I live in the Netherlands and thought about buying a hybrid recumbent. I test rode the model I thought I wanted (a Gazelle EasyGlider), but it was just too heavy. I may still buy the 21 speed Giant Revive if it's not too heavy.
The thought occured to me after spending a lot of time looking at various bents on the internet, most have no wheel covers or fenders. I wouldn't think of buying a bike that would throw water at me if it were raining. Also, lights don't seem to be all that common.
Are these items that you guys add afterwards? When I was in a bike store in the US, most of the bikes there had no wheel covers. That's unheard of here unless you buy a mountain or racing bike. Most bikes here are used as everyday transportation (and the weather here is like Seattle). Why don't the companies in the US supply bikes complete instead of making the buyer add everything. Am I not understanding something here?