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
 
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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. 

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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How Seattle E-Bike Customers Use their E-Bikes

Recently we asked our Seattle E-Bike customers to tell us why they chose to purchase an E-Bike from us and how they use their E-Bikes. Here are some of the great responses we received from all around the Pacific Northwest and beyond:

I was searching for an E-bike to improve my commute to work. Traffic was horrendous. Using the E-bike, I cut my commute time from 40 minutes to 10 minutes and that cuts the stress out.

The performance of the bike is fantastic. It truly delivers, exactly as advertised. I did not expect how much I would really enjoy the riding experience. I had not been on a bicycle for over 40 years!! I use the electric on the hills and pedal on the flat. It is fantastic to get out in the environment once again!!

--Russ

I was searching for an E-bike to make it easier to get up the hills on my commute home to Capitol Hill. I thought I would only use it 2 or 3 times a week to commute, but with proper rain gear and lights, the commute is EASY, faster than the bus. I ride past backed up traffic, so sometimes I get home faster than if I drove. I now ride 5 days a week. I keep the charger at work, charge it with the battery still on the bike, and charge about once a week. It’s been a real surprise that I ride everyday and everywhere.

On my ride, I pedal or spin constantly (except for downhills) and throttle it 10-60% to add enough juice so I never break a sweat - if I don't want to. I wear jeans to dresses and look fashionable when I get to work. I don't need to shower or change clothes at work.

I had an awesome customer service experience with Seattle E-Bike! I liked that Mikaela had me register my bike with her, or I would have easily not done it. Mikaela is knowledgeable, approachable, and gives great recommendations.

--Helen

I am actually getting more exercise with my Phantom X2 than with my regular bikes because I ride farther and longer than I would attempt with my standard bikes.  I ride the flats and downhills with no electric assist, and use full power going up hills.  This increases my average speed quite a bit so when I have a limited amount of time to ride, I go much farther since I know I can get back home on time. I have taken many 20+ mile rides while pulling my 5-year-old grandson behind me on a tow bike and easily keeping up with my riding group.

I took a 5000 mile motor home trip last summer, and the folding bike fit right into my motor home, no bike rack needed that gets the bike dirty in wet weather.  My brother bought one after riding mine.  It's fun watching people smile who push the throttle the first time, they are surprised at it's power and speed for a bike that looks like a pretty normal mountain bike.

--Tom

 

I use my Phantom X2 as my primary transportation, and I get to places faster here in Downtown Seattle. My e-bike performs beyond any of my expectations. The Seattle E-Bike staff has been very helpful during my purchase and delivery of my e-bike. One thing I've found that was unexpected was all the attention I receive when riding around Seattle; it's a lot of fun.

--Bill

 

Seattle E-Bike has great products and EXCELLENT SERVICE. I’m really enjoying my bike; I’ve ridden a thousand miles on it already this year and couldn't be happier! THANKS!

--Eric

My wife and I are active sailors as well as general aviation enthusiasts. There's nothing worse than sailing or flying to a great destination just to realize you are without wheels and still a few miles from town or a great event. We therefore have been looking for high quality, efficient, and reasonably-priced electric folding bicycles for quite some time. 

We learned that Seattle E-Bike had recently opened its doors and, after thorough research into their product line, we bought two Prodeco Mariner 7s during their grand opening weekend. We couldn't be happier! We have flown to Port Townsend, Long Beach, and most recently Friday Harbor in a Cessna four-seater. The bikes are easily tucked into the rear seats and within ten minutes of arrival, we are heading down the road! On our last trip, we completely circumnavigated San Juan Island on a single charge. 

Not only are our Mariner 7s the perfect product at a great price, the personalized service and attention we have received from Brian, Mikaela, and Max have been nothing short of phenomenal. If you're in the market for an electric bike, there's no reason to shop anywhere else. As my wife said as we pedaled and powered our way in the warm afternoon sun near Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island, "These bikes have opened a whole new world of travel for us..." Indeed they have! 

--Warren

I was in the market for an e-Bike and was debating either a purchase online or local. After talking with Brian the owner and his colleagues, the choice was fairly clear and I've not regretted my decision to purchase with Seattle E-Bike.

I'm  a very tall person so it was important that the bike I chose fit my build and riding style. Seattle E-Bike worked with me to ensure everything was in order and fit perfectly. They really are a custom bike shop and it's refreshing to have that personal attention. (BTW…I am not a paid spokesperson ;-) 

My new bike is AWESOME! (A Prodeco Phantom X2 with the Ultimate upgrade package from Seattle E-Bike).

If you're in the market for a custom bike, be it an e-Bike or other variants, give Seattle e-Bike a shot.... You'll be very happy with your decision. 

--Ray


Please contact us at 206 344-8000 or info@electricbikeseattle.com if you are thinking about joining these happy Seattle E-Bikers! 

