I started a thread yesterday which got deleted. I saw for the first time a 'sit' bike. This is a cross between a 'regular' bike and a recumbent. The bike, I learned, was just introduced this month by Gazelle, a Dutch brand and is called the EasyGlider.
I have since learned that Giant also makes a very similar bike called the Revive. They come with only 7 or 8 speeds and I have no idea if that would be enough for steep hills.
I tried once to ride a recumbent at a very large bike fair and did not succeed. I test drove this Gazelle model yesterday and had no problems whatsoever. It was extremely comfortable and came with a big ass suspension system (referring to the suspension and not to me). I only rode a very short distance but it was very relaxing to say the least. I test rode a bike that was in for adjustments and spoke with the owner of that bike. I asked him his feelings on this bike, and he mentioned that he could sleep in it, it was so relaxing.
I'm going to check out the Giant model and see when exactly it first appeared on the market. I would prefer to buy something that has been around for a while. This seems to be a pretty new development in the design of bikes and I think it's going to sell very well. They really do look great. I like this idea because you still sit pretty high in the seat which lets others see you as well. The low seat of a conventional recumbent has always been a drawback to me. At any rate, all of this is still quite new and I'm going to have a closer look. Dave Horne