At last, I'm in a position where I can Get A Trike!
I had a lovely afternoon in Dixon CA (Peregrine Bicycle Works) test riding a bunch of trikes, ably supervised by Hugh.
Let's see if I remember the rundown:
ICE Adventure full suspension
ICE Sprint full suspension
ICE Q (yes, they still have a few on hand)
HP Velotechnik Scorpion of some variety.
In pretty much that order, I think.
Never did get to a Greenspeed today since I took three turns of the cranks on the Scorpion and turned right around and proclaimed that "This one just knocked all the others out of the park." Or something like that. So smooth in handling and ride, and the mesh seat fit my shoulderblades perfectly. Felt right and normal and comfortable and all that jazz.
Now, I'm a total beginner on recumbents of any kind, so I was just seeing how it went and how I felt and how the trikes fit me and so on. Did not expect to find such an obvious fit.
I discovered several things today:
I like short cranks.
My permanent onboard saddlebags (ah, those middle-aged hips) are wide enough to interfere with the turning radius of all the ICE models I tried. Needless to say, I skipped the Trice QNT altogether. Even with Hugh's expert fiddling around with the various adjustments on the Sprint, I was still feeling crowded. In tight turns, there was still room for more turning but the hips stopped any further movement.
I was surprised that I could notice immediate likes and dislikes and differences in the handling with zero trike experience. For instance, the Trice Q had 'zippier' handling then the Sprint or Adventure, but also felt like I had to work harder pushing the steering around.
I like mesh seats.
I like to be lower to the ground than higher (thank goodness for a year or so of yoga).
Listen to the folks at the cycle shop - they know whereof they speak.