Reader Talk

Well, here’s your chance to sound off about anything you would like to share with the triking world of Planet Earth. If it involves human powered recumbent tadpole tricycles, and you wish to express an opinion or share knowledge, this page is for that precise purpose. Think of it as a mini forum, albeit somewhat primitive in comparison to standard contemporary internet forums, where you have the ability to talk and share with all our readers, which thus far are known to exist in 153 different countries around this wild planet.

All you need to do is enter a comment to this page. Down near the bottom is an area that reads: Trikers are welcome to comment. Simply do so if you have a new thought to share, or you can click the Reply button next to a particular comment to reply just to the thoughts of someone else. You may list up to three links in your comment.The newest threads appear at the top, but newer replies to existing comments may appear lower down on the page, under the specific comment. By the Way: If you have a trike to sell, feel free to post it on this page, and include a link to online photographs of it.

134 Responses to Reader Talk

  1. Greg says:

    I like seeing different approaches.
    I would like to know what other trikers are doing in regards or pedal clip placement and cycling shoe inserts. I am having issues with a burning sensation on the bottom of my feet after I get about 25 miles into my rides.

  2. Steve says:

    Way to go Greg! Thanks for being the first to use this new page. I know the burning sensation you speak of, which is nerve compression syndrome, the crushing of nerves and blood vessels in the forefoot. I have been seeking a sustainable solution for quite some time. Recently, I upgraded my shoes to a pair with a totally stiff nylon sole (SIDI Dominator 5 MTB), and also placed SofSole insoles inside, with small gel inserts under the new insoles in the forefoot area. This seems to have helped, as after a ride recently of close to 30 miles, my feet were fine. I have yet to try this new solution on an overland journey however, thus the jury is still out. I use Shimano SPD mountain bike pedals (PD-M520) that do not have a platform. I am not sure if platforms make a difference when using rigid soled shoes or not.

  3. Ed says:

    I cut holes in the bottom of my bike shoes (eggbeaters) directly below the where the toes connect to the rest of the foot. A neat and ‘cool’ feeling but those narrow European boats have given way to Nashbar Ragster II Cycling Sandals. Those soles are very thick and rigid, so I’ll probably start punching holes in them but the cool air circling around the heel puts a real smile on my face.

    Think about it………………, why do tadpole ‘pilots’ need shoes? Once you;re clipped in, who wants to stop?

  4. eric (catrike expedition) says:

    and, the second runner- (‘pedaller-‘) up…

    don’t know whether to be sorry to see the old format go until we see how this one pans out. fat lady…?

    still, i’d wondered about the regular links to various trike builders’ sites; your explanation eases my mind, on that one

    lookin’ forward to more from you, steve, and others!

    beast…er…best,

    eric (catrike expedition #874)

  5. John Jackson says:

    Hi Steve and fellow tricyclists. Yes that’s right, as of today I’ve become “laid back”. Tomorrow we shall see how long the grin lasts into my working day.

    I don’t suppose I’ll miss the old forum. It was a little echoey in there. Let us see how well this goes, I’m sure we all love to talk anyway :)

  6. eric (catrike expedition) says:

    yeah…It was a little echoey in there!

  7. Nigel says:

    Hello!

    I tried to post here before but something went wrong – so here I am trying again!

    I’m a newbie recumbent rider but in the few weeks I’ve had my KMX Cobra I’ve clocked up over 100 fun-filled miles. I love this site – it makes me feel a little less nutty to know there are others out there that share the desire for three wheels!

    I’ve added a strip of LEDs to the flag pole on my trike and I thought you might be interested. Here’s a link to a picture – showing the components: http://www.nigelpond.com/images/pole-lights.JPG

    Reply if you’d like me to post the part numbers.

    Kind Regards, N.

    Nigel's KMX with Light POle

  8. Steve says:

    Hey there Nigel,

    Thanks for writing. Glad you figured out the comment how-to aspect of this site. KMX trikes are tough hombres with a good reputation. Yep, sure enough, we’re all weird adults pedaling around Earth on tricycles … and we all love it! The masses are the crazy ones for not escaping from the casket of mediocrity. I like your pole lights on the trike! Makes for great visibility at night and in tunnels. There is also a company in Arizona that makes a product called the Arizona Whip, which is based on a similar model of construction. I’ll post your photo of the KMX on Trike Asylum June 18th, and if you can submit the written specs in a comment here on the Readers Talk page, that would be great, as I’m sure others are also interested in knowing how to construct such a safety component. Do you live in a country where people drive on the left side of the roadways? I notice your rear view mirror and flagpole are on the right of your KMX. Take care my friend!

    Steve

  9. Nigel says:

    Thanks Steve,

    I’ll check out the Arizono Whip – it’s probably a cheaper option than the one I’ve built :)

    Here are the parts I used to build mine:

    Battery pack:
    http://www.cameras-cctv.com/battery-packs/Battery_Pack_blue_12V_Rechargeable_and_Mains_Charger

    RGB LED Controller:
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/4-button-rgb-led-controller-515854

    RGB LED Strip:
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/rgb-led-strip-515851

    I also used some clear plastic wrap that has a sticky side – you can get this from Staples. To waterproof the rig I used 13ml heat shrink.

    Yes I live in the UK where we drive (ride!) on the wrong side of the road – that’s why my mirror is where it is.

    I did a test ride into work at the w/e – only 10 miles but it took me just over an hour. Average speed of 9.7MPH. Most of the way was on foot/cycle paths so you have to stop for every junction and their surface was terrible – I’m not surprised to see many cyclists not using them! So, would you spend two hours commuting by trike every day?

    Cheers, N.

  10. Steve, I’m a disabled TRIcyclist. I rely on a walker for mobility.

    I’m looking for ways to carry a walker, that looks like this (http://www.qualitymedicalinc.com/27815.jpg …without the basket). Can you give me recommendations for products that would enable me to carry this walker on rides?

    Or, a way to rig my Sun EZ3 [http://www.sunbicycles.com/product_detail.php?short_code=EZ-3+SX+Tadpole&cl1=RECUMBENT] up to carry it along?

    Thanks

  11. Steve says:

    Hi Cullen,

    Without having the walker and trike right in front of me, it would be challenging to attempt to solve your quest. I’ve been pretty inventive rigging things up on trikes, but doing so in my mind is likely beyond my abilities. Four ideas I might offer are: 1) Call Sun and see if they offer any accessory that might do the job; 2) Call a large trike dealership, such as Hostel Shoppe, and ask if they have any suggestions; 3) Place your request at bentrideronline.com to see if any of the thousands of riders might have a similar situation, and thus have already invented the solution, thereby negating your need to reinvent such a carrier; 4) Wait a while here at Trike Asylum and see if any of our trikers out there have some nifty solutions.

