Intro from our new Guest Blogger: Mr. Spokes

Seattle E-Bikes is starting a regular Guest Blogger, Spokes Man, an awesome guy determined to spread the word on e-bikes one volt at a time...

but first, a word, or rather 17 syllables, from our Haiku:

electrons . . .
join human effort
to propel spoked wheels
in clean silence.



Hello fellow Bike enthusiasts! Spokes Man here; happy to share my thoughts on the e-bike world.

I have been fortunate to be a part of the e-bike business for a number of years, and watched it grow dramatically. So wanted to open this blog with a little bit about how its grown...and how it hasn't (ie who's scared to make the jump).

The baby boomers were the first to take it up, as they realized they were no longer saddling up old faithful in the garage, and wanted to be motivated to get out there again - to pedal up steep hills once more, to zoom along sun-dappled roads, to move through the air upon he earth, to feel the wind upon ones face...ahh yes.

Then came some truly venerable people. Ages 67, 75, 83. People with the wisdom and appreciation to be transported and once again be able to glide through nature. I know a 67 year old couple that takes their boat to San Juan Island, takes out their two small 20 inch folding bikes, and proceeds to circumnavigate the 52 miles, including 15 stunning miles along the windblown Straits of Juan de Fuca, looking across 18 miles of water to Port Townsend, and behind it, to the Olympics. Then, up the West side, overlooking Haro Straight to the Canadian Gulf Islands and up to Victoria (can you tell I've joined them a time or two? Epic doesn't even begin to describe the sites and feel of this ride). Lots of up and down, the whole trip has more than 1000 vertical feet. Their little bikes are only supposed to go about 30 miles without a charge, but they always ride hard, conserve energy, and are able to go the distance no problem. It's great to be connected with Seattle e-Bike customers like these ones.

The e-bike "Paradigm Shift" challenge is those who are simply too cool for school. So a brief message to our young commuters and cycling purists: Take an 8 mile commute from Greenlake to Downtown or West Seattle to Capitol Hill. 20-30 year old commuters are supposed to be in a hurry, but they chug along on their pure bikes at 12 miles per hour or less, while our 60 year olds buzz by them at 24. Maybe they don’t realize that an e-bike's not your mothers bike. You can pedal as hard and go as fast as you want. Or, you can chill, relax the pedals and concentrate on the the flowers and the Buicks (that you leave in the dust during traffic:), or expend moderate calories and get to work fresh , dry, and in good time. Its all good.

If you are a person who would never miss an opportunity to climb miss Queen Anne Avenue to the top on your way to Freemont, (instead of skulking along on Dexter or Westlake), or if you pedal a 100 cadence at 24 mph up 10 percent slopes like Queen Anne, or 12% slopes like Madison, then by all means skip the extra 13 pounds, the motor and battery adds, and good luck in the Olympics. But young urban warriors who want to do a six mile commute in 15 minutes while getting precisely the exercise they want, have evolved, and know that one is no longer personally defined by what toys one has, but rather by what those toys do, in this case: liberates. What comes is the freedom to select a bike that can do all sorts of things you could not possibly do without hybridization. They have been released from the toil of walking their bike up Virginia, are now free to buy a fine, climbing macine.

After all, bikes move you through the world in the finest of ways and the finest choice is unlikely to harm your community position, and, who knows, you might be in the vanguard when E-Bikes get truly cool, and then you will have it all.

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NEW Spring/Summer Hours!

Ask and you shall receive! Though we like to still consider Mondays as our Fun-Day, we have opened up our doors for Sunday, allowing all week day workers more time to come in on their spare weekend hours! 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 11-6

Wednesday: 11-6

Thursday: 11-6

Friday: 11-6

Saturday: 10-5

Sunday: 12-5

Call us today to set up an appointment to test ride your favorite ebike or just stop in and we will be happy to assist you! (206) 344-8000 or info@electricbikeseattle.com

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Tri-Iffic! Why we love Ti-Trikes new E-Bike

Space age sleekness? Check

Rehab therapist and engineer approved? Check

Coolest Trike we've seen? Check

Coolest Trike we've rode? Double Check.

