Website header image (above): Ed Wade on a Catrike 700 in Oregon’s Coast Range
Low flying Catrike 700 at the beach, 2014
Hello fellow trike pilots!
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 nowadays pedal the hinterlands on a ICE Full Fat backcountry adventure trike.
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.
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!
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.
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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
My life as a backcountry cop / 472 pages / 229 photos
Oregon Coast Bike Route tour guide / 320 pages / 360 photos
Personal trike adventures / 340 pages / 3 trike journeys / text only
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Four websites about Steve’s trike travels:
The ICE Full Fat trike makes a great backcountry exploration vehicle!
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RESPECT LIFE – SHARE PEACE – LIVE NOW