The Water Resistance of Rad Power Bikes Explained

Rad Power Bikes are great for commuting and general riding, so you may consider buying one. But, living in an area that gets a lot of rain, you’re concerned about water and your precious e-bike not getting along too well. What’s the point of investing in an e-bike if you can only ride it on sunny days? This raises the question: are Rad Power Bikes waterproof?

Rad Power Bikes are not waterproof. The term waterproof technically means that an object can be submerged under water, which you cannot do to your Rad Power Bike. Still, they are water- and dust-resistant, meaning you can have peace of mind riding your bike in the rain.

Before you run off to look for a company that makes waterproof e-bikes, you should know that you likely won’t find one. This doesn’t mean the Rad Power Bike isn’t right for you, and we’ll explain why.

Rad Power Bikes Are Water Resistant

Apart from perhaps the unknown exception, e-bikes, in general, aren’t waterproof. For something to be considered waterproof, it needs to be submersible to a certain depth for a length of time. Obviously, that isn’t the case with Rad Power Bikes, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely allergic to water.

These electric bikes are water resistant, meaning they can handle water spray from all directions, thanks to the fact the various electrical components are insulated.

Can You Ride Your Rad Power Bike In The Rain?

You may be wondering if the fact that the bikes aren’t waterproof means that you can’t ride them in the rain. Don’t worry, you absolutely can ride your bike in the rain. But there are a few considerations to this.

Firstly, while your Rad Power Bike will easily handle light rain, it isn’t designed to be ridden through Hurricane Katrina. Severe rain, especially when accompanied by wind, can find its way through your bike’s defenses and likely cause damage. Unfortunately, water damage is typically the warrantee-voiding kind.

Secondly, you should avoid riding through puddles and streams. These may be deeper than you think, and your bike won’t be happy with you if you submerge it. Now granted, other owners may tell you that their Rad Power Bike has survived a swim over the Mississippi, but that doesn’t mean you should risk it.

Finally, riding in the rain is fun but also more dangerous. Road surfaces become slippery when they’re wet, and visibility also decreases. This means that the cars you are sharing the road with may not be able to spot you, and when they do spot you too late, their breaking ability is pretty poor, thanks to the water.

So, if you do ride in the rain, make sure you wear high-visibility clothing and that you have grippy tires on your Rad bike. Also, avoid going too fast; as far as possible, steer clear of any road markings, like lines. The paint used to make these markings can be extremely slippery when wet.

Can You Transport Your Rad Power Bike In The Rain?

You may want to take your Rad Power Bike on holiday, which means fixing it to the outside of your car, exposing it to all the elements. Fortunately, the water resistance should be enough to transport your bike in light rain.

But you must remember that your car will be traveling at a speed which increases the ‘force’ of the rain. This means you must be extra careful and avoid transporting your bike in any conditions worse than light rain.

Can You Leave Your Rad Power Bike Out In The Rain?

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself in a situation where you need to leave your bike outside in the rain, then the same rule of thumb applies. Your bike will be fine in light rains, but heavy rains could absolutely damage it.

But this doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Even if your bike doesn’t show immediate water damage, continuously leaving it outside will eventually cause corrosion to set in, which will eat away your precious bike one small molecule at a time.

Instead, your bike should always be stored in a clean, dry area to help your components last longer.

Should You Use A Pressure Washer On Your Rad Power Bike?

A practice we see all too often is people who attack a dirty bike with a pressure or power washer. Sure, it’s an extremely convenient tool, and with some skill, you could possibly get away with using it, but that doesn’t mean that you should.

As their name eloquently suggests, pressure washers use immense pressure, or force, to effectively ‘scrub’ dirt off a surface with water. Even stubborn dirt and mold bend the knee. So you have to logically ask yourself, “If the worst dirt can’t handle the pressure, then maybe it’s also too much pressure for my bike.”

Unfortunately, your water-resistant components aren’t designed to handle high-pressure spray. And even if they were, using a pressure washer can spray out the grease inside your wheel hubs, causing a whole different set of mechanical issues.

So, instead, use warm water with a drop of dish soap and a sponge to wash your bike, making sure to dry it immediately afterward.

Can Your Rad Power Bike Handle Mud & Snow?

Depending on where you live and if you commute with your Rad Power Bike, then chances are that you may need to traverse some adverse conditions like mud or snow. Neither of these are ideal conditions for your bike.

Riding through mud isn’t necessarily a problem if the mud isn’t super deep. But the hassle comes in after the ride because you absolutely shouldn’t leave mud to dry on your bike. Mud has a way of getting really entangled with your components, like your chain and gears.

When it’s still wet, you can get it off reasonably easily, but once you let it dry, it becomes a cleaning operation requiring a toothbrush and lots of patience.

Snow, on the other hand, could be a different matter. The snow itself won’t be an issue for your bike, but the temperature could be. As a general rule, you should never ride your Rad Power Bike in sub-zero conditions because the battery and other electrical components don’t work as well in those cold conditions.

Conclusion

While Rad Power Bikes aren’t waterproof, they do offer really good water-resistant capabilities. This means that you can comfortably ride them in light rain, but you shouldn’t ride them through deep puddles or streams and avoid riding them when the conditions are too harsh. Furthermore, you shouldn’t ride your bike when temperatures are below freezing.

Author

  • Miles Baxter

    Miles Baxter is an engineer with a longstanding love for bicycles, sparked by winning a mountain bike in a childhood lottery. Balancing a keen interest in mechanics with the thrill of biking, his career is a testament to the art of turning wheels and gears into adventures.

    Baxter Miles