The Radwagon and boulders on the mountain.
The eBike Challenge is a photo and video diary of the journey our family has taken to find an ebike to enable our ecowarrior existence and reduce our footprint on the world. It is our way of encouraging other families to take the bold step of reducing their needs by switching to the environmentally friendly transportation option that ebikes provide.
So, if you've been following along, you know we bought some ebikes that didn't work out. We had been looking at the Radwagon originally, but like everyone out in the real world, dropping two grand on a bicycle makes you hesitate. We bought the wrong bikes, had a bad time with them, but it all worked out. We ordered the Radwagon from radpowerbikes.com and I get this receipt while I'm in the kitchen talking to my wife and giggling about the new ebike with the Chromebook open.
Well, I reply, "I'm so stoked" to the Do Not Reply email receipt because I was being goofy, and lo and behold I get an email back from their Thomas in their Customer Service department telling me that they were stoked to send it to me. I was floored, but that was just the start of it. The bike drop ships the next morning and I get this thing in like two days through FedEx, which is like asking your Aunt Alice to deliver a package for you. Definitely is not in a hurry. The driver though, he was all smiles and going on about how he had heard of the Radwagon before and he was excited to deliver it. I don't know of anyone at FedEx that has ever told me they were excited, even when I'm the one shipping, but this guy was genuinely excited about dropping it off.
Folks have to be careful about setting the bar too high. You tell someone that something is great, is better be. If it is better than great, well, that takes some hands on determination to be decided upon. First I had to put the thing together, and I took some pictures.
The giant Radwagon box in my office.
The loop is a handle bar and a tie down.
Running boards, seriously, the bike has running boards.
Unpacking reveals the Radwagon.
The front end packaged up.
Unwrapped handle bars hanging.
Stuff in the box.
The supplied tool kit to put the bike together.
Putting the bike together was exciting all on its own. There is a fulfillment that comes from building things. You're part of it. It's something you did. I put together our Radwagon and we ran errands and got groceries and went on a date night because we're cute like that and all couples need to go do things like that. Gotta, gotta, gotta do fun things with your partner in life, mandatory.
Hillary and I go on adventures together. We went all over the place, and did all the things that a family of 10 people need to do, and we did it on a Radwagon.
Riding around up in the hills on date night.
The only time the Radwagon was ever locked and left unattended. Notice the double Kryptonite locks.
Full load of groceries.
One of us always stays with the bike now so we can talk to the people that walk up and start conversations about this bike. We get to talk to someone about every three miles. We've met more people in our hometown since we bought these bikes, than in the entire four plus years of living here.
Super overly dramatic sun picture of the Radwagon.
Another bike and boulders picture.
Hillary on the back of the Radwagon.
The Radwagon at the local smiley face landmark.
Off subject, this is mule fat, baccharis salicifolia, and I'm allergic to it. It smells like honey if I remember right. I distinctly remember taking one smell and I turned to Hillary in a complete panic and said, "We have to leave, now." Felt like burning needles in my sinuses for about an hour.
Another reflection of us on the Radwagon.
We rode the bejeezus out of this bike. Hillary has been on all but eight or so miles. The bike is 750 watts at 48 volts, so it pulls hard. We've even now used it to tow a couch with our trailer. The bike is limited to 20 miles per hour, so it adheres to local law, which designates it as a class three bicycle. That means we have to wear a helmet, but we don't need a motorcycle license to drive it.
We made a video for you to watch of various moments in the life of this bike. The story is ongoing. Here's the next part. More is on the way.
The first 300 miles. Stay tuned for more of this story.