We have been hunting around for some time looking for a good tadpole recumbent for the wife. She has a vertigo condition that will not allow her to ride a DF safely. I had been watching CL and recently discovered the forum over at Catrike and found one near home in perfect like new condition.The bike is an 09 Road with all the accessories plus another mirror, back rack, side bags, and nice lights. I honestly don't think the bike has been over 20 miles and is equipped just the way we wanted with nice extras. The price was a bit high, but after bringing the MSRP to the attention of the owner they decided to budge a bit and come within what I thought was a reasonable range. It worked out rather well that this one is already adjusted perfectly for her and should soon be able to start riding it. I look forward to riding it myself as well, I have long considered a 'bent for my own recreational use. With the addition of some extra chain and a tensioner it will easily adjust to accommodate both of us. I will get some pics up after I pick it up later today or tomorrow. It is a beauty and rides like a dream.
I actually was curious about how others felt about and dealt with riding on the road with one of these. I noted on the test ride that you are very low to the ground which is what we wanted. The concerning part is that your head is on level with most cars bumper and the wife is more than a bit nervous about riding on the road with it. I had planned on starting in a few local parks to let her get her legs back and get used to the machine. It already has nice lights, and a safety flag so it seems the most common items for visibility are covered. Are there any other tricks to help be seen and be comfortable while riding on the road? Is it much like riding a DF that you just "get used to it"?