So I might be going to the darkside.. As of now I have a road bike that is set up as a for just fast training rides/ fitness, but my back can no longer handle it, nor do i race after about 30 miles I feel like my lower back is going to split in two. i've been to the doc and surgery might be the only way to go(old military injury and i'm only 26), not yet though! I'm still trying to work it out. The other day on my ride i came across a very nice fellow on a tadpole trike, this http://www.actionbent.com/t1x.html He willingly let me take his trike for a spin after we finished a pleasant ride together. I did about 10 extra miles on the trike after my 30 miles on my roadbike and wow I was having the most fun ever! Now before I go and jumb off the "bent" cliff, I have a few questions. I was planning on picking up a touring bike before this experience for some trips and camping but now...
-Will this bike be able to handle panniers/ortlieb dry sac with tent/camping gear? better yet, can I tour with this trike?
-I commute by bike now, or did until last week(sold the fixed gear cause back was not able to take it), will this trike be good to commute on busy roads with?
-locking it up? how do you do this? or is it safe to leave such a perculiar/awesome looking machine up outside a hospital(my school) a store(walmart/meijers where I shop).
Basically I would just like to know if I do go ahead and buy this thing will I be able to fulfill the duties that i'm already doing on a bike. I can't afford to get a touring bike + trike + keep my road bike, it's either touring bike or the trike! oh yeah, wife plays the biggest part in the decision over how many bikes i have