Hello! My name is Chris, and I'm a trike-aholic... I didn't know I was until a co-worker offered a Rover up for sale, and I saw a chance to avoid the mind-numbing horror that is indoor riding for cardio... All sweated up, with nothing to distract the brain from the sheer monotony of staring at the wall as you pedal. I paid 400 for the trike, and according to the co-worker, the trike has less than 200 miles on it.
I'm a big guy. Like, "holy s*it, he's gonna eat me!" big...
I'm 38 years old, 6'4" tall, 395 lbs, and about two and a half years ago I weighed in at 435 lbs and struggled to climb stairs... This was a problem for me, as our house is a multi-level split. I decided to do something about it. Since I work for a large fitness company, I asked our head of personal training for some help getting into the gym so I could lose 100 pounds, as trying it myself didn't work. A week later, one of the PTs from work pulled me aside and made a schedule with me to get me into the gym twice a week with her. This worked, though I found myself only getting in twice a week and skipping every day that wasn't scheduled. So I stepped up the game and went whole hog. Every morning at 3:45, the alarm goes off and I head to the gym at work. Put in two hours or so of weight training, and try my best to avoid cardio until someone glares at me... In the end, I dropped 102 lbs and at my lowest almost a year ago I was 332 lbs. I've since put most of that back on due to a lack of cardiotorture and a love for pasta. It doesn't help that I do all of the cooking either. The side benefit of daily workouts, is that I've gone from scary "heart attack" big to scary "maybe heart attack, but much less likely big" with a side of "I need you to help me move this railroad box car off my lawn" big.
Whenever I can force myself beyond the aneurysm inducing boredom of indoor cardio, I usually get anywhere from 10-12 miles into a recumbent bike in the gym on the fat burn or hill climb setting before calling it quits. I've already run the trike through a quick two mile break in around the neighborhood, but the rear SA i8 shifter cam is broken, so the cable doesn't stay in place and the hub drops to eighth gear when the cable pops out. The new cam is on the way.
My wife is interested in one for herself, but the finances will likely have to wait for a couple of years on that. After the cost of this trike, the SPD pedals, shoes, replacement shifter cam, and new Schwalbe Big Apple tires and Schwalbe tubes, I have about 650 total into the trike... We both have a very strong interest in exploring the paved bike trails around us, we've just never been able to. Every time I even look at my beach cruiser bike in the garage, it screams in fear... So, we'll see what happens here.
My end goal is less exploring, and more active brain waves during cardio... This looks like it will be the key.