My name is Steve, and I have grown very fond of recumbent tadpole tricycles since first acquiring one in May 2009. I came up to speed on these vehicles rather quickly during my 16 weeks of training for a subsequent ride from the Oregon Coast to Death Valley National Park. The 37-day journey of adventure and adaptation taught me an incredible amount about piloting a trike. I have owned an ICE Qnt recumbent tricycle, a Catrike 700 speed trike, and have pedaled the outback on an ICE Full Fat adventure trike. In October 2017, I sold my Full Fat trike and bought a new backcountry exploration vehicle, a Motobecane fat tire bike with titanium frame. I had that for five months, then traded it for a Specialized Roll Elite multi-purpose bike, which I eventually traded for a 2006 Easy Racers Gold Rush recumbent touring bicycle. But after three years of two wheeled action, I opted to return to the three wonderful wheels of the recumbent tricycle, and in 2021, I purchased a new 2021 HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs26 Enduro, my final human powered vehicle acquisition … It had to be the best trike, so no expense was spared.
High in the Cascade Range of Oregon, 2011, on an ICE Qnt
I discovered what works on the long haul and what doesn’t, and also how incredibly enjoyable riding a trike on an overland journey can be. Even so, I still have much to learn. The journey is the joy. You may read the chronicles of my trike trek to Death Valley National Park from the Pacific Northwest at Silent Passage, as well as elsewhere on this website. Information here continues to expand with time.
Preparing for my 2009 ride from the Pacific Ocean to Death Valley
I initially created Trike Asylum January of 2010, as a means to consolidate into one online locale a convenient recumbent tadpole trike information source, a place that would make hours of internet searching obsolete for those on a quest to learn more about this breed of tricycle. When I first began searching out knowledge about trikes in 2008 after selling my car, it was a hit or miss affair, and required many days and weeks of dedicated online queries to locate and learn about aspects that advanced my quest. Thus, my lifelong desire to assist others led to the establishment of Trike Asylum.
Additionally, I began writing books, five of which are specifically about human powered cycling, with four of those being specifically about recumbent tadpole tricycles. If you are interested in reading those, they are available on my Amazon Author’s Page, in both paper versions and electronic device versions. You may also preview them on this website HERE.
I am pleased if you find helpful information here on Trike Asylum, and if this website makes your own acquisition of knowledge an enjoyable journey. Perhaps my books may help also. There is much to learn about all aspects of exploring Planet Earth by tadpole tricycle, so my objective is to provide to you useful starting points on the hundreds of pages I have written. Journey far!
My 2021 HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs26 Enduro
See ya’ …
Your friend, steve greene, aka: trike hobo or the cosmic nomad
To learn more about Steve, visit his internet portal, WILD STEVE.
Steve Greene is a naturalist, free thinker, and seeker of truth. 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 tricycle touring, health and fitness, and professional law enforcement. Steve has not owned a petroleum powered automobile since 2008, as part of his environmental preservation paradigm. He thrives on a whole food plant-based diet, exercises regularly (bodybuilding, hiking, cycling), and enjoys exploring the wilderness, beyond the bounds of human dominance. Harmony with nature tops his priorities.
Steve’s Amazon page (click image to access):
Click on any of the thumbnail images below to read about a few of Steve’s overland trike journeys:
My 2014 spaceship, the awesome Catrike 700 speed machine, is a blast to ride!
IF YOU’RE NOT LIVING ON THE EDGE, YOU’RE TAKING UP TOO MUCH SPACE!
2015 extreme terrain trike, by Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE), called the Full Fat
Escaping the paved urban jungle – my spirit revealed:
Only those who risk going too far, will discover how far they can go!
On my way to Death Valley National Park from Oregon to speak about one of my books in 2009, I passed through many miles of wide open spaces on my ICE Qnt trike from England. Here is a photo in the remote western desert of Nevada, about 21 miles east of the largest national park in the contiguous United States, at 3.4 million acres.
During the fall of 2011, I rode the ICE Qnt from the central Oregon coast to the southern Mojave Desert of southern California. This is a photo taken at the 4,776′ summit of Doak Mountain in southern Oregon, not far west of Klamath Falls. I no longer pull a trailer, preferring the superior maneuverability, speed of travel, and diminished stress on feet and knees. Experience is the best teacher!
The perks of overland triking are many, including gorgeous sunset landscapes.
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Locomotion, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is the act of moving; the power to move from place to place. Trikes, if viewed from above, are essentially triangular in their shape, thus the trike is a form of triangular locomotion. Riders of trikes generally think outside the box, which is the shape of a car. I no longer own a box. Confining my mind in those boxes for so many years led to a serious case of clinical normalcy, a boring condition that has been happily defeated with my triangle.
< My 2014 Catrike 700 high performance speed trike, prepared for comfy touring
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I wish to extend a special thanks to Matt Jensen, the helpful and very experienced trike pilot who brought me up to speed on all things of the tricycle world prior to my Death Valley journey. Without his assistance and guidance, I would have not been nearly as prepared! Of course now that I have a few miles and months under my belt, I jest with the poor soul that my knowledge and expertise exceeds even his … well, perhaps someday anyway. Thanks Matt! I couldn’t have done it without you.
Matt on his former Catrike 700 in 2009
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By the way, prior to entering the adrenaline-charged world of trikes, I pursued another avenue of non-motorized travel for many years, only this sport took place on water. Windsurfing was the name of the game, where only the wind in the air propelled me across great expanses of liquid hydrogen and oxygen. It made downhill skiing seem pale by comparison, not to mention that there were no lift lines!
Here are a few photos of me sailing across unwalkable terrain. Maximum speeds on a windsurf board aren’t quite as fast as on a trike rocketing downhill though, but normal speeds on a high wind day are much faster … and, unlike a trike that I can ride anytime anywhere, windsurfing required two essential ingredients to have this much fun: 1) WATER 2) WIND. Without those, all one could do was sit on the beach and wait.
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The ultimate feet-per-mile climb on a trike:
Topping the crest of the Artist’s Drive loop, where the old road rises a whopping 1,123 vertical feet from the floor of Death Valley in only 3 miles! In low gear, I wondered if I’d ever make the top.
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Steve’s Books – click on book for additional information:
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