    I just had one idea while typing this: Place the walker over your rear luggage rack somehow. Perhaps you could have a local welding shop fabricate a couple of hook devices that would attach it to one side of your rear rack. I have had two items on my trike fabricated from my mind by my local welder. I just rider over there, tell him my need, and we brainstorm a solution that always works. If you take your trike and the walker to your welder, and let him look at both items together, I bet anything that he will come up with a custom solution that will be slick as can be! I had my light pole and the rear extraction handle done this way, and both have served me very well on my overland journeys. If a ready-made product does not exist (which it may well not), then fabrication is always an inexpensive and workable solution. In fact, between my two projects, I spend a total of $72 – If I had purchased ready-made solutions (if they made them, which no one does), it would have cost probably more than double that amount. I am a big champion of having local welding shops make it from scratch: BETTER, CHEAPER, AND PERFECT DESIGN RIGHT FROM THE START!

    sTEVE

  12. Bob says:

    I’ve enjoyed using the Arizona Whip. People say it really lights me up at night. It has 20 LEDs, located toward the top of the pole. The LEDs are in a lexan tube, which has proven very durable. 10 LEDs point forward, and 10 point backward, and the rear facing ones blink on and off. The AZ whip has a bit clunky of a frame attachment. How does yours attach to the frame? Bob

  13. Glen Aldridge says:

    Hi Cullen, regarding a means to carry your walker. – your Sun EZ3 comes with 2 horizontal seat supports across the back & what comes to mind is to attach your walker so it is being pulled along on 2 of its wheels. I think you could try this with a couple of large caribiners which would cost about $5.00 to see if it is a suitable solution then find a means of bolting on 2 more permanent hooks or locks to better secure your walker & prevent it from sliding side to side.

  14. Ivo says:

    Hi fellow trikers, I use a simple, cheap and effective way to light my trike in the dark.I simply take a fishing light (little tube u have to bend and shake and gives bright color lights for severall hours) and tape them on the flagpole. Has very good efffectand no batteries or wired needed.

  15. Nigel says:

    The one thing my home made lights aren’t is durable – I don’t think I accounted for how much the flag pole waves around. The LEDs towards the bottom of the strip are flashing out of sequence so I expect them to break at some point … I’m going to keep the power/switching mechanism tho and find a better place to put some new LEDs (luckily they’re the cheapest component!). I like the idea of having LEDs on the front as well as the back of the whip – I’ll have to see if they ship to the UK :)

    To answer your question the KMX came with the pole and bracket. I attached the LEDs strip to the pole using heat shrink and self-adhesive clear plastic (which is also showing signs of fracturing).

    I’m commuting to work for the first time tomorrow – haven’t been this excited about going to work in a long, long time! ;)

  16. BJ says:

    Yes, I would like the part numbers. What a great idea.

  17. Nigel says:

    Hi BJ,

    The part numbers are listed in one of the replies above – they all come from UK websites but I’m sure they deliver to other countries :)

    I have to go back to the drawing board with this one. Attaching them to the pole in the way that I have hasn’t been the best idea as the pole moves too much. What I think I’m going to do is redo it so that they’re only attached to the top of the pole so that the bottom can remain loose (ish).

    N.

  18. Nigel says:

    Good idea Ivo!

  19. Barbara says:

    My husband just purchased two Sun trikes. CS-X3s or something like that. I’ve ridden (tested) trikes before … never a Sun … and never had an issue with them. But this one! I don’t know what to call what it does … but when I pedal it goes from side to side with whatever foot I’m using. I say that it “wobbles”. Is this a common problem? Is it a problem with Sun trikes? Is it a problem with ME? What can I do to alleviate this. If I’m in the small sprocket and going slowly, it’s better; but if I try to pick up any speed, it’s all over the place. Help please!

  20. Nigel says:

    Hi Barbara, I’m a trike-newbie but I think I know what you’re experiencing – I only get this at speed tho. It probably has something to do with the weight distribution, i.e. are you sitting too far forward? Does your husband experience the same thing on his trike? I did see a post on another site somewhere where they had fitted a steering damper off a motorcycle – not sure how well it worked tho… Share a video if you can – it might help us understand more :)

  21. Barbara says:

    Bob did experience it when we first got the bikes, but not so much now. I’ve been back to the shop with it and they said they’ve got the seat in its proper position and the boom the right length …. they say that it’s me. I’m kinda willing to accept that except that I’ve ridden Ice and Cats and don’t experience this.

  22. Ivo says:

    Hi Barbara, maybe you are pulling at the steering too much. Just keep your hands relaxed on the grips, just for giving direction, not for pulling like on a normal bicycle. Otherwise, it may be that your wheels aren’t alined properly. Tell me if I’m wrong.

  23. Barbara says:

    I’m sorry Ivo. As much as I appreciate you taking the time to try to help, I’ve nixed both of those. I keep my hands extremely loose on the grips and have had the bike back to the shop to check and re-check the wheels. They WERE out so far that you could stand in front of the bike and see it! But they’re good now.

  24. Ivo says:

    Ok, sorry that my reply was of no help. But you made me curious. Now I wanna know too what might be the cause. Good luck finding a solution.

  25. Barbara says:

    Don’t worry …. as big a bugaboo as this has been, I’ll make sure to let you know if/when it’s conquered!

  26. Steve says:

    Hi Barbara,

    The higher a trike sits, the more pronounced any sideways motion would be. If you have ridden low sitting ICE and Catrikes, and then tried the Sun, which sits higher, you may be noticing something that was not occurring on the lower trikes, namely:

    Whenever a triker is pedaling with a fair amount of power to maintain a moderately high speed, the action of the legs does indeed cause a marginal side to side wobble effect, even if your hands are very loose on the grips, which they should be. Imagine a trike that sat 5 feet high compared to one that sits 5 inches high, and it becomes apparent that the rider’s motion will cause the higher trike to feel like it’s swaying laterally when putting power to the pedals. If this is the culprit, then when you are just pedaling around a neighborhood totally relaxed, you would not be feeling any of this wobble effect. Subconsciously, some trikers’ body motions get to swaying in the seat, which may be leading to what you describe (just like when you see bicycle riders going up hills, weaving back and forth like they are intoxicated, but it’s just their body motion causing the wobbling effect each time they push down with a leg).

  27. carl says:

    Hi Steve, I am the new owner of a greenspeed magnum and i love triking ! I have a few hundred miles under me so far and i am looking to make some multiday trips soon. My problem is finding a rear rack for the magnum.I know they are supposed to have one but i cannot locate a site that sells them. Help!

  28. Steve says:

    Howdy Carl,

    I just emailed Ian Sims, founder of Greenspeed, and supplied him your email address, so hopefully he will be able to shed some light on where to get the rear rack when he has a spare moment or two. Here is the link to the Greenspeed website, which may also offer a clue: http://www.greenspeed.com.au/

    If you are interested, and enjoy writing, send me your evaluation of the Magnum along with a photo or two, and perhaps we can get it posted here on Trike Asylum for others to read. Ian showed me the new Magnum last fall (prior to public availability) at the Recumbent Cycle Convention in southern California, and I was quite impressed with the trike, which is considerably different from other Greenspeed trikes. It would be interesting to know what an actual owner and regular rider thinks, thus my interest in your opinion.

    So, you want to take a trip? Show up at Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, Oregon on Friday, September 7, 2012, camp with Glen Aldridge and myself, and then the three of us will pedal south along the coast highway to the California border, a 380 mile ride of gorgeous views and awesome memories!

    Steve

  29. Steve says:

    Hello again Carl,

    Ian just responded to my query on your behalf. Below is his explanation why you are currently experiencing difficulty finding the rear rack, but he gives you a potential solution that may work relatively quickly for you. Send Anne an email – her address follows the text. Here is his email text:

    Hi Steve,
    We have had problems with the supply of the racks. We ordered the alloy Magnum racks the same time as the first batch of Magnums, but we have STILL not got them!! They are supposed to be ready in August, but my guess is that will stretch out to at least the next month before hitting the USA if not longer.

