Tips For Choosing a Biking Commute Route

1. Bike Lanes: Get to know where your city's bike lanes are for a safer ride. Places like Seattle offer Bike Maps to help you navigate. The SDOT's interactive map even offers different maps for different levels of comfort (Frequent Rider, Average Rider, and Occasional Rider).

2. Traffic Levels: If you already drive to work, you probably have a good sense of where the bad traffic is. Bikes can take different routes than cars to avoid bad traffic. In some cases, you may end up with longer commutes to avoid high traffic areas, but other times choosing low traffic or bike only routes can cut down on commute time. 

3. Terrain: Seattle is well known for its hilly terrain, so if you're planning to commute in the city or in another hilly area, get to know where the toughest hills are and whether they have safe spots for you to stop if necessary. Depending on the length of your commute, you may way to avoid steep hills towards the end of your trip if you are getting tired.

4. Hazards: Well maintained, paved roads are best for bike commuters. Poor road quality will not only make commuting difficult, but can also be harder on the bike itself. Know where rail road tracks, storm drains, etc are so you can plan to avoid or safely cross them. 

5. Lighting: Try to ride on roads that are well lit, so you can see where you're going and drivers can see you. Wear bright clothing to increase visibility. If you have to ride on dimly lit or unlit roads, it's a good idea to invest in lights for your bike. Light & Motion sells great head lights and rear lights for commuters that will make you visible to cars from all sides. This is especially important when weather is bad or when it starts getting dark earlier.

6. Test Ride: To reduce the pressure to arrive on time on your first attempt, do a test ride on a day you aren't working to get a sense of the route and timing. 

7. Electrify: Consider cutting your time by 50 to 70 percent by going Electric Assist.  If you pedal with the same effort you currently do, your speed will double on the flats, and increase 2 to 5 fold on hills, depending how steep they are. Depending on your riding level, E-Bikes can make a 7 mile Seattle commute in 20 minutes, which is comparable to a car. Some go 18 miles each way in under an hour.

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Seattle E-Bike's Extensive Folding Electric Bike Collection

We are thrilled to now offer three different folding bikes for our customers to choose from: E3 CompactEpik Lite, and Mariner 7All three of these bikes are double folding models, making transporting and storing easier than any other bike out there! 

So why must we carry so many folders?

Folding bikes are rising in popularity among commuters in Seattle and across the country. Many people have come into our shop and had their eyes set on a full size bike and then realize the convenience of our folders and can't take their eyes off of them! Not to mention, all of these bikes are fairly inexpensive, especially when compared to the non-folding models we carry. They usually come with a smaller motor, but a small motor goes quite a long way in overall torque and battery life on a 20" wheel compared to a larger motor and wheel.

Come in and try one out today! You will be leaving with a smile - we guarantee it!

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Amazing New Deal on Polaris Meridian E-Bikes!

Seattle E-Bike is thrilled to offer an even better deal on our Polaris Meridian models!
Previously on sale for $1,999, they are now $1,195 (MSRP: $2,999).
Polaris has a well-established, decades long reputation for building high quality recreational vehicles. They have teamed up with Seattle E-bike to bring this closeout sale on the Meridian models we have in stock. Polaris will soon be introducing a completely new series with larger motors, larger batteries, and highly sophisticated control systems. They want their old models cleared out and they have asked us [one of their largest dealers] to help them. The Meridian and Meridian ST are two of our most popular models and a favorite among customers. Come try out this fantastic bike soon before they are gone!

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Major I-90 Closures Next Week: Bike to Work Instead!

Westbound I-90 from Bellevue to Mercer Island will have major closures next week due to construction. It will be the perfect time to take your bike to work instead! Construction will start at 9:30 pm on Friday, July 18th and will end at 5 am Friday, July 25th. There will only be one lane open for cars, which will cause major delays. However, the bike lanes will be open during the day with an expected delay of only 5 minutes. 

The chart from WSDOT below shows expected commute times if only 40% of regular traffic takes the route (60% diversion). If less than than 60% diverts, delays will be much worse. Backups could be up to 10 miles long.

The construction will cause delays all across the region, so even if you don't take I-90, it will be a good time to take your bike instead!

Don't own a bike? Come visit our shop! We have a wide range of electric bikes that are perfect for commuting. 

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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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Get Your Bike Ready for Summer!

Want to get your bike tuned up and ready to ride? We offer various tune-up packages as well as repair service for your bike's specific needs. Visit our Service section for more information. Call or stop by the store to set up an appointment!

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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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