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Visit Sarnano Italy: Apartment for rent … and it includes 3 trikes!!!

Well fellow trikers and travelers, have we got news for you! If you ever wanted to visit Italy for an extended period of time, today is your lucky day. David Gerstel has an apartment for rent in Italy, and when folks rent it, they also have use of three great trikes to get them around the region. I will post a short note that David sent Trike Asylum (followed by some photos and two movies), and if you are interested, he has supplied contact information. So, get on it and have a great 2018 pedaling trikes around Italy! This place seems really quaint and peaceful. Oh, by the way, farther on in this posting today David compares and contrasts the Catrike 700 and Greenspeed Aero, so read on!

Hello Trike Asylum Readers,

I have been receiving your posts for some time. I own an apartment in Sarnano, Italy in the province of LE Marche. I also have three trikes there: a Catrike 700, an ICE 26x, and a Greenspeed Aero. The apartment is for rent through the year, as are the trikes.  It is a great place. I just got back after two months – rode 40-50 kilometers a day in the flats and mountains. The drivers are great. I have had as many as 15 cars, buses, and trucks lined up behind me and no one was impatient (happy laid-back people). 

Any riders who may wish to visit a wonderful part of Italy can contact me for all the details. I am flexible on the price as well. You won’t forget this experience.

David Gerstel / 514 484 5543 / Montreal, Canada. ( / 411 info

To learn more about the region, click HERE. And then, if you like what you see, be sure to click HERE! Looks like a triker’s paradise!

And a couple of short movie presentations … if you need more convincing:

You only live once … so what are you waiting for?!?!


David Gerstel’s opinion of the Catrike 700 versus the Greenspeed Aero:

“Where I live, I take the same road on a regular basis. I am able to compare the 700 and the Aero. The clear winner is the Aero. It’s about 20-25 percent faster. I start from a dead stop. The 700 is fast, but you have to start pedaling to get it moving. The Aero, no. The Aero goes so fast I have to brake on the slightly curving gradual descent, whereas with the 700, I do not have to brake. The Aero slightly scares me when over 60 KPH, and you have to remind yourself to stay cool. And I love both trikes. The 700 I took on a ten day trip to Urbino, and then west. I did about 600 kilometers through the mountains and hills. I would not do that with the Aero because it’s too low, and I don’t want to pull a trailer. For me, it’s all about keeping up with  the diamond frame roadies. I also love the ICE Sprint 26x. It is the most comfortable of the three trikes. I also think the Aero Scorcher tires are faster and more comfortable than the tires on the 700. I feel that the Aero seems less likely to come apart at the rear on hard curves. I have never had a problem on any of the trikes, but I feel the smaller rear tire on Aero is more stable.”






Pedal the World … in 365 days! Felix Starck and Planet Earth

Got the bug to pedal your human powered wheels around the planet? Well, whether you have a tricycle, bicycle, quadcycle, or unicycle, it’s all pedaling, and certain (if not most) aspects of the journey are nearly identical. Human powered pedaling is challenging work, not only for the body but also for the mind. In fact, overcoming mental obstacles is the main issue with most of us who have inner desires to journey long distances overland (and over water now and then).

Here is an interesting fellow named Felix Starck, who was born in 1990 in a small German village known as Herxheim, and his world trek … on a bicycle. Visit his website HERE for more complete information. Anyone who attempts this on any human powered vehicle is to be admired.

Meet the man HERE

Felix has this to say about his incredible journey and transformation:

“Sport has always dominated my life and since June 2013 I have combined it with my other great passion, traveling. Ever since then I’ve been traveling the world by bicycle. I came up with the idea to ride a bike around the world the first time at the age of 16 years. At that time prevailed reason and instead I opted for a year to America to attend High School. Three years later I wanted to explore Europe by bicycle, but again different reasons won out and I decided to work in the sport-department of the Daimler AG. There I used my contacts in the sport industry and was looking for the necessary sponsors for such a long journey. Rather by accident I decided to turn the experienced into a documentary. Untrained I found myself in June 2013 with over 55 kg luggage (121 pounds) and some video cameras on the way. The aim is to fulfill a dream: the dream of absolute freedom and the discovery of our planet.”

Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure – full 2013 movie

The recent posts with David Massey riding the Oregon coast are from this 19-day 2013 Pacific coast trike trek:

The entire story appears at the Trike Phantoms website.

Electric SunSeeker Fat Tad CXS with Cargo Racks by Utah Trikes

Foggy morning on the Oregon coast, with David and Steve

Get the whole scoop on this 2013 trike adventure by clicking HERE.