  

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2013 Price Alert: Prodeco Bike Prices Rise

Prodeco bikes will be raising many prices starting at the beginning of the 2013 model year.  Prices on the Mariner 7, the Stride 500, the entire Phantom line, the Genesis 250, the Stride 250, the Stride 300, and the Storm 300 will increase by $100.  These are primarily “catch up” price increases on bikes that were underpriced all along.  The most major difference will be a slightly modified rack, which we have arranged to make available to purchasers of our 2012 models.

What we have been telling our customers since day one was that Prodeco was essentially selling their bikes at cost so they could build market share. Now they have decided to give themselves a better deal.  The overwhelming demand for their products gives them that opportunity in 2013.

Still, Prodeco continues to offer far more value than any electric bike manufacturer by many, many hundreds of dollars. 

One other change will be to the Stride 500 line.  As it stands, the black Stride 500 with a 9 amp battery is set at a very reasonable price for $1,299 and that will continue to remain the same.  For $1,499, you will be able to buy a pearlescent white Stride 500 with a 12 amp power battery and improved shock absorbers. This addition to the Stride line speaks right to our customers, who have made the Stride our second best selling model. We have had many customers wanting more range and a brighter color, and this new Stride delivers. We can’t wait to get our hands on them!

Aside from the existing product lines, Prodeco is releasing the highly-anticipated Outlaw electric bicycle.  This machine will have a 750 watt motor, allowing the bike to reach speeds of 28 mph without pedaling, or be set to the street legal speed of 20 mph, and is accompanied with a 48 volt LiFePO4 battery.  The Outlaw includes truly enormous shock absorbers and has many high-end components which, combined with the 33% increase in power, make its price of $2,199 a bargain as well.


The 2013 price increases primarily represent price catch-ups, as well as financing of Prodeco’s new large factory, which will eliminate 2012’s supply bottlenecks for good.

Prodeco is still the best bargain out there, both price and warranty.  Each bike comes with a two-year warranty on all of the electronics accompanied by a life-time warranty on the frame. hey stand behind their products.

You can find more information about the new 2013 product manual HERE. Not only will these bikes be a great addition to a new, eco-friendly lifestyle, but it can also be that thoughtful gift to give during the Holiday season. We are fortunate to have stocked up on most of the 2012 models, at 2012 prices, because we anticipated these price increases.  So, come in while these bargains are still here!!

For more details, stop by, or call us at (206) 344-8000.

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Black Friday Seattle E-Bike Parade!


Many of you have been dreading this time of the year. When thinking about the best gift to give to your friends and family, you find that it can be quite daunting and tiresome. You end up giving your loved ones another version of last years gift; a different colored winter coat, another nice watch, a funky tie that they will never wear, a work-out machine that will stay in the garage for many years of collected dust, and so on. And then you look at your life. You find yourself hiding away in winters' hibernation at home and at your work desk in a long, drawn-out cycle for many months with no excitement or energy to do anything else. Well, how about trying something a little different, something that is the latest in today's technology, something that screams excitement and applying that to you or your loved one's daily life. The electric bike is the ultimate gift for the 2012 holiday season and here is what we would like to present to YOU...

Layer on your winter gear, grab your wallets, and come join us for a first-time ever event happening right here in downtown Seattle on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. 

Starting in the wee hours of the morning on November 23rd, people will be swarming around in the heart of Seattle scouting the best deals from their favorite stores. To break up their day and make it more fun and exciting, we are having our very own PARADE!! We will be dazzling you with about a dozen of our favorite bikes and demonstrating our passion for e-biking,  just after Macy’s does their annual event.

In the spirit of Black Friday, we will be offering outstanding deals in celebration of the holidays, as well as the bike riders who are considering the merits of our fabulous electric bikes, our electric or human powered Fat bikes, the amazing Ridekick e-trailer  that will electrify your own bike in 5 minutes for under $700, or even the Worlds finest e-bike, the amazing Stealth Bomber, priced at $12,000 before holiday discounts, and when you see it you will know it is worth it all. We also will show you some nifty electric trikes, including one that will carry objects as big as a refrigerator.

As you experience whatever weather November 23 brings us, remember that one great thing about an electric bike is it lets you dress warm and dry, and it keeps your pedaling intensity below the perspiration level, even going up steep hills.  (Unless you have a refrigerator on board.)

Here are the details for Black Friday:

When: November 23rd

Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm (roughly)

Where:  Starting at Occidental park in Pioneer Square, right in back of our store. Then, we make our way into the Retail Core via 1st. Then, through the Market if we can make it, then up Pike to 6th, then to Pine St, Pine to 4th, 4th to University to 5th back to Pine, down to Westlake, and home on 4th!

