Seattle E-Bike - IT'S BAAAAACK!!!!


Almost 7 years ago, this sign was installed at Seattle E-Bike's first location at the corner of Main and 1st Ave South in Pioneer Square. We grew, and moved to 570 1st Ave South, the sign did as well.  Unfortunately, that is when the vandalism started. One well-thrown pebble disables 25% of the sign and costs $700 to repair. We thought about encasing it in Lucite but it would have reduced the impact. I spent thousands trying to keep up but it was hopeless - until now.

Now we are at our truly grand store at 220 South Jackson Street. The Pioneer Square Preservation District Board will not let us erect the sign outside, for which I now thank them. It is mounted in the store, visible out each side, and 10 feet from my desk. I replaced the neon, feeling this beautiful sign now has a safe home visible to all but safe inside.

One of our customers blew up a photo to poster size and has it over their bed. You can't buy that kind of publicity!

We're now thinking of making our own posters. If you would like one, let me know. They will be 24" by 36" and will probably cost about $25. If we get a hundred takers. Or you can just stop by, and do a selfie!

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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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Seattle E-Bike Teams Up With Starbucks

 

The Seattle E-Bike team is very excited to announce that we have teamed up with Starbucks! This Wednesday, June 8, 2016 we made our debut outside the Starbucks World Headquarters. We have made an agreement with Starbucks to offer free e-bike test rides right outside their front door. Every Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am- 1:00pm, the team will be out there showcasing the various electric bike lines that we have to offer.

Whether you are a Starbucks employee, on a lunch break in the area, or thinking of electric bikes but don't know what to expect, come down for a free test ride! It has never been easier to get a feel for an electric bike, get more information on any bikes we have on display, or to make an appointment to try any bike we have in store. 

Stay up-to-date with our Twitter to find out what bikes we are showing for the day!

Note: We will be closed Friday, June 9, 2016 for a team building exercise, but you can find us at Starbucks next Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Details about the photo displayed: The Blix Vika, one of the three electric bikes that we showcased at the Starbucks World Headquarters on June 8, 2016.

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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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Intro from our new Guest Blogger: Mr. Spokes

Seattle E-Bikes is starting a regular Guest Blogger, Spokes Man, an awesome guy determined to spread the word on e-bikes one volt at a time...

but first, a word, or rather 17 syllables, from our Haiku:

electrons . . .
join human effort
to propel spoked wheels
in clean silence.



Hello fellow Bike enthusiasts! Spokes Man here; happy to share my thoughts on the e-bike world.

I have been fortunate to be a part of the e-bike business for a number of years, and watched it grow dramatically. So wanted to open this blog with a little bit about how its grown...and how it hasn't (ie who's scared to make the jump).

The baby boomers were the first to take it up, as they realized they were no longer saddling up old faithful in the garage, and wanted to be motivated to get out there again - to pedal up steep hills once more, to zoom along sun-dappled roads, to move through the air upon he earth, to feel the wind upon ones face...ahh yes.

Then came some truly venerable people. Ages 67, 75, 83. People with the wisdom and appreciation to be transported and once again be able to glide through nature. I know a 67 year old couple that takes their boat to San Juan Island, takes out their two small 20 inch folding bikes, and proceeds to circumnavigate the 52 miles, including 15 stunning miles along the windblown Straits of Juan de Fuca, looking across 18 miles of water to Port Townsend, and behind it, to the Olympics. Then, up the West side, overlooking Haro Straight to the Canadian Gulf Islands and up to Victoria (can you tell I've joined them a time or two? Epic doesn't even begin to describe the sites and feel of this ride). Lots of up and down, the whole trip has more than 1000 vertical feet. Their little bikes are only supposed to go about 30 miles without a charge, but they always ride hard, conserve energy, and are able to go the distance no problem. It's great to be connected with Seattle e-Bike customers like these ones.

The e-bike "Paradigm Shift" challenge is those who are simply too cool for school. So a brief message to our young commuters and cycling purists: Take an 8 mile commute from Greenlake to Downtown or West Seattle to Capitol Hill. 20-30 year old commuters are supposed to be in a hurry, but they chug along on their pure bikes at 12 miles per hour or less, while our 60 year olds buzz by them at 24. Maybe they don’t realize that an e-bike's not your mothers bike. You can pedal as hard and go as fast as you want. Or, you can chill, relax the pedals and concentrate on the the flowers and the Buicks (that you leave in the dust during traffic:), or expend moderate calories and get to work fresh , dry, and in good time. Its all good.

If you are a person who would never miss an opportunity to climb miss Queen Anne Avenue to the top on your way to Freemont, (instead of skulking along on Dexter or Westlake), or if you pedal a 100 cadence at 24 mph up 10 percent slopes like Queen Anne, or 12% slopes like Madison, then by all means skip the extra 13 pounds, the motor and battery adds, and good luck in the Olympics. But young urban warriors who want to do a six mile commute in 15 minutes while getting precisely the exercise they want, have evolved, and know that one is no longer personally defined by what toys one has, but rather by what those toys do, in this case: liberates. What comes is the freedom to select a bike that can do all sorts of things you could not possibly do without hybridization. They have been released from the toil of walking their bike up Virginia, are now free to buy a fine, climbing macine.

After all, bikes move you through the world in the finest of ways and the finest choice is unlikely to harm your community position, and, who knows, you might be in the vanguard when E-Bikes get truly cool, and then you will have it all.

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NEW Spring/Summer Hours!

Ask and you shall receive! Though we like to still consider Mondays as our Fun-Day, we have opened up our doors for Sunday, allowing all week day workers more time to come in on their spare weekend hours! 

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 11-6

Wednesday: 11-6

Thursday: 11-6

Friday: 11-6

Saturday: 10-5

Sunday: 12-5

Call us today to set up an appointment to test ride your favorite ebike or just stop in and we will be happy to assist you! (206) 344-8000 or info@electricbikeseattle.com

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Velicks 700: The French model that we love.

Why the owners favorite model is the french Velicks 700 made by SEV:

The Velicks 700 is a center drive electric road bicycle, the shop owners' favorite! This model is one of two lines made by a French manufacturer, SEV in Provence. They also make a scooter line named eTricks with a 1000 watt mid-drive motor system with speeds of up to 32 MPH.

The owner: "My personal opinion is the French bikes are the best of all worlds. The Italian bikes are the most stylish, the German bikes are the most Mercedes like. The French manage the beauty of the Italian bikes although in a French way, and with the precision of Germany.

My absolute favorite is the Velicks Speed. I just think it is the best looking E-Bike in the store. Combine that with a very sophisticated center drive, great components, perfect balance and handling, and a $4299 price tag, I find this to be the best bargain for an electric road bike."

Currently, we have one demo in the store that we are discounting heavily, with plans to bring more in soon.


If you have something to say about the product, the owner would love to hear it! Email him at brian@electricbikeseattle.com and discuss what you love about it! Any and all feedback is welcome!

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