My first Recumbent please help!
Let me first start with a little information about me. I'm 33yrs old, single, current location is Charleston South Carolina. I am a professional photographer and have a bad case of wanderlust.
My plans are as follow... Purchase a Recumbent in the next few months (before the fall oops maybe I should call it Autumn) Train for a long distance week trip (500 miles) from charleston to florida (my parents new house) Keeping in mind that I will be "stealth camping" most of the way. I will be leaving Charleston in Feb of 2009 for a 3 week vacation 1-2 weeks on bike.
I plan on also going on a cross country and possibly back (northern route over to the pacific and southern route back) in 2010 or 2011.
So what I need from you is help in selecting a bike because I have never owned a recumbent before. I have been looking into them for months now and with a budget of about $2000 Im kinda leaning towards a Lightning phantom. But Im still not sure. (I think I like the SWB short wheel base the best)
a few questions...
Can you tour on a trike? Much more rolling resistance? how safe? (I only ask because I feel they are kinda wide) How to people in cars treat you on the road ie. when they pass?
Trike vs SWB 2 wheeler? any opinions for cross country?
Loaded Rack and Panniers VS. Trailer/BOB?
What upgrades should I look at for the bike... I know the basics clipless pedals, computer, lights
thanks for your help
also anyone in the Charleston area?