Hi all. I am new to the recumbent world, and I've decided I think it's the way to go for my cross-country bike trip next spring (can't deal with the saddle sores, among other things).
While I know that everyone is different and so it's hard to make a firm recommendation, there are limited shops around Boston that carry 'bents, so it's been hard for me to get a really wide set of bikes to try out.
Do any of you have any recommendations for distance touring from the following list? I will say that I have not yet ridden a LWB bike, but I think it's probably not for me, climbing-wise (if your experience has shown differently, feel free to speak up, I'm all ears at this point).
I am concerned that the bike be able to climb reasonably well, especially in places out West and the Ozarks (although my route may wind up sparing me that). I *dont* need to worry about carrying capacity so much, as it will be a supported ride. I am 6', 205 lbs. Have tendency towards low back issues. I'm also thinking I dont want something really low-riding, as I prefer the sensation of being a bit more upright. Price is not so much an issue, although Im not looking to spend 4 grand or anything given my level of expertise.
Here are the bikes I have been thinking of:
Bacchetta Corsa or Strada
RANS V-Rex or Force 5
I'd appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!