Hi all, I'm new to recumbents, and re-new to bicycling, having hung up my pedals (as it were) in 1984 or so.
Yesterday I went to Woodland Park, Colorado and met Kelvin, the owner of Angletech bicycles. He insisted that I attend a 2 hour orientation, which I was reluctant to do. He told me when I arrived to hang up my pre conceived notions about what I think I want, and be open to the experience of riding a recumbent. My impression was one of greatest confidence in Kelvin, and gratitude for the opportunity to ride all of his bikes before having to make a choice. His is a real service, I think. Heck, the other guy on the 2 hour orientation crashed a very expensive demonstrator, and Kelvin seemed only concerned with whether the guy was alright. (Me? I was hoping the bike wasn't wrecked!)
He was right about pre-conceived notions falling away!
I thought I wanted a tadpole, and I rode several really good quality rides. I ultimately chose a SWB Becchetta (?sic?) 2 wheeler, which hopefully I'll be picking up this week.
I must say that riding a recumbent is a whole lot more comfortable than my old 2 wheelers (Wedgies).
Anyways, I am glad I found this forum, as I learn a bit from reading what you all contribute.
Welcome Stubbicatt.........Sounds like you are on your way to some exciting and above that comfortable and enjoyable rides. Glad you found a good LBS to get you started on the right foot...pun intended. I own both short and long wheel base bents but am thinking about making or buying a trike....after I buy another long wheel base.
There are a lot of people who say bents are more comfortable than the 'wedgies'. Again welcome and enjoy this place.