First 280 miles with my new Trek Verve+: LOVE IT!!!

#1
Hi all, and especially to Court, for helping me to identify what bike would best suit my needs. It ended up being an almost 3 month wait for the Trek Verve+, in low-step and in red; bicycle makers: women don't like black bicycles!!!! Make some in fun colors, please!! Red is not fun but the best I could choose. The $2,200 price-tag, Bosch motor, integrated headlights, relatively light weight for an e-bike although it must way twice as much as my beloved Trek road bike....I needed color, low step so I can wear skirts when I travel during work....this bicycle met the goals. I live in a very HILLY part of western Maine, in the foothills to the White Mountains and I have a 46-48 mile commute (more hills: 46 miles; roundabouts add 1 mile each way). I was commuting 1-2 days a week with my lovely road bicycle, and my goal is to commute 4-5 times a week now that this amazing bicycle has definitely smoothed the hills. I am writing this on Wed., I received the bicycle a week ago Monday eve; I commuted T-W-F first week (Th rained the entire day); and have ridden S-S-M-T-W thus far (S/S on my touring bicycle). I LOVE E-BIKES AND THIS TREK IS GREAT!!!! The first day I rode in in Eco mostly, and when I sensed I had plenty of battery power, moved to tour for most of the ride home, and by Wednesday I was in Sport almost all the way (except for ends of biggest hills, when I went into Turbo). WOW, how excillerating (sp) to ride 19+ miles an hour most of the time, in Sport and 7-9th gear!! I feel 20 years younger! I think I shaved 20 minutes off my morning commute! I also lost 2.5 lbs the first week because I think the secret of e-bikes in hilly riding is that it is more aerobic than grinding in first gear up hills. I can keep a pace so much more easily on this wonderful tank!! It is a tank when not riding, as I said it is likely twice the weight of my road bike. I did a 41 mile bike ride this a.m. and riding on roads that are my beloved weekend roads.....it was so delightful to be pacing and smooth and the breeze..... My partner road the e-bike on Saturday, a 16 mile with a couple good sized hills; I road my road bike. It was kind of humid, and as I huffed up the hills, he paced up and left me in the dust. At a stopping, Rick said, "its like the difference between a car and a horse and buggy, back when cars began." I'm sold, I love it! I had my wonderful bicycle shop, Rainbow Bicycles of Lewiston, Maine put a rack and odometer on (the one that comes with the bicycle only records whole numbers, what is that about?!) and I purchased an Arkel pack. I have lots of reflective clothes and I daily hope people notice me. I do want my partner to purchase an e-bicycle soon so we can bicycle more together; Saturday we are going on a road where I will be able to keep up with an e-bike, that will be fun; it will be so great to ride with Rick again! So, for commuting and for sharing a passion with someone who is not at my pace, e-bicycles, and this Trek Verve+ is a wonderful investment.
 

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#2
Hi all, and especially to Court, for helping me to identify what bike would best suit my needs. It ended up being an almost 3 month wait for the Trek Verve+, in low-step and in red; bicycle makers: women don't like black bicycles!!!! Make some in fun colors, please!! Red is not fun but the best I could choose. The $2,200 price-tag, Bosch motor, integrated headlights, relatively light weight for an e-bike although it must way twice as much as my beloved Trek road bike....I needed color, low step so I can wear skirts when I travel during work....this bicycle met the goals. I live in a very HILLY part of western Maine, in the foothills to the White Mountains and I have a 46-48 mile commute (more hills: 46 miles; roundabouts add 1 mile each way). I was commuting 1-2 days a week with my lovely road bicycle, and my goal is to commute 4-5 times a week now that this amazing bicycle has definitely smoothed the hills. I am writing this on Wed., I received the bicycle a week ago Monday eve; I commuted T-W-F first week (Th rained the entire day); and have ridden S-S-M-T-W thus far (S/S on my touring bicycle). I LOVE E-BIKES AND THIS TREK IS GREAT!!!! The first day I rode in in Eco mostly, and when I sensed I had plenty of battery power, moved to tour for most of the ride home, and by Wednesday I was in Sport almost all the way (except for ends of biggest hills, when I went into Turbo). WOW, how excillerating (sp) to ride 19+ miles an hour most of the time, in Sport and 7-9th gear!! I feel 20 years younger! I think I shaved 20 minutes off my morning commute! I also lost 2.5 lbs the first week because I think the secret of e-bikes in hilly riding is that it is more aerobic than grinding in first gear up hills. I can keep a pace so much more easily on this wonderful tank!! It is a tank when not riding, as I said it is likely twice the weight of my road bike. I did a 41 mile bike ride this a.m. and riding on roads that are my beloved weekend roads.....it was so delightful to be pacing and smooth and the breeze..... My partner road the e-bike on Saturday, a 16 mile with a couple good sized hills; I road my road bike. It was kind of humid, and as I huffed up the hills, he paced up and left me in the dust. At a stopping, Rick said, "its like the difference between a car and a horse and buggy, back when cars began." I'm sold, I love it! I had my wonderful bicycle shop, Rainbow Bicycles of Lewiston, Maine put a rack and odometer on (the one that comes with the bicycle only records whole numbers, what is that about?!) and I purchased an Arkel pack. I have lots of reflective clothes and I daily hope people notice me. I do want my partner to purchase an e-bicycle soon so we can bicycle more together; Saturday we are going on a road where I will be able to keep up with an e-bike, that will be fun; it will be so great to ride with Rick again! So, for commuting and for sharing a passion with someone who is not at my pace, e-bicycles, and this Trek Verve+ is a wonderful investment.
 
#3
My wife also recently got the Trek Verve+ reddish orange in colour. She loves it and she recently purchased the Trek rr rack with the quick release trunk bag, We do a lot of group ridding and the flashing rr light was a problem for some following behind. Our trek store was able to do a software update and she can now turn the lights on or off.
 
#4
My wife has the Verve+ also, and uses it as a daily commuter, about 14 miles roundtrip.

@Jim Boate How did the trek store do the update? What did you ask them to do? Can the front light be changed to turn off/on also? Thanks.
 
#5
We asked them to gives the option of having the lights on or off. The store had an employee whose was Bosch certified, with out that the store would not have been able to do the software update. The update allows the user to have the lights (both frt and rr together) on or off. This also prolongs battery life according to a Trek engineer.
 
#6
Good read. I’m seriously considering the Verve for my hilly commute. My commute is 15-17 miles one way or 32 miles round trip. Also like to just cruise around the neighborhood. I’m pretty slow on my steel road bike. I only average 10-12 mph. I’m hoping an ebike will help with the wind and hills. I’m worried the Verve will be under powered for my 200 lbs. and hills. I would love to get my average speed up a little and not feel so tired at the end of a ride.