My Wyoming triking pal Steven Telck has reported back to me with his impressions of the ICE suspension-style neckrest – this after he was finding that the traditional compression-style rests used by nearly all manufacturers were not meeting his personal comfort needs. Steven asked for my humble two-cents worth on neckrests, so I gave him my thoughts, wherein I recommended the ICE suspension neckrest. Steven has an ICE trike, so it was a natural anyway. He was using a custom neckrest (compression style) by a regional manufacturer, but sought more comfort. As I have used both styles of neckrests personally on my trike expeditions over thousands of miles, and clearly prefer the suspension type, I told Steven that trying a suspension neckrest might be just the solution he needed for more comfort.
So, the Wyoming ICEman went ahead and ordered an ICE neckrest for his ICE trike from the boys and girls over across the ocean at ICE. After mounting his new neckrest, and trying some different adjustments, he sent me an email, which follows below, along with a photograph of the new ICE neckrest on his ICE trike:
“The ICE head rest is uncomfortable. My neck seems to be contacting the rails, and every darn bump is jarring and uncomfortable. I have tried many different heights and angles to the dangle so to speak, and still can not find a comfortable location for the head rest. It all has me terribly confused and disappointed. I am glad I opened the plastic bag from ICE carefully, as I think I will need to send this unit back. Thanks Trike Hobo for your suggestion to try a suspension head rest as it was worth the try, but it just isn’t working out for me. I have taken a photo to help illustrate my dilemma. My only hope is that maybe you can figure out what I’m doing wrong in my adjustments by looking at the photo. Perhaps I’m missing something here.”
Okay readers, if you have any suggestions for the Wyoming ICEman, feel free to leave a comment to this post. I think I may have figured out a solution for Steven, telling him that it looks to be tilted back way too far, and to move it forward by about six inches – but, maybe some astute trike pilot out there can see something I may be missing also. I feel so bad for Steven, having recommended this solution that isn’t working for him. I do hope we can all find him a satisfying and happy ending to his comfort problem! Hang in there Steven – we’ll figure it out fer ya’ …