I bought my 40th birthday present today. I’ve been planning this for a while and the weather was finally good enough for me to go test a few models and then finally purchase a medium-end recumbant tadpole bicycle, a hpvelotechnick scorpion, to be precise. My plan is for this to become the primary way that I commute to work each day, as well as the way I’ll do my weekly grocery shopping and Saturday morning errands. I’m fortunate that there is a local bike trail which runs from my house to the Amherst campus which also passes right by two of the three main shopping plazas in the area, and the third one is also very close to my office. Here’s a high resolution photo of the bike from the manufacturer’s site. I’ll post pics of mine once it’s delivered – I had a few options added onto it (cargo tray, mirror, computer, better pedals, and a better seat material), and it will take them a couple of days to put it together. I also had them remove an option which adds 10″ or so to the length of the chain and makes it easy to adjust the thing for different riders. Less chain is better. The only downside is you have to be around my height to try the thing, and I’m sure everyone I know is going to want to take it for a spin.