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Old 08-03-09, 08:19 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 08-03-09, 08:45 PM   #2
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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:
http://www.tourofdiscovery.com/tour.html
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Old 08-04-09, 06:15 AM   #3
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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.
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.
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Old 08-04-09, 07:49 AM   #4
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yeah, potholes could be horrible with all three wheels hitting em!
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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. :-)
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