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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