archival and resource material for human powered recumbent tricycles


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.

Thievery Afoot in the World of Matt Galat on World Trike Tour!

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).

Cycling Vietnam – Beaten Down

A difficult day. Ups and downs and no forward progress. Feeling beaten. Good kids. What’s that vegetable?

Triker Matt Galat almost gets mauled by dog in Vietnam!

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 …

HP Velotechnik Scorpion tests – fs26 and fs20 – a cold wet ride!

Fifty-two miles / ten trikes / four bikes – the Drainage Ditch Ride

Anaheim Hills on a speedy Catrike, by Glenn Frank of Trike Squadron

Cycling safely after the sun disappears – Can it be done?


Recumbent Cycle Con 2018 Special Report, by Laidback Bike Report

I attended the first two Recumbent Cycle Cons, back in 2011 and 2013, but have not been to one since, so my personal coverage has ceased, but here, for your laid-back enjoyment is a special report by another gung-ho industry insider, Gary Solomon: