As you might have been able to infer from my username, I'm looking to Try some form of bike for the long term. As a child, I had a modified bike (a steel frame was attached to the bike frame, and to that, larger air inflated tires that acted as 'balance' wheels.) and I've seen similar - though, vastly improved - modifications in that vein (Fatwheels are the closest approximation) but I think that there's room for improvement - there are so many options out there, and I'd love some input from the seasoned readers here as I truly consider the breadth of my options.
Some [possibly] useful information about me:
I'm a late-twenties male in Canada. My Cerebral Palsy is mild, with most of my issues being on my right side. My right hand/leg is much weaker than my left, but most of that is underuse - my left side is more capable, and thus sees more action, as it were. I'm hoping introducing regular exercise in the form of biking will help. I can't swing my leg over the crossbar of a traditional bike, and as a kid, rode 'girl's' bikes to get around the issue.
Cerebral Palsy comes with balance issues. I use a single forearm crutch to aid in both navigating the world (stepping on and off the bus, or a curb, for example, is much easier with the crutch. Otherwise, I sort of need to hop off.) and granting me a bit more stamina. Again, I'm hoping that the increased exercise might help me get to the point where I can cut this expense (replacing crutch tips and cuffs with regularity, not to mention the crutch itself as it becomes worn out) entirely out of my life. At this time, I would need to have a method to transport my forearm crutch (which does not fold or collapse. In an effort to increase longevity, I've had it welded at the 'adjustment' points, as I am not going to get any taller or shorter in the near future.) added to whatever vehicle I settled on. I've seen some broom holders put to rather creative use in this regard.
I'm looking most strongly at upright and recumbent tricycles, but I haven't been able to decide for sure which one would work best for me. I don't own a car, and don't want to own a car, but as stated, I live in Canada. The winters here.. they're a thing. So, is it viable to ride a trike or a 'bent in the winter? I've read conflicting opinions from both sides of the fence. Yes? No? If so, which? Why? If it's not, I can accept that and keep taking the public bus for my travel needs- but this is inefficient, and I'd love to be the master of my travel needs all year round if I can. In this, I'm leaning more towards a recumbent, if only because I feel it can't help but be more efficient in long distance riding if one truly seeks to be car free.
Another issue I have is space. I don't have much of it, and whatever I get, it's gonna be bigger than a standard DF. I've seen folding 'bent and trike models - any plus or minus on them? I work at a pretty large mall, and I'm a little scared of leaving my expensive trike/bent out in the open all day - even well locked. But I can't really shove it in my locker. So, any tips on storage or deterring any fiddling on the part of passer by during the work day are also welcome.
I've seen some 'bents with trailers, and I know trikes can easily have a basket or trailer added, so using the vehicle to haul my groceries around is entirely viable whichever way I end up going, but I'm hoping for some strong insight and opinion that'll help me make the right choice. In that vein, if you do have a particular model/brand that you think I should look into, please, let me know. I have a very modest budget, but I'm looking at this as an investment.
TL;DR - Mildly disabled guy seeks advice - trike or recumbent? Why? Which (if either) is viable for a winter commute? Why/Why not?
Thanks for any input,