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Lysol 08-03-09 08:19 PM

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?

altozwei 08-03-09 08:45 PM

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

BlazingPedals 08-04-09 06:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by altozwei (Post 9415012)
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.

dunwguv 08-04-09 07:49 AM

yeah, potholes could be horrible with all three wheels hitting em!

altozwei 08-04-09 10:41 AM

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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