Reader Items

Here you will feast your head on photos and narrative from Trike Asylum readers. As always, there is no order to anything. It is chaotic, much like some of us view life. It may be updated sporadically. For whatever it’s worth to you, here is something to spend your time reviewing.

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Alonzo Savage:

Seat Comfort for the bum:

October 1, 2013

Hi Steve,

Glad the PCTA went OK’ish but a shame that David had to drop out so soon.

Anyway for your readers curiosity I’ve attached a couple of pic’s of my route to more seat comfort.

From the outset of riding my ICE ‘T’ I found that being a bit broad in the beam the seat frame tube tended to dig into my bones after a long ride. Well you know me by now, I had to find a solution. It came in the form of foam pipe insulation use by folks over here to prevent frozen water pipes.

Experience has shown that it needs replacing on the trike seat after about twelve months by which time it has worn through. Depends how much you wriggle about and how far you ride. It’s inexpensive to buy and is affixed using gaffer tape, dead simple and the job can be done in less than 30 minutes.

One picture shows the old pipe lagging and the second one the replacement foam.

Happiness is a freshly lagged seat and a long ride on a warm, windless day.

Trike on folks,


P.S. Maybe if you plan to buy an ICE you should come over with the Q, do a trade in and take the new one back to avoid import duty. One trike out, one trike back. Or just get one now whilst the government departments are closed. And I thought WE had a bunch of crackpots in charge.


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His first overland attempt – July 2013

From British TA reader Alonzo Savage comes this tale of his recent trek on his trike, fully loaded to test his gear and personal mettle. Here is his story and photos (notice he is running the Arkel pannier system):

Hi Steve,
On Wednesday this last week I managed to get away on my trike with my camping gear on board.  The plan was to travel 70 miles to my sister’s place in the Lake District over the course of three days with two overnight camps.  33 miles on day 1, 22 miles day 2 and 15 miles on day 3.  These are guesstimate distances and could be short of reality.
The problem proved to be the heat 28 degrees C, way over my limit and that of many other redheads.
In spite of refuelling with water and food, after 22 miles I was struggling and had to abandon my plan to do another 11 miles to my target campsite.  Fortunately another campsite was close by and I did the sensible thing by checking in there.
After cooling down under the shade of a tree by my pitch I unloaded my tent and erected it without any problems.  More cooling down then preceded the unloading of the remainder of my gear and the setting up of my base for the night.  Thursday was forecast to be even hotter so after a phone call home it was decided that I return home the next day and try again when the weather cooled some.  It’s kind of rough when one waits for the weather and home situations to allow you to go on a trip only for the sun to show its face with max intensity.
Thursday saw me up at 5 AM then wash, breakfast and dismantling camp ready for the road home by 7 AM.
Not a roaring success, but my health was paramount if I’m going to go on future trips, and I shall though I do need to find a more comfortable sleeping mat to support my old bones, 3.8 cm of cushioning isn’t enough.  I guess the Cal coast route will be even hotter so I wish you well.
I’ve attached a few of pic’s that might be of interest.

Alonzo Savage:

A solution to carrying two trikes on one small car

Alonzo Trike Rack 2 Alonzo Trike Rack 1

Fabricated utility pole

Alonzo's Light Pole Alonzo's Light Pole

Cargo arrangement

Alonzo's Touring Bags Alonzo's Touring Bags

SIDI shoe modification – putting standard soles on MTB shoes

(this was done because the standard soles are somewhat unstable for walking)

Read Alonzo’s explanation in the Comment section below.

Alonzo Sidi 4 Alonzo Sidi 6 Alonzo Sidi 5 Alonzo Sidi 1 Alonzo Sidi 2 Alonzo Sidi 3

Steve Newbauer

New Catrike frame (first one cracked)

Steve Newbauer Catrike


11 Responses to Reader Items

  1. Dave Beedon says:

    Alonzo, I like your light/flag post. Good work.

  2. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Thanks Dave, it’s made up from two old seatposts joined by means of a couple of those spring clip buttons that join larger tent poles. Just spare bits I had hanging about.

  3. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Explanation on the above photo’s and the methods involved available on request.