Last week, we got in what a lot of us think is the most impressive machine ever: our first recumbent bike. But it is also so much more. Powerful and fast, with a gleaming 100 percent titanium frame, superb brakes, and a phenomenally sophisticated steering system, there is little to not love about this marvel of cycle engineering now in our showroom. Our first one is the T250, but we are shortly getting a T450 power assisted hand powered model for people who have no leg function.

Built in Connecticut by a company run by an occupational therapist and a rehab therapist, Ti-Trikes is the first company in the world to design, develop, and build a power-assisted recumbent tricycle. They did this for one simple reason; to make cycling accessible to a broader range of people. With electric propulsion, riders of all ages, shapes, sizes, and ability levels can now be out on the roads riding along with their friends and family.

The owner’s mother came down with MS when he was 7. He saw this machine primarily as a way for people like her to get out and experience the world at a clip, rather than being stuck in a wheelchair, or on a 3 mph power scooter with no suspension or outside capability. If you can walk 20 feet, you can get in and out of the T250. If you are paraplegic, you can pedal the T450, and with electric help, go 40 miles at 20 mph. That's a pretty amazing breakthrough for those who are used to having limited freedom.

What's more, this "problem solver" has morphed into a bike that any cyclist can enjoy, and will. It's already become a favorite among the staff for test rides. With its powerful steering system, smooth ride, and NASA contoured Memory Foam adjustable seat, what's not to love? (And did we mention that Aerospace grade welded Titanium frame?!?)

Don't come down with a case of sticker shock; at $5599 it may offer more value for the money than anything in the store.

Check out more pictures and specs on our website, come in for a test drive, and see if you don’t agree. And you just may liberate yourself, or someone you love, from a wheelchair.

For more information you can visit Ti-Trikes website here

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Stay Safe Riding on Roads! Light & Motion Sale!

We are currently featuring great deals on our Light & Motion products! All lights are 20% off. Designed for daily commuters, these are simply the most powerful and most convenient lights you can find on the market. They are lightweight and compact, while also being capable of lighting up a dark street. Drivers will see you on the road - even late at night. Light & Motion has extensively researched accident data to create the best lights for accident prevention. They discovered that most car/bike accidents happen at intersections where cars turn into or across a cyclist's path, which is why their lights feature amber side lights for increased 180 degree visibility.  

Our Light & Motion products feature CREE LED lightbulbs and multiple modes for either flashing or constant light. These lights have longer run times and life spans, making them a great investment because you won't have to buy another one for years. Every light is certified FL1-Standard for light brightness, impact/water resistance, and run time. They are also equipped with Lithium batteries and USB charger for easy recharging. All lights are weatherproof, impact resistant, and easy to mount. Stop by our store to test one out for yourself!

 

 

 Currently in Stock:

-Urban 550

-Urban 200

-VIS 180

-VIS 180 Micro

 

[Photo credit: Light & Motion]

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What do you have planned for Father's Day?!

We have a great last minute answer for you and that is...  

FAT BIKE RENTALS!


At first, you might be thinking "Why in the world would I want to travel around the hilly Seattle area with my dad on a huge fat bike?!" Well, we have tested this thought with a few of our customers and staff and have found the ultimate path that works perfectly with all terrain bikes for the route of a lifetime. 

Basically, you pedal just a few blocks from our shop to Yesler and make your way to Pier 50. From there, you pay $4 and hop on a Water Taxi (goes every half hour on weekdays and hour on weekends) and it takes you to one of Seattle's most beautiful beaches with an immaculate Seattle backdrop perfect for memorable picture taking. Yes, we are talking about West Seattle's Alki Beach. Tons of activity going on in almost sub-city of Seattle from cute boutiques to cultured bars and restaurants! Of course, you'll find a ton of foot traffic on the beach that will surely be turning heads while you ride by. More importantly, you're out there loving life with the people you love most without having to worry about parking.

Check out a few of our customers that enjoyed themselves on our rental fats:

 

If you are interested, set up an appointment with us today before it's too late for Father's Day and we'd be happy to get you and your family and friends set up with a fat for a fun ride around town and a GUARANTEED blast!! 

$30 Half Day

$45 Full Day

$10 Overnight Fee

20% OFF for 2+ Fat rentals

 

See you soon!

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Introducing the E3 Peak!

