Some Assembly Required

Photos taken on May 29 & 30, 2022. The last two photos were taken June 25, 2022.

When we were in Vancouver, we scoped out some new E-bikes at Rad Power Bikes. Our hope was to get folding E-bikes which we could transport in the back of our car, but also bikes that were be better sized to fit us. We were still in Vancouver, when we ordered the bikes and accessories. The delivery dates were so long in the future, we thought nothing of it, until the packages started to arrive home before we did.

All the accessories and one bike were waiting for us when we got home. But, where was the 2nd bike? The notice of shipping from the supplier said both bikes had been shipped, but, the Fed-Ex delivery slip listed only one bike package.

The day after our friends from NZ visited, I opted to open the box and see what “moderate” assembly difficulty meant. It took about 3 hours to complete the assembly, so not too bad.

That’s a mighty big box – what’s inside

Well packaged

How many zip ties and how much foam can you use to pack a bike?

the parts

Step one – handlebars – well that was easy

Down to the final steps


Portability – 1st attempt

I will wait for bike #2 to show, before I try again.

Assembly of bike #1 completed, I began trying to track down the whereabouts of bike #2. I found out that a software glitch had erroneously indicated it had been shipped and that they would let me know when it was sorted out.

3 days later, the 2nd bike arrived….or did it? We had ordered a white bike and the 2nd bike was black. After some more back and forth, we agreed to ship the wrong bike back at their cost and wait for the white one to arrive. Radpower Bikes compensated us for the inconvenience and said to expect the white bike at the end of June. 2 days later, the white bike was delivered. It sat for a few days, before I assembled it.

Rather than attaching the basket to the front of the bike which would have complicated the folding process, we strapped it to the back carrier. Since then, we have been enjoying our rides on these new E-bikes immensely.

The motor in these bikes is more powerful than in our old ones, they have a throttle boost to save the knees on startup from a full stop and disc brakes front and back to stop us safely.

Today, I fashioned a liner for the back of the Prius to protect the finishes and we hope to fold them and take them for rides further afield soon. Stay tuned.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

13 thoughts on “Some Assembly Required

    1. Thanks Luisa. We are getting to know our new mode of transportation well. Next step, folding and going to a new location. We hope to take them with us into the city and also to the mountains this fall. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. They are about 28 kilos (62.5 pounds), so not lightweight. I did a test fit yesterday and 2 folded E-bikes will fit in the back of our Prius V wagon. So, yay. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. I would really recommend Radpower for E-bikes. You can test them out at the Vancouver showroom. They do have a great variety, but we wanted the folder and this one fit us best. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan


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