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Let’s visit the HP Velotechnik website!

What is HP Velotechnik offering for 2019? Well, let’s find out …


ICE Adventure with Shimano Steps E6100 … at the Hostel Shoppe

Learn more HERE, and if you like it, order one while you’re at it (they ship to your door).

TerraTrike Rambler E.V.O. Bosch

HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26: folding, and electric assisted

From Hostel Shoppe come these informative presentations:

For detailed information, click HERE.

The extreme Azub Ti-Fly X – for jaunts into the Wild Side of things!


Ti-FLY X is so much different from any other trike that it simply defines a new category for itself. It’s a real SUV among trikes. It’s much more agile than clumsy fat trikes. Both the front suspension and rear shock offer a great amount of travel. The trike boasts great ride quality on tarmac as well as on rough terrain and is ready for various adjustments. Three 26“ wheels provide for a higher seat position and great riding ability through difficult sections of your route. Ti-FLY X offers an exceptional view on the road and extreme fun in rough terrain. We would also choose this trike for a long expedition throughout the continents.

Full suspension combined with 26″ wheels. That’s what makes our Ti-FLY X a unique machine calling for long rides that will soon become extreme. And it doesn’t really matter what you call extreme – it may be the distance cycled on a paved road, the roughness of terrain or the amount of endorphin that you produce during the ride. You can say from the first look that Ti FLY X is a special vehicle. It unites in itself all our innovative designs, our passion for traveling and love for off-road fun. Basically, it’s a synonym for extreme cycling in all its forms.

Designing the “X” was a real hoot for us. We have added some cutting-edge options to the already well-known innovations that include the Syntace wide rear hub with solid axle and revolutionary titanium front suspension. Ti-FLY X can now be equipped with wide 26×3″ plus-size tires, modern 1×12 SRAM Eagle shifting with 10-50 teeth cassette and optionally with the exceptional, high-performing Shimano Steps E8000 drive that we use as the only recumbent bike manufacturer.



A new series, visiting different recumbent trike manufacturer websites, begins in this presentation with the Catrike website for 2019. See what USA-made Catrike has available to you:

Azub T-Tris 26 and Ti-Fly 26

Learn more about these Azub trikes at the Hostel Shoppe website HERE.

Trying to Repair my Recumbent Trike in North Vietnam

Want a trike? Want to save some money? No shipping?

Hostel Shoppe is having yet another sale on trikes! I have been buying from Hostel Shoppe since 2009, and am confident to say that their service and products have always been top-notch. I even did a return once on a very expensive trike fairing, and it was hassle-free all the way. These folks are the real deal, will offer you a great deal, and will deal with you in a courteous and fair manner. This has been my experience with them since the start. And Jessie Bostic, the gal who helped me in most of my purchases through the years, is still there! Jessie knows her stuff, and is always able to answer most any trike question. She has outfitted me in trike gear custom configured to get just what I wanted, and all the gals there have always made sure I got what I wanted.

Rolf and Barb Garthus are the owners of this long-standing and very reputable establishment, and make it a point to ensure that every customer, even those who live way out west across the country like me, are 100% satisfied with their purchases. Rolf has an interesting story about how he got into recumbents in the first place, and how Hostel Shoppe got its start. Here is what he has to say:

“As I entered my forties, biking on my road bike was really starting to hurt. Sore neck, back, butt and hands were causing me to do shorter rides and ride less often.  At a dealer bike show in Chicago about 25 years ago, I saw a recumbent bike and immediately ordered one. After a short time getting used to the balance and handling I was hooked. I thought, “Wow, this is a better way to ride and I need to tell people about this.” At that moment, the Hostel Shoppe recumbent business was born. 

“At the time I trained for Nordic ski racing, running races and triathlons with a group of friends. I was about to become the only one on a recumbent. It was pleasantly surprising to me that I was able to keep up with them on my recumbent bicycle. I couldn’t use the recumbent in the Triathlons but I didn’t do many of them anyway.

