From the famous TrikeBoy Studios comes this 45 mile Trike Squadron jaunt:
Okay, nothing serious here – just tossing out some stuff to give you poor souls something to do on a Saturday morning, since you are obviously glued to your computer screen instead of pedaling your cool recumbent tadpole trike around town or up the river valley. So here goes. Vote only once for the first poll if you wish the Trike Gods to keep smiling upon you ;-), but twice for the second pole.
Poll #1: What trike is trike hobo getting? (This is not a test, simply your opinion.)
Poll #2: Depending on your answer to Poll #1, what should trike hobo nickname his new trike?
Watch the 20 minute video above to learn Kyle’s story. He is the man I dedicated my 2011 trike book to, Free On Three, because I find his story inspiring. He cannot walk down the block on his own, but he can pedal a tricycle across the United States, or wherever he has a mind to. At age 17, he learned he has Friedreich’s Ataxia, commonly referred to as FA. This is a death sentence, a slow way to go that robs one of physical abilities over time. Why have I been inspired by Kyle all these years? Because, when I think I have a problem, a ride is too demanding, a hill too long, a road too rough, all I have to do is bring Kyle to mind, and it becomes abundantly clear to me that I have no problems! That I simply need to stop my whining, leave my pity party behind, and step up to a level inhabited by a rare few individuals who can always go the distance – people like Kyle! Learn more …
Then watch this hour-long documentary showing what cycle touring is really like if you choose not to ride supported or on credit cards in motels. What you will see is what being a trike gypsy, nomad, or hobo is all about. This will beckon a precious few. Are you one of them?
Click HERE to visit the TA page, under Trike Touring.
Due to the growing number of rider stories and trikes appearing on TA, the menu has been simplified. These trikers now appear under the RIDER STORIES main menu item. The Reader Stuff menu now appears on the drop-down menu under MORE.
What: A non stop, self supported road bike race along the 4,233 mile Trans America Trail.
When: June 7th, 2014 05:00 PST
Where: On the boardwalk by Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Why: Because bikepacking.
Who: Clearly those who would like to see a healthy dose of the continent, quickly.
How: Solely under your own wheeled human power with no outside support.
About the route: The route was mapped in 1975 by Bikecentennial (now known as Adventure Cycling Association) for their Bikecentennial ‘76 event, when more than 4,000 cyclists rode part or all of the route across the U.S. to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial. The TransAm remains the most popular route in the Adventure Cycling Route Network which now includes over 41,000 miles of cycling routes.
Well, since I have no trike currently in the garage to ride, guess what I’ve been doing lately. Yep, just sitting here at the computer, laboring intensely on my crazy passion website called Trike Asylum. The truth is, even if I had a trike right now, I would not be riding it today because we have high winds since yesterday, some gusts hitting 70+ miles per hour, and it is expected to continue through the night and into tomorrow. Definitely not conducive for trike riding, even in full raingear, as the winds would play havoc (unless of course, you were riding downwind – that would be awesome).
Anyway, through my watery burning eyeballs, an unpleasant consequence of too many hours staring at the monitor, I finish up today’s TA work with this quick post. Eight new trikers have been added to the group, which is NOW FOUND UNDER THE RIDERS MAIN MENU for simpler access. Rather than link to them all, you can just mosey on up to the bar and click to your heart’s delight. In all, twenty-six new pages have been added to this growing website in the past two weeks. I am a victim of my own insanity. Yes, I REALLY do need to get out there and ride again!!
Mark Rackow, avid trike rider and publisher of My Bent Up Cycling Journal, is no stranger to Catrike 700s, having had two thus far, one the older version with the 16 inch front wheels and a 27 degree seat angle, and the newer version with the 20 inch front wheels and its resultant 25 degree seat angle. Check out these beautiful and sleek trikes. Stop by and visit Mark at his website!
They look like the same trike, don’t they? Well, perhaps it is because they kind of are the same trike, only modified quite a bit. You see, Mark took his old 700 over to Dana Lieberman of Bent-Up Cycles, and swapped out some stuff on it, things like the front wheels and tires … and, oh yeah, the long aluminum thing called the frame! Here is a photo of Dana holding the new frame:
Here is what Mark has to say about the conversion of his 700:
Since my initial impression I’ve had enough time riding the new Catrike 700 with 20″ wheels to be able to say…if I had it to do over again I would not spend the money to upgrade from the “old” 700/16 to the “new” 700/20.
Bottom line…I would without a doubt buy a new 700/20 if I didn’t already own a 700/16. What I would not do is spend the money on upgrading from an 700/16 to a 700/20. Regardless, I’m having fun showing off and riding the 700 / 20!!
