A while back, Steve emailed me a few photos of some custom work on his ICE Full Fat, which he refers to humorously as Bigfoot. The 2015 ICE rear rack for the trike does not come with a top piece, so he was facing the idea that he would have to take his next trike trip without his trusty Arkel TailRider top trunk, an 11 liter wonderbag that has become a permanent fixture on his overland journeys. As we have come to learn, if Steve needs something on his trike, and it isn’t included from the factory, he simply designs the piece he needs, and then commences to fabricate it, or in this case, have it fabricated at his local welder. The welder spent about 3 hours in construction, at $80 per hour.
From what Steve told me, the concern with mounting a top trunk on a rack for this new Full Fat is the potential for placing a heavy load up higher, and possible lateral stability issues when cornering. Actually, this new trike hobo invention is more than a top rack solution – integral in Steve’s design is a five inch wide fender to keep trail debris from accumulating on the back of his head while in the boonies – that Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 26×4.80 tire can toss some serious crud. He said that an added benefit of this design is the stabilization of the two pannier arms of the stock ICE rack, as nothing connects them across the top otherwise. Interestingly, this design also incorporates yet a third feature, and that is the traditional trike hobo pull handle at the rear!
Steve has asked that when I post this information, I let the fine folks at ICE know that he promises to keep the cargo in the TailRider very lightweight – nothing heavy up there, and nothing strapped on top with bungee cords. And he promised to ride slowly.
In the two photos that follow, the top image shows the newly fabricated top rack and fender as it was being painted, and the second image shows the finished product installed on the stock ICE Full Fat pannier rack. Steve said the stock ICE rack has several mounting holes already in place (probably for the company’s planned rear fender), and that this custom creation bolts perfectly to those pre-existing holes.
getting painted a flat black to match the stock ICE pannier rack
on Bigfoot, mounted to the ICE rack below – plenty of room for swing arm movement
In the following four photographs, you’ll see how his Arkel TailRider trunk mounts on top, and the Arkel RT-60 panniers mount on the sides. There is plenty of ground clearance.
Steve has been out in the field for some time now, attempting to tweak his backcountry exploration vehicle for a lifetime of adventure. Having helped him with posts on his 2009 expedition, he asked if I might post here on Trike Asylum for a while, and that is why you may have noticed my Desert Dune name appearing on posts since September fifth. I don’t own a trike, but love exploring backcountry like he does, so I am happy to fill in whenever he is out on assignment! – Desert Dune (Adam Lee)