This is normally a Tuesday feature but Yesterday was September 11, which will always be a solemn day in our history, I am not going to push bikes on the net on that date.
I want to thank our readers. Your response to this feature has been terrific. Good for both featured bikes, but the Screamers have been screaming out of the store. Something to think about. They are extraordinary deals.
BIKE OF THE WEEK
Our Bike of the week is three Bikes. All made by Blix bikes. Blix has been a steadfast, high selling bike for us for more than 5 years, and keeps getting stronger. They offer tremendous value in a good looking well executed package. Our bike of the week is never discounted, but it sometime a vehicle for announcing a manufacturer's sale on a product we love. Blix is holding a $200 off sale on their diamond frame bikes:
The Blix Stockholm, with hydraulic disc brakes and a 500 watt rear hub motor, was $2099, is now $1899!
Blix Stockholm - $1899.00
The Komfort Prima, with hydraulics brakes and a Shimano Steps Center Drive motor, was $2649, and now has been reduced to $2449!
Blix Komfort Prima Step-Over - $2449.00
The Aveny has disc brakes, but not hydraulic, and a 350 watt motor. It was $1899, now its $1699! It could be a screaming deal if it was not the bike of the week.
Blix Aveny Step-Over - $1699.00
SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK
We love Easy Motion Bikes, and our customers do as well. But their small folding bike, the Volt, usually loses out to our all time best seller, the Blix Vika+, But that was before they were practically free.
Our Screaming Deal of the week is the Volt by Easy Motion. We only have two, they are super-light at 38 pounds. They fold, you can stick them both in the trunk of your car, or a locker on a boat. They were $1499, now Screaming out of the store at $950! Even though Screaming Deals do not come with a in store warranty, the Volts come with Easy Motion's best in the industry 5 year warranty on most components. Great company, fine, lightweight folder, but the market has spoken. Come steal'em!
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!
Yes, yes, we missed last week, the second week of this undertaking. Well, stuff happens. We are summer time busy, and Alex our assistant manager and lead sales person, broke his collarbone in not one, but two places. Ouch! Alex is on injured reserve, please send out a good thought for him. I don't know why he picked a fight with Mike Tyson. If you are an ortho surgeon, and have some slots sooner than ten days from now, please call me immediately. Our service techs can provide the pins. So Ryan, who makes these blogs pretty, is spending most of his time covering the sales floor. So we blew it. You probably do not care, but I do. This is going to be a regular feature. But also, the one week wait was worth it, because, at long last, the bike of the week is, drum roll please...
BIKE OF THE WEEK
The Stromer ST5. Development and production take a long time. I rode an ST5 prototype at Eurobike 2017, more than a year ago. The new top of the Stromer line is worth the wait, though. It has a larger, 27.5 inch wheels, which I think is ideal, especially since the power has been increased. Read more at https://www.stromerbike.com/en_INT/e-bikes/st5.html. Every possible bell and whistle, you will note that the claimed rating is 850 watts, with the U.S rating "TBD." Worry not, Stromer has always been, how shall we say it, extremely conservative with its ratings. The ST5 will be wicked quick. Stromer bikes are not light, but they handle. We have always referred to the ST2S as the Mercedes S-Class AMG of E-Bikes. The ST-5 is the S-Class AMG 12 litre biturbo of E-Bikes. Only two less wheels, for $211,000 less, and it will blow the doors of the AMG every time in Seattle rush hour traffic.
At 4 a.m. Saturday morning, I finally received confirmation that the first two should be at Seattle E-Bike this week. One is spoken for, the other will be a short terms demo until we can no longer fight people off. # more come about September 14. Our order was not completely ready when the truck showed up, so they are flying 3 to us at their expense.
There is a way you can know exactly when you will get your ST5. The ST5 is $10,000, and it is pre-selling like popcorn. Stromer has a deal with an air freight company. You can buy one from us, and they will put it on the plane in Zurich for $300, which is about $800 less than typical, and less than one third of what the State of Washington will charge you, just for the privilege of buying it.
Supplies are limited for that offer, but our operators are standing by.
Stromer ST5 - $9999.00
SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK
FYI, our last Screamer were the Emazings, we have since the markdown, sold 5. Thank you for recognizing a Screaming Deal when you see one. We have a few more, though.
This week are the Besv bikes. Our Besv’s come with 20” wheels, the PS-1, and 28” wheels, the LX-1. I think they are gorgeous, see below, and they have a cantilevered seat that soaks up the bumps. But they are not quick, and market acceptance has been mediocre to poor. So the $3999 LX-1 is now a Screaming Deal at $1799, more than 50 percent off, and the $1999 PS-1 is now $999. We do not have many, so come on down.
