Here's the deal: We're really, really passionate about electric bikes.
But we get that there are a lot of skeptics out there who think that they just don't need one. Maybe they're hardcore cyclists who are wary of shaking things up, or maybe they're people who used to ride a lot as kids but lost interest as the years went by.
If you're among those who are still on the fence when it comes to ebikes, we designed the RadMission electric metro bike with you in mind. It's affordably priced, easy to use, and handles more like a traditional bike than anything else in our lineup.
Here are just a few reasons we think this latest Rad creation will convince you it's worth going electric:
1. It helps you commit to the bike life.
The RadMission is designed to look more like a traditional, human-powered, "acoustic" bike than anything else in the company's lineup.
Have you decided that you wanted to spend more time on your bike and less time behind the wheel of your car?
You probably started off gung-ho, but there’s a good chance that after a few weeks, you lost steam. You realized that it’s not a good look to show up to the morning meeting drenched in sweat or that riding home after a particularly grueling day just wasn’t worth it — especially if that meant taking on hills.
That’s where going electric makes a huge difference.
With an electric bike, you'll make it to the office without breaking a sweat. What's more, evidence shows that you’re a lot more likely to ride it every day compared to your average acoustic bike.
According to a 2018 study from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, those who switched from acoustic to electric bikes were over three times as likely to ride every day compared to riders who stuck with their standard bikes. Among those who didn’t ride bikes at all as an adult, 93.5 percent found themselves riding their ebike weekly or daily.
The study's subjects reported that this was primarily because electric bikes gave them the ability to conquer hills, cover longer distances, and help them with more utilitarian purposes than your average bike — all key factors that will help you commit to the bike life!
2. Ebikes make it easier to stay healthy.
The RadMission has a high-torque 500W motor that makes short work of long stretches of bike lane and daunting hills. It has an innovative ~7 pound battery that's compact, but engineered to still achieve 45-plus miles of range on a single charge.
New research shows that going electric provides virtually the same kind of workout as riding a regular old bike.
How can that be? If you’re not sweating through your clothes or huffing and puffing your way down the trail, you can’t really be exercising, can you?
According to multiple studies, yes, you totally can!
Researchers at Brigham Young University recently had 33 amateur cyclists go through a 6-mile loop on both ebikes with pedal assist and conventional bikes.
Riders assigned to ebikes had an average heart rate of 145 beats per minute, just 10 beats less than conventional cyclists, and falling well within what public health professionals describe as “the vigorous intensity zone.”
“Those who used ebikes still had elevated heart rates and enjoyed their experience,” BYU Professor Benjamin Crookston said. “I think this is a game changer for those who have found biking too difficult. It makes this important form of exercise accessible to a broader community.”
A separate study published in the journal Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives also found that since those who ride electric bikes take on longer trips than their acoustic riding friends, they end up achieving about 9.2 percent more minutes of physical activity each week.
3. Ebikes help you go anywhere, anytime. No spandex necessary.
As a single-speed bike, the RadMission is designed to be low maintenance.
Getting into cycling can be intimidating, especially when you see all of those spandex-clad riders tearing down the trail on their souped-up, super expensive bikes.
You may wonder how you can possibly compete, especially as a newcomer who may just have a helmet and a pair of run-of-the-mill shorts.
Luckily, when you go electric, you don’t have to compete. You can just be yourself.
You see, with a motor helping you get up to speed, you won’t have to spend hours shopping for expensive clothes that’ll make you more aerodynamic. Apart from a helmet and a good bike lock, you don't need to spend much more than $1,099 to get up and running. And if you have any questions along the way, you can always get some clear-cut, judgment-free advice from our product support team.
That’s because our electric bikes are designed with accessibility in mind. We’re committed to making sure everyone has the opportunity to feel the joy of riding a bike, regardless of their level of experience.
4. Electric bikes may help save the world.
Want to know how many grams of CO2 emissions are saved on your average ride? We did the math!
There are small steps we can take to make life on this big, beautiful planet a little greener for everyone. Sometimes, that can be as simple as, well, riding a bike.
We noticed that when someone takes the plunge and goes electric, they naturally start driving less. Maybe that’s because a ride in the fresh air and sunshine is a lot more fun than sitting in a cramped car. Or maybe it’s because ebikes make finding a parking spot or avoiding traffic way easier.
Either way, it adds up to a big win for the environment.
That's because for every mile spent driving, the average car releases 404 grams of CO2, a greenhouse gas that builds in the atmosphere and wreaks havoc on the climate.
With the average passenger vehicle producing about 4.6 metric tons of CO2 each year, every mile you spend on a bike helps chip away at your carbon footprint.
In fact, according to a study from the Transportation Research and Education Center, those emissions in an average city can fall by roughly 11 percent if ebikes make up 15 percent of the ways that people choose to get around.
5. When you go electric, you have more fun!
The RadMission weighs roughly 15 pounds less than Rad Power Bikes’ other models, which finally makes ebikes a possibility for those living in walk-up apartments.
The truth is, when you go electric, you open yourself up to a lot more fun.
That’s not just because electric bikes help you go farther and faster, it’s because they’re the ultimate tools for helping you live your life to the Raddest.
The big question is, what will you do once you get yours?
Ready to go electric? The RadMission Electric Metro Bike is available at an introductory price of $1,099. Check it out for yourself!