I'm looking to switch to a recumbent of one type or another due to hand/wrist/elbow pain caused by RSI/carpal tunnel.
My goals for this yet un-purchased bike are commuting, 40-100 mile rides, and occasional weekend touring. Eventually I want to brevets and my hope is that with the comfort of a recumbent I'll be able to start doing that. I need to be able to mount a rear rack as well as fenders. I will keep one of my two DF bikes to use mostly for commuting (always good to have a 2nd commuter!). My commute is only 4.5 miles one-way.
I've gone test-riding a few times. I like the Bacchetta Giro 26 pretty well (except sadly the terrible color removes it from the running) and also the Bacchetta Cafe though it's a bit long. Also, I have the opportunity to buy a used Rans Rocket 2007 for about $850. It's in very good shape and has been maintained by the owner who is a mechanic at the one local recumbent shop.
After test riding some LWB and SWB 'bents, all with OSS (though I'm dying to try USS on a SWB) I had some time to waste so I took a few trikes out for a ride. Wow! I figured trikes would be fun but I didn't realize how fun. Just riding up and down one street I was thoroughly enjoying myself. The USS on the trike was the perfectly neutral hand/arm position I've been dreaming of, the seat very comfy, and I preferred the friction-shift barcons over the standard gripshifters of the other bents I rode. I tested one cattrike and one terratrike. The TerraTrike was definitely my favorite of the two. I liked the steering better as well as the smoother ride.
What advice can you all give me on this decision? I never even considered doing this kind of riding on a trike, but after test-riding and talking to a co-worker who commuted & toured by trike for 4 years I find myself wanting to be convinced that a trike is the way to go. What are the down sides? Part of my reason for considering the trike is the USS. Sadly I'm unable to find any USS two-wheel 'bents to try out and am unwilling to buy a bike on ebay when I've never ridden that style.