What I learned from buying and riding my first electric bike

What I learned from buying and riding my first electric bike

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E-bikes are popping up in cities all over the world, and they’re great for outdoor activity and transportation. CNET’s Logan Moy bought and rode his first one, the RadRunner from Rad Power Bikes. He brings you along throughout the process to share what he learned.

Make your electric bike battery go farther and last longer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwENgxQwdcE

Electric bikes compared: How to buy the best e-bike: https://cnet.co/2A1wW7n
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Special thanks to Court Rye from ElectricBikeReview.com.
Check out their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricBikeReview

Produced and hosted by: Logan Moy
Camera Assistance from: Jessica Moy
Graphics by: Amy Kim

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. I’m 225 glad I bought the 1000 watt peaks at 2000

  2. Can I have a bike I need one bad to do deliverys i lost my job thru to covid please

  3. That thing looks like fun

  4. Great video…going to order one

  5. Destroygary Funky February 9, 2021 @ 8:16 pm

    Nice review.

  6. Product reviewer uk February 9, 2021 @ 8:17 pm

    In the UK you can’t ride a bike without peddling and escooters are highly illegal

  7. It looks too small for you. Buy in person and get sized for one. Also try one before you buy.

  8. Disappointed but Hopeful Patriot February 9, 2021 @ 8:18 pm

    Find some youtube instructions on how to adjust your seat height. Your seat is too low.

  9. To allow it to fit in your car remove the front wheel. Thats what I do with mine and my bike is much larger than yours. My car is only slightly bigger than yours . Btw. what is the manufacturers range on one charge for your battery.

  10. freechoice forever February 9, 2021 @ 8:19 pm

    Hi Tom I tried the radrunner mini folding ebike
    Its very heavy to carry 😔 but I like it
    Cost 1999 value your opinion thanks yonge

  11. If you’re a strong road cyclist – e bikes don’t serve you much. I get much longer range on my regular Road bike.. though it can get tiring, I bike across NYC for. The entire day on a regular aluminum road bike. An E bike will help me grind hills easy but it doesn’t last me past the evening

  12. Just get a motorcycle

  13. Do it for Van Gogh

  14. Check out citizen – london

  15. Thanks for watching! Hope you found it helpful. I’ve learned a lot since making this video, but 3 months later I’m still happy with my purchase. Definitely think it will lead to an upgrade at some point in the next year though.

    What features are important to you in an e-bike purchase?

  16. You’re lucky these bikes are so cheap in the US. Here in Australia, they cost double that price without even converting to AUD.

    You’re also lucky that you can ride with just the throttle. In Australia we legally have to have pedal assist at all times, which is stupid.

  17. Awesome sauce and super congratulations. I love my first New E-Bike from last August 2020. I am the proud owner of EVELO DELTA X. I love that it has no rear derailleur. It’s awesome CVT, Continuous Variable Transmission.

  18. How tall are you??? Is the bike too small?? The reason why I ask is I am 6’3” and interested in the rad runner but just want to make sure it will not be too small for me.

  19. I got one

  20. jeffery Niccolson February 9, 2021 @ 8:28 pm

    Very fun video, enjoyed.

  21. Really good video, thanks a lot👍.

  22. Beyblades in My heels February 9, 2021 @ 8:29 pm

    There’s this video where this guy with behemoth thighs absolutely smoke a dude on an ebike

  23. Logan, where are you located? My fiancee and I are totally envious of all the bike paths that you show in your video! We’re guessing southwest?

  24. I purchased the Espin Nero when first introduced. Spent several weeks comparing it with the Rad and Himiway step thru models. All being very similar, power, brakes and tires. My bike arrived January 10, supposed to arrive before thanksgiving, but it finally did come. It was perfectly packaged and assembled easily. Took my first ride and was disappointed on it’s lack of power. Discovered I had a 500W instead of 750W power plant. In all my comparing I never saw that I was ordering a 500W ebike. I contacted Espin and they responded with an archived ad advertising 500W. It must have been hidden because that would have been a deal breaker and like I stated, several weeks of comparing I never once saw that. Any one else order believing they were getting a 750W Nero? Curious, was I hoodwinked or just a dumb consumer?

  25. What a thorough video. Good job!

  26. What if you move address how is transporting the e bike in a car going to work?

  27. How’s the experience going? Considering getting the mini or the smaller Sondors

  28. Is that lake balboa

  29. I already know people will say its a UFO. It’s not. It’s an Air Force fighter. Or Navy.

  30. Dopie arctic monkeys shirt

  31. By far one of the most helpful videos

  32. Great video. I’ve been researching bikes for 2 weeks now and have changed my mind 10 times at least. But, your video just taught me two things: I’m 235lbs, so I need at LEAST a 500W motor. AND, the "buyers remorse" comment. That got me. I’m just going to get everything I want, because I DO NOT want to regret my purchase. There’s nothing worse than regretting something that is supposed to make you happy. – So thanks for the video and helping me come to that decision.

  33. There’s no display! No thank you Rad…

  34. 50lbs and a small frame. Just get a socket trailer hitch and buy a motorcycle carrier. They are built for small motorcycles up to 400lbs (easily hold this), and it avoids buying a different car or a trailer.

    Never adapt or replace your major appliances (and home) to serve minor ones. The bike serves you, don’t serve it.

  35. FIGHTFANNERD9 KPOP is Trash & Twice is the worst February 9, 2021 @ 8:48 pm

    I don’t plan on driving that’s why I’m getting one

  36. dude has cameras in every room lol. nice vid

  37. The good part about having to take the bike upstairs is that u work ur arms a little to LoL

  38. what’s the fastest this bike can go in mph ?

  39. Curious, I purchased the Espin Nero when first introduced. I researched and compared it with the Rad and Himiway step thru. After several weeks of comparing I chose the Nero, they were very similar. My bike arrived January 10 th

  40. I’m glad to hear that you didn’t buy it to get exercise. Using it in place of a car to save money is a great idea! I think with the growing popularity of e-bikes we’re going to have to see some changes in our traffic laws. I am sort of a purist when it comes to bicycles. When I’m on a bicycle/ pedestrian path and one comes zooming by me at 30 miles an hour, it’s a little bit disconcerting. When I was young we had a thing called a moped. It was basically the same thing as your e-bike. you could peddle it or you could use the gas motor. I had one and never ever peddled it. It was also not allowed on bicycle paths and one needed a driver’s license and a license plate to be legal. It is interesting to watch the way different municipalities are dealing with this issue. I enjoyed your video. Take care.

  41. OK, Just saw Vic’s comment. haha

  42. Great video! Thank you.

  43. bought a kit for around $500, 4 years ago, it still works. i would buy a ready made bike similar to yours if i had to do it all over again. prices are more competitive now days.

  44. Can you jump curbs like a regular bike?
    Or go down ~2-4 stairs?
    How high of a drop is okay to jump?

    Why isn’t there a hand pump attached? (-a mini pump and patch kit saved me/ regular bike many times.)
    Is it easy to change/patch up the inner tube when you get a flat tire?

  45. Nicely done!!

  46. Love that fighter aircraft flying by at 9:05. Liked the video because I’m thinking about buying an ebike but did you know you caught a war machine on your video?

  47. BigGuyLittleBikes February 9, 2021 @ 9:08 pm

    I really like that green color!– I have my eye on this exact bike

  48. Thank you sharing you video. It’s very helpful in providing ideas on how to choose to a good brand of Bike to buy.

  49. Great video. Good visual resources used and very informative!

  50. How about van moof s3

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