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Location: steel city
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attempting to afford an overly luxurious tadpole
this has become a new object of my deep desire:
i've never had a recumbent yet, but it's been my "next in line" bike build/purchase for some time (it's about the only kind of bike i wouldn't be sure of building up myself). so, it would seem that this is way excessive for a first model at USD5000. however... i'll be married in three months, and the wife's not so graceful on a bike. so any trips we might do together would be much better on a tandem. and since i was pretty sold on a tadpole for my recumbent anyway, she could also use it as her main single bike, what with no need to balance and all. so, this model makes total sense as a triple investment (tandem, recumbent for me, easy-to-ride-means-she'll-use-it-more bike for her).
so, i do want yinz's imput on my logic or unlogic there. however, here's the issue: i'm a bike messenger. this thing is 1/2 or 1/3 my normal work income for a year! she's not a high roller either. we live very cheaply. but it would be unwise to dedicate that much money to a single object.. other than our 2800 square foot mansion we and another friend just bought for USD18,000! anyway, does any of you know of any similar product from a not-so-reputable company? or know which trident chameleon owner wants to sell his to me used?
thanks much for all consideration and responses!