    So we made a batch of 50 Cro Mo racks here but I think they may be now all sold, unless Jerome has any left.

    I will check on Monday to see if we have any left, but I think we are out too.

    We have just got one of our welders started here on another batch of 50, which I guess will be done in about two weeks, and shipped to our USA Distributor, Jerome, with a large, pending parts shipment.

    So I think the fastest way for him to get a rack would be to contact our Parts Manager, Anne, and arrange for a direct sale :-

    Anne Kranicz,
    Part Manager,
    Greenspeed Trikes,
    5/31 Rushdale St, Knoxfield, VIC, 3180, Australia
    P: +61 3 9753 3644
    F: +61 3 9753 4434
    E: anne@greenspeed.com.au
    W: greenspeed.com.au
    Skype: anne.greenspeed

    Regards, Ian
    Ian Sims, Director
    Greenspeed, Unit5/31 Rushdale Street
    Knoxfield VIC 3180
    AUSTRALIA
    Phone +61 3 9753 3644
    Fax +61 3 9753 4434
    Email ian@greenspeed.com.au
    Web http://www.greenspeed.com.au
    Skype ian.gs

  30. Joe Campbell says:

    Not sure where to post this but, this past weekend I was stopped briefly in Central Illinois while riding my OE Triclops on a public street. The cop says the thing is too hard to see, and too low to the ground and to get off the road. I had two 6ft flags on poles front and rear working lights. Made for and interesting evening.

  31. Ivo says:

    How do these guys act towards children on bicycles?

  32. Joe Campbell says:

    Cuff,em up I would guess. I think it was an Illinios state trooper in an unmarked car. He had enough antennas on it to start a CB club.

  33. Ivo says:

    Are you shure these were antennas? Maybe these were flagpoles of arrested trikers?

  34. Ivo says:

    Beware of “The Pole Collector” !!

  35. westonfront says:

    HP Velotechnik Scorpion – I am considering one of these, does anyone know where I can find info of the gear ratios of the 24 speed dual drive option. Bar end shifters are a ‘must’ for me so this is my best option. When I checked out the gear range of the 27 speed version it was too narrow as standard so I am wondering whether to order a ‘special’ rear cassette or not. I’m happy with ‘meters of development’ or ‘gear inch’ data (but don’t know how you work out the latter for hub gears!).

  36. Ivo says:

    I’m not sure if this may be the thing you’re looking for. I mention it anyway
    http://www.sram.com/service/sram/259

  37. Ivo says:

    Hi, does anyone has some experience with tandem-trikes? What is a good tandem-trike? Which brand do have tandem-trikes? Prices?
    Thanks.

  38. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry) says:

    Hi Steve,
    A tip for all the weight conscious trike campers out there.
    I’ve been gearing up for a cross country camping trip on my ICE ‘T’. It’s only 180 miles here in the UK but for me it’s a major adventure. So initial research has been important.
    I’ve read about folks carrying all sorts of electronic gizzmoes but my two favourite items will be my radio and my torches. They are all wind-up and so don’t need batteries or chargers. I modified one torch to fit on my front light bar by using Polymorph and Araldite.
    Has anyone else got similar tips?

  39. Nigel says:

    Hey Alonzo,

    I love to use the app on my phone to map my rides but it’s only lasts as long as the phone battery which doesn’t last – you’ve got ,e wondering if there’s a wind-up charger available. I’ve posted here before about my pole lights which has a fairly hefty 12v battery pack. I wonder if there’s a way I can use that to charge my phone?

    I too am in the UK. Whereabouts are you based?

    Nigel.

  40. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry) says:

    Hi Nigel,
    I’m not sure if wwe haven’t already met. I’m in Leyland and both myself and my wife have Ice model T trikes. Please feel free to get in touch. OK the suns out so I’m off for a ride. It’s just great being retired.

  41. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry) says:

    If you are a regular reader of Steve’s excellent pages you’ll know that he had a lifting handle manufactured, at some considerable cost, for his carrier. Well if you have an ICE trike carrier you can make your own handle to fit across the flat section that is at the rear of the rack.
    All you need is a lump hammer, another heavyish hammer and some 10mm (3/8″) aluminium round bar. around 500mm (20″) long. Using the hammers flatten each end of the bar for a distance of about 40mm/1.5″. Now centre pop and drill a small 1.5mm (1/16″) pilot hole near the end of each flat ready to drill a 6mm(1/4″) hole to accomodate a bolt. Alloy is notoriously awkward to drill so take care to try and be accurate.
    Next mark a line 150mm( 6″) from each end of the bar and bend each end to just over 90 degrees. Place the bent bar in a vice and with the flats secured in the vice bend the whole assembly back to a slight angle so that the handle bends towards you when you are stood at the back of the trike.
    Finally check the angles are to your satisfaction by bolting the assembly to the rack.
    You will most likely need to tweek the angles a bit but the joy of seeing an easy to use handle on your trike is worth the time and effort.
    N.B. This handle is for an ICE trike carrier but I’m sure that with a little ingenuity it could be modified for other makes of carrier.
    I’ve made a travelling workstand from the info on this site so if this idea is of help to anyone!!!!

  42. Nigel says:

    Hi Alonzo,

    I wonder where we might’ve met? I have travelled the UK quite extensively thru work over the years.

    I can’t wait to retire – purely because I’ll be able to spend more time on the trike :)

    Cheers, Nigel.

  43. Nigel says:

    Some may be interested in this video of my first ride out I captured on my new GoPro camera:

    Cheers, Nigel

  44. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry) says:

    Hi Nigel,
    The Nigel I was thinking of lived in Manchest area. But if that’s not you get in touch anyway by emailing me on alskart@aol.com.
    Regrads
    Alonzo

  45. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry) says:

    I rang ‘ICE’ this morning with a view to changing my rear gearing to Steve’s suggestion of 11-34 only to be told that my 2008 ‘T’ has an ICE specific rear hub and that the cassette is non standard. Can anyone advise me how to get the gearing I want without having to purchase a new wheel with a standard hub?
    Cheers
    Alonzo

  46. Rick says:

    Hi ya,
    I ran across this URL today while doing research on purchasing my first trike. I’ve been riding DFs for commuting and enjoyment for many, many years and now want to make the plunge into the triking world. I think I have narrowed the selection down to either a Catrike Expedition or ICE Sprint 26 (no suspension). I’ve ridden the Expedition and a dualie Sprint but not a non suspended Sprint. Selection around here if very limited.

    I need some help getting off the fence. I know both manufactures are good and both bikes have excellent reviews and both are probably more money than I should be spending on my first bike, but that being said has anyone had both or ridden both and tell me what are the intangible differences are. I know one folds the other doesn’t, one weights slightly less that the other, one has adjustable seat the other doesn’t, one has direct steering the other doesn’t, but is there other things I should be considering? I want to get off the fence and start riding – am I over analyzing the selection?
    Thx,
    Rick

  47. Alonzo Savage (Alphonsodondoogleberry) says:

    Hi Nigel,
    As I said I’m in Leyland in Lancashire but even if you are not in the neighbourhood you can email me on alskart@aol.co.uk anytime

    Cheers
    Alonzo

  48. Barb says:

    To all of you who tried to help me out … I’ve solved the problem!!! We got rid of BOTH of the bikes!! Yes, it was pedal steer with both of them. Curious thing was, other people could ride mine and, at least they said, they didn’t experience it. And I could ride OTHER trikes and not have a problem. We both just got tired of it and got rid of them! My husband got a trouble-free TerraTrike and I went back to my good ol’ bent.

