I know this is an older thread. I just test rode Rad brand ebikes and loved it. We rented them for 10.00 an hour from a place in Wallace Idaho. We rode for 2 hours. 1 way for an hour up hill steady then back to town and road around town. I was extremely leary but am sold. Infact I ordered 2 when I got home. The rental place gave good tips about things that can break or fault. The assist alowed us to peddle with no effort up hills. When we returned they commented on how we didnt used hardly any battery.i have been reading a lot about them, but don't have a place to test drive so i have lots of n00b questions. any insight would be appreciated.
what happens when the battery dies? does pedaling require more force due to the drag of the motor or do you essentially free wheel?
are some models quiet? or do they all make some amount of noise? I read in the other thread about limiting it to 60db conversation levels at 6' but are there "no noise at all" options?
are they theoretically more or less susceptible to theft? do you try to secure them in novel ways or pretty much the old bike chain method?
for the models with throttles, what is acceleration like if you don't pedal? i assume this varies with the make/model of course, but generally, how would you characterize it? instead of flattening a hill when pedaling, can you just run the throttle and still go up the hill? if you carry a lot of cargo (like say, 50-100lb), is it really noticeable or do the bikes have enough torque to make that seem minor?
i've seen one bike announced that puts power to both wheels. is that common?