Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Musquodoboit Harbour,N.S., Canada
As to locking up recumbents, I never had a problem. Some recumbent manufactures have installed special metal loops on their frames where one can loop a cable through. I find that a 2 meter long cable is needed to go through the frame, both wheels and to a post or tree.
Some people I know use these personal alarm devices (women carry them for safety), use this on locking the bike up and if someone tries to break a cable it screams bloody hell, just don't forget you have the thing on yourself otherwise it can be embarasing.
As to climbing capabilities of a recumbent, I've done steep hills here in Canada. It is essential that your bike be equiped with low gear ratios (20 gear inches low or less sometimes). This can be said for uprights as well. I never found a hill I couldn't at least walk up, eh!