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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Seattle E-Bike with Microsoft for Earth Day!

Seattle E-Bike, the sole Washington Dealer for Brammo Electric Motorcycles, has been invited to attend the E-Vehicle exhibition at the Earth Day celebration on the Microsoft campus!  We will be with Brammo, Tesla, Nissan represented by the Leaf, and General Motors by Volt.  Extensive information on our new Brammo Electric Motorcycles will be available on our website in the next several days. In the meantime, have a look at one of our newest and greatest additions to our new location:

Brammo Empulse R

Brammo Empulse R's in action

Enertia Plus, Crater Lake, OR

 

Hope this gives folks an idea of ways to become more eco-friendly in their lifestyles, with just a small assist to a thrill-fulfilling rocket-like ride. We sell them all.

 

Have a great weekend!

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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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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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Next Stop: DUNEFEST

Hello fellow bike riders,

So far, this past summer has been a fantastic year for our business, thanks partly to our beautiful Seattle summer weather. For those that have supported us, we can't thank you enough and hope you are enjoying your summer rides as much as we are!  We've listened to your feedback and we are taking big leaps in the evolution of our company. Please stay tuned for future updates! 

On to our most recent event coming up this week: DUNEFEST!  This will be our first year participating in this event, located on the Oregon coast, and we are going in with a bang.  We are proud to be one of the sponsors of the event so if you are planning on attending please don't hesitate to stop by our booth!

Here are a few reasons why:

- Fat Bikes. Fat Bikes. Fat Bikes. We will have an enormous inventory of fat bikes to choose from, including standard fats, electric fats for regulated roads and high-speed, high-torque off-roading. Don't forget to bring the kids over as well because the newly-released Fat Sand bikes for kids will be debuted at our booth as well! We will also have some of our popularly-sold electric models at the event to broaden e-bike use outside of the dirty, off-road tracks.

-The AMP by Epic Electric Vehicles.

This 4-wheeled beast is your ultimate off-road companion! With 40 kilowatts (that's 54 horse power!!) equipped with the ultra-durable Fox shocks, this all-terrain machine can take you at speeds of 45+ miles per hour and up to 50 miles on a single charge.  There really is not any kind of terrain that you can't go on with this rig.  We are more than thrilled to be debuting the AMP at a couldn't-be-more-fitting festival and we highly suggest you come by our station to see the hype with your own eyes yourself!

 

-Our OWN TRACK for free test rides! That is right. You heard it. We will be allowing inquiring folks to take a spin with our bikes.  Seriously, what more could you ask for? A little bit of dirt and effortlessly silent acceleration on a beautiful track will be all you need to justify coming out to DuneFest and stopping by to speak with some of the wisest people in the biz.

 

Need we say more? Come get dirty with us and learn more about our products first-hand and get some more adventure in your life! Tis' the season! 

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Seattle E-Bike Featured in NW Cyclist Magazine!

Check it out! Seattle E-Bike is featured in the current NWCyclist Magazine cover story! Read more below about how E-Bikes are gaining popularity in the hilly Northwest. We wanted to share the great news with you, as you are part of helping us get there!

Read the article in full below or on the OutdoorsNW website:
http://outdoorsnw.com/2013/e-bikes-hill-flattening-roadsters-coming-into-their-own/

Story and Photos by Hilary Meyerson

Photo at right: Seattle E-Bike in Pioneer Square.

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Quick—what’s the best-selling electric vehicle in the world? It’s not a car—it’s a bicycle. Welcome to the future.

E-bikes look like regular bikes, but have a battery pack for an extra assist. You still have to pedal, but you can commute to work without needing to take a shower. They are not a new concept, though early models were ugly and batteries had very short lives.

In recent years, with improved battery technology and lots of research and development, these hill-flattening roadsters are coming into their own.

While the vast majority of e-bikes, or electric assist bikes, are sold in Europe and Asia, many people feel that the North American market is about to tip. At last year’s Interbike show, exhibitors showing e-bikes more than doubled.

