So, I researched recumbents all winnter. I went to a bike shop, and went on a SHORT test ride, 5 to 10 minutes. It felt prety cool, so I went back the next week and bought it. Now, my test ride was w/ regular flat pedals. When I bought it, I had him instal a pair of look pedals. I took it home, and had a HARD time starting off w/ clipless pedals. I took it on rides. After the third, I called and told him that I was (no lie) experiencing shoulder pain from an old injury, that I was not experiencing on a regular road bike. After a long discussion, (and only 7 miles on the bike) he said that he would take it back. I decided to try one more ride today. I HATED it. They climb for s*&t, and the handling is verry different. I'm sure I could get used to it, but I'm going to return it, before I loose the chance. Just my 2 cents about my recumbent experience.