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General Chat / Re: No Puncture resistant tubes for Fat tire bikes- Why
« on: January 10, 2021, 05:54:19 PM »
Are you talking about those 20% thicker bottom inner tubes like they sell at Wally World? Most ebikes come with puncture resistant tires. And you have Mr. Tuffy tire liner options as well. Plus Tannus is getting into fat tires now. I've used those 20% thicker bottom tubes on my beach cruiser but flats are like death and taxes. When its your turn nothing will save you. I just carry a Scabs patch kit and hope for the best on my 'Runner.

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General Chat / Re: Rad Power Bikes Handlebar Mitts for Winter (Pogies)
« on: January 07, 2021, 08:04:06 PM »
How do they (Rad or the others) go around the mirrors if your bike has them? I noticed Rad posted no picture of them installed with mirror(s) mounted.

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General Chat / Strange thing happened tonight!
« on: January 04, 2021, 08:45:06 PM »
So I'm riding along after work tonight around 10:30pm. I ride on the edge of the street and will bump onto the sidewalk if I see a car coming up in my lane. I watch my mirrors like a hawk. Tonight traffic was pretty dead, so I'm riding along and I notice a car creeping up behind me. I have my think gloves on but I slowly pull one off and clip it to my bars and grab my mace. The creeping car gets closer but has yet to pass me, so I jump on the sidewalk. Here we go! But, blue lights? It's a cop car! I get stopped and told to ride ON the sidewalk! The officer says she can't see my tail light vary well. It works great and I check it every night before heading home. She says she just doesn't want to see me get hit. So anyways, I can now ride ON the sidewalk in Virginia Beach! I just jumped back on the side of the road as soon as she pulled away but I did appreciate the concern. The sidewalks are like riding a bucking bronco in spots! Best part is she had no idea what a ebike was. Just couldn't grasp the description.

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Sent PM about headlight.

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Rad Modifications / Re: Rad Power Bikes Enhanced Comfort Saddle?
« on: January 01, 2021, 08:53:31 PM »
Seats are always a personal thing. I discovered Sella Royal cruiser seats at Wally World for fair prices. Plus side is their still made in Italy, so their real deal Sella seats. I got the biggest one Wally sells, Gypsy if I recall (its raining out right now). The Sella gets a 8 outta 10 from me. The best seat I ever found was a Super Soft brand beach cruiser seat. It had 'Super Soft, Ahhhhh' written across the back. No longer made but it was more flat and I loved it. Found a current made Schwinn seat, also sold a Wallys, that "looks" like my old Super Soft seat. If you take the gamble on a sub-$40 seat and don't like it, donate to a bike charity. They always need good condition seats.

Bonus were the old Emory and early Worksman couch seats! Those things ruled! PUCH mopeds had a good seat as well but it's a pain to convert it to fit a regular bicycle seat post. 

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General Chat / Re: Seat post rad mini
« on: December 31, 2020, 09:57:26 PM »
Rads website has the seatpost listed at 27.2mm for all models except RadWagon 4. I also know that a cheap spring seatpost from a Pedego fits. I got my spring seatpost for $10 gently used from my Pedego dealer.

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General Chat / Re: Newbie
« on: December 30, 2020, 06:45:04 AM »
Welcome! Paragliding sounds interesting! I think you'll be happy with the Mission, and if for some reason you do wanna change ebikes in the future it's not like you spent crazy money on the initial investment. Can't beat the value and quality of Rad products.

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Rad Modifications / Re: Planetary gear mod?
« on: December 26, 2020, 08:18:42 PM »
I've read on several forums that opening the Bafang hub is a nightmare! Super tight and tiny little screws, I believe they are thread locked from the factory? I hope I never have to go into the rear hub for anything after my warranty expires. Paid my dues working on old Lambretta scooters and old pedal start mopeds. All of them have corroded fasteners with butter heads!

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General Chat / Re: Purchase rad mini
« on: December 24, 2020, 05:23:18 PM »
It takes about 4 hours to charge when I get to work. I start charging it about 4 hours before going home. Then when I get home I charge it for around 2 hours before bed and restart the charging around 2 hours before leaving for work. People say to not leave the battery fully charged if your'e not going to ride it. I have a pretty good grip on my batteries charging needs and how far I can go with X number of charge lights lit. I also don't worry about having all the bars charged when heading out. You'll figure it out as well.

Now I did notice my battery using an extra bar when going to work, then using an extra bar when going home. Found out my tire pressure was at 15psi! As it gets cold tires naturally  loose a bit of air. Since I ride it everyday and its slowly been getting cold my pressure eventually dropped from my normal 30psi slowly down to 15psi. Funny part is I check my car and motor scooter tire pressure every weekend. Never thought to check the ebike.

