I'm thinking about getting a bike to keep in the trailer behind my motorhome. It would be used in a number of different situations, from road to trail, but not heavy off-road stuff. I'll be 46 next month, and overweight and out of shape. So speed isn't a key factor. It's just for exercise. Cost is, however.
The bike that I have in Cayman suits me fine. It's a Specialized Crossroads. I bought it a couple of years ago, but sadly, haven't used it much (and thus the overweight and out of shape thing).
So today I went to the local bike store in Idaho Falls where I've been hanging out of late. They didn't have the exact model, but I could get a Specialized Expedition Elite for $470, which is the MSRP per the Specialized website. It would fit the bill, and I'll probably go that direction.
But while I was there, I test rode a couple of recumbent bikes from Rans Bikes (out of Hays, KS, which is kind of cool if you like supporting the small towners like I do). Check out their website:RANS Recumbent Bike Gallery
It would take a bit of time to get used to, but they provide a pretty smooth ride and don't stress the back, neck, wrists, or the all important prostate nearly as much as conventional bikes do. Yet, the one I liked best was actually the most conventional design. It's called a "crank forward" bike rather than a recumbant. The model name was Dnyamik. See here: crankforward
Anyway, I loved the ride and feel that I'll probably use it more than the Specialized bike I had in mind going into the store. Of course, we're talking more like $1,500 than under $500.
I'll have to give it some thought. Anyone have experience with these kinds of bikes?