“Then the real fun started. Adventures that I thought I couldn’t do because of road bike discomfort became very enjoyable. Century rides became common place and 200 mile weekends were not uncommon. Riding halfway across Wisconsin became an enjoyable adventure.

“On a recumbent bike, my annual biking mileage has been about double what it was on my road bike when I was much younger. Barb and I distribute our riding time between our Volae recumbent bikes, recumbent trikes and our Volae recumbent tandem.  For both of us recumbent bikes and trikes are a better way to ride.  

“Our mission is to introduce everyone to the healthy and enjoyable sport of recumbent cycling and to provide recumbent buyers with exceptional service and the best possible choices in recumbent bikes and accessories.

“We take pride in the fact that we ride recumbents thousands of miles each year. Servicing and selling recumbents is a daily part of our business. Extensive experience riding, servicing and selling recumbents helped us choose the best recumbents and accessories to present in this web site, in our store and in our catalog.

“Put our extensive experience to work for you to make sure you choose the right recumbent the first time.”   – Rolf

So, to get back to the sale mentioned in the title of this post, if you are looking for a trike, now’s the time to get one delivered right to your door! On some floor demo trikes, you can save about a thousand dollars. They are slightly used for demonstration rides of store customers, but are in excellent condition. If you want a brand spanking new trike, you can save on average a couple hundred dollars on Azubs, Catrikes, ICE, Greenspeeds, HP Velotechniks, and TerraTrikes. They even have some free shipping deals to offer you. Can’t beat that. If you are a recumbent biker instead of a triker, Rolf and the gang have some Volae bikes available too. So now is your chance to cash in a ride out!

Tell ’em Steve over at Trike Asylum sent ya’ and see if it makes any difference (I sure can’t promise a thing, but hey, won’t hurt to try to get a few more dollars kept in your own pocket, right? ;-)

Okay, here is the link to the sale pages: Click HERE! Or, the link below:

They know how to have fun over at Hostel Shoppe!

Trike Hobo’s personal advice regarding recumbent trike pedals

I’ve learned a lot over the years in the seats of a recumbent tadpole trikes, with some of my hardest lessons coming from my long distance road trips. In my book The Overland Triker, which was revised in 2017, I talk at length about pedals and how they affect the rider during extended outings and/or hard pushing. In fact, one of the reasons I updated the book was to provide new pedal information, because I was still learning what worked best for me when I wrote the original edition of the book back in 2012. Lessons take time to sink in!

the revised 2017 edition

Something that plagued me from the start of my recumbent trike riding was nerve compression syndrome, what is commonly referred to by many riders as hot spots, a condition where the forefeet feel increasingly hot, achy, tingly, and downright uncomfortable. As a recumbent trike rider, I gradually found increasingly better solutions to this nagging and potentially permanent problem, to the point where I virtually eliminated it, but it took a lot of personal road time and judgment miscalculations over the years to reach that point. I had advice from other riders on what to do, so I tried different things, and experimented with what made logical sense to me. I was highly motivated on this front because after my first overland trike journey in 2009, I was seriously wondering if I had done permanent damage. It took a couple of weeks of specific foot and toe exercises while feet-up on a recliner to reach a place where my feet felt normal again.

That is when I started studying NCS, and realized that I had better take it seriously if I wanted to have normal and healthy feet for the rest of my life, not to mention continuing to take long trike treks over hill and dale. My personal evolution with pedals, shoes, and pedaling techniques had begun. I knew I wanted to share my experiences and mistakes with others so they would not suffer the dreaded hot spots, so I wrote about it, but my writing evolved right along with my newly acquired road experiences. This meant that older writings were reflecting thoughts that were still in the evolutionary phase, and would be potentially changing over time (thus the book revision mentioned earlier).

