European Bikes at Seattle E-Bike

The reason you can find wonderful European Bikes at Seattle E-Bike is because, since I started the store 6 years ago, I have flown each year to Eurobike, in Freiderichshavn Germany.  It is, by a factor of three, the largest bike and E-Bike show in the world.

In 2012, there were probably 10 E-Bike Brands at Eurobike taking up 2 percent of the show. This year, year 6 for me, there were at least 100 E-bike brands, the models taking up 15 percent or so of the space at the show, at least half of much more space as non assisted bikes.  (Over half the space is highly specialized, like rows of booths just offering pedals.)

I always follow my Eurobike visit with visits to major European cities  
This year Stockholm, and Gdansk.  Previous years Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels, Brugge, Munich, Zurich, and various cities in France and Italy.  Every year, I see that the Urban Core of the Norther European cities are becoming increasingly dominated by bicycles.  In Amsterdam, more people own at least one bicycle (many own 4 or 5). More own bikes instead of owning a car.  The Dutch are the leaders, in boat building and bike usage. 

Now, now more than 40 percent of Dutch bicycle sales are electric bikes
Here in Stockholm I rented a bike (non electric) because one look at the density and size of central Stockholm told me that it was the best way to travel.  Riding around all day confirmed it.  I must have seen 100,000 bikes, and between the bike paths and their general presence everywhere, they are respected by motorists and I felt safe even with an oh so slow, 20 inch heavy, 3 speed rental.  But boy, did I wish I had an E-Bike.  There is a reason E-Bike's are taking over Eurobike.

 


Seattle is ahead of most of the U.S. in bike use, but hopelessly behind Northern Europe.   

Given the  our ethos....green is good, its great to be outdoors, a little drizzle won't hurt you, and working your body is a virtue.... there can be only one reason bikes are not more prevalent in our traffic choked city.

Our hills!  Yes, our hills! 
Kansas is mountainous compared to the Netherlands.   The highest spot a Dutch person has to reach is 18 feet above sea level. Stockholm has grades, but not grades we would find noticeable.  London, Berlin, Brugge, Brussels, are all extremely flat.


If you want to comfortably and frequently, ride up Cherry Street, or Queen Anne Ave, or Stone Way, or climb over Beacon to Rainier, or make the run out on Madison to the Lake, or 35th West in West Seattle,  which has 33 times as much vertical that the entire country of the Netherlands, you have your work cut our for you.

Two must have links with great information for commuters

Gravity being immutable, you have two choices, if you want to really enjoy riding in Seattle, you can either work out hard an hour a day until you are 40, 2 hours a day until you are 60, and then three hours a day after that.   Or.....you can flatten our hills through the miracle of lithium powered electrical assist.  Still riding as hard as you wish, but going where you want, as far as you want and at speeds 50% to 200% faster, depending on the terrain.

Let's face facts,  if we are going to get more of our aging butts back on bikes,  and take back the City,  you need an E-Bike. 

Unless you are the athlete referenced above,  you owe it to yourself and our City to find something that will get your butt back on a bike.  Everyday, everywhere.   Leave the car at home, maybe even sell it.  Better it is parked at home than crawling at 2 mph downtown. 

At Seattle E-Bike,  we believe we have the most different bikes, and the best bikes  
We can find the right one for you.   Call 206-344-8000 right now an make an appointment for a FREE test ride.  As eloquent as I like to think I am, I cannot explain the joy and liberation that you feel in the first 5 minutes of your ride.  Better than the day your parents took the training wheels off.


Stay tuned, when I get back from Europe, we will be introducing a device that will make E-Bikes even more useful than they already are!

Ride safe, but Ride. 


Brian Nordwall, Founder, Seattle E-Bike.

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Batman Bikeboard Private Reveal!

Don't miss out on the redesigned Conway Bikeboard's! Four companies competed against each other by building their own model with the Conway Bikeboard. Last weekend, all four companies presented their new designs with a private Grand Reveal in Spanaway, Washington at the Puget Sound Go Kart Association. After the private Grand Reveal, the four designs competed against each other in three challenges. The three challenges were unknown to everyone until the reveal. 