  4. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Since my last post Steve Greene has asked that I write up some sort of explanation of the above pictures. I know he is very pressed for time so I’m happy to do this.
    I bought the Sidi Dominator shoes on advice from Steve but we have both found problems with the narrowness of the heel studs plus they tend to be rather slippery on wet or damp surfaces. To hack lumps off a pair of £185 shoes takes a bit of courage but it had to be done.
    Since I had a new hip fitted last year my right leg is shorter than my left. It was before the operation and it’s even more so now. You’d think that surgeons could measure but no, so one heel piece on the shoes is a bit thicker than
    the other. If you’ve not got the tools for this job then any decent shoe repair shop should be capable of doing it. So how was it done?
    I cut off the heel studs with a fret saw/coping saw (don’t know the US term).
    Then using my belt sander I skimmed off the remaining bits of the studs so that I had
    a flat surface. I cut heel pieces from shoe rubber sole material purchased at a shoe
    repair shop. As I’m into making wooden toys I have a small band-saw that made
    this job easy. Next I applied impact glue to the rubber and to the heel of the shoe.
    I clamped the shoe in a vice using a block of wood as packing on the inside of the
    shoe. The left shoe, my second attempt, is neater than the right but who’s going to notice? In use the modified heels work really well making walking much easier and I’ve since added a small piece of rubber just behind the front studs which is also an improvement. The Dominator shoes are superb and reduce/stop hot spots in my feet so with the mod’s I’m good to go; it’s just a shame that America is so far away costwise otherwise I’d be on Steve’s next ride.
    The workshop door sign incidentaly was a gift from my two little grandsons. You can imagine how much help they can be. I’ve fit tracker location sensers to all my handtools.
    Steve has created a new page on touring and cargo loading. My panniers are Arkel R60’s and the rack bag is by Carradice, a UK firm local to me. The black bag on the side is a Gelert dry sack fof whatever to which I’ve added a couple of strap loops to stop any chance of the bag slipping out of the straps. Again I’ve used impact glue on pieces of standard strap webbing. The loops don’t take any weight or strain and by not sewing them onto the dry bag it retains its waterproof integrity.
    I hope this info’ is of use to some of you.
    Alonzo L Savage, one happy if slightly old and worn out trike pilot.

  5. We need to find a way to get Vibram’s toe shoes to make some clip shoes. It would really alleviate the chances of hot spots while riding. Because it’s as if you’re rising barefoot.

  6. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Vibram seem to make some naturally stylish shoes unlike most other cycle footwear.
    However, I’m of the same opinion as Steve i.e. the most important part is a very stiff sole and in that respect Sidi do the job. The riding comfort is somewhat offset by the walking wobbliness although you can modify them. If you find what might be a better solution let us all know. Meantime, happy triking.

  7. Well for one they should make one with a stiffer sole, but the the same toe set up as the basic Vibram. The reason I think something like this would be preferable. Would be that it would most likely benefit the soles of the foot. In that it would elevate hot spots. In fact a few of the models that they have. Do actually have decent ankle support. I know this this through experience.

  8. Glen Aldridge says:

    Hi Alonzo, I have a life changing question for you – What exactly is a Gaffer? Inquiring minds need to know. We have Masking, Electrical, Packing, Duct & Scotch Tape but to the best of my knowledge we don’t have any Gaffer Tape. :)

  9. tadpolerider says:

    When I bought my trike in 2009 the dealer put foam pieces (same as you are talking about … pipe insulation) on my seat frame for me during setup. It worked (helped) for awhile, but the foam didn’t hold up at all to such an application. After a little while I was right back where I started except I had a bunch of foam pieces on the seat frame which was of no help anymore. I removed them and then put new pieces on. They didn’t last long either. I don’t know if there is anything else which could be used which would hold up better.

  10. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    Hi Glen, Gaffer tape is just an English name for what you call duct tape I think.
    Not sure where it originates, maybe the boss or gaffer gave someone some tape and it from then on it just stuck.

  11. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    Hi Steve N. Apologies for not answering your question sooner. We’ve found the pipe foam to be OK and renew it maybe every six months. It’s inexpensive and the hole in the middle fits easily around the frame.
    An alternative could be a noodle but that would need splitting and hollowing out a bit which could be awkward. I’m currently planning to use part of one on my modified neck rest so I’ll keep you posted.

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