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Seattle Electric Bike opens on 8th Avenue NW

April 13th, 2011 · Comments

Seattle Electric Bike just opened its doors in the space formerly occupied by JRA Bike Shop, 8310 8th Ave. NW., which recently moved two doors down.

Seattle Electric Bike is an Ohm Electric Bike factory store. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 12-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and by appointment for personalized test rides.

We’ve been trading messages with the owners for several days, so we’ll update this post with more information when we finally make contact.

Owner Stefan Schlesinger says he always loved riding his bike from his home on Whidbey Island to his job as a psychotherapist in Seattle, but the abundance of hills didn’t always make it practical.

“I had ridden from New Orleans to Seattle as a young man, so I figured, Seattle hills, no problem,” he said with a laugh.

So he started looking into electric bikes and found Ohm in British Columbia. He partnered with JRA Bike Shop to show Ohm’s bikes. Then, when JRA moved a couple of doors down recently, Schlesinger decided to move into JRA’s old spot.

Seattle Electric Bike is the only Ohm factory store in the U.S.

Ohm bikes use lithium ion batteries, which are much lighter than other types of bike batteries. “These are the lightest electric bikes on the market,” he said. “In Seattle it is very difficult to cycle because of the hills. This makes it easy. As soon as it senses some kind of strain it kicks in.”

Thanks to Rachel for the tip!

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