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An Awesome Backcountry Adventure Trike (BAT)


7 responses

  1. Andy Hayes

    Great to have another one of your inspirational books to look forward to reading – and just when I thought having one trike was enough !!

    October 19, 2016 at 5:08 am

  2. armadillozack

    Interesting, very interesting….! The video tells me a lot about you….! And now that you have peaked my curious nature, I guess I’ll have to buy the book… You never really know a person until you see the world through their vision of it…..

    October 19, 2016 at 6:06 am

  3. Richard Sanabia

    Terrific video.

    October 19, 2016 at 8:30 am

  4. daytriker

    So have you christened the ICE ‘BATmobile’? Will we soon be seeing your new logo? –

    October 19, 2016 at 9:48 am

  5. trike hobo

    I’ve also thought about referring to it as the SCOUT (self contained outback utility trike), another apropos naming (ICE might even like it, haha).

    October 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

  6. Robert

    I noticed no front derailleur. What are you using instead?

    October 20, 2016 at 5:37 am

  7. trike hobo

    Hi Robert,

    On the front is a single chainring of 34 teeth – no front shifting necessary. This is mated with a Rohloff XL Speedhub on the rear, which is a 14 speed internally geared hub, meaning that there is no rear derailleur either. This hub can be shifted at a complete standstill, which is perfect for backcountry terrain where roots, rocks, and ruts can stop a triker in his path. But with this rear hub, I can still shift down to a lower gear and then begin forward motion again, unlike a derailleur, which cannot be shifted unless moving. The 14 speeds are such that my gear inch range is quite large, so it is no different than if I had a triple chainset up front with a 10 speed derailleur system in the rear. With an internally geared rear hub, not only can I navigate off-road terrain with no issues, but the actual shifting mechanics are inside the small hub, thus protected from the elements of nature (they don’t get dirty or damaged, as on a derailleur system). Another benefit is that the rear chain is nine and a half inches off the ground at the jockey wheel, so, unlike a derailleur system where the chain can be quite close to the ground and damaged by the terrain, the chain remains free of hitting obstacles. I have written about these features in my new Bush Triker book. Also, if you wish to learn more about this trike, here is a link on this website that will get you started:
    See ya’ …

    October 20, 2016 at 7:12 am