An Awesome Backcountry Adventure Trike (BAT)

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About trike hobo

Steve Greene is a naturalist, philosopher, and teller of tales. He pursues absolute truth in all things, modifying his existence as supported by legitimate evidence. His ideological foundation rests on the respect of life, as he follows a path of health, serenity, and maximum functional longevity. He has authored eleven books, and is a noted authority on Death Valley National Park, human powered recumbent cycle touring, fitness and longevity, and professional law enforcement. Steve has not owned a petroleum powered automobile since 2008, as part of his environmental preservation paradigm. He eats an organic vegan diet, exercises regularly, and enjoys exploring the wilderness. Harmony with nature tops his priorities. To learn more about Steve, please visit: http://wildsteve.wordpress.com
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7 Responses to An Awesome Backcountry Adventure Trike (BAT)

  1. Andy Hayes says:

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

  2. armadillozack says:

    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…..

  3. Richard Sanabia says:

    Terrific video.

  4. daytriker says:

    So have you christened the ICE ‘BATmobile’? Will we soon be seeing your new logo? – http://www.deviantart.com/art/Batman-logo-2-182101115

  5. trike hobo says:

    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).

  6. Robert says:

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

  7. trike hobo says:

    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: https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/stevestuff/bigfoot/about-bigfoot/
    See ya’ …
    steve

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