Which upgrades are available and/or recommended for a Rover?
Am 350# currently and probably would get the wider handles. Was considering a 26" wheel upgrade over Nexus 8 - but can do that later on too?
Had lost 45# on my 22 year old Specialized Rockhopper, though I am really pushing the load capacity of a CroMo 18" frame. Had a couple of mishaps, one dealing with slippery Bontrager LT3 Hardcase Ultimate tires which had been recently replaced with Specialized Hemisphere Armadillo. Am very pleased with the Hemisphere Armadillo and would use one with a 26" Rover Wheel upgrade without hesitation - should 65 PSI be adequate for a trike tire?
Other mishap was going down a 4% grade single-track that I did not know. Tackled the mountain and broke left shoulder. At 51 should of known better - mind of 25 year old with a body of a dinosaur.
Will still ride two-wheels up until the time I get converted over to three-wheels. Shoulder rehabilitation is (not) going to be fun. Makes me wonder at how much I can do on an urban converted MTB since will have a lot of weight on arms/handlebar. Rover would be far superior.
Had started riding again at 50+ & have a foot disability from the Air Force. Riding is way easier than walking. Kept my original Rockhopper from 2 decades ago.
Used to commute with to Kaiser Hospital in North Sacramento, as I worked graveyard Security there. Started a fad back then, rode due to car breaking down and wanted to keep my job. Others saw it as a fitness thing - which it did help. Eventually the hospital installed outside bicycle storage lockers.
Started at 385# and got down to a plateau of 350# when I got over my head. Should of changed original plan of riding up the Weiser River Trail grade from Council, ID to the Evergreen campground - then turn back. Hindsight.
Now have a month (or longer) to contemplate the Rover experience.
Money is a factor, but I wanted to know what optional upgrades are available from TerraTrike HQ. Have read that a mesh seat is available, yet do not see how to upgrade & get the price differentials.
We have an overpass here that really cuts into one's velocity. Going over the Snake River from Idaho into Oregon can get to 27 MPH on Rockhopper easily. Imagine going back over that grade!
Can tell you that 99.9% of the riders stop 2 or more times going over the bridge, and just about everyone takes a break after crossing it.
Occasionally see people walking their bikes across that ornery bridge. Not sure how the Rover would perform on these local obstacles - and whether the Nexus 8 on 20" wheel would be more advantageous over a 26" wheel upgrade or not.
There are no recumbent anything here in the Payette, ID to Onatio, OR area. We have more hospitals going in (St. Lukes & St. Alphonsis) that support some local road cyclists - complete with riding shorts & jerseys. The area is ripe with retired folk, doctors, nurses, car salesmen, dentists, ect. & people of all ages. Not sure what impact recumbents would make here.
Tried talking Joe, owner of Eastern Oregon Cycles, into becoming a dealer. He's young but does not thing recumbents would sell here. And the closest dealers are Portland, OR or Post Falls, ID which is more of a 12+ hour drive one-way. There isn't even a dealer in Boise, ID of all places!
Would like very much to be part of planting the 'recumbent trike' seed here. I bet it would catch on!
Only recumbent experience I had was a single-speed Brike, from the early 1990's. It's biggest flaw was a very low center of 8" from the ground. Trying to take a hill the boom of the Bike would bend over like you had caught a tuna! It did okay except on rapid declines. Leaned to steer and coaster brakes... 2 wheels angled in back with power wheel up front.
So the 8 speed model would offer better gear options from pulling on my riding experience. Will miss
the triple chain-rings though, especially on hills & hardpack trails.
What other options or upgrades would you more experienced people recommend?
PS: Has Eric Larsen taken TerraTrike up on their offer? He does not see himself as a polar celebrity, but search engines disagree. He's a great fella, hope he does get a TerraTrike on Antarctica: and want an autographed photo when he does.