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.

0 Comments

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

2 Comments

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!

 

 

0 Comments

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.

NWC2013_Ebikes1

 

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,

0 Comments

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!

1 Comments

All-Season Fat Bikes are IN at Seattle E-Bike

ALL-season bikes are IN. Pick one up from us TODAY! We stock all kinds of fat tire bikes from electric to non-electric...

Here are a couple of links to recent news coverage of how much fun people are having on fat bikes in the Methow Valley this winter:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Fat-tire-biking-in-the-snow-186350192.html

http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2020250680_snowbikesmethowxml.html

These bikes work amazingly well in any snowy area as a great alternative to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Come try them out today at Seattle E-Bike. We have electric and non-electric fat bikes in many colors both for sale and for rent. 

Our fat bikes are guaranteed to put a big smile on your face!

The electric fat bikes we have are _super_ fun in the snow--you can get assistance with pedaling when you want it without any smelly gasoline or loud motor noise that you get with snowmobiles. Electric bikes are virtually silent and just help you enjoy the peace and quiet of being out in the snow.

Here's a pic of our mechanic Tim having a blast on our Seattle E-Bike trip to the snow in December:

Contact us for more information or to schedule your test ride at (206) 344-8000 or mikaela@electricbikeseattle.com. 

Our website has more information about our fat bikes at http://www.electricbikeseattle.com/collections/fat-bikes--check it out!

 

 

0 Comments

Seattle's Best New Bike Shop

What a year it has been for Seattle E-Bike. The doors of our bike shop in the heart of Seattle opened in January this last year and since then, we have sold hundreds of electric bikes not only to the Seattle community but all over the country and beyond! We couldn't be happier with how the turnout has been and how many lives we have been able to change for the better. Starting with just one line of products, we now have seven different lines of electric transportation from trailers to extreme, all-terrain fat tired bikes to high-performance motor bikes! 

As with any new business, everything simply can not go as planned, however we have been able to adapt and transform our company that best suits our customers' needs. Starting out as just a showroom, we quickly realized having a repair shop was essential for our staff, our revenue and our customers, of course. Throughout the summer, we created such a buzz throughout the community, that we almost ran entirely out of bikes! Talk about panic mode. As we approached the fall, we decided it was time to start doing rentals, since so many visiters have asked, and have expanded our products after listening to feedback within our community. We have been a part of shows including: The Seattle Boat Show, The Forecast Fashion Show, The Arlington Fly-In ShowInterbike and other biking events in the Seattle area throughout the year!  

Most recently, we have had the honor to named as "The Best New Bike Shop" in Seattle, by the Seattle Magazine! "Our huffing, puffing prayers were answered with the arrival of E-Bike this past winter, purveyors of electric-assist cycles..." 

 

 

We couldn't be more thrilled with the turnout of what our company has become this past year and we are excited as we step into our second year of business full of further growth and life-changing stories from our amazing customers. We thank those that have come our way for the answer to their commuting needs and we welcome those that are interested in learning more about our products and services. 

 

Please feel free to register to our website online for updates, email us at info@electricbikeseattle.com, or call at (206) 344-8000 for more information. 

 

Cheers to 2013 and Happy (safe) Riding everyone!

2 Comments

2013 Price Alert: Prodeco Bike Prices Rise

Prodeco bikes will be raising many prices starting at the beginning of the 2013 model year.  Prices on the Mariner 7, the Stride 500, the entire Phantom line, the Genesis 250, the Stride 250, the Stride 300, and the Storm 300 will increase by $100.  These are primarily “catch up” price increases on bikes that were underpriced all along.  The most major difference will be a slightly modified rack, which we have arranged to make available to purchasers of our 2012 models.

What we have been telling our customers since day one was that Prodeco was essentially selling their bikes at cost so they could build market share. Now they have decided to give themselves a better deal.  The overwhelming demand for their products gives them that opportunity in 2013.

