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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$1000 OFF ON POLARIS MERIDIAN SPECIAL PURCHASE, NORMALLY $2999!

Polaris has awarded Seattle E-Bike it's highest dealer status -- we are now a Factory Fixture Store!!  

This makes us the flagship Polaris E-Bike store in the Northwest.  To celebrate, Polaris offered us a special buying opportunity on two containers of the 2013 Meridian, the flagship of Polaris’ superb fleet of E-Bikes.  It is Polaris’ purpose to build the ultimate urban commuter.  The tires are half of the width of other Polaris e-bikes, which are specially designed to handle the higher pressure efficiency commuting requires.  However, unlike many commuter bikes, it has a 75 mm SunTour AVX suspension front forks so comfort is maintained, even with the hyper-efficient running gear.  Only the Meridian has fenders and headlight standard, again consistent with its commuter mission.

Regularly $2999, our special buy allows us to offer it for $1999!  It is available in the standard configuration in gunmetal or the easy-to-board ST-1 in white.  The Meridian is limited in production and, therefore, very hard to find so we are excited to have this opportunity to share with you! Come on over to our new location to check out this superb hybrid commuter!

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Seattle E-Bike 2.0: New Location!

SEATTLE E-BIKE HAS OFFICIALLY MOVED!

We are beyond ecstatic to announce that we have moved from our original 222 1st Ave location and are now located just three blocks south at 570 1st Ave South starting January 11th!! Same area, but much bigger (and awesomer) to allow a proper service station and much larger expansion of products! Keep in mind, this will be just a soft opening with plans to have a grand opening by Spring. We will be sure to let you know when that happens!

Of course, many things will be changing but we will be keeping the same phone line, emails, website and hours for your convenience!

 

Okay, now on to the good stuff - what's changed!!

  • More Staff! We have more service staff for quicker, turnaround repairs and more sales staff for shorter waiting times during the waiting process.

  • Upgrading E-Bike Quality! We will be changing up our product line with more advanced technology and higher-quality, reliable transporting with fewer maintenance issues.

  • Expansion of Product Line! We will also be including high-power (20+ mph), electric, custom USA-made fat bikes, scooters, and motorcycles for folks that are looking for a little extra performance in their commuting lives. We will continue to carry electric trailers as well as electric skateboards for the more diversified electric commuters!

  • Refreshment Area! We noticed how bike commuters come into our shop parched from an exhilarating ride and we want to support that with a water/coffee area along with a tire-pumping and tube-changing area for those that can do-it-on-their-own.

  • Waiting room for family/friends! We understood how cramped our last shop was, especially for the tag-along guests, so now we will provide a nice comfy waiting area in the front room where folks can relax while waiting.

We have listened to all your feedback throughout the past couple years and we are taking affirmative action in blending feedback and the future of what we believe e-bikes will be in the coming years into our shop now! We appreciate YOU, our beloved customers, family and friends, for tagging along with us throughout it all. Words cannot express how excited we are for Seattle E-Bike 2.0! 

As always, we'd love to hear from you! Please send us your pictures, ideas, comments, and stories from your e-bike in your life. Stop in any time starting this weekend!

 

Happy (Safe) Riding,

 

Seattle E-Bike Staff
570 1st Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 344-8000
info@electricbikeseattle.com
 
Store Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am - 6:30pm
http://www.electricbikeseattle.com/
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Understanding Watts, Volts, and Amps in E-Bikes

Happy Octoburrrrrr folks! We have now reached the off-season for bike-riding but that does not stop us or the new innovations in electric bike technology. We have many new electric vehicles in the making and are making BIG plans to accommodate it... stay tuned!

We are noticing that many folks around our neighborhood find it difficult when they wrap their minds around the concept behind electric bikes. Our savvy new Service Technician on board, Daniel Lauzon, does a fantastic job of explaining how electrical terms for an e-bike is interpreted in the American culture as well as how to do the math yourself, relatively speaking. 

 

"The world of e-bikes can be very confusing to people who are not steeped in it. A slew of words get thrown around with little or no context to understand them. Most commonly, “watts” are used to determine the relative power of an electric system, but to many shoppers it's an arbitrary term. Today I'll be explaining what it means, the terms associated with it, and how you can use it to be smart about your next electric purchase.

Watts are a measure of energy either being produced or consumed. Most e-bikes on the market are equipped with a motor rater to between 250 and 500 watts. This means that, at its expected peak, the motor will convert 250 to 500 watts of energy, in this case electricity, into motion by turning the wheel. For e-bikes, this is used to describe the power of the motor the same way Horsepower is used for a car.

A motor's wattage isn't always useful to determine an e-bikes expected range, however. To estimate that, you need to look at the battery, which has two ratings: “voltage” and “amp-hours”, often abbreviated to “V” and “Ah”. Volts are the amount of stored 'oomph' the battery can hold, or a measurement of potential energy. Amps are a measure of current, best thought of here as how quickly the battery can discharge the volts of potential energy into watts of usable power.

Because an e-bike has a complete system, the amps are measured in hour time frames and marked as “Amp-hours”. This allows you to do the range math: potential power (Volts) multiplied by how fast the battery can discharge that energy (Amp-hours) gives you “Watt-hours”, often abbreviated “Wh”. You can then divide the battery's watt-hours by the wattage of the motor, telling you how many hours the battery can power the motor at the motor's top speed. Multiply that by the top speed in miles per hour, and you have the estimated range in miles!

In the real world, this is much more complicated. A 500 watt motor will often consume up to 750 watts during hard acceleration or trying to maintain top speed up a hill. Often you will be pedaling your e-bike, taking some or all of the load away from the motor, and sometimes you'll be coasting. These things can all shift an e-bike's range to a significant degree from what is listed. Pedal-assist bicycles often have more ranges that are easier to replicate in daily riding because they encourage the rider to pedal, while throttle-based systems can be used at maximum with no immediate consequences.

This explanation is meant to give you a better idea of what the terms and numbers associated with e-bikes mean. The explanations have been simplified significantly so they can be understood more easily and the calculations are rules of thumb rather than rigorous scientific equations. Nevertheless, you can use them for “back-of-the-napkin” math problems and as a way to understand the pros and cons of different e-bikes and their motor systems."

 

Now that we all know how the terminology that makes up an electric bike semi-works, imagine yourself riding an e-bike without having to sweat and conquering that hill at around 4 cents per charge! Equate that into miles per gallon, with the gas price at $4 a gallon at 20 miles a gallon and 20 miles per charge on an electric bike, that would be 2,000 miles per gallon monetarily speaking for the electric bike! This efficient, eco-friendly way of transportation simply puts the cash back in your pocket while giving you an exhilarating and efficient bike ride to wherever you need to go, whenever. 

Have more thoughts or questions about having an electric bike in your life? Call our shop at (206) 344-8000 Tuesday-Saturday 11-6:30 and we'd be happy to assist you through it!

 

Happy (Safe) Riding folks!

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