THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY RAD POWER BIKES
By Dan Nelson, Customer Experience Specialist at Rad Power Bikes of Seattle
While much of the use of electric bicycles is geared towards changing the game in urban transportation, we’ve found that there are plenty of uses for those among us looking to get off the beaten path.
Whether you’re interested in nature, an RVer looking for an alternative to a bulky tow-behind, or a hunter or angler needing assistance in getting to your secluded spot, there are countless outdoor enthusiasts that can expand and revolutionize their experiences by adding an electric bicycle to their arsenal of outdoor equipment.
Background on Ebikes The electric bicycle industry has seen a rapid expansion recently because ebikes amplify the benefits of a standard pedal bicycle by also offering the assistance of a powerful, quiet, and efficient electric motor, without significant drawbacks.
Federal regulations allow an electric bicycle to be classified as a traditional bicycle rather than a motorized vehicle as long as its motor is under 750 watts and its assisted speed does not exceed 20 mph, allowing them to be used in many of the same places as standard bicycles.
The addition of a powerful and easy to use motor allows riders to not only breeze up hills, but also to extend their rides further to areas that may otherwise be inaccessible with other alternative modes of transportation.
Motor technologies have been improving significantly, which is great for people riding in the outdoors as they are likely to be pushing them to the limits more often than riders on pavement.
The most common types of motors on ebikes are either rear hub mounted motors, which offer the greatest ease of use and maintenance, and mid-drive motors, which are harder to use and require more maintenance but offer greater efficiency and power.
The options for motor assistance are typically in the form of a throttle, which will fully engage the motor with a twist or the press of a button, or varying levels of pedal assist, which allow the rider to cycle through levels based on how much effort they’re looking to put in.
All of our models are outfitted with a twist throttle and five levels of pedal assistance. This gives all the power to the rider, whether they’re looking to zip up and down the beach with the throttle alone, or they’re instead using the motor to compliment their own pedaling to go for a long ride through the woods on the path less traveled.
Hunters & Anglers The ability to get themselves and their gear through the woods quickly, quietly, and with as little effort as possible, are all very important and luckily, also areas that ebikes excel at.
Most ebikes max out at 20 mph assisted speed, to conform with federal regulations, so doing scouting runs or getting to and from hunting stands and fishing holes can be done much more quickly than on foot.
These speedy passages are also quite stealthy due to the quiet nature of electric motors, which will help hunters avoid frightening wildlife or giving them knowledge of their presence.
A further benefit to help decrease their chance of being noticed is the lack of a scented trail left both by your walking and continued presence. The rubber tires of an ebike leave much less of a human footprint than walking and the lack of effort required will also save you from sweating, further assisting in blending in.
While there are other options that offer similar benefits, ebikes may have a leg up by their regulatory classification being that of a bicycle under federal regulations, meaning that they may be usable in many places where comparable alternatives aren’t allowed to go.
Legality This leads to a difficult topic that has been evolving regarding electric bikes, where should they be allowed?
While the laws pertaining to electric bike legality in cities, on roads, and on bike paths, have been more and more finely tuned recently, whether or not electric bikes are allowed or should be allowed in parks wilderness, and recreation areas that prohibit motorized vehicles is a topic of debate. These rules are rather convoluted and far from all encompassing, so it is highly recommended to check with your local authorities themselves to get their perspective.
The argument is typically centered around congestion and the increased wear and tear that electric bikes would offer trails. Perhaps it is wishful thinking but an alternate perspective is that increasing the number of people that are able to enjoy the outdoors, and in turn creating more stewards of nature, could play an important role in helping to preserve our natural spaces. This could potentially lead to greater advocacy and funding by people whom would otherwise be indifferent.
Conclusion Electric bikes are a great option to help experience the outdoors in a whole new way!
Rad Power Bikes is filled with outdoor lovers, myself included being raised by park rangers turned scientists, so finding ways to help others experience the wonders that the outdoors have to offer, and creating more stewards for mother nature, is something that we take a lot of pride in.
Check out the community photos collection on our website to see what you’re missing, or share your own so that your favorite spot can be appreciated by others as well. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoorsmen or somebody that rarely leaves the pavement, we’d love to see where ebikes take you!
Note: Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes is offering between $300 and $400 off their 2018 ebike models this holiday season.
The sale will launch on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at their Ballard and Vancouver, B.C. showrooms, then take place nationally online on Cyber Monday.
Because Rad Power Bikes already has wholesale prices through their consumer-direct approach, this is their only sale of the year.
Stores open at 9am PT on Black Friday, and the following Saturday and Sunday. For Cyber Monday, purchase at www.radpowerbikes.com starting at 12:01am PT. For updates, visit: https://www.radpowerbikes.com/