So, the purpose of this post today is to offer what I think I have finally figured out: the final word from the brain of Trike Hobo. I want to provide some final advice to all my triking buddies out there. One thing that helped me to see that recumbent trikes required careful pedal consideration is that since the fall of 2017, I’ve been riding bicycles, those age-old upright things that many in the recumbent trike realm always belittle. On the two bicycles I have owned, I have never suffered from NCS, those ugly hot spots that cause so much agony to recumbent trikers who ride cross country, or take really strenuous rides regionally or locally. I’m free of NCS on bikes, oh the joy!

I’m not going to go into all the physical attributes of how and why the nerves are compressed, or talk about pedaling style solutions here in this post, as I’ve written reams of words on those topics already, which you can read on this website and in my books if you wish. Today, I simply want to make a dramatic, and perhaps dogmatic, statement of personal pedal belief that I feel will make a huge difference for you (assuming you have hot spot issues). By the way, if you are interested in learning more about my triking books, click HERE.

Okay, enough rambling background information here. I shall now make the Royal Declaration on pedals, which, unlike in a monarchy where declarations must be followed under penalty, you are free to disregard if you wish. The following is simply my opinion based on thousands of miles out on the road, nothing more. And I am sure there are other riders with the same or even far more mileage under their belts who will have different opinions. But I speak for me, so here is what “me” says to you:

Do NOT use those small “clipless” pedals that are nothing more than the binding mechanism housed in a minimalist metal frame! I used these for many hundreds of arduous miles before I figured out they were a REALLY BIG part of my nerve compression syndrome agony. Sure, shoes have to also be considered, along with pedaling style, but at the foundational level are the pedals because that is where you experience the extreme pressure of moving your human powered vehicle down the highway. In my book, I even mathematically figure PSI numbers to dramatically demonstrate the damage done to the forefeet on long trips with the wrong pedals.

here is the pedal type NOT to use:

These minimal pedals allow you to clip into the binding mechanism, which is really important on a recumbent trike for long distance riders, but the minimal design is for mountain biking because it keeps mud and debris from collecting in the pedals for off-road riders. But, this tiny contact area delivers MASSIVE amounts of pressure to the forefeet nerves, which ends up damaging the nerves, and can become permanent nerve damage if ignored. Who wants to have tingly, achy, and painful feet all their days?

So, yes, you want what is commonly referred to (counter-intuitively, I might add) as a clipless pedal, which allows you to be bound to the pedal like a skier is bound to the skis, but you definitely don’t want the tiny surface area under your forefeet! These things pound into your forefeet like merciless jackhammers over the endless miles, crushing the delicate nerves. A solid hard-sole shoe helps with this a considerable amount, such as the SIDI Dominator 5 that I used, but still, why not do ALL you can to help your foot nerves rather than just go partway? Remember, we are talking about recumbent trikes here, where the feet are at a gravitational disadvantage with the heart, thus the NCS problem in the first place!

the SIDI Dominator 5

My advice for the best pedal type solution is a platform pedal with the binding cleats. This allows you to be bound to the pedal, but at the same time it distributes the contact pressure out to a much larger area of the forefoot, which GREATLY minimizes any chance of NCS. If you are using a hard sole shoe as recommended, AND the platform “clipless” pedal with the binding mechanism, you stand the best chance of never having hot spots on a recumbent (and this is further reinforced if your pedaling style is refined by experience).

here is the pedal type TO use (example only, as there are many other brands also available):

notice the binding mechanism is the same as the tiny pedals, but it has the huge platform surrounding it

another example of a platform pedal, with a smaller platform:

the larger the platform, the better (the one pictured above is fairly small)

The larger the platform, the greater the pressure distribution on the forefeet, thus the lesser the chance for nerve compression syndrome (NCS). The Shimano pedal shown above will be easier on your shins when you smack one accidentally into your pedal when parked and walking around your trike (I’ve done it, and still have a scar to prove it), but it’s not quite as effective at preventing potential NCS as the larger platform. Okay, that’s about it from my brain! I ride a bike now with platform pedals, and never have NCS issues, so I’m happy as a lark. Oh, and my platform pedals on the bike are not “clipless” as is critical on a long distance trike to keep the feet from accidentally falling off the pedal. These days, I can simply use my Asics running shoes to ride if I desire, which is nice, and even with them, I have no hot spots! If I were to have worn the Asics shoes on a trike, my feet would have been annihilated, and I’d be hobbling around like an old decrepit man.





