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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Stay Safe Riding on Roads! Light & Motion Sale!

We are currently featuring great deals on our Light & Motion products! All lights are 20% off. Designed for daily commuters, these are simply the most powerful and most convenient lights you can find on the market. They are lightweight and compact, while also being capable of lighting up a dark street. Drivers will see you on the road - even late at night. Light & Motion has extensively researched accident data to create the best lights for accident prevention. They discovered that most car/bike accidents happen at intersections where cars turn into or across a cyclist's path, which is why their lights feature amber side lights for increased 180 degree visibility.  

Our Light & Motion products feature CREE LED lightbulbs and multiple modes for either flashing or constant light. These lights have longer run times and life spans, making them a great investment because you won't have to buy another one for years. Every light is certified FL1-Standard for light brightness, impact/water resistance, and run time. They are also equipped with Lithium batteries and USB charger for easy recharging. All lights are weatherproof, impact resistant, and easy to mount. Stop by our store to test one out for yourself!

 

 

 Currently in Stock:

-Urban 550

-Urban 200

-VIS 180

-VIS 180 Micro

 

[Photo credit: Light & Motion]

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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 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
 
Store Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am - 6:30pm
http://www.electricbikeseattle.com/
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FAT BIKE RENTALS for the SUMMER!

The summer is practically here and most of us are aching for some adventure and fun. Well, we have an easy answer for you - ahem - FAT BIKE RENTALS. Make a statement and try this bump absorbing bike on all types of terrain - all for $25 for the day or $20 per bike for 2+ riders! Want to have the bike overnight for a nice camping trip or night adventure? Add another $15 and call it good. We are basically giving away these bikes so that those in the pacific northwest can have a chance to really feel like a dirty kid again....

Fat Sand Bikes, with whom Seattle E-Bike partners to create our Fat Bike line, are built in the United States. Fat Sand Bikes use a 4.8 inch wide, yes, 4.8 inch wide, 30 inch tall tire. Fat Bikes are tremendous for off-road work of all kinds.  If you let most of the air out of the tires, they are amazing on loose sand and unstoppable in snow.  Fat Bikes are superb at roaring down mountain trails and are legal on Forest Service Hunting Lands. Fat Bikes also make really good urban warriors.  Great on hard surfaces, the shock absorbing capabilities of the fat tires allow you glide over potholes or to go up curbs at 10 miles an hour while barely noticing it.

Most impressive of all is the E-bike version of our Fat Bike, the Cascade E-Monster. With the powerful front-mounted 750 Watt hub motor powered by a center-mounted Panasonic lithium battery and eight speed internal Alfine gear box on the back wheel, if you pedal, you have the world’s first all wheel drive bicycle that can get you up those tumultuous hills effortlessly.  We offer 4 Fat Bike Models: the Fat Cruiser, the Terrain Destroyer, the Mountain Monster, and the Cascade E-Monster. Our Fat Bikes are available in a stunning array of primary colors as well as black and Camo ($80 extra).  We also offer different tire options and easy mounting fenders that can save your butt from the muddiest of days.

Fat Bikes with Internal Gears.  One thing that is different (and better) about our Fat Bike than any of the competition we are aware of is our gearing system.  Unlike derailleur gears, they are unaffected by salt or sand or mud and are much more resistant to damage from rocks, roots, etc. Our entry level Cruiser has a 3 speed internal Shimano Nexus hub, the Terrain Destroyer has the 8-speed version. To both bikes, we have added a front disc brake in the front because of the hills and the rain we have here in Seattle. 

Our Mountain Monster and the Cascade E-Bike Monster employ Shimano’s finest internal hub, the Alfine, a superbly assembled, 8-speed smooth unit with fittings that permit us to install an extraordinary powerful twin hydraulic brake system. The Alfine alone retails for nearly $500.

We want you to ride anywhere you want. 

Seriously! The Seattle E-Bike staff has tried these fat bikes up some of the more gruesome terrain that is sometimes unavoidable in Seattle and surrounding areas from sharp, rigid gravel trails -to deep, compact, icy snow, up the Harbor steps in downtown Seattle, by Alki beach in deep sand. Why not take a smooth ride over a curb or through a puddle with excitement and surprisingly easy peddling? With the slender profile of a bike, even a Fat Bike, you can go around the bad stuff that will stop jeeps and ATV’s. 

 

 

Seattle E-Bike Fat Bike Prices

 

Colors: Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Black, Red or Camo (+$80, only on Aluminum)

 

Fat Cruiser

3 Speed

4.8 inch wide x 30 inch diameter tires

Disc brakes front and coaster brake rear

Shimano Nexus Internal Gears

17 inch, Steel, (43 lbs) (17 inch only for Steel)                       $899

15, 17, or 20 inch, Aluminum (42 lbs)                                      $999

                                                                                                         $1079 for Camo

Terrain Destroyer

8 Speed

4.8 inch wide x 30 inch diameter tires

Disc brakes front and roller brake rear

Shimano Nexus Internal Gear Hub

42 lbs

15, 17, or 20 inch, Aluminum                                                             $1249

 

Mountain Monster (Our Custom Hard Core Fat Bike)

16 Speed

30 inch x 4.8 inch aggressive tread downhill tires front & rear

Shimano Alfine Internal Gear Hub

FSA Gravity Lite 175 mm Crankset

Truvativ Giga Pipe Team DH Isis Bottom Bracket

FSA Pig DH Sealed Headset

Truvativ Hussefelt Comp Riser Bar

Truvativ Hussefelt Stem

Avid Elixer 5 level Hydraulic Brakes, front & rear with 205 mm rotors

Ringle Zuzu Pedals

42 lbs

15, 17, and 20 inch, Aluminum                                               $2299

We custom build race versions to order. Call us.  (206) 344-8000

 

Cascade E-Monster Electric Fat Bike

8 Speed

4.8 inch wide x 30 inch diameter tires

Avid Elixer 5 level Hydraulic Brakes, front & rear with 205 mm rotors

Shimano Alfine Internal Gear Hub

750 W geared hub motor, 36V, 14.5 or 11.5 amp hour Panasonic lithium battery

65 lbs

15 inch, with 36 V 11.5 amp hour battery, Aluminum           $3499

17 inch, with 36 V 14.5 amp ur battery, Steel                          $3499

 

20 inch, with 36V 14.5 amp hour battery, Aluminum            $3599

 

For more information, please call our store at (206) 344-8000 and speak to one of our staff members for a fat bike rental or other electric models you may be interested in taking home with you! 

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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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