bunch of questions about e-bikes

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?
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.
 

JD914

Observer
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 started looking around at e bikes and a friend recommended Rad bikes as well. She said she and her husband had done a ton of research and decided on them so I’ll be purchasing a pair of the Rad Missions for my wife and me ASAP!


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Martinjmpr

Wiffleball Batter
Some of our camping friends have the Rad Mini folding bikes. They're very nice, well made and seem to have quality components.

Our Lectric E-bikes are a little on the cheap side. They're rather heavy (probably 60lbs with battery) and the bicycle components are not the highest quality. Then again, they were also $500/bike LESS than Rad. So, yes, you can get quality and light weight - as long as you're willing to pay for it.

We're approaching the end of our first year with our Lectric XP folding E-bikes. So far so good and I normally carry them in the back of my truck when we go camping. On the down side, folding bikes that weigh 60lbs are a bit of a PITA to move around and they occupy a lot of real estate in the truck bed. Fortunately, with just 2 of us (and the dog) we have room to spare. If we had more conventional, non-folding bikes we'd likely carry them inside our travel trailer as the trailer has a long "hallway" that can easily accommodate a couple of bicycles (we carried our non-electric bikes there before we got the Lectric XPs.)

We'll likely do another year with the Lectrics and then re-evaluate. It is handy being able to fold the bikes up but folding bikes are a compromise in terms of riding - a non-folding bike would be both lighter and also more pleasant to ride.
 
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