For more technical info and the upsides (and downsides) of the RadMini see the Electric Bike Report review at https://electricbikereview.com/rad-power-bikes/radmini/ Electric Bike Report is an excellent source of info on these things. You can also email us with any questions. We have our own take on the RadMini for Vermonters.
You should know that Rad Power Bikes has a number of great e-bikes to choose from, but only online or from their Seattle storefront. Honestly, that’s not VBike’s preferred way for folks to purcahse their bikes because we really want to support Vermont’s bike shops and help them transform into Green Mobility Centers rather than just “bike shops.” However, we also support the development of the bike into something far more useful and fitting for us Vermonters and to bring our car-reduction therapy to as many people as possible. The one thing we can say is that many Rad Power Bikes customers will end up bringing their online purchased bikes to bike shops to have them professionally built up and inspected.
Drop us a line if you want to try out this little, powerful fatty of a bike!
Unfortunately, many of us have fallen into the trap of thinking of the automobile as the one size fits all solution. But one thing we have learned at VBike is that having single solutions creates a lack of diversity and that is great for things like the climate change, shopping malls, highways, sprawl, and compromised soundscapes, but not for us and our communities. The automobile has historically been pushed on us by car companies, the oil elite, advertising agencies, the AAA, asphalt manufacturers and host of others that have hacked into our bodies, minds and senses to shape the way we live and plan our lives to the massive detriment of our children and our world. Enough said.
And here’s a final note - lots of bike enthusiasts will look at the RadMini and not comprehend why this is so important. Many have taken wholesale the longtime stance of the US bike industry that bikes are fitness/adventure equipment, recreational, or toys for kids. That’s all changing and the bike is now being unburdened from its confinement as a plaything and becoming a real vehicle for real people in a real world looking for real solutions. Still, there are many that will scoff at this because they are still stuck in the old paradigm and therefore implicitly supporting families, households and individual be stuck in a 1950’s car cult. Let’s move on…
Let’s move on to a brighter future that takes into account our need to connect with the world and keep our bodies engaged, as well as bringing to our communities exciting innovations to get as many of us out from under the dome of the car. VBike’s acquisition of the RadMini and many, many other vehicles to come will be the harbingers of this great movement of how we and our children can show up in the world at a time when we absolutely need to!!