One of the main things about riding a recumbent trike is that you are noticed, Trikes aren’t for the shy retiring type. If you want to fade into the background and hide from people don’t get anything as unusual as a trike.
Park a trike outside a cafe or supermarket and nine times out of ten, when you come back there will be at least one person looking it over. The usual questions are ” is it comfortable?” , “how fast can you go?” “do you feel safe?” and often from younger people “how much did it cost?”
It seems nowadays people measure the worth of an object by its monetary cost. When I was growing up it was considered impolite to ask what something had cost, a bit like asking how much someone earned. It just wasn’t done. I might say to a friend “that’s a nice handbag. Where did you get it?” but I’d feel I had to offer a reason if I wanted to know what it cost, eg “I’d like to get a similar one for my daughter – is it very expensive?”
Back to bikes or trikes: some of the odder questions I’ve been asked:
- How do you pronounce the name of the maker? ( It’s Hase – hass- e the German for hare, I understand.)
- Where did you get the flag? – ans. it came with the bike. The questioner wanted to get a similar flat for her mother’s mobility scooter.
I’ve learnt to allow extra time for shopping at our local supermarket to allow for the time explaining the delights of a trike and how I came to ride one. There have been some expressions of interest and even people saying “I’m getting less steady perhaps it’s time I went for a trike” But so far I’ve not managed to persuade anyone to change their mode of transport. But I live in hope!