The little pedals are nice from a trike theft standpoint perhaps, but your foot health is much more important!


ICE Trikes Sale at Hostel Shoppe – Free Shipping – Save Hundreds!

Here’s a chance to save big on an ICE trike if you’ve been wanting one, and get free shipping right to your front door. These will likely go quickly, so don’t put off your desire. Ya’ know ya’ want one, right? So click the pic, or call ’em toll free instantly for immediate gratification!

3201 John Joanis Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Phone: (715) 341-BIKE (2453) or (715) 341-4340
Toll-Free (USA): (800) 233-4340
Fax: (715) 341-7414

Toll-Free (USA): (800) 233-4340

Trike Hobo Infomercial – get ready for the “hard-sell” (not really; it’s soft-sell rated)

Hey, a hobo has to eek out a living however he can, right? So, here’s a plug for stuff that benefits yours truly, haha. It’s just five minutes long, so the pain will be over quickly ;-)   PS: This is my first ever attempt at live computer screen and sound capture for video.

Click HERE to visit Steve’s new IRON VEGAN YouTube channel.

Click HERE to visit Steve’s Trike Asylum design shop.

Click HERE to visit Steve’s IRON VEGAN design shop.

HP Velotechnik, my Recumbent Trike and the Mystery Box

The latest from our world triking hero Matt Galat tells all about what led up to his world triking tour, how it started, his problems with the ride, and his budding relationship with HP Velotechnik. If you are interested in hearing the JaYoe! story all wrapped up in a mini nutshell, and seeing what’s inside this big box, then this is the presentation for you! Let’s go! Oh, and you’re gonna’ LOVE the segment here where his daughter’s talk is translated with subtitles!! It’s so cute and absolutely precious!! Watch now …

Cateye Rapid X2 Lights – presented by Jessie Bostic

Stay safe with the new, brighter Cateye Rapid X2 lights. These lights are great for day or night and catch the attention of motorists. They also work great on a flagpole on a recumbent bike or trike, getting the light up high for better visibility.

– 6 modes
– 80 lumen tail light and 140 lumen headlight
– Mounts on tubes 12mm to 32mm in diameter
– USB rechargeable

Get these Cateye Rapid X2 lights at Hostel Shoppe online HERE.

Ten tips for riding a recumbent trike up big hills, by Matt Galat!

Matt is working his tail off, both in producing all these cinematic updates, as well as pedaling his fully laden HP Velotechnik Scorpion up some gigantic, non-ending, formidable mountains (he calls ’em hills). Here is the latest from our world adventuring triking hero:

Follow Matt at for all the latest, in case I miss something (I’m staying pretty engaged with my new YouTube channel, so I’m not always on top of everything).

Trike Hobo’s new YouTube channel, for bodybuilding health and fitness fanatics

Happy New Year everyone out there in recumbent tricycle land!

It’s a new year, and I’m involved in a new endeavor online. Seems like I just can’t help myself, always getting into something new and exciting, and further stretching my finite time commitments (and this new project involves even more computer time, but I’m still getting in my ten hours of physical exercise weekly, keeping fitness at a high priority ;-)

This new channel is called: IRON VEGAN, Bodybuilding for Health and Longevity. On it, I’ll be talking about all kinds of things that happen to scurry through my aging mind now and then (so far, I’ve been successful at keeping dementia at bay, and maybe this new surge of brain activity for me will further lengthen my thinking years). Anyway, I’ll post my new channel’s Mission Statement below, a short five minute movie that briefly discusses the motivation behind this new channel, to share with others my thoughts on living long and finishing strong through bodybuilding, regular exercise, herbivorous eating, sufficient sleep, adequate hydration, and other important factors that contribute to maximum vibrant health and fully functional longevity.

