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New Fairhaven store offers a different way to get around town, commute to work

Electric bike shop opens in Fairhaven

Seattle Electric Bike opened in March 2019 in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham, Wash. It's owned by Stefan Schlesinger, a former Bellingham resident.
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Seattle Electric Bike opened in March 2019 in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham, Wash. It's owned by Stefan Schlesinger, a former Bellingham resident.

For those looking for an alternative way to get to work, a new shop in Fairhaven is offering a way to bike in without as much pedaling.

Last month Seattle Electric Bike opened at 800 Harris Ave., near the Bellingham Training and Tennis Club. The store sells a variety of commuter and mountain bikes from a variety of brands, including Bosch, Yamaha and Shimano. The bikes reach speeds of 28 mph, but commuters can also use pedal power to get where they want to go, said Jason Byal, a service manager at the Fairhaven store.

Many customers dropping by the store have shown an interest in easing their way back into biking or are bouncing back from an injury, Byal said in an interview. With options that include folding bikes, it makes commuting to an office easier without worrying about parking. The bikes’ batteries are also quickly charged, according to a company news release.

Owner Stefan Schlesinger said he discovered e-bikes about 10 years ago when he was looking for ways to commute to work without having to buy a car. That led Schlesinger, who lived in Bellingham for about 10 years in the 1980s, to start Seattle Electric Bike.

“E-bikes are great for exercise and health, easy on the environment and bring you in closer contact with your community,” Schlesinger said in an email.

This is the third store for the company; the other two are in the Greenwood area of Seattle and Bothell. The price range for the brand bikes are in the $3,000 range.

Hours at the bike shop are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For further details, visit the company’s website.

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Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.
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