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General Chat / Re: Purchase rad mini
« on: December 24, 2020, 07:45:17 AM »
My RadRunner 1 has the same wheels. I've gotten 1 flat in 1500 miles. I'm adding Mr. Tuffy liners to my tires. But generally the OEM tires are pretty reliable. Flat protection has been discussed in another thread.

Battery. I ride mine everyday and run it down to 2 bars. I charge it when I get to work then charge it again when I get home. I have a good system when I rarely ever leave it fully charged unless I'm ready to ride it within the hour. Follow the charging instructions in the manual and you'll get your moneys worth out of a $500 battery. You could buy a fancy battery charger if you want but I just use the supplied charger and follow the directions.

I've yet to have any loose spokes and I'm not the nicest rider. I go down curbs, blast over rough surfaces and run 30psi. I plan on having it serviced soon and if my ebike shop adjust the spokes then fine. The wheels are strong for a 220 pound rider carrying a bit of weight on the rear rack.

Next, brakes. Easy to adjust and once done you'll be fine. Cables stretch and pads bed in. Still on the OEM pads but I have extra pads on standby. Also have 2 extra tubes and a extra tire.

Finally, my Rad has been bulletproof! I technically "downgraded" when I sold my Pedego for the 'Runner. I just wanted something smaller and easier to handle with wider tires. Buy it, ride it and enjoy it-it's that simple! Great products for a honest price. I'm going out for ride soon myself before a storm moves in later. Oh, and I've ridden in super strong storms and never had a issue.


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General Chat / Re: Rover Performance Headlight
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:45:54 AM »
I just got the same headlight upgrade for my 'Runner. Have yet to ride it in the dark. It is much bigger and hits my Foldylock. Gonna relocate the Foldylock to a different location. Like the light so far, will report back once I start riding at night again.

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Rad Modifications / Re: RadMini Unfolding Stem
« on: December 22, 2020, 07:42:55 AM »
I've not seen a RadMini in person but I'm assuming its a 1" threadless stem (like my RadRunner) but with a adjustment mechanism. My beach cruiser has the exact same stem as my RadRunner, A 1" threadless with a 25.4mm clamp for the handlebars (again, my beach cruiser). I bought a Promax 1" Impact stem for my beach cruiser so I can use "normal" 1", aka 22.2mm, clamp size for handlebars. Sorry this sounds confusing. My local bike shop sells the exact same stem that's on my RadRunner and beach cruiser. The stem on my beach cruiser is still being used because the 22.2 clamp area bars I want are sold out because of Covid, so the Promax Impact is still in the box. But if I wanted to run bmx handlebars on my Rad I could now do it with the Promax. Note that the Promax is for a "mini" bmx so its rather small looking but I think it would be fine on my beach cruiser.

But I think the replacement you need is a 1" threadless with a 25.4mm clamp area, like the "dead stock" one at my local bike shop.

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General Chat / Re: mini verse rad rover
« on: December 21, 2020, 07:35:01 AM »
I also recall a Rad Mini review on You Tube recently that was being used as a commuter on dirt trails.

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General Chat / Re: mini verse rad rover
« on: December 21, 2020, 07:32:52 AM »
How are you hauling said bike? In a station wagon/hatchback car? Do you have a receiver hitch mount on your vehicle? I ask because you can get a good quality hitch mount hauler and not be limited concerning tire size. I had a dirt bike receiver hitch ramp for awhile. The ramp even tilted toward the ground, you roll up on it and it levels as you get past the mid-point. I used it to haul motor scooters and mopeds on a Crosstrek. Now I have a Subaru Baja and a Honda Fit. I wouldn't feel comfortable hauling anything heavier than 100 pounds on the back of the Fit, plus I've yet to mount a receiver on it yet. The Baja is the beater.

And concerning your choice, bigger wheels are better on trails in my opinion. I have a RadRunner but it lives on road. Either way getting out there and riding is what matters most! We just want to help you be as comfortable with your purchase as possible.

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RadRunner / Re: Upgrade display for RadRunner 1....
« on: December 19, 2020, 07:12:57 AM »
Mines still on 20". On my 14 mile commute the odometer reads 13 miles. At the highly accurate "speed reminder" at work the sign says 20mph but the display on the bike says 18mph. I might mess with it a bit more but I'm happy with it. I also went large and snagged one of the upgraded headlights while they were back in stock.

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