  49. spiff188 says:

    Steve, check out Trident trikes tridenttrikes.com. They are a new co. out of North Carolina. They sell a line of folding trikes which are heavy compared to my Catrike but look neat and are cheap.
    -Adam

  50. Steve says:

    Thanks Adam,

    Glen Aldridge, one of the two twikers who began the Coast to Cactus Tricycle Expedition with me in 2011, rode a Trident Trike, so I spent some time checking it out. You can read more on the Trike Gypsies website about that ride: http://trikegypsies.wordpress.com

  51. Hey Nigel, my name is Zachariah. I totally understand the situation about the battery power. One thing that you can do is look for solar phone/battery chargers. One that I have found to be sufficient for a lot of people is the WakaWaka Power portable charge. It has a high solar cell 2200 mAh battery. It can fully power most mobile phone and extended life of iPad (on full brightness). for up to 2 hours. It’s also been pinned as the worlds most efficient solar LED lamp. It has built-in LED’s that enabling to use as a portable lighting device and more than for 40 hours of usage.

    The New device is equipped with USB and Mini USB ports, as well as a foldible stand. Dimensions of WakaWaka Power are: 120 x 77 x 16 mm and weight about 200 grams. This device is to be released May 2013 But, if you go to http://www.gadgetfold.com you can find many different solar gadgets/chargers that might help you.

  52. When confronted by a police officer about your trike. And you have all the required safety items flags/lights/reflectors, ect. And, the officer asks for you to get off of the road. Ride the trike on to the sidewalk if available. You can also inform the Officer that the bicycle laws of the state are the laws that need apply to the trike that you’re on. Which are basically to follow the same rules of the road as those whom are in motor vehicles. And, when it comes to you though…….here are the must haves for the officers to most likely to leave you alone.

    Bicycle Safety Equipment

    Bicycle helmets are an essential element of bicycle safety and must be properly fitted and adjusted. Always wear an approved safety helmet while riding to protect your head and brain from injury in case of an accident. (Which in this case, you already know)

    1. Front light visible for at least 500 feet (night riders)
    2. Clear front reflector
    3. Red rear reflector visible from 100 to 600 feet
    4. Horn or bell that can be heard up to 100 feet
    5. Reliable, properly adjusted brakes
    6. Wheel-mounted side reflectors
    7. Reflector pedals
    8. Gears that are adjusted and operate smoothly
    9. Properly adjusted seat (so that you less likely to crash)
    10. Handlebars and all accessories securely attached for your complete safety.

    And, if they ask any other questions refer to the above: State of Illinois Rules of the Road for bicycles (trikes). If the officer still gives you grief about it, and gives you a ticket when you do go to court. Bring up the issue, and you should have your ticket dismissed if such thing where to occur.

  53. Hey, that’s pretty neat, I’m actually wanting to do some unique things such as this for when I get my new trike. So, you have me very interested. What all did you use.

  54. Steve I have ordered Overland Trker, I look forward to reading it. Especially since it will allow me to move forward on my quest towards returning to the piloting like before. Now that I have had enough time to work in the knee replacement. I look forward to triking long distances now.

  55. Steve says:

    Trikes are a load of fun on the long haul. I wrote that book shortly after completing the Coast to Cactus Tricycle Expedition in 2011. I am sure I have left out some stuff, but there is plenty there to get you thinking about everything. I plan on a 2013 jaunt south again if all works out. These trips are a definite challenge, but well worth the effort, especially what changes in one’s head. Steve

  56. Zachariah says:

    One of the first rides I look at doing is down the west coast. I will be starting in Bellingham, Washington. And, ending somewhere within California.

  57. fortheridehome says:

    The trike you posted about and called “The Phantom” is actually named “Silk” and is definitely one of the coolest trikes I have ever seen. It had so many gadgets on it (I’m a gadget freak by birth, cycling freak by nature) that it would have been the most fun trike to use for touring. I use past tense because the owner of the trike sold it :( More info can be found here: http://cyclingexperiences.com/my-cycles-2/cycles-i-have-owned/catrike-700/
    Also, thank you for all of your info on this site! I have been planning a trike tour for quite some time, and the info and experiences you have here, make the planning so much easier!
    Cheers!
    Aqua

  58. After ordering your book Overland Triker, and finally getting some quiet time to sit back and read. In a total of 4 days. I have reached page 134, and still reading. And, I like how you mention that the ideas that you give are only suggestions. But, I see where the suggestions are similar to what I used when I did the long distance rides on the long distance rides with my recumbent bicycle.

  59. Ok, take suggestions lightly. But, with all the research that I have been doing for myself. Individuals continue to say in their own words, that purchasing in their own words. But, think of the idea of whether you want to be driving a vehicle does, or do not have shocks. When you drive a vehicle that doesn’t have shocks you’re going to feel a good portion of the bumps/pot holes ect. When with shocks/suspention. You will not feel those bumps, or the noticing them if they’re real big will be reduced.

  60. No doubt, the only issue would be, is if you stop to bask in the sun on a nice day you might fall asleep because you’re so comfortable……lol.

  61. David Massey says:

    Hi Guys and gals! You may know already, but if you don’t – it is now possible to plan your bike routes on Google Maps, using their regular mapping services in “bicycle mode”. It’s cool. I already have one route planned and saved. I posted more information and some pics on my blog. Use this link to check it out.

  62. As long as you leave the overlay choices as in show available trails/alternative routes. Even when you show in other views. Like the “Google Map” view where you can see surrounding building, ect.

  63. ghglenn says:

    I signed up for this supported bike tour in Sept.
    santafetrailbicycletrek.com
    Hoping I won’t be the only triker. The details:
    Sept 8-28 but a min of first 4 days is option, $45/day, approx 65mi/day avg with every 5th day rest. Min of 30 for whole tour and max of 50 riders.
    I figured that even if I can’t make it, the lost deposit could count as a charitable donation since the sponsor is a nonprofit org. I’m also in the midst of this years IRS tax time…;)

  64. Does this ride occur every year? And if so where’s the starting point? And,where’s the finishing location? I’m always looking for new rides to participate in.

  65. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Hi Folks,
    I’m a grandad with two grandsons, one aged 6 the other aged 3 going on 30. The six yearold will ride on the road/cycle path with ease. Sam is still using stabalisers.
    I was thinking of getting hold of a tag along bike and finding a way to fit it to my ICE ‘T’ (same as Steve Greene’s Q but not quite as low). I was thinking that an adjustable bike stem would attach to my seat frame and the tag along connector to the part of the stem that normaly fits in the head tube of a bicycle. All was going well with the research until I came across a short film of a lady on a bike made for 3 plus one on a tag along. She and her 2 girls rode the triple and the little boy was purched on the tag long. Has anyone ever fixed a tag along bike to a trike and did you have the same ‘fun’ that she had? See: faircompanies.com. A bicycle made for three plus one.
    Any help/advice would be appreciated, thanks,
    Alonzo

  66. Ivo says:

    Hi Alonzo, why not going for a whole triking family with the KMX K-3 trikes for the kids? http://www.kmxus.com/k3.html
    Best regards.

