I put it back together.

Are you saying that with the handlebar-height compression lock loosened, you were able to pull the handlebar stem up and completely out of the folding tube?  If so, I can't recall doing it, but I think that would be normal.  There might be a "max height" marking on the stem, just like the seat stem bar.

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RadMini / Re: Rad Mini folded and rolling into an office building
« on: September 16, 2021, 11:00:16 AM »
I understand that not all folding bikes wheel well in their folded position.

I think our Minis are among those; any chance you could stash a 50-70 gallon wheeled tote at work, something like this:  https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-70-Gal-Tough-Storage-Tote-with-Wheels-in-Black-with-Yellow-Lid-206203/313792519 ?  The Minis fit into those folded and can be rolled that way, as several RVers have shown on YouTube.

If this is critical to you, be sure to NOT check out this aspect of the Bromptons; it'll make you cry.  But I'm keeping my MiniST.

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RadMini / Re: RadMini4 - 40 kmh doesn't change max
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:54:36 AM »
UPDATE:  I received my Mini yesterday and changed the speed setting to 25.  I was still getting motor assistance up until about 22 mph on a smooth, flat surface.  I was also able to do throttle-only up to about 22 mph.

Thanks for that; good to know a newly-shipped Mini was still upgradeable.  I get 22-23 as well with mine, but I'm not a little guy so that's probably a factor.

I seem to recall that throttle-only performance is somewhat dependent on the pedal-assist setting even if not pedaling, but I'm not certain.  Need to test that out for myself someday.

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RadMini / Re: Stem extension separation
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:46:09 AM »
Maybe I'm undercaffeinated this morning, but what am I missing in your photo that shows a problem?  My Mini is an ST, but I think the handlebar assembly is nearly identical.

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RadRover / Re: Canadian Upgrade to 500 W Motor
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:40:47 AM »
If you perform a motor upgrade to the 750W Bafang motor, you will see the drastic difference in torque and performance of what a true 750W motor delivers.  I also saw better battery life since the larger motor does not have to work as hard.

Is that the case for a motor swap only, or did you need to upgrade the controller and/or wiring as well to handle the extra current?  I'm considering doing a motor upgrade after warranty expires next spring and might pick up a motor in advance if I come across a good price.

I'm pretty happy with my stock MiniST, but extra torque would be nice on our hills; just not sure I want to hassle with changing controllers, mounts and pulling new wiring through the frame.

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