BESV LX1 - $1799.00
BESV PS1 - $999.00
Next week, and I mean next week, we will move out Kalkhoffs, and feature the sale our most popular bike line, Blix, is having.
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!
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 #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 #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.
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?
TONIGHT IS THE PUBLIC GRAND REVEAL!!!
Come check out bikes that have electric motors, custom design fenders, motorized hubs, flame throwers,
Seattle E-Bike will be participating in the Seattle Bike Swap going on this Sunday and we would love for you to ride through! This is a great opportunity to get parts and bikes for super cheap! We will be practically giving away a bunch of brand new parts that have been lying around in our shop for a while. We will also have a few bikes and electric bikes there so if you are looking for a sweet deal, this may be your last answer before the weather gets better! TAKE ADVANTAGE people!
See below for more deets:
SEATTLE BIKE SWAP
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
SEATTLE CENTER EXHIBITION HALL
225 MERCER ST, SEATTLE WA
The Seattle Bike Swap is a bike bargain hunter’s paradise. This huge bike garage sale will have great deals on new and used bike related goods of all types and sizes. Most sellers are cash only but some may take cards. This sale is one day only so don’t miss it!
Admission (cash only):
Adult Entry: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - $5 members, $7 non members (sold morning of the Swap)
Free entry hour: 1 - 2 p.m.
Kids 15 and under are free all day!
Premium Early Entry: 8 a.m. - $20. Advance Premium tickets are available online from Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 10 a.m. until Thursday, Feb. 11 noon (link to purchase is listed at top of page), tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 8 a.m.
If you have a complete bike you want to sell but don't want to rent a sellers space, we offer consignment. We will try to sell your bike for you for a fee ($10 plus 10% of the selling price). If you’re looking for top dollar on your bike, this option may not be for you. Bikes are priced to move. Consigmment bikes are sold for cash only.
To sell your bike on consignment:
Bring your bike to the swap between 8 - 8:30 a.m. Please use the front entrance.
Complete a form and pay $10 per bike (includes one entry for the seller into the swap).
Return by 2 p.m. that same day, and we will give you your cut of the proceeds (or your bike, should it not sell).
Tomorrow is the first Thursday of February and you know what that means...
It is time to enjoy your week with a little vino, snacks, fun beats, and surround yourself with the coolest rides in town!
If you haven't stopped by since 2016 happened, then you should! We gave our shop a little makeover to present our electric bicycles as more of an e-bike gallery, hence our indefinite involvement with Pioneer Square's First Thursday Art Walk!
We happen to be making this one extra special and already have a good crowd coming so it should be pretty poppin'! One of the reasons why we are making it so special is we will have a live artist during the event. Say What?!
Joshua Boulet is a comic book artist, illustrator and sketcher originally from Texas. Boulet works 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. It is certain to inspire comic book artists and sketchers interested in drawing live events. The 130-page book, Draw Occupy Wall Street, a graphic memoir he inked while living at Zuccoti Park, is the epicenter of the Occupy movement in New York City. See some of his work below:
We are excited to see what he draws up at our location!
While having some fun with us, we also wanted to note that you have the opportunity to help a child by gifting them a bike that their families can't afford. Seattle E-Bike has formed and approved 501 (C)(3) charity "Bikes for little Buddies" charity foundation and will be collecting donations for them. Every child should have the opportunity to ride a bike so help us help those little buddies out there ride!
Don't forget we have some amazing deals on a few of our 2015 models we still have left - not too many to choose from but if you are looking for a smacking deal, we got you!
FREE PARKING is available from 5-10pm tomorrow 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
We will be there and we hope you will be as well! We are excited to show everyone what we've been up to, as well as debuting a highly-anticipated e-bike! Stay tuned for more details!
For tickets, you can swing by our location to pick them up.
Seattle E-Bike will also be providing fun activities as well for the event, including some of the newest electric bikes to try out on the open test track, a high-end fashion show and MORE! We can't wait!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and discuss what you love about it! Any and all feedback is welcome!
Ever wanted to buy an electric motorcycle but wanted to see prices go down or save a little more before you take the plunge? Well, now is a good time because you can buy a virtually new Brammo Empulse R for only $13,999.00!
We have be chosen to represent an individual who recently acquired a 2013 Brammo, Empulse R, only had an opportunity to put 200 miles on it, and circumstances now require a sale. This black, top of the line machine, with astounding acceleration, stunning good looks, in excess of 100 miles in range, and 0-60 in 4 seconds AND 110 mph top speed, is available for only $13,999.00, that is $5K OFFthe original price!! Check out our website to learn more about the these stunning motorcycles in the Brammo section HERE. These pictures are of the actual motorcycle as well! Save BIG while you eliminate your carbon footprint and get the best acceleration from a motorcycle out there, electrified or not!
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!
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