  67. Nigel says:

    Hi Zachariah, Thanks for the info (and sorry for the delayed response!). That does sound like a very handy product to have around. I like the fact that there’s a charity feedback too. :)

  68. ghglenn says:

    It’s every other year or next year if not enough commits. Starts in Santa Fe, NM to New Franklin, MO about 1100 mi total. They’ll also have an optional ride to Kansas City (MCI) by van.

  69. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Hi Ivo,
    Yes, the thought has crossed my mind but the KMX is way too heavy for the likes of Sam. Plus he’s capable of being quite lethal to other footpath users if not on a tight leash (not literally but you know what I mean). Ben on the other hand seems to be more sensible and will ride on the footpath safely. on his 20″ Islabike. We have one of those buggy trailers for towing behind the trike. The buggy is made for two but only one comes out alive. Such fun being a grandad but I love ’em to bits.

  70. bob from boston says:

    am planning cross country trike tour visiting prisons in each state along way; can use some help on preparing trike and me for the trip

  71. What kind of assistance are you referring to? Could you give a more specific idea of what your looking for…. For example, type of trike, or type of gear. Then I can see if I have any insight for you.

  72. bob from boston says:

    thanks for reply

    need most reliable trike possible since i am not good mechanic and am traveling alone;

    will need to take some essential clothing etc. but not planning on camping (except where no communities at all, e.g., nevada); planning on staying each night with prison chaplains or church rectories or with anyone along way who is interested in sharing their point of view on our U S criminal justice system vs system in Europe

  73. David Massey says:

    Hi, Greg!

    I have experienced what you mentioned – that burning, stinging feeling in your feet.

    Take this with a grain of salt, for I am no doctor or physiologist, but I think it may have something to do with being actually clipped to the pedals. I first noticed it while riding my upright bicycles. Road vibrations get transferred to your feet through the pedals, especially when wearing those stiffened bottoms on the shoes. Throw into the mix also that for most of your stroke on the cranks you are applying great pressure.

    I have done a few things which seem to help. First, I try to make sure I am geared down sufficiently so as not to put too much constant pressure on the soles of my feet. Remember, it’s easy to do when we are sitting with our backs against a comfortable chair. A secondary benefit is that it protects your knees. This took some getting use to, because I don’t like to “spin” too much. It feels like I am wasting energy. I enjoy the feeling of stress on my leg muscles.

    Second, I make a conscious effort to remember to pull backward with the leg that has just completed the forward thrust. This is easy to do when you are clipped in. This has the affect of lifting the sole of your foot from the bottom of the shoe for a second, relieving the pressure there. Also the pulling stroke makes the work of the pushing foot a bit easier, thus simultaneously relieving the pressure on that foot. It really works. My feet have felt much better. Plus you get a speed boost because you are applying power to more of the 360 degrees of the entire stroke.

    I have also practiced (while coasting) letting one straightened leg hang from the pedal via the clip. I do this with great caution. I would not want my foot to snap free from the pedal and have my heel hit the ground. I scan the road ahead for bumps and irregularities.

    Lastly, I am planning on purchasing a pair of riding sandals. My Keens are four years old and need replacement. Much to my surprise I found that they make the exact sandals with recesses in the soles expressly for bicycle clips. This is perfect! Now I will have new sandals as well as new riding shoes with room to wiggle my toes. Plus I can always pull over and cool my feet in a stream of water without ruining my shoes.

    Anyway I hope this helps a bit. Take care, and happy riding.

  74. Steve Greene says:

    Hi Greg, I have written extensively on this topic, and refer you to those thoughts, both on this website, and in The Overland Triker book, where I have an entire chapter devoted to burning feet. This is Nerve Compression Syndrome you are experiencing, where the blood vessels and nerves are literally being crushed thousands of time on long trips. It turns into a repetitive stress injury, and, left unmitigated long enough, can become permanent if you are a regular long-haul triker. Here are some links to get started: https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/sofsole-solution/ https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/shoe-talk/ https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/lake-sole-versus-sidi-sole/ https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/sidi-dominator-5/ https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/trip-tip-shoes/ https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/foot-hot-spot-relief/

    The chapter in the book goes into the greatest detail about the physical manifestations and consequence of this phenomenon.

  75. Alonzo L Savage says:

    I’ve just been reading Steve N’s posting on the Trike Squadron. A fantastic group of peopleride their recumbents to find a cure for some horrible diseases. Governments wont invest money in such things to any real extent so MS, cancer and the like go on devastating familiesd individuals.
    Thanks for the posting Steve we now need a Trike Squadron here in England, anyone interested or am I the only Brit’ who tunes in to TA?

  76. I am currently trying to raise $40,000 to purchase a few tadpole trikes, and safety gear. That I will then be donating to the Hemophilia Foundation of Washington. To promote the therapeutic advantages it has for individuals with such physical challenge. If you have any questions, email me at: zawest2011@gmail.com Thank you.

  77. Glen Aldridge says:

    Bob I would suggest signing up for couchsurfers.com & posting your daily/weekly route this will get you access to possible free overnight accommodation. For planning your tour & equipment you just cannot do any better than Darren of Bicycle Touring Pro.com He practically takes you by the hand preparing for a trip. He has so many links & pages you’ll be a veteran before you even start out. As for choosing a reliable Trike there are a lot of things to consider so a Trike that fits you may be awful for the next guy. One thing they will have in common is that you need to set them up for touring no matter which brand you buy. That means suitable tires & gearing, pedals & shoes that won’t cripple you by the end of the day, capacity to handle your supplies & equipment & probably the most important comfort. As most Trikes use Shimano running Gear almost any trike you buy should be reliable from the drivetrain point of view. Your biggest headache could be flat tires & even that has been pretty much taken care of by using Schwalbe Marathon-PLUS tires with a tire liner. You should know how to remove your wheels & tires to fix a flat – just in case.

  78. bob from boston says:

    hi glen
    thanks very much for your helpful comments. I took my first bicycle repair class this past wednesday and learned how to fix a flat. I am practicing at home this weekend. I checked out the bicycle touring pro web site; it was very impressive. Couch surfing may be a way to go if i don’t have to deviate too much from my planned route. Next step is to try out a trike in Turner’s Falls Mass; the only place that sells trikes in New England. Bob

  79. Steve Greene says:

    Hi Bob, For further detailed information on many aspects of overland tricycle travel, all conveniently contained in one location, you may wish to acquire a copy of a book called The Overland Triker. It was written specifically to assist people who are contemplating pedaling a trike long distances cross country. Some of that knowledge is also shared under the Trike Touring button on the main menubar of this website. Steve

  80. Glen Aldridge says:

    You’re welcome Bob & Good Luck with your journey. Of course I was referring you to General Information for learning about Gear, Packing & Riding with the links I suggested. For Trike specific information then Steve’s book will help you learn what to expect once you have decided on a model & ready to hit the road.