David Massey rides his Azub over Cape Blanco hill, Oregon Hwy 101

Learn more HERE.

TerraTrike Rambler with electric assist

2018: tough year so far for Matt Galat and the JaYoe world trike tour

Matt Galat, the man who has been attempting to ride an HP Velotechnik recumbent tricycle around Planet Earth, remains intent on continuing his epic journey, which initially began back in 2014. He has already pedaled thousands of miles, but not without setbacks now and then, such as the time he was hit by a truck while on the trike, which left him hospitalized with surgery and a protracted recovery time. Most recently however, his father has been declining in health to the point where his demise has been unfortunately looming.

The video below provides some updated material as of three weeks ago, and is included here in this post because it features two ICE trikes with electric motors that a man delivered with the hope that Matt’s dad might be able to spend some time experiencing a recumbent trike, a long-time dream of Matt. With his dad’s advancing issues, it was unknown whether he could actually ride a trike though. To watch more of what has been happening with Matt so far this year, including up to the minute video presentations, please click HERE. The man pictured below with Matt and the trikes is the one who delivered the trikes.

Sadly, Matt’s father has passed on from his life since this video was made.

To watch a video tribute to Matt’s father, please visit the Trike Asylum page “JaYoe! for the year 2018” by clicking HERE.

ICE Rider Positioning System explained …

Some aspects of this carry over to nearly any trike:

David Massey marvels at the coastal Redwood forest!

More HERE.

David Massey rides coastal Highway 101, heading south to Bandon

To learn more about this recumbent trike tour, click HERE.

Oregon Coast Bike Route 2013 – short part of a longer coastal tour

In 2013, avid triker David Massey and I set out on our recumbent tricycles on Highway 101 south. At first, biker Matt Jensen accompanied us. Here are some clips that David filmed during the initial few days of the ride. If you like great Pacific Ocean views and riding, it doesn’t get any better than what is offered to cyclists pedaling in Oregon. Not only that, but the weather is perfect for trike touring in the month of September. To read the story of this tour, and also to see photos and movies, click HERE.

Below are David’s PCTA clips:

Three wheel trike tour with Chopper and Cher

A trike and hammock micro adventure near London

Why would you want to buy a trike?

Why do old people ride trikes?

Azub Fat Trike – nearly new – For Sale – reduced price

Triker Rusty Knorr still has his custom Azub fat trike for sale. He has recently reduced the price, hoping to find a great new home for it before his impending move. Rusty has about six thousand dollars invested in this custom build, but with his recent reduction in price, an aspiring fatrike rider can now have it for $3999 USD. He needs to move the trike within the month due to his changing life circumstances. This is truly an excellent opportunity to have a top-of-the-line fat tire trike in mint condition for a lot less than the new costs.

To learn more, visit Rusty’s blog page about the trike HERE. To read about the basic fat tire trike on the Azub company website, click HERE. To speak to Rusty on the telephone, call 1-206-719-3209. To reach Rusty via email, write

Rusty’s custom build specs:

AZUB Full Fat frameset in deep black finish, with separable frame option, and mesh seat.
Custom built offset wheels on AZUB QR hubs with Sun Ringle Mulefut 80mm rims, Schwalbe Jumbo Jim 4.8″ tires set up tubeless with Orange Seal Endurance sealant and red anodized valves.
Shimano XTR shifter and derailleur, set up 1 by 11 speed with an XT 11/46 cassette. Shift cable internally routed.
Brand new/never ridden (plastic still on!) SRAM NX GXP 170mm cranks and bottom bracket with 32 tooth narrow/wide chainring. The Race Face Next SL cranks in some of the photos are NOT INCLUDED
AVID BB7 disc brakes with 160 rotors and Speed Dial 7 levers, oriented the right way up so braking power is vastly improved. Brake cables internally routed.
Bar ends mounted for long distance comfort and control.
HOPE 190 rear hub
AZUB under seat mount for a handlebar bag, Ortlieb waterproof bag included. Ortlieb panniers in photos NOT INCLUDED.
SHIMANO pedals
TUBUS fat specific rear rack
TWO replacement derailleur hangers
PAUL Components Thumbie Adapter for mounting a parking brake lever. (Brake not included. I used a downtube shift lever for the parking brake.)

This nearly new beauty can be yours today! Top quality – low price!

Trike Asylum morning statistics – April fourth

Here are the top countries from which Trike Asylum has had visitors so far this morning: