Who and how did you get turned on to recumbents/trikes?
Actually I was looking for alternate ways to commute to work. I had been commuting on my MTN bike for years and it was was kinda boring on the road and then I found some trikes online (action bent) that interested me so I started looking around.
Did you try many different models before deciding which one to purchase?
Actually I tried to test ride some but only one shop in seattle had any you could test ride ( greenspeed) unless I wanted to set up some mystery appointment with the action bent guy which seemed alittle odd. Other shops might have one or two but sure werent going to let me try them and or they were hanging on the wall like some sort of oddity bike chachski. so I test rode the greenspeed like 10 times in a month and asked people on Bike forum about other quality trikes.
Was the price of the trike a big factor in your purchase?
Yes, I couldnt affored the Greenspeed $2400 to $3400 at all, I spent that much on my MTN bike but I knew what I was getting into with the MTN bike. I finnally found a used Catrike for $1500 which is about right for an experiment like this trike was.
Do you feel "less of a cyclist", as if you have betrayed the Diamond Framed bicycles?
Actually I feel more like a cyclist than I have in a couple of years, I cant get enough rides in and I look for reasons to run to the store ( 3 miles each way) for any small thing we may need just get on my cumffy speed machine. But my friends and inlaws ( also long time cyclists) are making fun of my decision, They are calling me 'OLD MAN' and where are your sandles and pot belly? and such. They really feel like recumbents are LESS than road and MTN Bikes. Im actually not talking with one of my inlaws ( Jerod your a Pri$K) over this topic but I know for a fact when (if) he does finnaly ride my trike he will come around to the comfort speed rush and fun of my bent trike, but that may never happen.
Do you feel like a disabled person riding a "wheel-ed chair"?
No, I feel more like people think Im some sort of geeky dude that wants to be different and in fact that was the main thing I had to get over before I could buy a trike. I had to buff up my self confedence about myself and the reasons I was buy a bent and especially a trike. It took one ride and I realized it was all for not...Im in love with my trike and plan to ride it into the ground saving 1 gallon of gas each way to work every day and having a blast while doing it.
I personally feel more like Im in some sort of crazed hyped up big wheel that I could only dream of as a kid.
Would you consider riding in a group ride with your recumbent trike?
Yes, Id like to see how people set up thier trike and that would be quite a site to see 6 to 10 trikes zipping around seattle on a group ride, heck they would probalbly get the news vans out there to get a quick local shots of some 'weirdos on wheels', or somthing like that.
Yah, Bent and trikes sure have a stigma with the general public and especially DF cyclists but I actually believe that these trikes have the potential to become very popular with young people as well as commuters, and eco gas savers, they just need to be put in the hands of more people and ofcourse they could be alot cheaper.
Thanks for asking this stuff has been on my mind alot the last few weeks.