steve riding Catrike 700

Low flying Catrike 700 at the beach, 2014

Hello fellow trike pilots!

Trike AvatarMy 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 nowadays I pedal the outback on an ICE Full Fat adventure trike.

Steve on TrikeHigh 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 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.

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. 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 these pages. Journey far!

See ya’ …

Your friend, steve greene, aka: trike hobo or the cosmic outlaw (wildsteve portal)

Trike Asylum / Galactic Headquarters: Planet Earth

Steve Greene is a naturalist, writer, and free spirit living on an amazing spherical orb circling a warming and life supportive thermonuclear star. He is a seeker of absolute truths in all things, willing to alter his belief models as circumstances suggest. His ideological foundation rests on the respect of life, sharing of peace, and living in the present moment, as he follows a path of health, serenity, and maximum functional longevity. Remaining mindfully aware of his sentient finiteness, Steve retains a mellow and happy outlook as he makes the most of his daily experiences. He is a bioform of the stars, woven into the cosmos.

How I got my start on recumbent tadpole tricycles … a while ago:

My 2014 spaceship, the awesome Catrike 700 speed machine, is a blast to ride!


Bigfoot and Trike Hobo

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.

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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:


Introduction to backcountry tricycle adventuring / 285 pages / 156 photos


Colorado Lawman sidebar

My life as a backcountry cop / 472 pages / 229 photos


BIOFORM sidebarA transforming philosophy of life / 335 pages / text only



Oregon Coast Bike Route tour guide / 320 pages / 360 photos



Personal trike adventures / 340 pages / 3 trike journeys / text only


How to tour on a trike cross country / 526 pages / 57 full-page photos


All about recumbent trikes / 740 pages / 450 illustrations


Encyclopedia & anthology of Death Valley National Park / 720 pages / text only


Desert diary of personal backcountry travels / 306 pages / photos

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Four websites about Steve’s trike travels: 

Sidebar PCTA Link


Bigfoot Hobo Triker SteveThe ICE Full Fat trike makes a great backcountry exploration vehicle!

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Learn more if you wish at wildsteve.wordpress.com (and buy a book to support a rogue trike hobo wanderer), For tricycle related questions, leave a comment on the Reader Talk page.


21 Responses to About

  1. Annie says:


    I was just thinking about you, and so I hopped onto Facebook looking for you, and you’ve disappeared. Hope all is well and you’ve been busy trike-ing around :)

    Whereabouts are you these days? Would love to meet up. Maybe I can drive to you and just have a coffee, or even a granola bar with yogurt. Miss chatting with you.

    Annie & Darcy

  2. Nipper says:

    Hi, Steve,

    I want to congratulate you on your site and its contents. This is, by far, the best site devoted to trikes on the Web! Your obvious passion for recumbent trikes is reflected in the contents and presentation of all things “trike.”

    I and my wife are confirmed trikers, having a pair of heavily customized and re-engineered, KMX X-Class trikes. Drop me a line, should you ever find yourself in Ottawa, capital city of Canuckistan, and we’ll be pleased to introduce you to some of the cycle paths.

    “Anything with less than 3 wheels belongs in the Dark Ages.”

    Best regards,


  3. Steve says:

    Hey Nipper,

    Thanks for the kind words my friend! I am honored that you are enjoying my rantings and ravings, and hope I can continue to keep it going for a long time. It is a lot of fun to put all this info out there in one convenient place for everyone. The time commitment is relatively heavy, especially in its original construction, and now in the new articles, but I really receive quite a bit of personal satisfaction in helping folks learn about things. I am currently working on a comprehensive article on trike touring, and hope to have it published on Trike Asylum within the next two weeks if all goes well. I just took off the last two months to hike and camp in several national parks in western America, so I didn’t get any work done during that time. Now, I have my work cut out for me!!