Challenge #1: Agility:Each team had to ride down a 30-yard stretch of the track. The challenge though, was that every 10-yards, the team had to weave in and out of cones. For every cone that the team avoided the team earned 1 point and any cones knocked down deducted team points.
After each team weaved their way through the tricky cones, one winner stood. The Conway Bikeboard team.

Challenge #1 Results: Conway- 20 points, Seattle E-Bike-0, Garage Asylum-0, Huff Motorsports-0

Challenge #2: Short Distance Speed Race with an awkward item attached to the rider. The fastest team down the 30-yard straight shot would win 20 points. Each team had to draw a card and that card coordinated with a prop they needed to attach to their bike. Garage Asylum ended up with large, stuffed soccer balls. Huff sports had to drag a parachute. Conway Bikeboards had to tow a two-wheeled skateboard with an additional weight on top. Seattle E-Bike had to wear a purple kids backpack. With all the objects in tow, each bike raced down the 30-yard straight shot. Riding furiously forward. The first to fall victim to their towable item was the Conway Bikeboard team; the weight fell off of their skateboard and therefore disqualified them. The rest of the bikes continued on and the purple kids backpack passed the finish line first.

Challenge #2 Results: Seattle E-Bike- 20 points. Conway Bikeboards- 20 points. Garage Asylum- 0 points. Huff Motorsports- 0 points. 

Challenge #3: A Race Around the Go Kart Track. The teams had to race around the entire Puget Sound Go Kart Association track twice. However it is a lot easier said than done. The track had some hills and sharp twists and turns that provided a challenge for all the racers. The race was well-fought and quite entertaining to watch. Each team did great! At the end of the two laps, the rankings were as follows.

Challenge #3 Results: Seattle E-Bike- 40 points. Conway Bikeboards- 20 points. Garage Asylum- 0 points. Huff Motorsports- 0 points.

The Seattle E-Bike team is in the lead with just one Challenge of the Conway Bikeboard Build Off Challenge left and it requires all of your support! 

Challenge #4 Best Bikeboard Build: All the teams of the Conway Bikeboard Build Off Challenge will be revealing them privately at the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk tonight! The next time you can catch all the bikes will be at the Waterline Festival-Wheels and Keels-Car, Motorcycle, Wooden Boat Festival at Des Moines Marina July 24, 2016! Come out to see all the awesome bikes that the teams have built and vote on your favorite bike! The team with the most votes will earn 50 points. At this point in the competition, anyone could win it!

To check out more details like pictures and videos, go to our Facebook page! 

The "Original" Conway Bikeboard

WHO IS COMPETING? 

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TONIGHT IS THE PUBLIC GRAND REVEAL!!!

Come check out bikes that have electric motors, custom design fenders, motorized hubs, flame throwers, 

 

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Seattle Bike Show, Fashion Show, Artwalk... Let's party!

Our last art walk ended up being a big hit!

Our live artist, Joshua Boulet, made his art debut in-store while folks enjoyed watching and sipping the vino and grubbing on healthy snacks. Boulet has been featured on the front cover of the Seattle Weekly numerous times specializing mostly in black and white, combining brush pen with a tricked-out Pilot pen he refills manually with Dr. Ph. Martin Black India ink. His work has wonderful detail, a distinct graphic-novel style and storytelling flavor. An additional mystery guest artist will be joining us for the first time as well! 
Read more about Joshua from our blog
If you didn't make it out to the last one, then you should this time since we will be welcoming Mr. Boulet once again! For those that have never made it out to the monthly event, click here: Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk!

PLEASE NOTE: We are CLOSED on Thursday until our Art Walk event at 5:00 PM in preparation for the Seattle Bike Show. We will be accepting appointments if made in advance.

You may email us at: info@electricbikeseattle.com or call us to arrange a time. 


