What's a good entry level recumbent for touring?
I looked, and what I want is a tadpole, I think. I've been lurking and reading these forums for a long time. I figured now that I have something to say, I ought to ask, huh?
There are touring trikes and touring bikes. Depends most upon which one suits your needs. Touring on a trike gives you the freedom to watch the scenery a little more, as you don't have to worry about potholes and road seams like you do with a bike. Trikes do tend to be a little slower, however. I have a Catrike Road and really enjoy riding it. There is a guy riding a Catrike across the US right now. He just made it to Missouri today. You might take a peek at his site:
I would think you'd have to worry about potholes more, since you have three wheel tracks instead of one. Good point about seams not being as dangerous, though.
Originally Posted by altozwei
yeah, potholes could be horrible with all three wheels hitting em!
All I can say is that, in my experience, potholes are a lot less of a concern with the trike than on a bike. I run into lots of them on my daily rides and find the trike a lot more maneuverable through pothole minefields than my bikes were. Plus, if I do have to hit one, they don't cause me to crash. As for hitting one with all three wheels, that wouldn't be a pothole. That would be a sinkhole and I'd have to give one of those plenty of clearance. :-)