ATTN Seattle Boat Show Attendees: The Smallest Folding, Compact E-Bike has arrived!

If you weren't in the SODO area of Seattle this past weekend enjoying one of the biggest comebacks of ALL TIME (THANK YOU SEAHAWKS!!!) you might have noticed the array of boats gearing up for the annual Seattle Boat Show, the largest Boat Show on the west coast. One of the reasons why we carry so many compact, foldable e-bike lines, is due to the popularity of boat owners using them as they travel from port-to-port. Well now we just added more to our collection and we are excited to share with our e-bike fans!

One problem people have, even with our current compact bikes we carry, is that they may not get as small or as light as they were hoping them to be. Well, we have come across the lightest weight (30 lbs!) and smallest-folding e-bike on the market with it's 16" wheels. With the configuration of a 24V battery and 200 watt motor, this e-bike will get you cruisin' at a max speed of 15 MPH as you enjoy your ride and save your energy checking out new towns you discover! This bike can easily be folded up to bring on a bus, stow away on a boat or RV, or you can fit several in the trunk! Check them out!

If you didn't think this was the most convenient e-bike on the market, would $899 get your attention?! If not, how about this: if you are considering one for you and one for a friend or significant other, we will offer 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE! This e-bike couldn't be more of a steal! Check them out at our location today while you're in the area!

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Focus & Kalkhoff E-Bikes: Our newest bike line!

We got Chills and they’re Electrifying!!

Yes it’s true. It’s not the cold weather causing them, but rather our excitement after our first test ride on a Thron Impulse by Focus, a masterpiece of German bicycle engineering, and new addition to the Seattle E-bike family. Just shipped in last week, our mechanic Ben attested to his satisfaction of the bike after taking it for a test ride with an ear-to-ear grin. A couple more test rides later and our staff was demonstrating excitement on par with kids on Christmas morning.

Well Santa, I’m saying it now: all I want for Christmas is a Focus Thron Impulse

 

Almost since our inception, we have been the northwest go-to hot spot for E-bikes, especially European-made, from slick SEV Velicks to elegant cruisers by Johnny Loco and Lampociclo. It’s safe to say that we were thrilled and honored to be approached by Derby Cycles, the largest manufacturer of Bicycles in Germany (a country surpassed by almost none in regards to vehicle engineering) to represent their E-bike lines: Focus and Kalkhoff. Their superb bikes are configured for all tastes, including Commuter, Euro-style Cruisers, Hard Tail Mountain Bikes, and most especially (!!!) that beautiful specimen of German bike engineering: the Thron, one of our only full-suspension Mountain E-Bikes, and probably the most capable E-Bike we've ever carried…

  

And here’s why:

Made in Cloppenburg, Germany, all Focus and Kalkhoff E-bikes are finished and assembled in the factory (a unique practice in today’s bicycle industry) and are equipped with their proprietary mid-drive Impulse Motor System, designed and engineered in-house. They are also the only E-Bike manufacturers we know of who make their own motors. Very high in initial torque, and with proprietary sensors, these are the smoothest shifting mid-drive E-Bikes we've ever tried. Nominally rated at 250 and 350 watts, they out-perform other bikes rated at twice that wattage, and the larger battery versions have range ratings from 50-127 miles!

It’s not a stretch to say this motor system has a huge part to do with why we are so in love with their bikes.

And did we mention Torque?? The Thron we tried out lacks the usual delay of one full rotation (or more) of the wheel/pedal before the power assist kicks in typical of most E-Bikes. Instead, it has an almost instantaneous assist, giving us our “go” right when we ask for it, a result more in-line with a car or motorcycle; thus giving us a more controlled and effective riding experience. Nothing is better than knowing you can get out of the way of a naughty driver right when you need to or conquer a steep incline right away.

We won’t even get into the way the bike looks, or the multitude of top-of-the-line components by well-reputable brands that combine to create this mastery of bicycle engineering. You need to see it to believe it. You need to ride it to get it. Come visit us to take a test ride…It’s still not too late to tell Santa about the Thron.

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Store Hours for the Next week

As many of you are enjoying time with families, we are as well! We appreciate your understanding as we take this mini-break. We will still respond to any emails and phone calls and can arrange appointments to view bikes as well. Here is our hours for the next week:

Saturday 12/27: 10-2pm

12/28-1/2 Sunday-Thursday: CLOSED

We appreciate all of our loyal customers and are thankful for your understanding as well. Happy Holidays!

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NO TAX on electric motorcycles again?!

 

Great news for our Brammo customers!!

This week, the House and Senate passed, and the President signed, the The Tax Increase Prevention Act. Check out the latest press release from CNBC Here.

Last year, the tax incentive ended on December 31st, not allowing those that purchased an electric motorcycle any tax break. Well, they have finally passed the bill to extend that tax incentive ONLY UNTIL DECEMBER 31st, 2014 to allow money back into e-moto purchasers pocket! YAHOOO!! So if you were deliberating on purchasing an electric motorcycle, now could be the most perfect time to do so before the year is out.

In regards to our fellow customers as of this last year, if you bought a Brammo or Stealth Bomber from us in 2014, you are able to get a tax credit up to 10% of what you paid, less state tax. All you simply have to do is file your 8834 form, even though the form has not been finalized, and you will get a refund equal to 10% of the purchase price or else application of it towards any tax due. You will simply have to wait until the form is ready so don't file your taxes early!

