I have been saving up since last Autumn for a new e-bike. My old one, an iZip, had served me well but I completely fell in love with this one. It's a RadRunner made by Rad Power Bikes out of the Seattle WA area. It is described as a utility e-bike, which is perfect for me.
Between the saving, selling my iZip and another bike, I was finally able to buy the bike about 2 weeks ago. Rad Power is a direct to consumer bike manufacturer so I was not able to buy it locally (and not able to test drive it). However, I immersed myself in the countless YouTube videos of reviews of the bike. That convinced me it was the bike for me.
It is definitely not a traditional bike. The wheels are 20" for starters. The tires are 3.5 inches across, almost as wide as a motorcycle tire. That certainly makes for a smoother ride.
The main reason, other than a daily commute, that I wanted this particular bike is simple. I am once again endeavoring to sketch and draw more outside. Urban sketching. Although due to the Covid-19 pandemic I'm not really able to hang out in coffee houses, it is Spring and there are a LOT of outdoor destinations to sketch. I will definitely be able to carry any sketching equipment to wherever I need to go.
If you have ever thought of buying an e-bike, check out Rad Power Bikes. They are a wonderful company with great customer service. There is some very basic assembly required such as installing the front wheel, but the company has very detailed instructional videos on their website.
I woke to a beautiful morning and decided to make a time-lapse video of my morning ride!