Who: The Seattle E-Bike staff, some of our dedicated customers and you! (dogs welcome…  Elephants even better!)

We will graciously be handing out fliers in offering our Black Friday Discounts for our Black Friday civilized door busters (at 2 p.m., not 4 a.m.), as well as our holiday season specials.

Check out or Facebook for an advanced copy of our sales brochure! Only our facebook likers can take advantage of the discounts in advance!

We welcome any and all to come and participate in the festivities and encourage you to hop on an electric bike and really understand how useful they are here in our hilly, dense city.

You really, really don't want to miss out on this fabulous event. For more information or if you would like to be involved, please email us at info@electricbikeseattle.com or call us at (206) 344-8000!

 

Happy Riding!

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Seattle E-Bike Scores at Interbike!

As winter is approaching us, many folks will start storing their bikes away to not be seen again until spring. Here at Seattle E-Bike, we want our riders to be prepared and excited to get on their bikes year-round. Since the beginning of the summer, we have been preparing to offer more power, more cargo, more visibility, and more adventure while safely riding. There is so much going on here at Seattle E-Bike and we are excited to share what we have brought to our shop.

Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, The 2012 Interbike International Expo had 776 booths which attracted thousands of excited and innovative cyclists from all over the world. The booths were stocked with very impressive products to share with the biking community. We had the opportunity to attend this year and discovered many new products, a number of which we’ll be debuting at our store this month to help you keep riding through the fall and winter season.

A precaution every bike rider should consider is making sure you are as visible as possible to prevent accidents, especially on busy streets in the city. The Halobelt meets above those expectations and does it with style. The Halo belt makes the rider visible from 360 degrees, with various blinking capabilities. Made with poly/nylon, the LED sends light through a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) fiber optic making the light bright, glowing, and visible. This solution is also theft-proof, as they explain on their website, because it is wearable and not left on the bike for anyone to steal. 

This video will make you want one:


Also from Interbike, we now have a electric-assist conversion option in the shop. The Ridekick is an amazing (not to mention reasonably priced!) new product which allows you to quickly add a 500-watt, electric-assisted trailer to any bike, with the flexibility to take it off again in under 90 seconds. This e-trailer boosts your ride up to 19 mph with a simple throttle, giving you variable speed control, while towing your briefcase or bags of groceries. We thought it was such a brilliant idea we had to get our hands on them! 

Check out this hilarious video they produced:

 


If you live in the northwest, you can certainly relate to the rider in this video. Can you imagine using an e-trailer that has a powerful motor and can carry up to 40 liters without having to modify the bike you already own? It is complete and utter genius. Stop by our shop to see it for yourself!

Those are just two products that we added to our line-up, but that is just the beginning of what all is going on at Seattle E-Bike. We encourage you to stop in to get the whole scoop of what we've been up to. If we told you everything, then you wouldn't wonder. Happy riding!

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Art By Jose Orantes

 If you are in Seattle, you know the town is buzzing with excitement under clear blue skies as we approach August, our best chance at weather for the year. That being said, we are excited to be a part of another month of the First Thursday Art Walk! (More information here: http://www.firstthursdayseattle.com/). During the summer time, this part of town is usually filled with life on the first Thursday of every month and we are proud to take part in it! Our first experience with these art walks consisted of Martin Selig's art, Seattle's best known developer and a lesser known, but just as intriguing, painter. This time we have changed it up a little bit...

Naturally, with our electric bikes that give people a chance to "ride like a kid again" as President of Seatte E-Bike, Brian Nordwall, would say, we wanted the art we debuted on our 18 foot high walls to represent that same concept. Something that is contrary than what most people would consider Seattle being, e.g. dull, gloomy, rainy. We happened to find someone who has lived here in Seattle for over thirty years who is one of the few that feels the same way as we do and his name is Jose Orantes. 


A Guatemalan artist, his early encounters with bridges, cars, and ferries of the Northwest gave him much to observe with his “ojos do extranjero” (eyes of a stranger). Bringing his love of color to bear on the Seattle landscape has resulted in a playful uplifting style he describes as “Urban Naïve.” A favorite theme is that magical moment, the union of day and night that he attempts to capture in his work.

 

For the past 11 years, Jose has worked with the artist in residency program of the Washington State arts commission, creating colorful murals in schools, community groups, and correctional institutions throughout the state. He enjoys sharing his love of color, teaching different painting, drawing techniques, and encouraging students’ feeling of self confidence so they can find their own style and become artists of tomorrow. Check out more of his art here: http://orantesgallery.com/jose/prints/

So come join us for the First Thursday Art Walk where you can enjoy some of Jose's art and check out some pretty neat electric bikes while you are enjoying some wine and aged cheese as our guests for the evening! We'd love to have you.

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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...

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...

$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...

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