My Wife (47) and me (52) are within five years of both retiring from pretty stressful jobs, both in Law Enforcement. We are best friends and do a lot of stuff together. We raised 3 wonderful Daughters, and can't wait to spend more time with them and their families. Our main hobby right now is Golf and spending time with our kids/grand kids when we are not at work. Looking down the road we wanted to start doing things that we thought we would like in retirement. We purchased a bumper pull Camper last summer after owning a truck camper for a year. We had never done any camping at all, and we fell in love with it. Only being able to do it on vacations right now, but we plan on doing lots more in the future. We moved up to a bigger camper because our kids seem to want to go with us every time we go! We are always looking for things to do outside and to keep us in good shape. I am at a point in my life that I have to do something or my health is going to suffer permanently. We both have been pretty athletic all our lives and love doing sports of any kind. My Wife has done a much better job of staying fit than me. She is 5'4" and about 150. I am 6'2" and about 285. It is getting to be a battle for both of us to keep the pounds off. More so for me!
Anyway, long story short, I stumbled upon these Trikes and we are thinking of seriously taking the plunge. I have always like to ride Bikes, but as I got older, I just couldn't handle the seat, so I gave up. I have a recumbent schwinn exercise bike that I do sometimes use, but you know how that goes. It's more of a cloths hanger than anything else. I have spent a lot of time reading online and especially this great site and learned a lot about Trikes. We think they would be great to take camping with us, as we like to explore the campgrounds we stay at. We also think they would be some great exercise for us on a week to week basis. My mind is kind a blur right now with so many options out there. I was surprised at the prices at first, but I guess I shouldn't be. Heck our Golf Clubs cost almost as much! We really have no idea where to start, obviously I am going to need something that can handle my size and weight. Sounds like this x-seam measurement is pretty important also. We live in a small town in SW Missouri, so no dealers are very close. I did find a couple in the Kansas City/Overland Park area that we plan on visiting. Also an interesting Bike shop in Siloam Springs Arkansas called Dogwood Junction. I think we might just take a trip up and try out the various types. From my research so far, Terratrike seems like a very popular brand. I spent a lot of time on this site and loved reading about how the business began. We don't know anything about how they handle compared to two wheel bikes, all the different equipment, or really anything like that, but we do know they will be much more comfortable to sit in!
I would love to hear some suggestions on some good starter Trikes that would fit what we need. We have no idea on special equipment or really anything, so thoughts and suggestions there would be appreciated also. If you could recommend a place to buy, that would be great also. I am very intrigued by the Dogwood Junction place in Siloam Springs, Arkansas and it's only a few hours away. I would say we will be riding ours for exercise mostly and of course taking them camping with us to explore the campgrounds and area. If we like it, I could see us doing some longer rides on bike trails for sure. We probably won't get off road too much, but may be on some gravel/dirt roads. I like what I read about the "all terrain" as many campsites don't have paved roads to ride on. How does a non all terrain handle just your basic gravel/dirt trail? Of course hills will be in the picture also, so don't know if we need electric assist or not. Anyway, thanks in advance for any advise, love this site and I am sure I will love your product. Your back story makes me just want to buy from a business like you have. Thanks again, Mitch Bush (podunker)