My Prime Directive in life has long been living long and finishing strong, meaning that I intend on living long, but NOT in an assisted living facility for years like many family, friends, an strangers typically do in this country. I’ve seen much unnecessary suffering during my life that results from people not taking care of their bodies well, leaving them in decrepit and extremely unhealthy states of existence, and often leading them to very early graves. The “finish strong” portion of my Prime Directive means that the goal is to check out of life in a vibrant and fully functional state of being, not in a frail and helpless state of being, which is sadly all too typical in the wealthier countries on Earth, where rich living paradigms lead to laziness and ill health.

You might say that I am an advocate for health, fitness, and maximum functional longevity, and you’d be right. Most folks lose their lives years, and even decades, sooner than would have been the case had they taken care of their bodies through healthy eating, living, and regular life-long exercise. My own dad died at 57 years of age (I’m soon to enter my 69th year). I’ve been doing this trike riding and reporting since 2009, for ten years, but I began my bodybuilding lifestyle back in 1968 in response to a high school bully who haunted and taunted me for those four teenage years. It was an ongoing negative set of incidents that got me into bodybuilding, but that soon morphed into a very positive way of living that is lasting me a lifetime. My experience and expertise in bodybuilding, health, fitness, and longevity far exceeds my knowledge in recumbent trikes (been doing it for more than five times longer).

If you are interested in hearing discussions that may make a difference in how long you exist as a human on the planet, this new channel might be for you, although my hunch, based on knowing the common human mindset that is prevalent in my social order, is that followers of Iron Vegan will be far and few between. The way I see it, being one who loves to assist others with physical fitness goals (used to own Globe Gym in southern California), this new channel will be a perfect fit for my thoughts and directions. I’m not out to ram anything down anyone’s throat, being pretty low key and easy going, but on Iron Vegan, I will be getting right to the point on issues. Life is too short to mince too many words, but I will attempt to keep it as mellow as I can, considering what’s at stake (people’s very lives).

As I write this post on January 19, 2019, there are nine subscribers to the new channel, a far cry from the number here on Trike Asylum. Of course, it took years for Trike Asylum to really get going as it has, so perhaps Iron Vegan will follow the same path. I am finding so far that setting up my camera and talking in my home fitness center is a quick and very efficient manner of expressing lots of ideas in a short amount of time, compared to typing articles for websites and writing manuscripts for books, as I’ve been doing now since 2006. I will not be setting up a corresponding website to the new YouTube channel, as I have done with recumbent tricycles, choosing not to duplicate my efforts, and also choosing to save my eyes from the strain of typing for hours, days, weeks, and years. Filming is more of an active physical method of sharing than writing, which is passive and slow.

So, if you check all this out and find it to be something of interest, please consider subscribing to the new Iron Vegan channel and supporting the movement to better our physical conditions and live longer, healthier, and happier lives in the process. All are welcome to attend, and as always, at no cost other than the time of watching the talks. Click HERE to visit my new IRON VEGAN channel on YouTube.

Here is my intro movie:

Thank you for supporting Trike Asylum all these years! It has meant a lot to me, knowing that my incessant yakking brings some level of enjoyment to others. See ya’ …

Steve, the Trike Hobo (and now also the Iron Hobo – HOBO being an acronym for: Herbivorous Organic Biofit Organism). Learn how to be an Iron Hobo on IRON VEGAN! Hope to see ya’ there, continuing our media producer/viewer relationship for more years to come.

This is the gym I owned in the 1980s. I’m kneeling in the center at the barbell (black beard).

The benefits of Schwalbe Marathon PLUS cycling tires!

Courtesy of Hostel Shoppe comes this short video by Jessie Bostic:

Learn more at the Hostel Shoppe website HERE.

