We sell and service Human Power Augmented a.k.a. Electric bikes and ride them enthusiastically ourselves.
You may phone or visit our store to place an order for store pickup or shipping.
Monday thru Saturday: 11–6
The Pacific Northwest continues as the U.S. region with the strongest interest shown in electric bikes, at least as measured by Google clicks.
In Ballard where bicycle tires don't puncture
drivers wait politely at each juncture,
tailwind perennially blows,
helmets don't flatten hairdos,
with pavement ball room smooth and curbs of foam:
Welcome to where the electric and folding bikes roam!
Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest handles 'bicycles' only:
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. When you buy from us you shall never receive an unsolicited mailing.
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.
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!
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 sales staff provides a zero pressure sales environment rarely found these days. We gladly expend any reasonable amount of time and effort to assist the customer in making the right bike choice. If we have any reservations about your prospective purchase you have our promise that we'll speak up. In view of this we cannot accept the return of a product beyond what may be stipulated in the specific manufacturer's warranty.
Photos by Boon Goh
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 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.
Shannon Underdown is our exacting new accountant. That missing penny from 2004 has been found. How she gets to work: Driving her SUV. Diversity is strength, we hope.
After selling the Seattle shop to David DJ Johnson in 2012 Eric Sundin now works as an ebike importer/distributor. How he gets to work (and just about anywhere else in Seattle): Riding his folding bikes (regular and electric versions).
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⊕ Click images to enlarge.
Shown here the Twist, Giant Bicycle Company's fourth generation electric bike for the U.S.
Brompton folders, shown on the left. Kinetic Sprints on the right.
This is how our store (then in Seattle's Fremont district) looked a decade ago.
Photos by Gary Colson.