  81. As I said in my last post, I’m looking to raise funds to purchase a few tadpole trikes. Then once I have raised enough funds, I will then donate them to individuals within the hemophilia community. By donating the trikes, individuals can then learn the therapeutic qualities of riding a tadpole trike. My goal is to reach at least $40,000 dollars so I can complete my quest. If all goes well, I will then do long distance rides to raise money for the upcoming years. The continued plan is to take it state to state if my current goal is met.

  82. Glen Aldridge says:

    How many Trikes are you looking to buy with $40,000? That would be a significant order for ANY manufacturer and I am sure if you put it out to them for Tender you would likely get close to wholesale pricing. Terratrikes Rover starting at about $700. or Trident’s Spike starting about $1000. will get you basic Trikes but now you have a dilemna. Do you choose a Trike based on price or spend a little more & get something better equipped?

  83. Glen Aldridge says:

    Hi Zach, I am about 11/2 hrs. from Bellingham close to Chilliwack. When is your trip down the coast planned?

  84. Glen Aldridge says:

    There is a reason a lot of Trikes don’t come with suspension. In most cases it adds complexity & weight. If you are using a Mesh seat the ride is quite acceptable of course still avoid riding into pot holes at top speed.

  85. Glen Aldridge says:

    Hi Alonzo, You might have to translate Polymorph & Araldite into Canajun & Merican so we know what those products are used for. Thanks

  86. Glen Aldridge says:

    Ivo Trident Trikes & Azub both make Tandems but in my opinion the most innovative is the Hase as it can also be used as two separate single Trikes. Tandems are expensive though.

  87. I am looking to get 4 Adventure trikes made by ICE Trikes. I also plan on having all of them fitted with their full package (pannier racks, and all available pannier bags. Plus the safety gear, helmets, different lighting set that has a better viability rating.) I also plan on getting a couple trikes that are smaller, so that both younger and older individuals will be given this opportunity.

  88. Glen Aldridge says:

    While I admit I don’t know your particular situation, your scope for fund raising seems too narrow to me. Your plan sounds like 3 or 4 extremely lucky people would end up with an ICE Trike & 3 or 4 still very lucky individuals would end up with a lesser Trike. I think $40,000. of donated money could be spent in a more equitable way. Why not bring happiness to 40 or more individuals by buying the $1000. Trikes?
    Triking is not for everyone & if the recipients of your $5,000. Trikes are not taken with Trike riding then what?

  89. Hemophiliacs such as myself benefit from such cycles. Due to the continued internal damage to the joints, and the physical therapists have suggested riding recumbent compared to the conventional bicycle. Will slow the degeneration of the joints, and reduce the amount of factor infusions that will be needed throughout the years. It could also reduce the possibility of having to get major surgeries in the latter years. I myself wish I would have started earlier. Because I have had 4 surgeries in my left leg before I started riding recumbent. And, riding trike as elevated all severe pain that has been caused by the metal that they inserted for all fractures caused by internal bleeds throughout the last twenty years.

  90. Glen Aldridge says:

    What about it guys? (And Gals) Can we contact sponsors/manufacturers/Dealers & see if anyone is interested in helping Zawest fulfill his goal of helping Hemophiliacs relieve some of their pain by riding Trikes?
    I still think you would get more interest by offering to purchase 30 or 40 Trikes to help not only a Business but people with your affliction too.

  91. If the recipient(s) don’t take to triking, that would be an unfortunate situation. And, this is why the start of only 4 trikes. I want to see how it sits with the community. If they like what they see. I will continue with such fundraisers. But, the future fundraisers will raise money through participating in various rides. Which take place during different times of the year.

  92. Glen Aldridge says:

    Trident’s Tandem has the ability to separate also. Now you have a choice of Delta or Tadpole Tandems that can be used together or separately as single Trikes. Nice feature to have if you have one of those days when you wish the Stoker would just shut the hell up! (Kidding)

  93. Ivo says:

    Thanks Alonzo and Glen for the answers. I will certainly look around for these. Happy Triking !!

  94. I had planned to go with the basic trike, but with the fact that I’m wanting to provide the trikes to the hemophilia community. They need something that can prevent as much physical ailment as possible. And the trike with with a higher center of balance for easier ability of getting in and out of the seated position.

  95. Glen Aldridge says:

    I think you should consider the Trident Spike. They have an adjustable seat 14 -16 in. for height & rake. Can be fully equipped for around $1500. For the majority of riders this would be an excellent starter Trike for every day use. For those few that would want to travel cross country they could opt for a higher end Trike.

  96. z says:

    Hey, fellow trike riders. I would like for you to keep an eye out for the article that I have coming out in the local news paper here in Bellingham, Washington. You can go to their website http://www.bellinghamherald.com It should be out within the next couple of days. I am hoping for a good response from the community both local and abroad. I also plan to take part in a few rides next year, to promote the excitement that can be had on these wonderful trikes. And, again thank you to all of you here in the Trike Asylum community.

  97. zawest says:

    Question though, does that trike have full suspention? If not, then it’s out of the question. Because with individuals with hemophilia they would need a trike that has suspention to reduce the impact from any bumpiness/vibrations that are cause by the road. Due to the damage to their joints ( ankles, knees, back ) due to the internal bleeds that they have endured over the years. Otherwise, I would agree with you Glen.

  98. daytriker says:

    maybe wrong not ridden every trike on the market but I don’t think you are going to get a cushy ride out of a trike even if it has full suspension. You may have to consider a softly sprung seat & tires especially & maybe a really soft suspension set up too but as far as I know all trikes will give you a jarring ride to some extent.

  99. Ivo says:

    Hi Rick, I would anyway go for the ICE. If you decide, for starting, not to have suspension, you can always install front suspension afterwards. The ICE suspension is good and reliable, with not too much parts.
    Happy triking,
    Ivo

  100. bob says:

    dogs and trikes?? a scary quote from American Cycling Association’s addenda to transamerica route map: “Loose dogs protecting their property are prevalent in eastern Kentucky and western Virginia. Be aware and be ready to take evasive action if necessary. Actions can include squirting water from your bottle in the dog’s face or yelling sternly “go home”. If you have to dismount keep your bike between yourself and the dog.” (Dec 2012) isn’t a trike about eye level with a dog? and, a bit too heavy to keep between yourself and the dog? any advice?? Thanks, bob

  101. daytriker says:

    First let me state I am a dog lover but in no way, shape or form am I going to be a lunch time snack for Rover. In the past I have been chased by a few dogs but most are more curious than viscous, What I have found works very well is to aim straight at them while pedalling. From a dog’s perspective what they see is this rotating mass of feet & pedals coming straight at them & so far they have always backed off & no other action has been necessary. This isn’t much help if you are caught going up hill though. For those situations I carry what I call Skunk Juice in a small plastic spray bottle attached to the Trike Frame or have it in your pack webbing, attached to your seat frame or somewhere you can easily access it. Skunk Juice is simply a mixture of Pine Cleaner, Lemon Juice, & Frank’s Red Hot. (Yes, I put that **** on everything)
    The reason I use a small spray bottle is you don’t have to be very accurate when spraying as the spray will cover a wide area at any more than 6 feet away. One caution though – make sure the wind isn’t blowing towards you unless you want to experience the blow back from the spray.