THE FINAL NEW BEAUTY:
This fellow used to own a 2007 ICE Qnt trike. I bought it from him in 2009. Then, I rode it to Death Valley. Norm was without a trike, a lonely feeling for sure. So, he went out and remedied that little problem with a new Catrike 700, blue, to match the ocean he lived near. Norm is an inventive guy, and always customizes his pedal powered rigs. A new page just went up featuring a few photos of his trike, along with a brief bit of commentary from the expert himself. Click HERE to visit, under Reader Rides. He’s one of the fastest old men on Planet Earth (at nearly 80)! Gotta’ love it …
Yet another page has gone live here on TA, sharing a few photos and words of a regular website reader. David Massey, 2013 PCTA team member, is now featured on his own page with his Azub TRIcon triangular steed, which has served him very well on many long day rides and quite a few miles along the Pacific Ocean. David is a highly skilled watercolor artist, and has a website devoted to his art. Click HERE to visit the new page under “Reader Rides” with a few others.
Some new material has been added to Alonzo’s trike page about his ICE T. He and his wife Margaret took an overland journey in 2012, each on their own ICE trike, and now a brief synopsis of it appears with photos HERE, near the bottom of the page. Lost in France? How exciting!
Well, if you live in western Canada and wish to acquire a new trike relatively locally, Renu Cycle, billed as “western Canada’s #1 source for recumbent trikes”, may fit your needs perfectly (or as close as possible anyway). The fellow who owns this business seems to be quite the artist, as you’ll see in his website masthead, and also the “Why Ride a Trike” artpiece below. Renu Cycle now appears on the “BUY” page of Trike Asylum.
Click the cycling image for larger view, and then click the magnifying glass for a gigantic view. Notice the yellow velo in the photo, with the Backcountry Recumbent Cycles logo on it. BRC is located in Bend, Oregon, and owned by Mark Waters.
Visit Renu Cycle HERE.
Most of us are pleased to have one fine trike. Some of us are even more pleased to have two fine trikes. The latter is the case for Mark Rackow, publisher of My Bent Up Cycling Journal. His is an interesting story to read, and so is his website. A new page just appeared in these parts to give you an idea of what Mark is up to, so click HERE to go there (under “Reader Rides”).
Many of you have heard of Gary Bunting, as he has been a regular reader of Trike Asylum for some time now. In 2011, he was a team member of the Coast to Cactus Tricycle Expedition. Living in southern California, he has ridden with the likes of Glenn Frank (AKA: TrikeBoy of trike movie fame) and David Massey (2013 Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure member). A new page just went live, featuring Gary, his trike, and his Oregon tour of 2011. Click HERE to visit the page.
TA reader Randall Oakley pilots a Performer trike. This make of recumbent trike is not quite so well known as others, yet it offers an incredible value for the amount of money invested. Desiring to acquire some knowledge about the Performer trike, I asked Randall to share a few thoughts and photos of his with all of us. Click HERE to visit the page, under “Reader Stuff” and “Reader Rides” if you wish to view it in the future sometime. Leave questions for Randall on that page if you have any.
Here are some top quality mirror ideas for your trike that you may wish to consider for this season’s overland journeys, or even for around town and day rides for that matter. These mirrors, sold by Peter White Cycles, are as good as they come, and there are several models to meet your most exacting needs for your particular trike handlebar configuration.
From the website:
I sell Cycle Star bicycle mirrors from Busch & Müller that mount on your handlebar. The mounting system includes two styles of attachment. One allows the mount to be inserted into the end of the handlebar and the other wraps around the bar, like a hose clamp. All hardware is included. The slightly convex mirror gives you a wide view of the road behind. All mirrors offer a wide range of adjustment. There is a ball joint at both ends of the arm, and the base can pivot on the mount.
Many cyclists need the longer arm version (901). Others will prefer one of the shorter versions (901/1) since the shorter arm will vibrate less on rough roads and the image in the mirror will be a bit more stable. And if you’re a true minimalist, the 901/2 will be ideal. I use the 901/2 on my road bike, it’s perfect at the end of a drop bar, unless you use bar-end shifters, of course.
The various “901″ Cycle Star mirrors are convex and 55mm in diameter. New for 2013, we have a larger mirror available. The Cycle Star 80 903 series mirrors use the same mounting system and arm options, but the mirror is about 81mm in diameter; also convex.
The curve or radius of the new 903 mirror is a bit less than the radius of the 901. In other words, while the 903 is still a convex mirror, it’s slightly less convex than the 901. With the 903 series, you see a wider field of view, and, the size of the image is larger.
Click HERE to see the best in trike mirrors.
