>> PRICE UPDATE (October 15, 2013): $1900 cash at RCC and it’s your Q. I’m stoked about the new trike, so am eager to sell my trusty steed now. This updated price does not include the Arkel GT-52 pannier system. If you want the Arkels, they will be $200 (which includes outer rain covers). New price for Arkels with outer rain covers is $439. If you want both the trike with its upgrades and the Arkel panniers, price is $2100.
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For any triker out there who is seeking a high quality and road-proven recumbent tadpole trike for overland journeys, here is an option you may wish to consider: I am placing my 2007 ICE Qnt trike up for sale. Manufactured by Inspired Cycle Engineering in England, this tricycle has logged enough long-haul mileage to know it gets the job done well – it is a mount on which the rider can depend regardless of the terrain or conditions. The trike remains in excellent condition, being well cared for.
To read more about this trike, click HERE to visit a page on this website about it. Here is the Craig’s List LINK, which contains additional photographs, and some fun hype about Trike Asylum. I was even crazy enough to post on Crazy Guy On A Bike, even though this is a trike – here is that LINK for those with nothing else to do.
The Q has taken me on three extended overland journeys since 2009, with no breakdowns or flat tires. A link in the chain broke on the latest journey (the Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure), which was a result of my decision not to replace the chain prior to departure. I figured it had one more trip on those links, but I was incorrect in that assessment. The trike itself has always taken me the distance without complaint. The front crankset has 26-39-52 rings with 170 mm crankarms. The rear cassette is an 11-34 configuration. These numbers allow traversing huge mountain ranges with loaded panniers. I repaired the chain successfully, and it got me over the road the final days of the journey, but I recommend a new chain be installed forthwith, along with the possibility of replacing the rear cassette at the same time. The front crankset is fairly new, and not in need of replacement.
Here are the panniers, and how I pack them for the road
With the trike, I am selling the two Arkel GT-52 rear panniers (shown above) and the Arkel TailRider trunk (shown above). I am retaining the two yellow Radical Design side seat pods for my new trike. I am also retaining the headlight, taillight, strobe, happy face flag, and Road Morph tire pump. All other items go with the trike at time of sale, such as two CamelBak 100 ounce water bladders with seat slings and tool pouches. This trike is already well documented on Trike Asylum for your inspection.
The ICE Qnt, fully loaded on the PCTA, north of Big Sur, California in September 2013
The proceeds from the Q’s sale will allow me to acquire a new speed trike so that I can get down the road a bit quicker than on the Q (which is pretty darn quick in its own right). I have a shortlist of two trikes I am currently considering. The Q has served me exceptionally well for nearly five years now, and I am confident it will continue to do so for the new owner if maintained well as it has been to date. ICE builds trikes outstanding in their field, and ICE owners ride mounts upon which they can always depend!
Email wildernessrogue (at) gmail (dot) com if interested in purchase – subject line: “Q Sale” – serious inquiries only please. Thanks for your interest.