I have been enjoying my newest ride, a Catrike recumbent trike, the Speed model, since the spring of '08. I have been riding it to work about everyday, and building up my trike muscles. Pedaling a recumbent trike uses different muscles from riding a DF (diamond frame), and it takes several months to build them up. My ride from home starts with a fun little hill that gets the heart racing. I have hit 38 on this hill, then on flat sections of my route I have hit 26 mph for short bursts. This video was shot after I had the trike for a week, and shows the fun part of my ride to work.
I have found that riding a trike is a lot of fun, but no way is it as fast as a road bike. However, it is fun and comfortable. There is back support, no need for padded crotch pants, nor padded gloves. You also can't fall over, and can crank up a steep hill as slow as you want.
To the stock trike I have added a chain guard, locking handgrips for the brakes, a rack, an air horn, and a speedometer. The speedometer mount is a triangle of foam that is strapped to the telescoping boom.
I am using a powerful tactical flashlight for a headlight, and it puts out 240 lumens. Its a Surefire flashlight with a replacement lamp that really boosts the light output from the stock output of 80 lumens. A special rechargeable battery lasts for 8 hours on a charge. I have no idea who the old guy on my trike is in the picture below.