My name is Tim, I still do not yet own a recumbent trike, (but intend to in the near future), have only test ridden one trike (Rambler) for a short distance, and I'm already an addict. I'll go ahead now and apologize in case this post gets to long for you, but finally I am excited again about the pedaling sports.
My wife and I live in SW Florida and we used to ride diamond frames a lot, but work and life in general took away our time to do that, so it's been almost 20 years now of not riding. As we approach our retirement time, we want very much to get back into riding so that when we do retire next summer, we'll be ready for year round day (and overnight) trips all over this state and as many others as possible. I picked up an very nice older Trek cruiser last year for her I also got an old cruiser for me. At first we went on nice rides in different parks, but after a while, instead of getting easier to got worse. It stopped being comfortable for me to ride, so I didn't go out much. My wife, however, recently started trying to ride every day, and I even started taking her to parks to ride while I'd sit and read. I noticed her enjoying it more and more, and also saw that she was ready to get something with some gears because she was pushing that old cruiser to its limits.
She just got an early birthday present to herself, a new DF comfort bike and loves it. Due to my wayward youth(?) I have enough aches and pains now days to make a DF not really the best of ideas. Add a pinched nerve in lower back, a ruptured disk in the neck (that will never heal), a hernia, knees that since middle school were prone to injury and did I mention aches and pains? Most of these things are beyond the "no pain, no gain" concept, because if I irritate them too much, they don't improve, they just get worse. That is something that can take me out of the game all together, so I'm trying to avoid that. Considering all of that and I think a recumbent trike is the ticket for me if I want to be able to again start sharing in pedaling adventures, which is our ultimate aim.
I can still ride a cruiser, but after a while my neck, wrists and knees start to hurt. I was ready to get a nice comfort bike, but then started realistically looking into future scenarios where a DF for me would have a limited life-span. What am I do to so that I can again ride happily with my wife? Then I accidentally discovered recumbent trikes and started researching them on YouTube, because nobody around here has ever heard of them. I went to another, bigger town yesterday and I test road the Rambler. Physically it was nothing short of pure joy to ride and pedal something but not experience discomfort (or pain). Ha! That's not to mention the rush of driving something that felt kind of like a go-cart. They had a Rover in stock, but it was sold the day before and not for test rides. They rolled a Rambler out back and I rode it around the parking area. I'm sure if anyone would have videoed it, I would have been wearing an ear to ear grin. Who'd of ever thought I would enjoy riding a trike?
Anyway, after only one short ride, I am hooked! Of course, leave it to me to find something I really like to do but that costs an arm and a leg, ha ha. I am checking the classified and calling bike shops, but they never seem to get used ones that last more than a day or two. I'm also checking Craig's list, and have found some likely suspects. I'm thinking that for what I want to do with it, a Rover would be fine. I'm not really into speed anymore. We got some more horses about 10 or 12 years ago and I realized that I no longer needed (or wanted) to ride a fast horse anymore. I think the same idea will apply here. I don't bounce or heal
as fast as I used to..............
Thanks for putting up with my long post, but just remember back to when you first rode one of these trikes and the euphoria you experienced. Well, that's me now.