New Polaris eBikes have arrived!

We are delighted with the new product line Polaris has debuted for 2015. They have not only incorporated regenerative braking/coasting, but these rides are FAST! Not mention a big thumbs up on their design! We are always appreciative of batteries being built into the frames without losing the rigidity of the bike and stylish appeal. We find them to really be the superior bike for the coming 2015 year and are thrilled to announce their arrival at last. The Fat Bikes are especially good looking with a rugged but functional ride for everyday use as well. Most importantly, they have really listened and took a major leap in their new product line compared to their last in terms of overall performance, with some of their models reaching speeds of 25+ MPH!  

 

Check out some of their bikes:

 

To top it off, we were able to make a special arrangement which will allow us to offer 5% OFF our first TEN 2015 models sold. Say WHAT?!  Why wait? Come in for a test drive already!

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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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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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Brammo Summer Days Sales Program Ending Soon!

Our Summer Days Sales Program is ending soon! We have paired up with Brammo to offer amazing deals on our Enertia and Empulse R electric motorcycles. Program ends on June 30th 2014!

Visit our Brammo section to learn more abut these motorcycles.

Eligible Models:

  • 2012 Enertia - $1,250 retail incentive
  • 2013 Enertia Plus - $1,250 retail incentive
  • 2013 Empulse - $2,500 retail incentive
  • 2013 Empulse R - $2,500 retail incentive

Program active through June 30, 2014, and only while supplies last! Contact or visit the store for more information. 

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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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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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$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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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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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. 

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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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