My initial estimates of the RadRover’s practical range on hilly country roads were excessively conservative. That much is clear and last summer’s truncated experiments in high desert biking left me thinking the whole matter of using the ebike for actual trips to town was going to be a bigger deal than more recent experience suggests. I’ve taken it to town from the county road several times and that’s no problem at all except for the obvious matter of not being killed by limestone haulers from an inconvenient quarry. But I only rode the bike to the road once last year and I was so concerned about battery range that I took a shorter and not-very-pleasant route that proved it could be done but left me not all that enthusiastic about doing it.
But lately it has become clear that I had things to learn about power management on an ebike. And I’ve either learned them or the bike is just working better than it did when it was brand new because range has lately proven not to be that big a deal. Yesterday I took the main ‘road’ to the cattlegate for laughs.
And when I got it back in the barn…
As for the actual experience…well, I’ve done it on a more conventional skinny-tire bike without shock absorption and found the experience unacceptably unpleasant to say the least – and that was 12 years ago when I was a mere stripling of 54. On the RadRover – okay, you want to slow down for the worst of the washboarding and you really had better anticipate any sandy patches. But even those things aren’t the deal breakers they are on a more conventional bike. In general you can toodle along at 15-20 mph and it just isn’t that big a deal.
I recognize that publicly using a bike like the Rad Rover makes me a official jackass, loser, fat tire biker. But I’m prepared to risk that. I like this bike. It has the official TUAK Stamp of Hubris.