Well, after a couple of months of test riding and debating with my ego about whether to get a bent or more specifically a trike or not, I finally pulled the trigger and brought my Rambler Base home today. I come from a background of strictly upright bikes. I had literally thousands of miles on an 89 Dave Scott Ironman Expert and a 91 Specialized Rock Hopper FS but due to carpal issues I have been forced off of two wheels for the past several years. My first test ride on a Trek Cross Rip this spring is what got me thinking of going "bent", my hands went painfully numb within the first few hundred yards out the door of the LBS. A couple of months after that point I decided to swallow my "pride and ego" and go test ride the Terra Trikes. I test rode a Rover, a Rover Auto, a Tour II, a Rambler 8, and a Rambler Base. I have to admit that I kind of fell in love with the trikes after the first ride on one. Gone was any numbness in my hands as well as any pain in my shoulders. I very much enjoyed the Tour II but I hated the shifters, should be bar ends only on a vertical bar in my opinion. Since cost was a factor, I opted to get the Rambler Base, it was the same cost as the Tour II without any extra cost for making the shifters work for me and the handling wasn't different enough to justify the added cost I would have to pay to get it right for me.
I took my Rambler to a state park bike trail near my home and due to time constraints was only able to ride 7.5 miles around the park but I have to say, tomorrow morning when the sun comes up after I get home from work, more miles will definitely be on the itinerary, this thing is a blast to ride! I do already believe I'm going to need to upgrade the gearing though as it felt topped out on the couple small downhill sections of the park trail. But that did not deter from an utterly enjoyable riding experience. I am definitely sold on this trike!