About Us

Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest, Inc.

Located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood

Our Company, established 1996

Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest handles 'bicycles' only:

  • Human power augmented, a.k.a. electric, bicycles
  • Folding bicycles, pedal only and human power augmented
  • Cargo bikes, pedal only and human power augmented

We strive to provide an unhurried, informative and enjoyable sales environment devoid of: in-your-face marketing, cheesy promotions, profusely friendly sales staff, sales pitches, yo yo-ing pricing, confounding specials, free trinkets and vacuous surveys. Our customers never receive an unsolicited mailing. No customer information leaves the shop.


Since 1996 we have evaluated numerous brands and ending up carrying two dozen. These days we can typically offer six electric bike brands, three power kit brands plus three non-electric folding bicycle rands.

Test Rides

Our shop is located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. For the initial supervised test spin our private parking lot is adequate and safe. Passable side streets are just around the corner. The steep hills up Phinney Ridge are only a short ride away as is e.g. the Burke Gilman trail. If you prefer we shall be glad to ride with you. Crisp, stylish loaner helmets provided or bring your own of course. Come in, test ride and compare!

Ballard shop

Photo: Matt Sundin

In Ballard bicycle tires never puncture
Drivers wait politely at each juncture

Where perennial tailwind blows
and helmets don’t flatten hairdos

Where streets are ball room smooth with curbs of foam
Welcome to where the electric bikes roam!

(*) Ballard, the Seattle neighborhood where the bike shop is located

Product Support, Service and Parts

What we sell we service. Our full service department was established in 1996 and is staffed to preferentially support the owners of the bikes they bought from us—and to do so expertly, promptly and flexibly.


We ship within the U.S., please inquire. We do not export.


Prices are listed on the each brand page and on the Overview page. Visitors to our Seattle store may find in store specials as well. All new bikes are sold expertly assembled, tuned and adjusted, including specifically what is required to activate the manufacturer's warranty. A free new bike service within 60 days is included. While accepting 'all' major credit cards we are continuing our practise of offering 3% off for cash purchases.


Our staff provides a zero pressure sales environment. We gladly expend any reasonable time and effort to assist the customer in making the right bike choice. If we have any reservations about your prospective choice you have our promise that we'll speak up. In view of this we cannot accept the return of a product beyond what is stipulated in the specific manufacturer's warranty.

Seattle Store Crew Key Members

Photos by Boon Goh

David Johnson

David 'DJ' Johnson is the Seattle shop's new owner. How he gets to work: Most days riding the thirteen miles from West Seattle on his electric bike.

David Hawkins

David Hawkins is our head mechanic with a long established top reputation in the Seattle bicycle community and beyond. How he gets to work: Riding the four miles from the University district on his electric bike.

The Cyclist's Electric Bike Shops Since 1996

We sell and service Human Power Augmented a.k.a. Electric bikes and ride them enthusiastically ourselves.

Visit or call

Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest
4810 17th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 / Map
206/547-4621 / Contact
Virtual tour of our store


Now open 7 days a week, 11am to 6pm, to better serve our customers.

5th Annual Electric and Folding Bike Rally

Northwest Electric and Folding Bike Rally
Saturday August 12th, 12pm-5pm. LIVE MUSIC!… Test ride electric bikes! More info.

EFBNW in The Seattle Times!

EFBNW in Seattle Times


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Overview 'at a glance' and Selection Guide

Check our Overview and Selection Guide for most of our bikes and kits.