    I am also working on a new book I hope to have published by spring 2011 (keeping fingers crossed). It will be about human-powered recumbent tadpole trikes, a departure from my prior two books about Death Valley National Park. This will be new territory for me, but since I’m having so much fun with trikes, it seems a natural path. I may be soliciting some great trike stories from Trike Asylum readers in September, along with photos of their rigs. There are many ideas alive and well in my head. Which ones make it out to reality only time will tell. But, I’m a fairly determined guy at times, so I think this one will succeed.

    Thanks for the invite to Ottawa. Man, would I ever LOVE to take you up on that offer! Let’s keep in touch, for you never know what the future holds. How many miles from the central Oregon coast are your trike paths? How many days would it take me to pedal there on my Q? I have visited Canada on several occasions, and truly enjoy your northern neck of the woods. As a naturalist, I see things in a rather universal and Earthy way, as opposed to politicians who choose to divide and conquer.

    Seems like commentator Pat Buchannan had some laughs at your country’s expense with the Canuckistan comment. Here is what I found on Wikipedia about it: “”Soviet Canuckistan” is an epithet for Canada, used by Pat Buchanan on October 31, 2002, on his television show on MSNBC in which he denounced Canadians as anti-American and the country as a haven for terrorists. He was reacting to Canadian criticisms of US security measures regarding Arab Canadians.[3]

    “Buchanan has a history of unflattering references to Canada, having said in 1990 that if Canada were to break apart due to the failure of the Meech Lake Accord, “America would pick up the pieces.” He said two years after that “for most Americans, Canada is sort of like a case of latent arthritis. We really don’t think about it, unless it acts up.”[3]”

    Well anyway, enough of that political war mumbo jumbo. Email a photo or two of your trikes and the two of you on them and I’ll see about getting it on TA soon (in between my nonstop typing on the keyboard). By the way, your quote about the Dark Ages is awesome! You’re my kind of guy. I have to hit the sack. My eyes are slipping shut. Take care Nipper.

    Always Free on Three,
    “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space!”

  4. Hi Steve,

    really enjoying your site. A brilliant lessons learned resource for someone like me who’s just started out on the trike journey.

    Some of my experiences so far: http://kiw-e-trike.blogspot.com/

    Keep up the good work :-)


  5. Steve says:

    Hi Cliff,
    Thanks for the kudos! The whole reason behind Trike Asylum was to help newcomers, which I was myself in the not too distant past. My needs sparked the thought of making it easier for those who followed. Glad I can be of assistance … it makes all my efforts worthwhile! I’ll be checking out your link also. Take care, my new trike friend. – Steve

  6. Winston says:

    As an “about to be” first time trike owner at age 69 I wonder “new or used?” Price is the “driver” here. it would be useful to know what (for instance) did you pay for your 2007 ICE? What % of a new one was that? THANKS.

  7. Steve says:

    Hello Winston,
    I paid $1800 for my slightly used 2007 ICE Qnt tadpole trike. It was in near perfect condition. New, as outfitted by the first owner with a few pricey accessories, it was about $3100, so yes, there is quite a savings with acquiring a used trike that has been immaculately cared for. It came with a pannier and trunk rack over the rear wheel, which included a fender, front fenders, a cycling computer, mirror, and a custom water bottle holder (that the owner made, which holds 2 bottles in a very space effective manner). As with anything in life, purchasing used can save 40 to 50% at times. You can read more on about my rig on the “Steve’s ICE Qnt” page. I’d recommend checking out used trikes first, which also saves new material being consumed to make your trike.

  8. Ned Blake says:

    I’ve been receiving the Trike Assylum posts for almost a year now. Yesterday I bought my first trike (a Rover which despite it’s being an entry level trike is good for me — I have some form of MD and not a lot of money).

    I remember seeing instructions on buying the “Free on Three” patch; but now I can’t find it. Can you send the instructions to me please?

    I’m proud to get off my duff and back on the road.


