I toured for years on a Trek 720. I grew tired of the butt/neck/wrist/hand pain experienced on it (yes, I added a Brooks saddle and padded handlebar tape). I tried a recumbent and found it to be the ultimate pain-free touring machine. Last summer/fall my wife, son, and I rode from Boston to Seattle on recumbents and loved every mile.
If you have ever considered trying a recumbent and live in the southern California area (or are willing to travel there), there is a Recumbent Convention taking place in October. The third day of the show is open to the general public for folks to look and demo ride 'bents.Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine is producing the first annual Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show, an exciting, all-new event designed specifically for the recumbent bicycle industry and recumbent bicycle enthusiasts. The Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show will be held October 21 - 23, 2011, in Southern California at the Pomona Fairplex, near Los Angeles.
Sunday’s Public Hours will provide the opportunity for excited recumbent enthusiasts and the interested public to see and test-ride bikes right on the grounds of the Pomona Fairplex.