Rad Power RadWagon

GadgetJim

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Does anyone have the Rad Power RadWagon ... ?

I'm planning on buying the RadWagon soon ..... Would like to see your RadWagon .... Modifications ... Accessories ... baskets ... bags/panniers ... lights .....
 

Timpo

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I would check out Bolton and Electro Bike World for upgrades.

 

Jimmo

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Does anyone have the Rad Power RadWagon ... ?

I'm planning on buying the RadWagon soon ..... Would like to see your RadWagon .... Modifications ... Accessories ... baskets ... bags/panniers ... lights .....
I preordered the RadWagon 2020 in June (realize this review is probably very dated for your needs), but in case anyone is considering it:
- arrived in September, as promised
- have 2 kids under 6, so I bought Yepp seats and a caboose. Caboose is a must-have.
- bought 1 Ballard Cargo bag (largest Rad offers). Again, glad I got a caboose bc probably couldn’t attach it with the child seats on, as the kids’s legs go over the main cargo bars. Caboose outer railings fit the smaller ballard bag clips.
- also got a handlebar mirror & love it

After purchase, I got a nice pair of rockbros pogies and also a $40 scooter raincover (KWAN motorcycle canopy) from amazon. Both are a bit awkward to install and can’t go on at the same time. Pogies for wind/cold, and scooter cover for moderate rain. Scooter cover hangs low and is a bit flimsy so I hold it up or let it push in against my helmet while keeping my speed down when it’s on.

I’m new to ebikes, and was never much of a cyclist, so a lot yet to learn. So far I’m happy though - 2 months and 500 miles in.

Many kid drop-offs and grocery store runs and no issues with the bike yet. Bracing for winter, so we’ll see how that goes.

oh also I got my first flat about 100 miles ago. Managed to find the staple, remove it, and patch the tube. Given how new the tires were, that was a pain to remove from the rim, but getting the rear tire off the bike was easier than I’d feared. Patch seems to be holding up well.
 

Jimmo

New Member
I preordered the RadWagon 2020 in June (realize this review is probably very dated for your needs), but in case anyone is considering it:
- arrived in September, as promised
- have 2 kids under 6, so I bought Yepp seats and a caboose. Caboose is a must-have.
- bought 1 Ballard Cargo bag (largest Rad offers). Again, glad I got a caboose bc probably couldn’t attach it with the child seats on, as the kids’s legs go over the main cargo bars. Caboose outer railings fit the smaller ballard bag clips.
- also got a handlebar mirror & love it

After purchase, I got a nice pair of rockbros pogies and also a $40 scooter raincover (KWAN motorcycle canopy) from amazon. Both are a bit awkward to install and can’t go on at the same time. Pogies for wind/cold, and scooter cover for moderate rain. Scooter cover hangs low and is a bit flimsy so I hold it up or let it push in against my helmet while keeping my speed down when it’s on.

I’m new to ebikes, and was never much of a cyclist, so a lot yet to learn. So far I’m happy though - 2 months and 500 miles in.

Many kid drop-offs and grocery store runs and no issues with the bike yet. Bracing for winter, so we’ll see how that goes.

oh also I got my first flat about 100 miles ago. Managed to find the staple, remove it, and patch the tube. Given how new the tires were, that was a pain to remove from the rim, but getting the rear tire off the bike was easier than I’d feared. Patch seems to be holding up well.
Also rad is not selling the custom-sized replacement tires required for the radwagon 4 at this time. Should be soon (winter 2020/spring 2021), so if you get a flat, patching is the only option. This worried me but from what I’ve learned in the cyclist community - patching tubes is no big deal and patches last for 1000’s of miles *if applied correctly*. Don’t forget to sand the tube before sticking the patch on (rookie mistake I made on my first failed patch attempt). Also, I used a small amount of superglue to assist in attaching the patch.

Finally, luckily this flat was slow & air leaked out overnight in the home garage. For future rides, because I commute on debris-covered city streets (on prior regular bike, got frequent flats from broken glass), I did order “flat attack” and plan to fill my tires with it at some point. This is a liquid that coats the inside of the tires. If I get another hole, it’ll allegedly block the leak & buy me time in dealing with future flats.
 

Jimmo

New Member
Also rad is not selling the custom-sized replacement tires required for the radwagon 4 at this time. Should be soon (winter 2020/spring 2021), so if you get a flat, patching is the only option. This worried me but from what I’ve learned in the cyclist community - patching tubes is no big deal and patches last for 1000’s of miles *if applied correctly*. Don’t forget to sand the tube before sticking the patch on (rookie mistake I made on my first failed patch attempt). Also, I used a small amount of superglue to assist in attaching the patch.

Finally, luckily this flat was slow & air leaked out overnight in the home garage. For future rides, because I commute on debris-covered city streets (on prior regular bike, got frequent flats from broken glass), I did order “flat attack” and plan to fill my tires with it at some point. This is a liquid that coats the inside of the tires. If I get another hole, it’ll allegedly block the leak & buy me time in dealing with future flats.
Oh and finally - I did not get a front basket because the fork-mounted light won’t work with a front basket. I didn’t want to have to buy & install a new light. Also, after having ridden a while on this bike, I would get another ballard bag before I get anything else. I wear a backpack when I’m carrying a lot. Have not yet had an issue with carrying capacity. Kid seats also work great for carrying take-out. :)