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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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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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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Amazing New Deal on Polaris Meridian E-Bikes!

Seattle E-Bike is thrilled to offer an even better deal on our Polaris Meridian models!
Previously on sale for $1,999, they are now $1,195 (MSRP: $2,999).
Polaris has a well-established, decades long reputation for building high quality recreational vehicles. They have teamed up with Seattle E-bike to bring this closeout sale on the Meridian models we have in stock. Polaris will soon be introducing a completely new series with larger motors, larger batteries, and highly sophisticated control systems. They want their old models cleared out and they have asked us [one of their largest dealers] to help them. The Meridian and Meridian ST are two of our most popular models and a favorite among customers. Come try out this fantastic bike soon before they are gone!

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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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Are you READY for Bike-To-Work day?

 

We couldn't be more ready with this fine, deliciously sunny weather we're having! This week has turned out to be the most beautiful week for weather here in Seattle - So there really is NO EXCUSE why you shouldn't be out there on two wheels, living and breathing the Pacific Northwest summer breeze. 

We are teaming up with the WSDOT and will be having a station located just south of the Alaskan Way viaduct from 6AM -10AM on Friday May 16th so if you're traveling in that area, be sure to look out for us! We will be handing out coupons, seat covers and nutritional snacks to keep folks fueled on their commute. We will also be demo-ing a few of our eBikes for those that are looking to reserve their energy while commuting to work! 

 

 

 

Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather and we look forward to all the car-free folks this month and especially on Friday for the official Bike-To-Work event! 

For more information, check out the Cascade Bicycle Club's schedule for events for B2W month!

 

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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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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 NOON until 5:00 PM so if you are interested in swinging by the shop on your way to the market or a lovely ride on the water, we welcome you to stop by our shop while you're at it. 


Don't forget! We are experiencing slight confusion from those that haven't received the memo that we have MOVED! Please make note that our brand new location is now located just three blocks south from our original location at 570 1st Ave S, just barely north of the Century Link Field. We encourage you to take a look at our new space - even if it's not quite ready yet. It's about that time anyway to get your bikes un-dusted, out of the garage, and tuned up for the summer of adventures and fun!

 

Also, STAY TUNED for an announcement about our Grand Opening Party! You won't want to miss it - and we really mean that!

 

 

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