Want to buy one? You only have until the end of the 2014 to get it at the best possible price that the Brammo models will EVER be sold at, as well as getting a tax break. This is fast-acting 12 day legislation.

 

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E-Bike Tours: The Best last-minute gift to give!

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Have you ever wanted to explore the beautiful Northwest but just haven’t gotten around to it? Well now is your chance! Order a bike tour on an electric bike (yours or ours) for a guaranteed cheek-to-cheek grinning time.
We decided to provide a last minute Christmas gift opportunity to our loyal customers.  Give these to yourself, your friends, your partners, or anyone you think would enjoy getting out on an adventurous bike ride without worrying about trailing behind. These tours are sure to expand your e-bike experience with two delightful trips that are both Seattle area classics in the company of fellow e-bike riders.
Seattle E-Bike is offering TWO tours in the spring time, with potential of more if the interest permits, on a ferry ride to and from Bainbridge or a scenic Burke-Gilman trail ride to the Chateau Ste Michelle winery for a tasting and lunch.
All you have to do is call the shop to reserve a spot for you and anyone else you would like to bring with you by calling Seattle E-Bike at (206) 344-8000. We do accept payments over the phone or by Paypal (pay to bgdavey@gmail.com).  We will then send you, or you may pick up, a formal invitation to gift to your loved ones.

Bainbridge Island Tour

 

DATE: Sunday, April 26, 2015 or May 3, 2015, Sunday.

TIME:  11 AM

Meet at Seattle E-Bike: 570 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104

Duration: 5 hours

Once everyone is accounted for, the group will take a short ride to the ferry. Once the ferry lands, the e-riding venture begins! About one hour into riding, the group will cross the stunning Agate Pass Bridge onto the Kitsap Peninsula.  Then, we turn around, another 20-minute ride will lead to Fay Bainbridge State Park for a picnic. Bring your own lunch or order a box lunch from Alex’s Amazing Catering service. Afterwards, the group will head back at a leisurely pace and distance set by the group to the ferry back to the Seattle E-Bike headquarters. 

 

 

PRICING:


Tour Package: $85 per person. Buy a pair for $150! 
Round Trip Ferry Fee: $8
E-Bike Day Rental: $80.  Limit 4 rentals. Includes two guides for maximum of 12 people.
Box Lunch: (choose between Vegetarian, Seafood or Meat options): $22.

 

Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Tour

 

DATE: May 10, 2015, Sunday.  RAIN DATE:  May 17, 2015, Sunday.

TIME:  11 AM

Meet at Seattle E-Bike: 570 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA  98104

 

Leave the store at 10 am and ride the Elliot Bay Trail to the Fremont Bridge. The group will then get on The Burke Gilman Trail around the top of the lake for a fun 1.5-2 hour ride to the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA for a private winery tour and tasting of their premium line of wines.  If you choose to purchase wine, the Seattle E-Bike van can transport it back to the store for you. During the stay, we will be enjoying lunch, picnic style, at the Chateau Picnic area. Feel free to bring your own lunch or order a delicious lunch from Alex’s Amazing Catering.  After a few hours of fun at the winery, there will be a leisurely ride back to the Seattle E-Bike headquarters or you may break off at any point if you live somewhere along the way. Seattle E-Bike will also be offering rides back to the shop for an extra fee for those who are incapable of riding back.

 


PRICING:

 

Tour Ride Package: $115 per person, $225 for 2

E-Bike Day Rental: $100 (limit 4 rentals)

Box Lunch (please specify Vegetarian, Seafood, or Meat): $22

Transport wine to the store:  first case free, then $2 per case.

2 guides for a maximum of 12 people, plus our Chateau guide. 

**Includes extra 15% off discount at the wine store!**

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YEAR END CLEARANCE

It's that time of the year again when we have our one and only store wide sale...

 

...and it's starting a week early!

 

 

BrammoElectric Motorcycles: reg. $10,995-18,995, now $6,995-12,995

Polaris: reg. $1,999-2,999, now $1,599-2,399
Full Size Prodeco: reg. $1,299-2,199, now $844-1,429
Fat Sand Bikes: reg. $699-2,999, now $454-2,399
Stealth Bomber: reg. $11,900, now $9,400
SEV eTRICKS (shipping from France for Feb-March delivery):
reg. $5,399-6,399, now $4,319-5119
SEV Velicks (shipping from France for Feb-March  delivery):
reg. $4,249, now $3,339
Johnny Loco (shipping from the Netherlands, powered by Seattle E-bike, for Feb-March  delivery):
reg. $1,099-4,899, now $879-3,919
Cicli Blume (ordered from Italy for Feb-March delivery):
reg. $1,299-1,899 now $1079-1519
Lampociclo (shipping from Italy, powered by Seattle E-bike, for Feb-March delivery):
reg. $6,199, now $4,959
Ace Electric Bikes: reg. $4,499, now $3,499
All other bikes and e-bikes: 5% off!!
All accessories and clothing: 10% off!!

Shop on Black Friday and get an additional 5% OFF!

**Keep in mind, we will be closing Wednesday, November 26th at 2pm and will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, the 27th. On Black Friday, the madness will begin at 10am and go until 6pm or whenever customers stop buying!**

Don't let this amazing deal pass you and your loved ones by! Get them something for Christmas that will benefit their health and the environment. What better gift can you ask for?!
Give us a call today to set up an appointment or put a deposit down.
(206) 344-8000
info@electricbikeseattle.com
570 1st Ave South, Seattle, 98104

 

 

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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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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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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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