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Ride in the Park Review

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robb dorr
By
Robb Dorr,
Co-founder
Images from manufacturer's website

40 mi

RANGE

28 mph

TOP SPEED

4 hrs

CHARGE TIME

55 lbs

WEIGHT

Rear Hub

MOTOR TYPE

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Ride in the Park Review: Takeaway

A vintage bicycle with an electric punch, the Ride in the Park 500W hides the fact it’s an e-bike very well. It’s very much for the type of person who likes to be seen on a vintage bike as part of their style. Because of that, it might not appeal to everyone who is after an e-bike at this price point.

Ideal for...

Getting around campus
Cafe hopping
Cycling to meetings/see friends
Commuting
Utility runs such as to the shops

E-Bike Overview

On first look, the sixthreezero Ride in the Park might just be an old, vintage-era bicycle. Look again, and you’ll see the battery in the rack. The handlebars have a few modern tweaks, too… and perhaps only on a third look will you realize that this is indeed an electric bike. 

Beautiful and classic to look at, this e-bike has very modern appendages that make it nice to ride. Forget the old Sturmey Archer rear hub gears — this has a compact, 500-watt rear hub motor. No caliper brakes, either — this has modern discs. 

Riding has a similar feel to old bikes — you’ll be sat upright in a vertical position. Unlike the old clunkers that may have given you a lot of discomfort, this’ll zip up hills smoothly and comfortably with the 500-watt, 48-volt battery.

Reasons to Buy

If you want a vintage bike because that’s part of your overall style and outlook, the Ride in the Park may be a great choice. Few other e-bike brands on the market do the vintage look so well. That’s why you’ll like it — because it suits you.

And even though the e-bike looks old, tech like an LCD display with a speedometer and thumb throttle keeps you rooted in the 21st century.

Things to Consider

Given it has average range, power, weight, and components, the Ride in the Park isn’t the best or brightest in its field.

Sixthreezero rightly points out that this is very much a road-only electric bike. Mixed-use paths and gravel tracks might be an issue. Because of that, you can’t buy this bike for off-road use — rather, it’s meant for inner city/suburb/campus use.

Specs & Components

Frame
Aluminum
Motor
500W rear hub
Battery
500 Wh rack mounted
Display
LCD
Control
PAS/thumb throttle
Gears
7-speed, 14-28t
Brakes
Disc brakes
Wheels/tires
700c x 1.5”
Accessories
Rack, fenders, kickstand

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.

Ratings

Power
4/5
4

The 500-watt motor isn’t going to blow your socks off with acceleration as far as e-bikes go. Thanks to the narrow road tires, this electric bike has minimal friction with the road, so it’ll accelerate well even without bags of power.

Pedal assist goes up to 28 mph, but with the 14-tooth small cog on the cassette, you’ll rarely hit those speeds unless in a flat-out sprint.

Range
4/5
4

We estimate a real-world range of 15 miles on throttle only. Most rides on e-bikes are in the sub-five mile range, so this is perfectly ample. Lacking a very small rear cog on the cassette, this bike is best for average-speed cruising. As such, you’ll get 30 miles from pedal assist because you won’t be screaming around.

On e-bikes, a variety of factors impact range: rider weight and payload, how hilly the terrain is, and weather conditions are among these. A heavier rider on a hilly route will get fewer miles than a lighter rider on a flat route.

Comfort
4/5
4

Unlike many “modern classic” e-bikes, the Ride in the Park lacks any suspension except in the dual-sprung saddle. Given that you’re in an upright, city bike position, this should ensure that the only pressure you feel is through the rear.

The mid-sized hybrid, 700c wheels will roll over most unevenness in the road, but the narrow, 1.5” tires won’t handle much more than a small pothole. However, your hands should be comfy throughout your ride thanks to the synthetic leather slip-resistant grips.

Durability
4/5
4

This is a solid, well-built bike. If used on throttle alone, you’ll only have to keep it in a dry place every night and change the brakes/tires every thousand or so miles.

If pedaled on pedal assist, the chain and cassette will need regular oiling and replacement every 1,000 miles.

Sixthreezero offers a one-year warranty on all components (subject to fair wear and tear) as well as a lifetime warranty on its e-bike frames.

Style
5/5
5

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You’ll be taking a look at this e-bike for a reason — probably because you love its vintage looks. As modern, vintage electric bikes go, the Ride in the Park is a class winner. Few others look quite so refined. We like the black frame and tan tires that, with its proportions, make for a very good-looking classic bike.

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About Our Editorial Team

robb dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started eBikes.org to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.

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