Nowhere might this trend be more evident than in the Northwest. Portland is probably the hub of e-bike life, while Seattle isn’t far behind. In fact, it’s Seattle’s unique hilly topography that makes it perfect for an e-bike, according to Brian Nordwall, owner of Seattle E-Bike in Pioneer Square.

Owner Brian Nordwall of Seattle E-Bike in his Pioneer Square store.

Nordwall explains that you can’t build a road now more than eight degrees in slope. Madison, near Nordwall’s store, is a 12-degree slope. Virginia Street, from Pike Place Market, is 17 degrees. (At 20 degrees, city planners have to go with stairs, like a few locations in Queen Anne, Capitol Hill or West Seattle).

Electric bikes make these a breeze without breaking a sweat, which makes the bike a truly feasible transportation option for those who might not otherwise climb those hills, or don’t want to grind out that exercise in their work clothes.

“Even if you’re a 60-year-old man in mediocre shape, like me, you can do it,” says Nordwall. “It’s the hill flattener.”

Nordwall is particularly fond of the electric fat bikes, the electric version of the balloon-tired mountain bikes taking snowy and sandy destinations by storm.

“They are fantastic urban warriors. The one we’re making for the police will go up the Harbor Steps. Easily.”

Portland study

As is often the case, Portland is a pioneer in bicycle progress—this time with e-bikes. John MacArthur, Sustainable

Transportation Manager for Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) at Portland State University is leading a study to see how e-bikes can be integrated into a sustainable transportation system. The study is partially funded by a grant from Drive Oregon.

The study will take 30 e-bikes and give them out to four different groups of users: folks who don’t participate in biking, for real or perceived barriers; women, over 55 years old; people who commute more than five miles a day, where they feel topography is too challenging; and to those might have some kind of physical impairment, like a bad knee Downtown areas that have scarce and expensive parking and transportation costs are key markets for e-bikes.

“Our main interest was getting feedback from that demographic of folks, and does it work?” asks MacArthur. “Does it expand our mobility options for folks? We’d like to encourage people to do more active transportation. Does the electric bike help these transportation goals? This is really exploratory testing.”

A local company, Conscious Commuter, will be donating the bike and using the study for market research.

Does MacArthur have predictions? Not yet, but he’s seeing more being used around town each day.

“I think there is a huge opportunity in the market,” he says.

Surprise market

While many thought that the e-bikes would be appealing to those who are already cycling, there has been a surprising advent of several niche markets. E-bikes come in so many varieties, from fat bike to folding bike, and the folding variety has proven very popular with boaters and small plane owners. It’s a great mode of transportation for those who have limited space.

Imagine this: you pull your boat up to a small marina but want to head into the bigger town nearby for supplies. Unfold your e-bike and zip away. Or if you’ve landed your small plane on a remote island airfield and you’d like to spend the day touring the quaint towns or scenery that’s farther than walking distance. An e-bike opens up possibilities for many travelers.

The wave of the future?

Only time will tell if e-bikes have finally reached the tipping point here in the Northwest. There are still purists who feel they are not real bikes if they are not being powered by 100 percent pedal action. However, still others feel that anything that gets more people pedaling, is a good thing. There are no points awarded for driving your car up one of Seattle’s steep hills; pedaling at all is a step in the right direction for your health and for the environment.

Regardless of your predisposition, e-bikes are worth another look. They aren’t going away, and you might be the next rider zipping by other riders without even breaking a sweat.

Hilary Meyerson is the editor of NW Cyclist and Outdoors NW and could use some help on the hills.


Seattle Bike Expo Loves Mikaela and our Fat E-Bike 





With our feature in the NWCyclist magazine and our presence at the Seattle Expo that occurred recently, we are definitely getting the buzz spreading out about Seattle E-Bike!
Sales Manager Mikaela Bird had a great time showing off our Electric Fat Bike at the Seattle Bike Expo last week. We were definitely the only shop to show a Fat Tire Bike in the whole show, never mind an electric version. You’ve got to come give them a twirl—the wide tires make for an unbelievably smooth ride over all kinds of surfaces from city streets to snowy mountains to sandy beaches. 

Let us Hear from You!


