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The one thing I wonder about is visibility on the road, especially in city/high traffic areas. Is it an issue with you bent riders? It seems they are way lower and would be harder for drivers to see.
Although I love my new Comotion, I believe that a recumbent may be in the future for me. We have a very good dealer in Plant City, Fl., Power On Cycling.
I believe there are articles on the Adventure Cycling website discussing touring bikes and what to get for a cross country bike ride. And some webstie called crazy guy on a bike or something like that has many articles about people who rode all over the world.http://www.adventurecycling.org/features/recumbent_bike.cfm
In my 50 years of riding, I've found that there are several ways to mitigate the problem: good fit, expensive shorts ($100 or so), change position often (especially some stand up time), good saddle, chamois butter and take a break once in a while to enjoy other forms of exercise.
One half inch, one way on another, up or down, forward or back, and a few degrees of tilt can make a huge difference. Get the fit right first, but don't be afraid to tinker with it. Things change over time. You can gain/lose weight or become more flexible. You can spend all kinds of time and money trying to find the perfect saddle. Just as a Brooks has a break in time, so does your butt.
Bike fit, riding position, and time in the saddle are the answers. Going to a recumbent should not be required. If you want one fine, but don't let the bent riders convince you it is the only way.
Too complicated and too much stuff. Don't need all the bells and whistles. I liked the simpler forum better.New member (not new to touring) and find this site to now be equal to what most internet discussion forums offer. Would be silly and archaic not to have upgraded. If old timers give this a chance, you'll find it works very well.
As for myself, I am not about to dish out $35.00 to $60.00 a night just for some shuteye.If it were that cheap, I might consider motels, but these days it seems $50 to $100 is closer to the going rate.