Okay, this one is not as well designed. With only the lateral retaining device at the front of the front tire, there is a distinct possibility that the rear tire and outrigger tire can leave the rail. When this designer rides away, notice how close the rear tread is to falling off the inside of the rail. If a rider wishes to ride the rails, please verify that the tracks are no longer in use by the vehicle for which they were designed. Also, there may be trespass issues to think about because this right-of-way may well still be owned by the original company that installed the tracks, not to mention liability issues when these rail riders miscalculate what their vehicles are capable of, and end up crashing. By the way, yes, these are trikes due to the third wheel used as the outrigger.
You may have noticed that the appearance of the Trike Asylum website has changed not too long ago, primarily obvious with the loss of the sidebar on the right-hand side of each website page. This change was instituted due to the increasing encroachment of several invasive advertisements that were unwanted by readers. Be that as it may, most of the website remains unaffected by this change. However, items like the Search Box, Email Followers Box, and the Stats Counter are no longer readily visible. Where did they go?
Well, fellow trike enthusiasts of Planet Earth, those items now appear at the very bottom of each Trike Asylum page. So, if you wish to search for a certain topic, you’ll now find the search box down there. If you wish to sign up for email updates of new postings, you’ll now find the sign up box down there. And if you wish to see how many crazy three wheeled folks have visited this website over the years, you’ll find the visitor counter down there too. Oh, and you will see an advertisement down there also, probably something from WordPress to get you to make your own website or blog, but that is minimal compared to what was occurring in the sidebar prior to this redesign.
There may be a few of you who also wonder where the info about my overland trike journeys, along with my trike books, is now located. Well, the page appears under the SteveStuff main menu item, and is at the top of that drop-down list. It is called “a BOOK & WEB list (stuff Steve wrote)” and it discusses my five cycling books, along with ten of my online internet websites. These books and websites are not all of my writings, but are the ones that may be of most interest to some of you. I know a number of you also have enjoyed Steve Newbauer’s great Tadpole Rider website, and have accessed it directly from Trike Asylum by clicking on the former sidebar link. The Tadpole Rider access point now appears under the More main menu item, and is the third choice from the top, called a TADPOLE RIDER blog.
Okay, get out there and do some pedaling! See ya’ …
Steve, janitorial supervisor (and pedal pusher)
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If you are searching for an immaculate fatrike in mint condition, with very few miles on it, this may be your lucky day. This custom trike is loaded with accessories, and is for sale from trike and bike veteran Rusty Knorr. Below are three photos of this beauty, but there are many more on his website, along with all the details of the trike, what it cost new, and the really reasonable sale price for anyone who wishes to buy it now. Essentially, it is a one-owner trike with super low mileage on it, originally purchased by a guy who wanted the best his money could buy, so this one will make any fat tire trike enthusiast quite happy, while saving a ton of money in the process. Here are some photos to whet your whistle:
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Here is a video of Rusty when he first received this trike from AZUB, showing him unboxing it:
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According to these tests, the Abus Granit eXtreme 59 is a noted winner. They are expensive however, showing up online for more than $200 US dollars.
Editor’s note: Having personally run an Aerospoke rear wheel on one of my own trikes, I would highly recommend not doing so (see articles elsewhere on this website). Other trikers have also reported significant issues with Aerospokes on a recumbent trike. Hostel Shoppe ceased to carry these wheels quite some time ago, and it is my understanding that the company is no longer in business. Other than that caveat, enjoy the rest of this trike!
First, it was a big mistake not taking my notebook computer on this trip. It is very difficult uploading and keeping track of duplicate files on Google Drive with a cell phone. Even with a computer it is difficult, but much easier to do with a mouse and full size screen. I have gone through my Google Drive and done my best to remove all the duplicate files. Live and learn.
We rode nearly 3,000 km or about 1,875 miles. This is an estimate as my original bicycle computer went missing one day and was not replaced for nearly two weeks after its loss. The original trip was to be 2,400 km or 1,500 miles, but when we came back into Thailand instead of going straight to Bangkok we decided to go south to Ban Phe, then to Rayong and from there we rode up towards Chonburi. After Chonburi we rode straight into Bangkok over to the new airport where we were picked up by the hostel we are staying in as riding in downtown Bangkok is a bit suicidal for anyone on a bicycle or tricycle.
Coming into Bangkok we had several days of rain and there were many places on the road we were using where it was flooded almost 12 inches deep which is not a lot of fun when you’re only sitting 6 in off the ground on a human powered recumbent tadpole tricycle. Had to pull the cell phone out put it in a plastic bag to plot a route around the flooded areas. The last 10 km into Bangkok to the airport were pure misery – it had been raining during that day and the unpaved roads were pits of mud. It was one of those things where we had no idea how long we were going to be fighting our way through the deep puddles and mud so I stopped and talked to a man just getting off a pickup taxi.