We are now carrying Currie Technologies' IZIP E3 Peak electric mountain bike! This bike is made with top quality components and frame and utilizes superior technologies to other e-bikes on the market. Both experienced and novice riders will find this bike fun, safe, and reliable. Currie Technologies is the largest and longest operating e-bike company in North America, ensuring that you will always ride with confidence on their IZIP bikes.

What makes this bike unique from our other bikes is its center drive motor. It is the most powerful in our line at a low price of $3000.00. With 350 watts of motor energy and a center drive motor working together, the bike has greater speed, better hill climbing ability, reduced weight, and lower battery usage. Almost any mountain trail will be possible with the IZIP. It is beautifully equipped with adjustable Rock Shox suspension, Hydraulic disc brakes, and a SRAM X7 9 speed gear set.

 

To read a review, visit: Electric Bike Review

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Are you READY for Bike-To-Work day?

 

We couldn't be more ready with this fine, deliciously sunny weather we're having! This week has turned out to be the most beautiful week for weather here in Seattle - So there really is NO EXCUSE why you shouldn't be out there on two wheels, living and breathing the Pacific Northwest summer breeze. 

We are teaming up with the WSDOT and will be having a station located just south of the Alaskan Way viaduct from 6AM -10AM on Friday May 16th so if you're traveling in that area, be sure to look out for us! We will be handing out coupons, seat covers and nutritional snacks to keep folks fueled on their commute. We will also be demo-ing a few of our eBikes for those that are looking to reserve their energy while commuting to work! 

 

 

 

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and we look forward to all the car-free folks this month and especially on Friday for the official Bike-To-Work event! 

For more information, check out the Cascade Bicycle Club's schedule for events for B2W month!

 

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Mother's Day Gift from Seattle E-Bike!

Are you that last minute shopper that has just thought what to get your mom for Mother's Day? Good news. We have a solution for the eco-friendly, cycling moms out there. 

If you haven't heard of GiltCity.com, well you better get on it. It's the new hot spot for finding amazing, high-quality deals in your neighborhood - and guess what? We have a GREAT deal for you and your mom!

Launched as of 2 days ago, we are offering some great deals! Check it out!

How could you say no to a Standard Tune for $45! (Normally $75+) or a $600 store credit for $400? We also have a few fabulous deals on our premier bike lines - don't miss out! Offer ends in less than 2 weeks!

Other great gift items: Helmets, totes, messenger bags, bike locks, front baskets, healthy on-the-go nutrition! 

   

Don't be out of the loop on Bike month! Get mom (or you) some useful items that you or her can really use instead of that old dust-collecting item sitting in the back dark corner in your closet. You know what we're talking about.

We will be OPEN on Mother's Day from noon-5pm for all you last-minute (literally) shoppers out there! 

See you soon!

 

 

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Celebrate with Seattle E-Bike May 1st!

Seattle E-Bike is proud to announce the official grand opening of our brand new location! You are invited to speak with representatives of bikes we carry, enjoy food and beverages, and learn more about e-bikes.
Wait! There's more! We are having a drawing and a lucky attendee will be walking away with a Polaris Meridian that night.
Don't worry, if you don't win, you will also be entered to win the same e-bike that will be drawn at the end of May! 
When: May 1st, 2014 
(First Thursday Artwalk)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: 570 1st Ave S
Special thanks to: Polaris eBikesBrammoPeddler Brewery and everyone else involved in contributing to the success of Seattle E-Bike's premier location.
Save the date for the first day of May and we hope to see you there!

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New Store Hours!

 

That's right folks. As we approach better weather, we are allowing riders to come visit us more on the days they can enjoy the outdoors the most - on the weekend! We will NOW be open on Sunday from NOON until 5:00 PM so if you are interested in swinging by the shop on your way to the market or a lovely ride on the water, we welcome you to stop by our shop while you're at it. 


Don't forget! We are experiencing slight confusion from those that haven't received the memo that we have MOVED! Please make note that our brand new location is now located just three blocks south from our original location at 570 1st Ave S, just barely north of the Century Link Field. We encourage you to take a look at our new space - even if it's not quite ready yet. It's about that time anyway to get your bikes un-dusted, out of the garage, and tuned up for the summer of adventures and fun!

 

Also, STAY TUNED for an announcement about our Grand Opening Party! You won't want to miss it - and we really mean that!

 

 

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