FREE PARKING is available from 5-10pm Thursday evening at a few garages in the area! For more details, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1TParkFree
 

March 5th and 6th at the Century Link Event Center


Saturday, March 5th: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 6th: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Seattle Bike Show features the best of biking – no matter your destination – with more than 125 exhibitors, a stand out line-up of speakers & presenters – and it is a great way to support the biking community of our region. This is your once-a-year chance to see the entire biking community under one roof.

We will be there and we hope you will be as well! We are excited to show everyone what we've been up to and are working diligently to making sure this event is better than ever. 
 

SEATTLE E-BIKE FASHION SHOW || March 5th || 12:30pm - 1:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See some awesome bike-friendly clothing go down the runway at the annual Seattle Bike Show on Saturday, March 5th, along with some of the most innovative meets cool-factor bikes and electric bikes. We will also be allowing folks to take a spin on some of our e-bike favorites on the test track built inside the show. If interested in trying out, find us at the booth and we will set you up on one!

Thank you to our following Sponsors of the Fashion Show:

**Part of the proceeds from the show will be going towards Bikes for Little Buddies, a non-profit organization that specializes in finding bikes for underprivileged children and youth groups.**
 
SHOW BONUS: 
Every attendee to the Seattle Bike Show gets FREE admission to the Travel, Adventure, Gear Expo and the Seattle Golf & Travel Show - all part of the Northwest Outdoor Recreation Festival
Adults ($12 + $1.34 Convenience Fee)
Youth (17 & under) Free

GET YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW. CLICK HERE!

WHAT'S COMING TO THE SHOW...
NEW HOURS! 
Starting next weekend, we will now be OPEN on Sundays and throughout the Summer from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. 
 

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First Thursday Art Walk TODAY featuring: Our First E-Bike GALLERY

We hope you had a fabulous holiday break. We would like to help you start your 2016 off right and invite you to our very first time introducing our newly made-over shop as an:

Photo By Benz Photography

Photo By: Benz Photography

We have prettied up our bikes, put them on pedestals on a pretty cedar wood, added extra accents and cedar to match the vibe and "vwa-la" here is a sneak peak, minus the complimentary aged cheese, wine and snacks of course:

 

We couldn't be more thrilled to have a beautiful shop to display our beautiful bikes. Though we have received several 2016 models already, we have many 2015 models that we are willing to discount while supplies last. 

Come on the First Thursday Art walk and receive 10% off your purchase on ALL 2015 models.

Bring a friend who is interested in purchasing and receive CASH BACK for the referral!

We want you to benefit on the colder days of riding and why not make the new year a great way to start it off right by bettering yourself and your environment and getting OUT THERE and enjoying life, even if it means just another day at work!

We need not say more, SEE YOU TOMORROW!

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First Thursday at Seattle E-Bike TOMORROW!

Well, Folks...

We're doing it again. We are extending our business hours tomorrow until 8PM for those that are perusing around the Pioneer Square First Thursday Artwalk. We will again have some wine and cheese for those that want to enjoy a well-deserved refreshment. We will also be talking ebikes and SALES.

For those that get to this blog and notice our hours being later tomorrow, we will extend our sale pricing as shown in the previous blog below! We would love for our customers to get the best bang-for-buck with what we have to offer, especially during this time of the year when spending is at its' highest!

Come one come all... invite your friends, dogs, family and come say hi if that is all you intend to do! We love visits from our customers and we welcome you with pretty too-sweet-to-beat deals. 

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Celebrate with Seattle E-Bike May 1st!

Seattle E-Bike is proud to announce the official grand opening of our brand new location! You are invited to speak with representatives of bikes we carry, enjoy food and beverages, and learn more about e-bikes.
Wait! There's more! We are having a drawing and a lucky attendee will be walking away with a Polaris Meridian that night.
Don't worry, if you don't win, you will also be entered to win the same e-bike that will be drawn at the end of May! 
When: May 1st, 2014 
(First Thursday Artwalk)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: 570 1st Ave S
Special thanks to: Polaris eBikesBrammoPeddler Brewery and everyone else involved in contributing to the success of Seattle E-Bike's premier location.
Save the date for the first day of May and we hope to see you there!

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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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