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Old 04-03-2018, 05:11 PM   #21
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Yes, I'm doing it solo. They tell me it's not a great idea but I pretty much always go solo.

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It's easier to agree with yourself on where to go and what to do when solo!
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It's easier to agree with yourself on where to go and what to do when solo!
Soooo true! You've nailed it.
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Yes, I'm doing it solo. They tell me it's not a great idea but I pretty much always go solo.

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You'll die out there! I mean, what if you got horribly stuck in some mud flats or broke a leaf spring or something?
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Yes, I'm doing it solo. They tell me it's not a great idea but I pretty much always go solo.

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You certainly come across as a free spirit bent on adventure...good for you!

Would suspect you've already mulled over the possibility of some sort of mechanical failure in a remote location, and consequently travel with some variation of GPS/Satellite communication for emergency situations - like Garmin inReach or Rino - correct???
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Would suspect you've already mulled over the possibility of some sort of mechanical failure in a remote location, and consequently travel with some variation of GPS/Satellite communication for emergency situations - like Garmin inReach or Rino - correct???
Yes, definitely. I got a SPOT a decade ago and added an Inmarsat satellite phone four years ago. I check in regularly. These days I'd probably go with the Garmin/Delorme Inreach instead.

I'm still healthy physically fit and ready to walk or bike out. Someday I'll have to. I always keep in mind how long that would take and how I would carry enough water. I take fewer risks when I'm more than a day's walk from the nearest regularly traveled road.

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Bouncing around northeast Baja

I think SteveW asked a while back what kind of folding electric fat tire bike that was, didnít get the brand name on that in your reply. I was curious myself as we want a pair(or 3) and Iíve been doing a bit of research. Correct me if Iím wrong Geoff, I think itís the Rad Power RadMini, a Co. out of Seattle that does direct sales, so cuts out the retailers and priced accordingly, gets great reviews. Theyíve made some changes to the 2018 model but I think itís the one I want to get. Any update on it now that youíve had it for a bit?

BTW-Great report, need to explore some of these areas next time Iím in Baja, donít think Iíd be allowed nor would I have the balls big enough to do it solo though.


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I think SteveW asked a while back what kind of folding electric fat tire bike that was, didnít get the brand name on that in your reply. I was curious myself as we want a pair(or 3) and Iíve been doing a bit of research. Correct me if Iím wrong Geoff, I think itís the Rad Power RadMini, a Co. out of Seattle that does direct sales, so cuts out the retailers and priced accordingly, gets great reviews. Theyíve made some changes to the 2018 model but I think itís the one I want to get. Any update on it now that youíve had it for a bit?
Hi, yeah, sorry I missed that question about the fat bike brandÖ.

Yes, you're right - it's a 2017 Rad Power RadMini I bought here in Seattle. You canít see the logos because Iím secretly vain about aesthetics I carefully painted over all the bright orange letters with matching semi-gloss black paint.





I like it. I donít necessarily have any reason to think itís significantly better than the others I found Googling up ďelectric folding fat bikeĒ (Addmotor MOTAN M-150, Voltbike Mariner, VeeGo, Moar), but Rad Power is here in Seattle and I like the idea of being able to go to someone in person if something goes wrong. And I could test-ride it.

The 2018 model of the RadMini adds front suspension, which I wasnít happy about because it makes the bike significantly larger Ė itís wider when folded up. And with the fat tires I donít see a front suspension being necessary Ė the fat front tire eats up bumps nicely just the way it is. When I went in to Rad Power Bikes to buy the bike, I was told they still had some 2017 models still in stock (no front suspension) and they offered to sell me one for $500 off. SOLD!! The 2018 does have some other minor improvements, such as a more precise crank sensor for determining when to start powering up when pedaling happens.

Iíve long dreamed of bringing some kind of little dirt motorbike with me on trips so I could do little excursions from my base camp without always dragging the big van around. But I donít like the idea of a heavy item attached to the rear of the van when Iím bouncing around on rough roads. Just that rear-mounted spare tire is tricky enough to maintain.

Because the e-bike is inside my van, it also stays clean, and doesnít get scratched up by the all the things I back into.

Also, Mexico only lets tourists bring in one vehicle per person (I travel solo), but the e-bike doesnít count. [EDIT: this one vehicle per person stuff is incorrect -G]

The e-bike is a decent compromise. It certainly doesnít have the power of a motorcycle. (Itís just one horsepower.) It doesnít even have enough torque to spin-out the rear wheel in soft sand. But itís so much better than pedaling. It can go up reasonable hills, and go in all but the softest sand. It goes 20 MPH on pavement for a claimed range of ~40 miles with full tire pressure (~20 PSI), and I got 13 MPH and 10 miles range when aired down (9 PSI) riding on soft stuff.

Iíve taken it up canyon washes that would normally require hiking, lifting it over a few big rocks here and there and riding the sandy stretches in between.



I knew I was asking for trouble, but I decided to try riding it stock in Baja, and quickly popped my front tube with a cactus spine. This was fixed with a can of fix-a-flat, and I added tube protectors to both wheels. Iím told removing the rear wheel is difficult, so you donít want to have to replace the rear tube.

It fits nicely in my van with the rear lower bed removed. (I sleep upstairs). It wonít fit underneath with the bed platform left in place. Itís a bit heavy and awkward Ė even with the battery removed. Itís just about at upper the limit of what I can reasonably lift all by myself from the ground up into my van without hurting myself.

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Great, good info. There is the option to lockout the front suspension on the 2018ís, but it does still add to the bulk.

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Also, Mexico only lets tourists bring in one vehicle per person (I travel solo), but the e-bike doesnít count.

Wait...what? That canít be right, what about everyone bringing dirt bikes down, or towing jeeps or off road toys?....and donít forget about the races, not only towing the race vehicles but some of those teams have RZRís, dirt bikes, quads.....



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Yes, we often truck motos into BC via Tecate, no problem. Just need show proof of moto ownership at the crossing check point.
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