Yes! Now this is what high speed triking is all about, the reason a few companies manufacture low center of gravity, ultralight, wicked fast high performance trikes. Settle down deep into your cockpit, grasp the handlebar grips, and prepare for a low flying adrenaline surge:
WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNLESS EXPERIENCED WITH A PERFORMANCE TRIKE!
This video clip is the first of seven parts, where Greenspeed founder Ian Sims of Australia visited The Trike Shoppe in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From what I am able to discern, this shop is no longer in business, but Ian’s presentation is interesting for anyone wishing to learn more about him, his famous trike company, and its history. After this video completes, you will find options to view the other six parts through this YouTube stream, or by visiting YouTube directly.
The warmer days of trike adventures are approaching. Get ready now! If you seek a very light weight rear rack for your next overland trike journey, you may wish to give this company a look. They have many models of carriers from which to choose, but this is their flagship offering for those few discerning trikers seeking the absolute ultimate in lightness on their trips:
From the website:
You are interested in the LOGO? But you would like it to be even lighter? The LOGO TITAN is the flagship of the brand TUBUS. Noble titanium tube has been used for forging a timelessly beautiful luggage carrier.
Due to the complex processing with high-quality titanium tubes, the weight of the carrier could be reduced about 240 g compared with the LOGO Classic. Thus, the LOGO Titan offers a weight of 390g and a maximum load of 30 kg – an excellent ratio of self-weight to load.
Hi everyone. I just received an email from an avid trike rider, and new TA reader, and was asked a question about a website found somewhere on TA. Now, I know more heads are better than one, and my head certainly doesn’t know all that much anyway, so I am posting this reader question below for your assessment and assistance. If you happen to know of such a website as described here, or where it may be found on Trike Asylum, please leave a comment to this post and help this trike rider once again find it. This site has grown to such size (137 pages currently) that I no longer recall where half the stuff is on it! Thanks loads my triangular friends!
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THE QUESTION TO BE ANSWERED:
My question is, I was searching Trike Asylum and came across a site that gives ride information, where someone can put in your location and a few other variables and it displays upcoming rides in that area. I have spent hours trying to find the site again and was wondering if you could offer guidance as to its location.
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I have been remiss in adding this company to the TA files, but better late than never, I suppose. Yes, yes, I realize that there are others that will end up in these pages eventually, but hey, life calls in more than one direction (although, trikes are becoming life – life and trikes are one). Okay, here is a little introduction to Performer Trikes, based in Taiwan. Actually, they sell many types of recumbents (even the two wheeled kind) – trikes are one segment of the company.
The names of the trikes are a challenge to remember. If you get one of these, and someone asks what kind of trike it is, you may end up telling them: “This is a JC70-FRP-0 by Performer.” Well, I guess it really doesn’t matter what it’s called when you are out speeding along with the wind in your hair.
Performer trikes now appear as submenus under the “Brands” main menu. Here is what they have to say about themselves:
Performer was founded in Taiwan in 1999. We specialize in the design and manufacturing of recumbents. During the 13 years we have been in business, our company grew rapidly. We have managed to expand rapidly by utilizing quick responses to customer requests, and by emphasizing quality and innovation. In order to maintain our hold on quality, we have insisted on handling the entire process of manufacturing, from initial design and purchasing, through welding and final assembly. We at Performer have a mission: to produce bikes for that special someone who appreciates the recumbent experience. Our bikes are made to enhance comfort without compromising on performance. Please check out our latest recumbents and trikes on our website. If you wish, test ride one of our bikes at your local retailer. Enjoy!
In marked contrast to the red 700 speed movie recently, here is a relaxing interlude of triangular folks enjoying the ride at a slower pace. Spend seven minutes in unwind mode:
Here is a neat website you may enjoy. It is called just a trike, and it offers up some fascinating philosophy for you to contemplate while touring on your triple. The fellow who publishes it (Grant Walter, I presume) lives in Australia, a land of nearly endless wide open spaces, where a breakdown out in the middle of nowhere could well be one’s final miscalculation.
Regarding long distance trike journeys, here is a portion of thought provoking thought to be found on this website, just a trike:
So why do it?
This is the question most asked of a touring cyclist and it’s usually accompanied with the observation that there is a bus/train/plane service that could have been used
So what do I answer?
Depends on who asks and how they ask but even so I really don’t have a coherent, let alone concise answer, but the gist of an answer is that I do it because what would take an hour in a car/bus/train can take a whole day on a trike. As it has been said – by someone, can’t remember who – bike touring is a good way to let mind and body travel at the same pace. Travelling at ‘human-speed’ leads to a level of interaction, whether with changing landscapes or with people met on the way, that makes the journey, and not just the destination, part of the adventure.
Also, visit Ken Kifer’s website for a considerable amount of knowledge on cycle touring!