  102. Eric Sluyter says:

    i once successfully staved off a pack of angry pooches by grabbing my red flag and pointing it at them as if it were a lance

    apparently, there’s something ’bout it that they fear

  103. Eric Sluyter says:

    it may be important folks of their particular needs to note that they can lift themselves off the seat at bumps (as it do) by pushing both feet at the pedals, much like a df rider stands on their pedals

  104. Ivo says:

    Hi bob, I always carry a whistle around my neck to blow if some kind of dog has seen me as his daily bite. A short but powerfull blow of the whistle will stop any dog (I do hope so far). Or you could attach some of those airhorns on your trike. The AirZound is some nice example. Happy triking.

  105. Ivo says:

    Ever tried the HPV Scorpion fs or Ice Sprint fs ?

  106. Ivo says:

    Maybe throwing a steak can help? :-)

  107. No matter whether you have suspension or not is one thing. It all depends on the kind of riding you do. And, what you expect from each ride you take. Some ride for leisure enjoyment, some ride the commuting to work and back. Some use their trike for touring, and there are individuals that use their trikes for all of the above. So, you’re going to want a trike that fits your comforts. With or without shocks. When find the one that gives you that “cushy” ride. You have found the trike that’s right for you. So, each brand is the right brand, just as each brand is the wrong brand. It’s all in the hands the triker to make the effort to find the perfect one.

  108. Alonzo L Savage says:

    Don’t know if any of you have got around to trying out Polymorph yet but I found another use for it the other day. My oldest grandson wants to go cycle camping with me and obviously cannot carry loads of gear on his 20″ wheeled Islabike. So I ordered a rear carrier for his bike, the type that fits on folding bikes, and fitted it when it arrived.
    From our two wheeled days we had a set of front panniers, small enough to hold a few bits of clothing and his electronic games thing. The problem was that the elastic tiedown (shockcord) had no elasticity in it and the hooks on the end would not transfer to the shock cord elastic that I had in stock.
    I cut the shock cord roughly to length and tied a very tight knot in one end. Having heated some polymorph I molded it around the knot so that when cooled it will not pull off, and whilst the Polymorph was still workable I fashioned a hook suitable to fit the racks tubing. Once everything had cooled I pulled hard on the polymorph ‘hook’ and it held fast. There’s not that much pull on these tiedowns as they are only meant to stop the bag flipping up or sliding about on the rack. Ben now has a small useable set of panniers and my load will be a little bit lighter than expected.
    It might be an idea to carry a small bag of Polymorph for emergency repairs to anything that might hold you up on a long journey like the PCTA. Have a practice first though remembering that it can be reused time and time again.
    POLYMORPH: Granules of thermo-plastic that can be made into a moldable substance by immersing on hot water. Can also be reheated and reshaped inumerable times.

  109. David Massey says:

    Man, this tricycle stuff is really catching on. Up in Eugene, Oregon you can now take a trike ride to your final resting spot while resting in bamboo coffin. How cool is that?

    Here’s the link to read a bit more Trike to the Grave.

  110. Eric Sluyter says:

    as if the occasion weren’t sad enough, already, it’s a *delta* trike…sheesh! ;-)

  111. Alonzo L Savage says:

    David, that’s just brilliant. One of our local cycle route actually goes down part of the drive to the cremetorium and I laughingly joked to my wife that at my funeral I want my coffin transported behind a trike on a bike trailer and all the mourners, there wont be many, could follow on bikes. Those pictures make it possible, I’ll have to suggest it to our local funeral director. With luck they’ll have plenty of time to perfect it before I pop my clogs.

  112. Well the uphill climb has started towards the goal of $60,000. Here’s how individuals can donate towards the cause “Therapy Made Fun”. http://www.gofundme.com/Therapy-made-fun Making trike pilots throughout the hemophilia community.

  113. Dave Beedon says:

    I have a confession to make: on June 22 I joined the ranks of trike owners, picking up an ICE Adventure at Coventry Cycle Works in Portland, Oregon. Immediately thereafter I took two rides in Portland, racking up 17 miles of smiles. The second ride took me to Kelley Point Park, as seen in the image below (if it appears—not sure how that works on this web site). If the image appears, a viewer should be able to see its original form on my Flickr account by clicking on it.:

    .

  114. Dave Beedon says:

    Well, the link I put in my previous comment didn’t work, so let’s try something else. Here’s a link to my photo on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/listorama/9122325589/

  115. I am looking into starting up a bike shop. That’s solely focused on the idea of riding recumbent. By selling different brands of recumbent bicycles, trikes, and Velomobiles. My question to all of you is: What’s the most sought after of each of these? (recumbent bicycle/trike, and velomobile).

  116. Steve Greene says:

    TRIKE: ICE – of course, I am a tad bit biased, ha ha.

  117. That would be fun to do when I get back to a comfortable riding level.

  118. Terry says:

    Hi Steve

    I enjoy your website and recently ordered a copy of the Overland Triker book; great read! Here’s a link to my recent tour journal. Wish I’d paid closer attention to your post on CGOAB for the route around the Coos Bay bridge… Passed through your home town of Florence and it’s a beautiful place, you are fortunate to live on the Oregon coast. Looking forward to reading your next tour journal.

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1&doc_id=12823&v=Ap

    Have a great weekend

  119. Steve Greene says:

    Hi Terry,

    Wow, it would have been great to meet up with you! Thanks for sharing your CGOAB journal. I will read it all – may have time before I leave on my journey in 3 days. I’ve read a little bit already, and really enjoy your writing style – makes me feel I was there with you. Yes, the alternate route around Coos Bay is very easy and totally relaxing. You would have really enjoyed the ride! The bridge is typically referred to as the Coos Bay bridge because of the fact it spans a bay called Coos. Some call it the North Bend bridge because it dumps you into the sister town of Coos Bay, called North Bend. Others refer to is in the name of the short-sighted man who designed it, Conde B. McCollough, but I have no respect for a person who totally ignores humans powered by a means other than petroleum engines, thus I never refer to it as such. The bay is a natural world phenomenon, thus my Coos Bay bridge designation – sorry if that caused you any confusion. The signal light right at the base of the bridge is the easy and fun detour for cyclists who prefer the world of nature over the crowded world of mass humanity. Perhaps we can trike together someday. steve

  120. steve greene says:

    Howdy fellow trike pilots. Some of you write me from time to time about the latest and greatest info in the world of trikes, so I wish to update you regarding my email contact. The wildernessrogue address has been abandoned (Nov. 13, 2013), and will return a failure notice if you send to it. The new email is greenepeace @ planetmail . net (note the “e” on the end of “green”, otherwise it will not reach me – also note that it is not a .com address). See ya’ … steve

  121. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    Hi Steve,
    Hope you are well and not suffering too many withdrawal symptoms due to
    not having a trike. I’ve put both our trikes together and the hardest bit was
    keeping the chain from twisting in the chain tubes. Still the VTX doesn’t have
    tubes so you’ll not need to worry about that.
    That aside I really need your help and advice. As I’ve mentioned in the past
    my Helium 3.8 sleeping mat is too thin at 38mm for my old bones and it’s also too
    narrow. I think I’ve read something about you or David Massey using a blow -up mattress whilst on tour. I am currently looking into Exped and Thermarest but understand that although they are wider both these mats can be noisy to sleep on.
    I’m planning to buy a new lighter sleeping bag so can stand my mat being a bit heavier.
    I know you are all for light weight but I am most interested in my sleeping comfort
    and my present mat does not hit the mark. My hope is to buy a 3″+ thick mat that’s
    around 30″ wide and long enough for my 6ft 5″ body.
    Christmas is for children but is also a good excuse to buy things we need that are
    maybe a bit frivolous so I’d appreciate your help.

