Close up of battery pack of a modern electric bicycle

The Tri-Cities is blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year, making bike riding a pleasure and the investment in bikes common. In this past year, new bike shops offering electric bikes are trending. On George Washington Way alone, there is one existing and two new bike stores that sell electric bikes. Additionally, some box stores like Costco and Dick’s Sporting Goods offer you the opportunity to be an owner of a new electric bike. With gas prices on a continual upward trend, with no relief in the near future, using bikes as a more prime source of transportation.

Greenies in Richland, on the corner of Lee and George Washington Way (701) has been selling bikes for several years. You can reach them at 509.946.3787. Keeping up with the times, they offer high-end electric bikes, with brands such as Trek, Norco, Electra, and Gazelle. These bikes range in price but be prepared to spend a few thousand dollars at minimum. It might be a good idea to rent an electric bike to see if you like the feel. At Greenies, the cost is $25.00 per hour to rent an E Bike. This store is closed on Sundays, so be sure to plan ahead. The company has a convenient location, one in which you are feet away from Howard Amon Park and the fabulous bike/walk trail system along the Columbia River that Richland has to offer.

Just a few blocks to the north on George Washington Way (1084), Troy Franzen opened a new E Bike store this past January. His store is Pedego and offers these cruisers for sale and for rent. Pedego can be reached at 509.420.4824 or you can email the owner at [email protected]. They sell, rent, and service Pedego brand. Rentals start at two hours for $45.00, three hours for $60.00 and $99.00 for six hours. You can book on-line or just walk in and ask for information about a purchase or a rental. Like Greenies, Pedego is conveniently located near the Richland bike trail system.

Another two blocks north of Pedego, also on George Washington Way (1341) is Reborn Bike Shop, owned by Charles Conte, Jr. The store’s contact number is 509.371.9483 and you an email at [email protected]. Reborn is unique in that they buy, sell, trade, and consign bikes, so their purchasers can all find a diverse range of level, age, style of bike. They also service, help fit, rent, and teach quick repair bike classes. Their website does not describe any particular brands of E bikes, but they can be seen, touched, and ridden around the parking lot at their store’s location!

Whether you’re looking to purchase or rent, it’s time to share in the new trend of E Bike experiences. Costco and various box stores offer this new smooth ride on a bike, but there are several locally owned stores that will sell, rent, and service your new ride!

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