Still, Prodeco continues to offer far more value than any electric bike manufacturer by many, many hundreds of dollars. 

One other change will be to the Stride 500 line.  As it stands, the black Stride 500 with a 9 amp battery is set at a very reasonable price for $1,299 and that will continue to remain the same.  For $1,499, you will be able to buy a pearlescent white Stride 500 with a 12 amp power battery and improved shock absorbers. This addition to the Stride line speaks right to our customers, who have made the Stride our second best selling model. We have had many customers wanting more range and a brighter color, and this new Stride delivers. We can’t wait to get our hands on them!

Aside from the existing product lines, Prodeco is releasing the highly-anticipated Outlaw electric bicycle.  This machine will have a 750 watt motor, allowing the bike to reach speeds of 28 mph without pedaling, or be set to the street legal speed of 20 mph, and is accompanied with a 48 volt LiFePO4 battery.  The Outlaw includes truly enormous shock absorbers and has many high-end components which, combined with the 33% increase in power, make its price of $2,199 a bargain as well.


The 2013 price increases primarily represent price catch-ups, as well as financing of Prodeco’s new large factory, which will eliminate 2012’s supply bottlenecks for good.

Prodeco is still the best bargain out there, both price and warranty.  Each bike comes with a two-year warranty on all of the electronics accompanied by a life-time warranty on the frame. hey stand behind their products.

You can find more information about the new 2013 product manual HERE. Not only will these bikes be a great addition to a new, eco-friendly lifestyle, but it can also be that thoughtful gift to give during the Holiday season. We are fortunate to have stocked up on most of the 2012 models, at 2012 prices, because we anticipated these price increases.  So, come in while these bargains are still here!!

For more details, stop by, or call us at (206) 344-8000.

3 Comments

Black Friday Seattle E-Bike Parade!


Many of you have been dreading this time of the year. When thinking about the best gift to give to your friends and family, you find that it can be quite daunting and tiresome. You end up giving your loved ones another version of last years gift; a different colored winter coat, another nice watch, a funky tie that they will never wear, a work-out machine that will stay in the garage for many years of collected dust, and so on. And then you look at your life. You find yourself hiding away in winters' hibernation at home and at your work desk in a long, drawn-out cycle for many months with no excitement or energy to do anything else. Well, how about trying something a little different, something that is the latest in today's technology, something that screams excitement and applying that to you or your loved one's daily life. The electric bike is the ultimate gift for the 2012 holiday season and here is what we would like to present to YOU...

Layer on your winter gear, grab your wallets, and come join us for a first-time ever event happening right here in downtown Seattle on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. 

Starting in the wee hours of the morning on November 23rd, people will be swarming around in the heart of Seattle scouting the best deals from their favorite stores. To break up their day and make it more fun and exciting, we are having our very own PARADE!! We will be dazzling you with about a dozen of our favorite bikes and demonstrating our passion for e-biking,  just after Macy’s does their annual event.

In the spirit of Black Friday, we will be offering outstanding deals in celebration of the holidays, as well as the bike riders who are considering the merits of our fabulous electric bikes, our electric or human powered Fat bikes, the amazing Ridekick e-trailer  that will electrify your own bike in 5 minutes for under $700, or even the Worlds finest e-bike, the amazing Stealth Bomber, priced at $12,000 before holiday discounts, and when you see it you will know it is worth it all. We also will show you some nifty electric trikes, including one that will carry objects as big as a refrigerator.

As you experience whatever weather November 23 brings us, remember that one great thing about an electric bike is it lets you dress warm and dry, and it keeps your pedaling intensity below the perspiration level, even going up steep hills.  (Unless you have a refrigerator on board.)

Here are the details for Black Friday:

When: November 23rd

Time: 9:30 am – 12 pm (roughly)

Where:  Starting at Occidental park in Pioneer Square, right in back of our store. Then, we make our way into the Retail Core via 1st. Then, through the Market if we can make it, then up Pike to 6th, then to Pine St, Pine to 4th, 4th to University to 5th back to Pine, down to Westlake, and home on 4th!

