Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rad Power Bikes - Rad Rover

On a beautiful Thursday a few weeks ago, I test rode both of Rad Power's 2016 models.

The Rad Wagon is a truly excellent all around electric long tail cargo bike - if you didn't catch my review of it, you should read it, because there are a lot of common features on these two bikes, and I'll refer back to that review a good bit here.

The Rad Rover, on the other hand, is more designed for pure fun.  And, I think it's misnamed.

It should be called the "Rad FacePain," or perhaps the "Rad Grin Maker."  Because if your face doesn't hurt from grinning after riding this, you might just be dead.

This is a $1500 factory built bike.  It performs like a $1500 DIY build.  That's impressive.

Read on, because you know you want to.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rad Power Bikes - Rad Wagon Review

It's not a secret that I like electric bikes.  I've built my own, because I have no interest in what $4k+ commercial bikes offer, and I haven't found a cheaper commercial bike that I felt was reasonable for what it cost.

Until now.

I took a few hours on a beautiful Thursday to check out Rad Power's new location in Ballard, and to check out both the Rad Wagon and the Rad Rover.  Here's what I found!

Keep reading for lots of details, and lots of great lakefront photos of a beautiful bike!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Wheels, Tires, Tubes, and Slime

You know what sucks?  Flat tires.  You know what you can almost entirely avoid with a bit of work?  Flat tires.  I've developed a solution that lets me ride home with something like this nail run through the wheel and tube (pennies for comparison).  I brought this at least two miles in my wheel, and still made it home on the bike with air in my tires.

Interested?  Read on!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Why I think Tesla is building throwaway cars

Tesla very clearly builds some good cars.  The Model S is an incredibly well regarded car, and it certainly goes like stink in a straight line.

A lot of Tesla fans claim that electric vehicles are inherently superior, because with fewer moving parts, they'll be able to stay on the road basically forever - no piston rings to wear, no transmissions to fail, no oil to change.

But will they?  Frequently, the decision to repair or scrap a car isn't made based on what is technically possible, but based on what the owner thinks is financially reasonable.  In many cases, it's possible to repair a car long past what most people would consider reasonable, but cars end up scrapped anyway because someone doesn't want to pay for the repairs.

For the Model S to remain on the road long past the standard lifetime of cars, then, it has to be financially feasible for an average owner to repair it and keep it running.

Is it?  Read on and let's take a look.