In 1999 I bought a Vision R40 LWB recumbent. Loved it. Commuted to work downtown. Put lots of miles on it riding Kent Trails 3-4 times a week. Things were good. Then my brother-in-law invited me to ride the White Pine trail back from Cadillac. I was ready for the 92 miles.
Ten miles into the trail, I slide sideways on some loose gravel and reflexively, planted my left foot in the trail and jammed my knee. I upped my cadence and tried to pedal it out. Nope. After 56 miles total, ibuprofen was not helping and I was slowing the crew down too much. We called it a day.
I babied my knee over time, but more than a few miles and it would tell me I was done for the day. My biking diminished and took up yoga. My knee got stronger but never enough to ride any distance.
Years later, I was Jonesing to bike again. I took a Zoomer out for a test drive two years ago, hoping my knee wouldn't mind. It did. So my dream faded--until this weekend.
I checked out your site on a whim and saw a new model. The seat was higher and the pedals a bit lower. Hmmmmmm. It's worth a shot.
Tuesday I took a Rover for a spin inside and it felt very nice. I asked, and took it out on the Paul Henry Trail. I guess I went 3 miles round trip. Amazingly, my knee did not get mad, so I ordered one.
Nice work TerraTrike. Now I just have to wait until the container arrives. The Rover is very fetching.