Who: The Seattle E-Bike staff, some of our dedicated customers and you! (dogs welcome…  Elephants even better!)

We will graciously be handing out fliers in offering our Black Friday Discounts for our Black Friday civilized door busters (at 2 p.m., not 4 a.m.), as well as our holiday season specials.

Check out or Facebook for an advanced copy of our sales brochure! Only our facebook likers can take advantage of the discounts in advance!

We welcome any and all to come and participate in the festivities and encourage you to hop on an electric bike and really understand how useful they are here in our hilly, dense city.

You really, really don't want to miss out on this fabulous event. For more information or if you would like to be involved, please email us at info@electricbikeseattle.com or call us at (206) 344-8000!

 

Happy Riding!

3 Comments

Seattle E-Bike Scores at Interbike!

As winter is approaching us, many folks will start storing their bikes away to not be seen again until spring. Here at Seattle E-Bike, we want our riders to be prepared and excited to get on their bikes year-round. Since the beginning of the summer, we have been preparing to offer more power, more cargo, more visibility, and more adventure while safely riding. There is so much going on here at Seattle E-Bike and we are excited to share what we have brought to our shop.

Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, The 2012 Interbike International Expo had 776 booths which attracted thousands of excited and innovative cyclists from all over the world. The booths were stocked with very impressive products to share with the biking community. We had the opportunity to attend this year and discovered many new products, a number of which we’ll be debuting at our store this month to help you keep riding through the fall and winter season.

A precaution every bike rider should consider is making sure you are as visible as possible to prevent accidents, especially on busy streets in the city. The Halobelt meets above those expectations and does it with style. The Halo belt makes the rider visible from 360 degrees, with various blinking capabilities. Made with poly/nylon, the LED sends light through a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) fiber optic making the light bright, glowing, and visible. This solution is also theft-proof, as they explain on their website, because it is wearable and not left on the bike for anyone to steal. 

This video will make you want one:


Also from Interbike, we now have a electric-assist conversion option in the shop. The Ridekick is an amazing (not to mention reasonably priced!) new product which allows you to quickly add a 500-watt, electric-assisted trailer to any bike, with the flexibility to take it off again in under 90 seconds. This e-trailer boosts your ride up to 19 mph with a simple throttle, giving you variable speed control, while towing your briefcase or bags of groceries. We thought it was such a brilliant idea we had to get our hands on them! 

Check out this hilarious video they produced:

 


If you live in the northwest, you can certainly relate to the rider in this video. Can you imagine using an e-trailer that has a powerful motor and can carry up to 40 liters without having to modify the bike you already own? It is complete and utter genius. Stop by our shop to see it for yourself!

Those are just two products that we added to our line-up, but that is just the beginning of what all is going on at Seattle E-Bike. We encourage you to stop in to get the whole scoop of what we've been up to. If we told you everything, then you wouldn't wonder. Happy riding!

1 Comments

Recent Blog PostsRSS

‘Tis the Season To Get Your Bike Tuned Up

Many of our customers ride E-bikes every day to commute to work. Others use theirs for recreation only and are probably less likely to pull their bikes out in December. But now is a great time to think about those...

Happy Holidays 2018/2019

We carry bike accessories from all the top brands. ABUS, BROOKS, CONTINENTAL, CRANK BROTHERS, KASK, KINEKT, KNOG, MAXXIS, MONKEYLECTRIC, SELLE ROYAL, SHIMANO, THULE, and more. Come try out our electric bikes, boards, and scooters at Seattle E-Bike at 220 South...

Brand New Electric Scooters Have Arrived!

  We’ve been carrying a great line of light electric scooters for several years. They were so great, in fact, that the manufacturer decided to raise the price. We were going to have to charge $999 to make it work...

Post Tags