THE LATEST EVOLUTION OF A COUPLE OF ICE ‘T’ TRIKES
(photographs appear below)
Over there in England, where ICE trikes are made, TA follower Alonzo Savage has been upgrading his trike, and that of his wife, over the last few years. What began as standard ICE model T’s with 20” wheels all round changed to 26” rear wheeled machines with bar-end shifters replacing the original gripshift set up. Then ICE came up with the 26” rear suspension, so Alonzo contacted the Trike Guru Kevin Dunseath of Dtekhpvs, his ‘local’ pervayer of all things recumbent both trike and bike.
Alonzo inquired about buying new ICE trikes with full suspension, and he was ready to shell out significant amounts of cash for the changes, like the better part of five thousand bucks, each but Kevin said: “NO, you are perfectly capable of fitting the parts onto your existing trikes yourself, plus the cruciforms on both your T’s have done next to no mileage.”
So the parts were obtained, with a relatively small amount of money payed out in comparison to getting two brand new trikes. Kevin is as honest as they come, and will help anyone to enjoy their triking! He is also the go-to man for those with disabilities who wish to ride a recumbent.
The fitting of all the suspension parts was comparatively straight forward after referring to several YouTube instructional films. So at the beginning of 2017, Alonzo and his wife’s trikes were outfitted with front and rear suspension, and they can now ride in more comfort on roads that are a lot less than smooth.
For anyone used to wielding a spanner (British for wrench) now and then, these modifications are fairly simple, and not too costly. However, the costs of ICE accessories are extortionate if buying from the company. Take for instance the mirror mounts at £33 each ($41 US); a significant saving can be made by sourcing MTB straight bar-end mirror mounts that will do the same job, and were found by Alonzo for considerably less money than ICE charges. Granted they are not quite as beautifully machined, but they do the job just as well. The same type of bar-end mount could be used to make wrist rests with a little work, producing the padded rest from some other light material.
So now Alonzo’s wife has a comfy trike to ride, and by swapping the Marathon Plus tires for knobbly MTB and BMX tires, Alonzo has a trike ready for some light off-road riding. In fact, he has a slimmed-down version of an ICE Full Fat trike, and his tires are probably better than those on the fat trike. (for more text and photos of Alonzo’s trikes, click HERE)
From Alonzo: “ICE produces a well engineered trike, but the add-on bits are too pricey, and just the same as BMW – but unlike BMW, with ICE, the air conditioning comes free.”