  9. Steve says:

    Howdy Ned,

    Many people have written and asked about how to get that patch, so I have linked to it permanently on the website here. In the sidebar to the left of each Trike Asylum page is an image of the Free on Three patch. If you click once on that image, you will be taken to the motorcycle accessory website that sells those patches, the exact page even. You can get them in two sizes. I have the small one affixed to the rear of my seat mesh, but they have a bigger one if you want it. I affixed mine with permanent “shoe goo” type adhesive, which, unlike silicone adhesive that can be removed, is there for life. When I laundered my seat mesh recently, all the sweat and grime that had built up in the patch also washed away, and now it’s like new again. By the way, congratulations on your acquisition of a Rover. My sister also has one, so I have been able to get some time on it. I think it is a very well made trike that will serve you well. I am impressed with the quality. Compared to my indirect steering on the Q, the Rover steers very quickly, and due to the geometry, can steer so sharply that care must be exercised when turning to any extreme. Of course, you get used to that. My sister loves her Rover, and has adapted to the ultra quick and tight steering on it.


  10. Dave Beedon says:

    The more I read about your travels and learn about the true nature of trike transportation, the more I am convinced that a trike is in my future. You’re the best trike ambassador I know (you’re also the only one I know). :-)

  11. jalexartis says:

    Hello Steve, I am James [jalexartis] and the creator/former owner of the Catrike 700 you call Phantom. We know it as Silk. I write extensively about it in my Cycling Experiences Blog and have many photos in my Flickr account. The picture you show is mine. I comment here because comments are off for the Phantom article. Thanks for your interest. –jim

  12. Steve says:

    Hi Jim!

    Thanks for writing, my friend. I appreciate the response. Yesterday I located your Flickr account with the assistance of another reader, and was thrilled to see all the wonderful photos you have of Silk there. I have scheduled a post to appear on TA about Silk on January 25, which shows one of your night photographs, along with a link to your website so readers can see all the great pics you have there. See ya’ …


  13. Charles Huss says:

    Hi Steve. I recently finished your book, Free on Three, and wanted to mention how much I enjoyed it. I also wanted to say that you have a great writing style and I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

  14. Steve Greene says:

    Thanks Charles! I appreciate your comment. You may also enjoy The Overland Triker book if you have an interest in cross country trike touring. Later this coming fall, I will be posting all the media from the upcoming Pacific Coast trip, which will be found at http://trikephantoms.wordpress.com
    See ya’ …

  15. Kim Rowe says:

    Hey Steve, Thanks for the plug! I am working hard to bring everyone some great bicycling entertainment… and hopefully get someone that does not ride to RIDE and have as much fun as we you.
    bicycle trail review.com

  16. Steve Greene says:

    You are welcome Kim! That is a cool site you have, and my readers are enjoying it. steve

  17. Todd says:

    Not sure if this is the correct place for this, but I was unable to contact you at you’re .net e-mail address. In response to you’re message, Recumbent Retreat on-line registration for 2014 is open. We would love for you to join us.

  18. Trike Hobo says:

    Hi Todd,
    I’ll send you an email. I changed the address recently. Thanks for getting in touch.

  19. Glenn Frank says:

    hey steve… was not sure if I found an email address that would work to contact you. so I am posting here too. Glenn

  20. Trike Hobo says:

    Okay Glenn, got it! Thanks.

  21. Hey Steve. Hope you are well. Being the connoisseur of trikes i thought i would say hello. I am about to start a 5 year journey around the world from my Expat Home in Ningbo China all the way back to the USA. If you are interested i would love to share my trip with you. Im super excited. I have a loaded Scorpion fs to take me around, and i will be making a lot of videos. Just thought you might be interested, as i have been interested in your site for good information.

    One question, due to the amount of stuff i am taking, i chose to add a Nomad trailer. Have you had success with this? I wonder if it may not be rugged enough for the distances i plan to travel.

    website: http://www.jayoe.com
    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaYoeLife
    A little article about the trip: http://jayoe.com/press-article-in-the-ningbo-focus-magazine/

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