  122. steve greene says:

    I absolutely LOVE my ThermaRest NeoAir Fast ‘n Light sleeping mattress Alonzo! It rolls or folds into practically any tiny configuration for easy stowage in an overland triker’s gear, it weighs next to nothing, delivers a couple inches of pure padded delight (which can be adjusted by the amount of air inside for your own stiffness needs), and provides restful sleep on any surface (except possibly a bed of nails). I’ve used it on concrete, and was unable to tell any difference from sleeping on soft ground. Regarding noise, it sure does not keep me awake, or awaken me, so I have no complaint. If you’re worried about that, just pitch your tent a few yards away from your trike buddies. Go look at one to see if the width and length meet your requirements. I’m certainly no expert on triker’s mattresses, so in 2011 I decided to get the best money could buy, and I have never been the least bit disappointed. It is made in the USA, so you may prefer to find a UK product if you play the patriot games, but it must be well constructed because I’ve used it on two of my journeys under all conditions, and it has never lost a bit of air (now there’s a thought: what if Schwalbe made a Marathon PLUS air mattress? Wow). I am unable to comment on the lesser choices because I went right to the top on this one, so if you choose an inferior product, hey, then that’s your problem, ha ha. Someone told me that this mattress has even been upgraded since I acquired mine in 2011 at REI, so no telling how heavenly it is by now. Stay LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT my friend – your joints will thank you for it – and what’s great is that the lightest air mattress is also the best air mattress, a total win/win situation. Okay, now I don’t want to hear any ifs, ands, or buts about it Alonzo – get out there and buy one (but don’t blame me if a little mattress noise from you rolling around at night keeps your wife awake, or away) – gee, I’m sure it’s less annoying than your snoring!!! See ya’ …

  123. daytriker says:

    Zach, I just came across this article about a guy that has designed & built the best handling suspended trike on the market. He tested it going over speed bumps at 30mph! He has built 3 or 4 Trikes slowly improving weaknesses. The Trikes are loosely based on Greenspeeds so he has set his benchmark high. Anyway, I thought you might want to try & get in touch with him for your particular requirements. All the best, Glen
    http://www.autospeed.co.nz/cms/article.html?&title=Air-150-Recumbent-Trike-Part-1&A=112282

  124. Terry Davis says:

    Hi Steve,

    I just published an expanded version of my summer tour in an ebook on Kindle at

    http://www.amazon.com/Triking-Down-Pacific-Coast-California-ebook/dp/B00HXYAJR0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390174558&sr=8-2&keywords=recumbent+trike+pacific

    Happy triking!

  125. tadpolerider says:

    Well Steve, I see that you haven’t updated this so I will do it for you. The planetmail address is no longer the one to use. Your new email address is …
    trikehobo (at) outlook (dot) com
    You might want to verify this … or delete my comment and edit your original comment to reflect this. Hope you don’t mind my doing this.

  126. Trike Hobo says:

    Thanks for updating that Steve! This website has grown so large that I lose track of lots of things (including my mind). Yep, trikehobo is where I am nowadays! See ya’ …

  127. daytriker says:

    Steve’s recent post about mirrors jogged my memory about this item I came across while waiting for the snow to go away. I had to ask in my tongue in cheek manner – “Is the Lamborghini extra?”
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Selle-Italia-Eyelink-Bicycle-Handlebar-Mirror-20I9850012000013/31914294#Q%26A+Exchange

  128. Well it’s almost time….! It’s almost time to put in that order for my Utah Trikes Custom Fat Cat Quad 4…! I understand we came in over budget, and will be upgrading a lot of the stock parts or I should say some important parts, making my quad some stead in deed… LoL…! I should be receiving the check some where mid to late September or early October in case of need to use a rain date… But that is when the charity dinner event is scheduled to take place and where I will be receiving the check…! I have been apparently worrying over nothing and I will be on track for my journey to the FL. Keys on schedule… Right after all the tourists go home or snowbirds as we call them here, leaving for the spring and summer months the best road traveling months here in Florida, as there will be no rubber necking travelers to scare the living crud out of me… I can not wait and as I have said before I will be posting pic’s as well as maybe some video depending on how well I perform achieving my set miles goal per day in order to stay on schedule… I am so excited I am going to do something I have wanted to do ever since I was teen, and just kept putting it off because of work, which would or could have been my demise as were the accident that has left me in my current state… Well never mind that, I just wanted to share this great news with you the community in which gave me the inspiration again after so many years… So stay tuned, and keep on triking ….!
    Armadillozack

  129. trike hobo says:

    Hey Zack,
    I’m really excited about your pending acquisition of the quad! Those rigs are awesome, and I am sure you will love it. I was real close to getting one of those for myself a while back, so I understand your vision. Yes, keep us posted, and if you have a website account somewhere online, such as Flicker or PhotoBucket, where you will be posting those photographs, let us know the link, and I can get some of the images for use here on Trike Asylum! Wow, it won’t be long now …
    steve

  130. I’ve just read the comments about steering shimmy in the Performer JC70 review written by triker Randall Oakley in here:
    https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/rider-stories/triker-randall-performer-jc70/

    The shimmy could be eliminated with a solution posted in YouTube by a man who home-built an Atomic Zombie trike. Here’s the link:

    I couldn’t post the link in Randall’s article, so if someone can tell him or Jon Bell (who also reported shimmy on his trike) about this link, please do so. Thanks!

  131. Desert Dune says:

    Thank you for the video. It will also appear on the Post page September 28. Adam

  132. Terry says:

    Steve, this is Terry Rogers from Lake City and Denver Police Department.

    I just learned about your book, and I think you are living on the Oregon coast.
    We have retired and we now live in Depoe Bay.

    Please email me:
    xxxxxxx@xxxx.com

  133. Hi Steve. I seem to remember that you commented about putting Big Apples on your 700. Notwithstanding rolling resistance, did you like that combination? Thanks in advance. Jim.

  134. trike hobo says:

    Hi Jim,

    I have actually never used Big Apples, although they certainly would offer the most comfort for a 700, which is a rigid and hard-riding trike, built primarily for speed. Up until acquiring the ICE Full Fat, I have always used the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires for their essentially flat-less capability. Never in more than six years of cross country riding have I had a flat tire on my Marathon Plus tires (which I ran on both my ICE Qnt and my Catrike 700). With the MP tires, I used the 20×1.75 inch size for the Q (all three tires) and for the front tires on the 700. I also ran the largest MP that would fit on the 700c rear wheel of the 700. Marathon Plus tires are not as comfy as the Big Apples, but I never wished to chance flat tires while on my road trips, thus chose the MPs. Regarding rolling resistance on the 700 with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, I was still plenty fast, and could blow the doors off most comers. I was not disappointed. Here is a link to a fun little video I made about this very topic (crazy like me, but fun to watch, haha):

    With the Full Fat, I have no option to use the Marathon Plus tires because Schwalbe does not manufacture them in the 26×4.0-4.8 sizes, so, to remain flat free, I have converted to a tubeless tire setup, using Stan’s NoTubes tire sealant.

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