As always, we love to hear from you! Please send us your pictures, ideas, comments, and stories. Stop in any time!

Happy (Safe) Riding,

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Seattle E-Bike at the Fat Birkie Races AND Seattle Bicycle Expo this Weekend!

This weekend is about to be a busy one, but an exciting one nonetheless! As the sun peeks through the clouds more frequently, more of us are feeling the urge to hop on those dusty bicycles! The Bicycle Expo is a perfect way to get your mind back into gear and start riding again. The show will be going on Saturday and Sunday, however our staff will be there only for the first part of Saturday, between 12-3 pm, as we team up with the adventurously informed Outdoors NW booth located upstairs at the convention show! We will be sporting the mouth-dropping Fat E-Monster, along with information about the rest of the products we sell! Come check us out!

In the meantime, we will be sponsoring the Fat Birke Race taking place in Hayword, Wisconsin! Aaron Swanson is geared up and ready to race on behalf of us and will be riding one of our very own Fat Bikes! Pictures to follow, of course.

If you are at either of these events, feel free to stop by and visit us! This will be quite an exciting weekend!

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All-Season Fat Bikes are IN at Seattle E-Bike

ALL-season bikes are IN. Pick one up from us TODAY! We stock all kinds of fat tire bikes from electric to non-electric...

Here are a couple of links to recent news coverage of how much fun people are having on fat bikes in the Methow Valley this winter:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Fat-tire-biking-in-the-snow-186350192.html

http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2020250680_snowbikesmethowxml.html

These bikes work amazingly well in any snowy area as a great alternative to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Come try them out today at Seattle E-Bike. We have electric and non-electric fat bikes in many colors both for sale and for rent. 

Our fat bikes are guaranteed to put a big smile on your face!

The electric fat bikes we have are _super_ fun in the snow--you can get assistance with pedaling when you want it without any smelly gasoline or loud motor noise that you get with snowmobiles. Electric bikes are virtually silent and just help you enjoy the peace and quiet of being out in the snow.

Here's a pic of our mechanic Tim having a blast on our Seattle E-Bike trip to the snow in December:

Contact us for more information or to schedule your test ride at (206) 344-8000 or mikaela@electricbikeseattle.com. 

Our website has more information about our fat bikes at http://www.electricbikeseattle.com/collections/fat-bikes--check it out!

 

 

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Seattle's Best New Bike Shop

What a year it has been for Seattle E-Bike. The doors of our bike shop in the heart of Seattle opened in January this last year and since then, we have sold hundreds of electric bikes not only to the Seattle community but all over the country and beyond! We couldn't be happier with how the turnout has been and how many lives we have been able to change for the better. Starting with just one line of products, we now have seven different lines of electric transportation from trailers to extreme, all-terrain fat tired bikes to high-performance motor bikes! 

As with any new business, everything simply can not go as planned, however we have been able to adapt and transform our company that best suits our customers' needs. Starting out as just a showroom, we quickly realized having a repair shop was essential for our staff, our revenue and our customers, of course. Throughout the summer, we created such a buzz throughout the community, that we almost ran entirely out of bikes! Talk about panic mode. As we approached the fall, we decided it was time to start doing rentals, since so many visiters have asked, and have expanded our products after listening to feedback within our community. We have been a part of shows including: The Seattle Boat Show, The Forecast Fashion Show, The Arlington Fly-In ShowInterbike and other biking events in the Seattle area throughout the year!  

Most recently, we have had the honor to named as "The Best New Bike Shop" in Seattle, by the Seattle Magazine! "Our huffing, puffing prayers were answered with the arrival of E-Bike this past winter, purveyors of electric-assist cycles..." 

 

 

We couldn't be more thrilled with the turnout of what our company has become this past year and we are excited as we step into our second year of business full of further growth and life-changing stories from our amazing customers. We thank those that have come our way for the answer to their commuting needs and we welcome those that are interested in learning more about our products and services. 

 

Please feel free to register to our website online for updates, email us at info@electricbikeseattle.com, or call at (206) 344-8000 for more information. 

 

Cheers to 2013 and Happy (safe) Riding everyone!

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