MG came up to State College, Pa. this last weekend to visit my daughter DF with me, and she insisted we go to RBR Recumbents, one of the most well-stocked recumbent shops in the region.
Owner Rob told me on a previous visit that he picked State College, home to Penn State University, because of its proximity to 1 million residents within a four-hour drive. Folks come from farther away, however; during our stop a couple who toured by recumbent from Michigan were there to test ride his various models.
MG is interested in recumbents (“this week,” she says!), particularly trikes, and Rob was glad to pull down a Catrike trike and a couple of Bacchettas to ride. He also got out a kids KMX trike for DF to run around the parking lot. See a photoset from our visit at my Flickr page or see the Slideshow.
MG absolutely loved the Catrike. I thought it was pretty neat, in that it was really maneuverable, like a go-cart. I couldn’t see doing a brevet on one, but it sure was fun in the parking lot.
We also tried an ICE trike and two Bachetta highracers, a dual 571mm/650c Strada and a 559mm/26″ touring Giro. The Strada took a few practice runs to keep upright; MG and I both kept tipping over trying to turn. We got the hang of it but the narrow tires made the bike feel tippy. Then we tried the Giro, with wide tires, and it was instantly more comfortable and fun to ride. It would be our choice if we were in the market for recumbents.