Hostel Shoppe, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Kinetic “Road Machine” fluid cycle trainer up for grabs …

This post will be for a limited number of cyclists, both bicyclists and tricyclists, because this unit for sale must be picked up by the buyer. I’ll post a video below that shows this Kinetic trainer being set up and in action, along with my impressions of it. I am selling the trainer, which has only two hours of use (two one-hour riding sessions). It is perfect condition. On my last check this past October, the unit new on the Kinetic website was $339, on Amazon was $329, but I got it for $255 in October 2018. My trainer came directly from the Kinetic company, and the reason for the lower price is that it was a factory-refurbished trainer. Factory-refurbished units from companies are virtually indistinguishable from their new counterparts. My trainer arrived with no issues at all, not even any imperfections in the paint. Essentially, it was a brand new $339 cycling trainer that I got for $255.

Anyway, I am selling it because I have found, after two sessions on it, that I want a more full-body cardio workout on my cardio days when it’s raining outside. This Kinetic trainer certainly does as expected, but I wish to work my upper body as vigorously as my lower body. I realized this might be an issue for me going into this, but figured that since I already have a great bicycle, why not get an affordable fluid trainer and hook it up. Well, for me, riding a trainer lacks the balance of riding out on the road, lacks the full body interactions I enjoy, and does not challenge my upper body, simple as that. Sure, I could get on it and get a quality cardio workout in 30 minutes, but I’m not a cycling fanatic that wishes to get my exercise like that, which for me is actually somewhat boring (tried listening to the radio to give my mind something to do).

But, all that said, which seems like I’m providing plenty of ammunition for someone NOT to buy it, for those of you who are into this type of cardiovascular working out, it may be just the ticket you’ve been seeking. One man’s cup of tea is another man’s Pepto Bismal. The two times I used this Kinetic “Road Machine” fluid trainer, I was on a bicycle, but I see no reason at all why it would not work just as well with a recumbent tricycle. In fact, I’m convinced it would be fine with either bike or trike. I found that the riser block for the front tire is an optional accessory really, not necessary, but nice for precisely leveling the cycle. The rear tire, when in the trainer, is not very far off the ground, so the bike or trike is not pointing down in front to any noticeable degree. On a bicycle, the riser block does stabilize the front wheel to a certain extent, but on a recumbent tricycle I can’t see that it would be necessary. If a triker had this trainer, you would need a second riser block (available directly from Kinetic) if you wanted the front end up an extra inch or so, or you could simply not use any riser blocks at all.

Gee, I’m beginning to write a book here, so I better put on the brakes. If anyone is interested in this essentially perfect and new training unit, you’ll get a great price, which I will turn around and put towards a full-body exercise unit of some nature (not bicycle related). I paid $255 and used it twice. Your price will be $175 ($164 less than new on the Kinetic website), but, as noted at the beginning of this post, you’ll have to come and get it. Its high quality construction and parts equate to a heavy parcel, and since I did not retain the original box and molded Styrofoam padding, it would be quite difficult and expensive to attempt to mail this trainer (which, in its slightly smaller folded state is rather awkward to carry or pack). I just do not have the time to deal with such things, and that is why I say this sale will be for someone in the region who can stop by and pick it up themselves.

Okay, below is my video on this exact Kinetic “Road Machine” fluid cycling trainer for anyone who may be interested in having this unit. If ya’ want it, contact me via email at: ironvegan at gmx dot com. Thanks for your patience in reading all this! See ya’ …

January 2019: Where is Matt Galat now? Where’s his trike?

December 18, 2018, Matt was doing this on his trike:

Now, the first part of January 2019, here is what he is up to:


A Trooper’s Christmas Eve

I’m sharing this short non-trike related poem presentation simply because the feeling that overwhelmed me while watching it was so intense that I felt others might also come away with a warmed heart and a sense of the goodness inherent within most humans. Having performed this type of work for many years, and actually experiencing a snowy winter holiday situation quite similar to the one you are about to see here, my relationship with this Christmas story is exceptionally close. This presentation moved me, and perhaps it will also move you. Merry Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful holiday season! PS: Have a tissue handy …