Here’s my Hybrid Race to add to your gallery. I bought it used in spring of 2007. I didn’t do any work to it for the first year, but in 2008 I got a new rear brake, brake levers and cables, and new shifter levers and cables. I also just got a new front wheel — a Velocity Uriel from Hostel Shoppe Recumbents in WI. I found that the seat was not comfortable on my sit bones for rides longer than 10 miles, so I crafted a rectangular seat pad to give some added cushion. This works like a charm! I also just got a flag from Recumbent Cycles of Utah that is nice and bright yellow and sticks way up over the top of nearby cars.
I use this bike to commute to work 3-4 times a week. The beauty of my commute is that it is only 2.5 miles one way, so I can ride in the morning and not get sweaty. I am also provided with covered bike parking so I don’t have to worry about rain or snow (I commute year-round). Then, for the ride home, I can do a loop anywhere from 5-15 miles long that takes me either on roads with a 6 foot wide bike lane, or through several of the local parks. I find this is a great way to keep in shape while being the father to 3 kids under the age of four.
I enjoyed your blog when it was about recumbents, and I also enjoy the new focus.
Take care —Chris from DE