In January I started commuting on my recumbent bike. Last fall, I got tired of my Catrike Trail with the 26" adapted rear, and went looking for a faster ride. The first bike I got was a Bacchetta Corsa, in a straight swap for the Catrike. It had the euromesh hard pan seat, and I hated it. So I swapped it to a friend for his Bacchetta Strada serial number 1. It as a nice, fast bike, with skinny tires and great performance. But I found the skinny tires an issue when commuting, and later this spring, purchased a two year old Bacchetta Giro from a fellow in Wisconsin and had it shipped to me in Florida. I started riding the Giro, and let the Strada sit for a few weeks, with the intention of selling it when I got all the bugs out of the Giro. The Giro is a great commuter with 26"x1.25" tires, a rear rack, panniers for my uniforms and stuff and a nice relaxed riding posture. Not as fast as the Strada, but a nice bike. Well, last weekend I took the Strada out for rides on Saturday and Sunday, and was convinced by the time I got home on Sunday that I COULD NOT sell this bike! It's just too darn much fun to go blasting around at 20 mph and enjoy my rides. So, I came home from my Sunday ride and announced to my wife, that I would NOT be selling the Strada, I had to have them both. No Birthday, Fathers Day or Christmas presents for the next three years....but the bike stays. They are just so different, I want to have them both! I never figured myself for a guy with more than one bike, I have always had only one. But now it seems to be N+1 for me.
Tractor Tom in Okeechobee, FL