Friday, April 19, 2024

A Wheely Good Time Found at Main Street Depot in Blairstown

Main Street Depot carries a variety of e-bikes for different needs, and all can be test driven. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 11/2023.

Main Street Depot in Blairstown is breathing some life into the early nights on Main Street. An authorized Aventon e-bike dealer, owners Lisa Siebens and Scott Amon have worked hard to become a staple in town.

Amon fell in love with e-bikes during the pandemic.

“I converted our regular bicycles around three years ago,” he said. “A friend of mine had done it, so I went out and bought the kit.”

Three years later, Amon and Siebens have their own Aventon e-bikes they use all summer to get to and from the shop as well as for pleasure riding. The couple are Blairstown natives, and Amon recalls that having a bicycle as a kid was the only way to have some independence, see friends and go on adventures. Now, with the advent of e-bikes, the game has changed for adults as well.

“Normally people go out on a bike ride for five to 10 miles, which is about average. When we hit the trail or go for a ride, we’re doing 25 to 35 miles,” said Amon. “We don’t come home until the battery is dead, and that’s around 40 miles.”

When asked how long the commute is on the e-bike from home to the shop, Amon laughed.

“It depends. Sometimes it takes me 18 minutes, sometimes four hours depending on how badly I’m needed.”

Amon and Siebens live seven miles from the shop.

The couple sells a variety of models from Aventon, including the Abound model, the company’s first cargo e-bike. The step through model is equipped with a torque sensor and 750W rear hub motor, allowing the rider to haul up to 143 pounds on the rear rack, which can also double as a kid’s seat.

The Abound model e-bike can carry up to 143 pounds on its rear rack. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 11/2023.

Since the shop is on the Aventon website, folks from all over New Jersey have stopped in to test drive a bike and buy one.

“People want to see them before they commit,” said Amon. “We let people do test rides and I warn them ahead of time, if you try it, you’re going to buy it.”

The ability to test out an e-bike is a big draw for Amon’s customers.

“I had a guy come here from Rockaway. He had been in Best Buy looking at e-bikes, but you can’t ride it, or touch it. It’s just there in the box or attached to the wall.”

Ice cream and a test drive, what more could you ask for? Photo by C. Tamulonis, 11/2023.

The customer found Main Street Depot online and drove out to Blairstown to do a test drive. Amon’s passion for e-bikes is also a big draw for people, who may not get the same in-depth knowledge Amon has from an associate at a big-box store.

The bikes can be customized with color, seats and other accessories if needed, and Amon does many after-market customizations himself, such as custom handlebars, bells, shock-absorbing seat posts, travel bags and more. Some models Amon offers can even go on sand, and all are fully equipped for night riding.

The e-bikes have powerful LED headlights, break lights and turn signals.

“These lights are so bright. I’ve ridden all over in town at night,” said Amon. “These are not cheap little LEDs that start to dim after 20 minutes.”

Amon showed off a foldable e-bike, perfect for shore visits and avoiding hefty parking fees.

“You can fit two of these in the back of a car,” he said.

The couple also stocks the shop with bike accessories like helmets, and plans are in the works for more, such as bike racks. They’ve also dedicated a spot to the “Friday the 13th” movie franchise as the shop used to be the home of the Friday the 13th Museum (since closed).

“People still come here thinking it’s open, so we keep some Friday the 13th things here for them,” said Siebens.

They also stock the shop with plenty of “I Love Blairstown” merchandise and the Blairstown Enhancement Committee’s Footbridge skate park products.

Additional merchandise is available at the shop. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 11/2023.


The couple also owns Village Sundaes next door, Blairstown’s year-round ice-cream shop.

E-bikes hold universal appeal, no matter what the age of the rider is.

“My dad just turned 80 in August,” Amon said. “He bought his bike in July and has a little over 800 miles on it.”

Scott Amon customized this e-bike for his 80 year-old father, Rich Amon. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 11/2023.

E-bikes are also becoming popular as a green and quiet replacement for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

“Horse shows have started to ban the use of ATVs,” said Amon. “And if you show horses, that’s a big place to have to get around. The noise startles the horses, and then you have the exhaust smell. An e-bike is a great alternative to that.”

Amon thinks that e-bikes are great for campsites as well, who are also starting to ban the use of ATVs and golf carts.

“Hunters should look into these, too. They’re quiet. A deer is not going to hear you getting to your tree stand like they would if you were on an ATV,” he said.

Right now, the shop is holding a Black Friday sale, and will be hosting photos with Santa (free, bring your cell phone or camera) at Jingle on Main, Saturday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa will be at the Main Street Depot for Jingle on Main on Saturday, November 25. Photo by C. Tamulonis, 11/2023.

Main Street Depot is located at 27 Main Street in Blairstown and is open:

  • Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Sundays in the winter)
  • Main Street Depot closes for the month of January

Phone: 908-549-6877 Email: 27MainStreetDepot@gmail.com

Cybele Tamulonis
Cybele Tamulonis, Contributing Writer

Cybele is a writer and editor with more than 16 years in the publishing industry. An avid reader, you can usually find her with the latest new book release from the local library. She currently resides on a farm in Hardwick with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction specific to New Jersey.