I asked him how far it was before the road got better. He told me it was only 2 km. I thanked him for the information, but kept thinking that most people do not have an accurate idea of a kilometer. Sometimes they mean 2 kilometers down the road and they tell you five hundred meters or vice a versa. Well I took a look at the old cycling computer and marked the point and damn of the old boy wasn’t right, in exactly 2 km we are back on asphalt. His estimate could not have been more accurate. I assume he must have ridden it every day on a motorcycle until he could no longer stand being covered in mud and had decided to take a taxi that day.
After arriving back at the hostel and resting a bit I took my ICE trike outside and took a stiff fiber brush to it and started scraping the mud from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam along with Thailand off of it down to what appeared to be paint. I am probably personally responsible for half of the organic pollution found in Bangkok that day. Just as I was finishing cleaning the trike I suddenly hear someone calling me by my Thai nickname and I looked up to see my two sister-in-laws standing in front of me saying hello. After putting the trike away and taking a shower Roger and I decided to go out with my two sister-in-laws and we had a nice dinner together and it turned out to be a really find meal. The restaurant was playing jazz music which appeals to Roger.
I have been thinking for some time about buying a Thai flute or Khlui. It is a fipple design flute with seven holes on top and one on the bottom. It has a greater range than the native American flute I am now playing, but is much harder to learn how to play. I have been watching a YouTube video called “Hidden Thailand” and the Khlui makers in Bangkok. My sister in laws along with me traveled over to these makers of Khluis’ where I purchased mine. I now know why the show is called “Hidden Thailand” as the shop was very difficult to find. It took us nearly an hour to find the shop in a little back alley of Bangkok. At this time the flute seems very “airy” and not producing good notes. I know so little about this type of flute I can’t tell if the flute is miss tuned or just my lack of knowledge in playing it. I can produce a few clean notes, but in all I am having a lot of trouble getting good clean sounds from it. I will most likely have to wait until I return to Thailand to find someone who knows how to play this instrument to tell me whether it is indeed out of tune or just my lack of knowledge. If indeed it needs to be tuned then that will be the time to have it done.
While in Bangkok at the end of the trip I decided to take a canal trip and then onto a river trip. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the east. Most of the canals once crossing through the city have been filled in for roads and buildings, but a few major canals are still used. The biggest to my knowledge is Saen Saeb which runs east/west through Bangkok. Large turbo diesel boats run along these canals daily under normal circumstances. During higher than normal water flows the boats are unable to use the canal due to low bridges not allowing passage. Most of the boats have roofs which can be lowered and was a bit of a surprise when the roof suddenly started dropping to allow us to pass under a bridge. Keep in mind that I sit rather tall in the saddle so when the top was lowered my head was scraping the canvas. All the boats have plastic side skirts which are attached to ropes and pulleys for the occupants to use. When you get two large boats moving quickly in opposite directions in confined spaces a real wake can be produced and a whole lot splashing. Riders sitting on either side of the boat near one of the pulleys have the job of grabbing a ring and pulling down on it until the plastic curtain is all the way up.
These curtains can not be left up permanently as passengers must enter and exit the boat from the sides, either left or right depending on the pier being used. So it is a sort of game getting the plastic skirts up in time to prevent being splashed and lowered so you can see and also allow passengers to enter or leave the boat. I have a Thai friend who warned me to be careful about getting on or off these boats during rush hour and yes there is a rush hour even on canals and boats. He said that the boats often barely touch the pier before the captain is back on the power, the turbo diesel spins up and away you go. I personally saw a few passengers still hanging onto the loading ropes half in the boat as it pulled away from the pier. For myself I think the captain slowed down enough to give me a chance to get on and off the boat in a reasonable amount of time. Must be the scared rooky look on my face as I flung myself onto the boat minding to keep a strong grip on the rope running the length of the boat. As the boat loads from either the right or left passengers slide down the bench seat which runs across the boats. These seats are polished smooth from all the bottoms that have slid across them over the years. This canal trip stopped at six piers the last one just a few hundred meters from the river which run through greater Bangkok north/south. You can see pictures and short videos of our “river trip” on the Chao Phraya river.
My sister in laws and I decided to go visit Wat Arun. Arun means “morning” and the temple is very beautiful in the morning as the sun rises. It just so happened that two rather rude and down right stupid people trying hard to become Instagram internet celebrities decided that Wat Arun was a place to go drop their pants, take video or pictures and post it on Instagram. Don’t bother looking for the videos as they have been taken down. Well they were dumb enough to have posted the videos before they left the country and I am betting you can see where this going. Their faces were posted at the airport and they were arrested while trying to leave the country. At this time they are only facing $150 fine and permanent restriction from every entering the country again. There is a group of people pushing for a stronger penalty and I hope it is imposed on these idiots. I do not understand what it is in peoples minds where they think that any stupid thought is OK to carry out without regard for others feelings. Personally I hope they get a stronger sentence, but most likely they will just be booted from the country with no hope of ever entering again.
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