Just got a recumbent. A so-called HiRacer from ActionBent. I assembled it in a few hours, no problem. Took me 10 minutes of up and down the driveway to finally get a grip on the balance ;-) The first trip to the corner of the street was great. I think I'll remember it all my life. And then, stopping without any knowing of how to get it rolling again. Great. But then, this being said, it's fairly easy to get the balance. after all. Our sons were telling me I looked stressed yesterday when riding the bike and indeed I was not at ease. But then I took to work today. The hill to an overpass that I couldn't get by yesterday was done today. As far as hills are concerned it feels like more work. But for everything else, it feels just great. I'm getting used to it pretty fast. Rode it on some packed soil trails in parks without any problems. Bumps feels a bit more and in this case I get my back off the seat. I now can get balance even before a full turn of the cranks. I get the impression that indeed it is easier than an ordinary bike, but don't quote me on that now: it's my first day. On Sunday I should get back to doing some hills on mountain bike so I'll gauge the difference.
One question: after some riding and after parking the bike, I get a numbness in the left arm. Nothing that prevents me from using the arm, but when I touch it it feels numb. Is this something experienced by other recumbent riders ?
And, as far the ActionBent HiRacer bike is concerned: I was very surprised of it's lightness. This bike is light. It could very well be that it is lighter than my Cannondale Badboy fitted with the factory 700C wheels. It fits all right on my regular repair stand. The repair stand grip does not seemingly hinder the movment of the brake/derailleur cables. A regular CatEye bar-end mirror is all right. I can hang a standard bike pannier off the head rest and seat frame in what seems a secure way.