Well I actually started riding a year and a half ago with my good friend Wonkemtel. I have a Trek 7300 and enjoy it, but am looking into the Recumbent thing. Wonk just purchased a WW Zoomer Elite and I rode that yesterday. Lots of fun, but did have some concerns with my leg length and width compared to the bike. I kept hitting my leg on the shifters and handles...
Well I have been playing with the idea for some time, but funding a new bike is a little complicated at this point. I went to the shop with Wonkemtel on Saturday to get his Trike and while he got all geared up I rode a few different styles of bikes.
Long Wheel Base 2 Wheeled Recumbent. The ride was SUPER smooth and it actually handled better then I thought it would. The seat was really comfortable and it was simple to ride. The owners wife was actually surprised how quick I picked up riding a 2 wheeled recumbent. This bike would be amazing on long rides, but not sure about riding somewhere like the local state park. More practice taking turns and hills would be required.
Short Wheel Base 2 Wheeled Recumbent OVER the seat steering. - This bike was not much harder to ride, but the seat and handle bar configuration made it uncomfortable. I kept hitting my knees on the handlebars. I would not recommend this config to someone my height... I would need to try an Under the Seat Handlebar config to be sure. (Bacchetta Giro 20)
Wiz Wheels Terra Trike Tour - This was my first ride on a trike and it was a blast. The width was nice and the steering was simple. My only issue was that the bike was not quite the right fit for me so pedaling was difficult. I would have to try riding with the proper seating arrangement. Balance was great and it was quick.
So now the big question for me is how do I get into riding a recumbent without dropping a ton of cash on a new style of bike. One day I want to spend the money, but now with not being completely certain which styles I would like I am not willing to take a big risk. Plus I think the wife would kill me if I even thought about buying a $2000.00 bike at this point. I prefer to start small and work my way into the knowledge and then get what I know I want...
I have seen recumbents ranging from $700-WAY TOO MUCH and am wondering if there is a good "Entry Level" bike...
I ride 90% Crushed Gravel/Limestone and Pavement.
I ride for exercise and recreation, but would like to touring at some point.
Longest single day ride has been 65 Miles... (Trained for a Century, but fell and broke elbow a few weeks before the ride)
I am 6'3" with a long torso...
Any information would be a step up from my current knowledge. I have been hitting tons of websites and looking at things from every angle.