THE UPSIDE OF RIDING AT NIGHT? THERE’S A LOT LESS AUTO TRAFFIC!
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:
Improve your spinning technique on a trike with one-legged pedaling drills. Spinning can help reduce hot spots on your feet, reduce muscle fatigue and is more efficient. It’s also a great way to increase your winter fitness and be ready for spring riding season. The equipment needed can be found below at the Hostel Shoppe webstore:
Sportscrafters Trike Trainers: https://hostelshoppe.com/store/filtered/c_395/b_3a1136dfe4f4/
CycleOps Climbing Blocks: https://hostelshoppe.com/CYCLEOPS-Climbing-Block-81019/
Cycling Shoes: https://hostelshoppe.com/Bike-Shoes-%26-Helmets/
Clipless Pedals: https://hostelshoppe.com/store/filtered/c_360/ct11_e81dccc1fa79/
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IMPORTANT NOTE FROM TRIKE HOBO REGARDING PEDALS:
I would HIGHLY recommend using clipless pedals that have platforms surrounding the cleat clip-in area! I would recommend against acquiring what are known as MTB, or mountain bike clipless pedals, which consist only of the cleated clip-in area, with no platform. Thousands of miles on a trike have taught me that the platform GREATLY reduces the hot-spot issues that plague so many of us trikers on longer and/or harder rides. On my first trike, I had MTB pedals, but at the time did not realize the PSI bearing on my forefoot was extreme in the reclined recumbent position where the feet are higher than the heart, and gravity acts to restrict blood flow to the feet (unlike on a bicycle, for which MTB clipless were designed to keep mud from clogging the pedal assembly). The platforms surrounding the clip-in area spread out the pressure (PSI), thereby significantly reducing NCS (nerve compression syndrome), which is what leads to the hot-spot agony we suffer. On my second two trikes, I had platform clipless pedals, and what a WORLD of difference it made for me!
I recommend avoiding the MTB clipless, as show above, because there is no platform.
I recommend a platform clipless pedal as shown above. Notice the area where you clip in is the same as the MTB pedal above, but that there is also a nice platform around it that will significantly reduce the pressure on the underside of your forefoot.
JUST SAYIN’ …
Super long-time Trike Asylum reader Glen Aldridge of British Columbia has witnessed a nice upswing in his triking business. As you may recall from previous posts, Glen has a trike touring company called Mid-Island Adventures, where he takes folks on overnight and day rides on his fleet of recumbent trikes. Glen also sells Trident Trikes, and this post today is about an eighty-four year old athletic gal who just bought one of his fatrike offerings, a Trident Terrain with 20″ fat tires. Here is Glen’s written explanation (followed by the photographs of this intrepid new fatrike rider):
Hi Steve, Last week I delivered my first fatrike here on the Island. After spending several days with this 84 year old Test Pilot, looking at many different model trikes, she felt the Trident Terrain 20 was exactly what she had been looking for. She and her husband, who also just bought a new Catrike Trail, are having a blast riding around the trails out at Victoria Airport. When I asked her what it was about riding the fatrike that appealed to her, she replied that she doesn’t have to worry about going into pot holes, over rocks or up curbs, because she just goes OVER everything. haha! So good to see the older folks still out having a good time. – Glen
Trike Hobo Steve Greene discusses his transition from nearly nine years of riding recumbent tricycles to now riding upright bicycles. This talk comes at the one-year anniversary of Steve’s unexpected move into two wheels instead of three. He has become known as the Trike Hobo, writing and talking about three wheels for years now. What does this transition signal for his future? What does he think of this decision to change his transportation mode to one that is not as comfortable as it once was? Are there hidden disadvantages that outweigh the supposed advantages? Was this a big mistake, or did he make a wise and calculated choice for his own personal and unique needs? Find out right here and right now in this half hour presentation as Steve shares his complete cycling story, as it is woven into his own life goals … now, in the one-and-only Steve’s Garage!
Here’s an interesting short story about a fellow in Cornwall, England, who is looking into an off-the-grid solution to powering his newly designed tricycle. Graham Waldren is quite the inventor it seems. Thanks to Alonzo Savage, Trike Asylum reader who hails from the same region on Earth as Graham, for supplying this information for us. Click HERE to watch the short movie presentation on BBC News about Graham’s living and building situation (the movie does not appear to be available on YouTube, thus is not streamable here on this website). Below is one static image of the trike to whet your whistle:
Click HERE to read story and watch movie.
Inventor Graham Waldren believes his steam-powered trike offers the possibility of a low-carbon alternative to traditional engines. Watch Cornishman Graham having fun putting his theory to the test.
Click HERE to view sale ad directly (with more photos), and to contact owner if you are interested in purchasing this like-new speed machine. These relatively rare and exotic trikes are reportedly very fast, and have a unique steering system . Details follow below:
2010 Windcheetah – like new!
Shimano Dura Ace 9sp shifters, Shimano 105 triple chainset [52.42.30] 9 speed LX cassette 11.32, Shimano 105 front and rear derailleurs.
Front wheels SRAM 70mm alloy drum brake laced to 36hole Sun SR18 x 406 eyeleted rims. Stainless spokes
Rear wheel AVD/Burrows hub laced to 32 hole Sun CR 18 x 559 eyeleted rims. Stainless spokes
Tires Continental Sport Contact. Front 406x 25, Rear 559 x 25.
(includes a spare pair of front tires).
Seat Carbon fibre , fitted with washable high-density foam three-piece cushion.
like new condition
fits a 5’7 to 5’9 rider – size medium
trike by Advanced Vehicle Design (AVD) Made in the UK.
$2000 OBO (paid $4000 new)
Offers like this are quite tempting! Are you in the market for a new Catrike that will ship to your door at no charge from a top-notch reputable company (I’ve dealt with Hostel Shoppe since 2009, and always have received gold-standard attention). Now’s the time to act …
Click HERE to visit the limited edition webpage to see the trikes available!
Get any Catrike in a Limited Edition color (Arctic Aqua, Alpine White, Hyper Yellow and Fire Red), and save $200. We have 5.5.9.’s, Dumont’s and an Expedition in stock. Other models must be special ordered before January 31st. Get free ground shipping in the lower 48 states (a $250 savings).
“We have a good selection from which to choose!” – Rolf Garthus, owner
By the way readers, you can purchase Matt’s JaYoe! Nation merchandise if you are so inclined! I got one of his shirts several years ago, and it has a special place in my nostalgic triker’s heart because Matt contacted me prior to even starting this world trike tour to get the thoughts in my head about what he had in mind doing. So yeah, that day-glow orange shirt he sent me is a revered memento for me (he sent it to me gratis, probably since he was happy that I was assisting him, albeit minimally, haha – I think the shirt might be the one he was wearing when that truck hit him and sent him to the hospital – maybe it was bad luck for him to keep it, but I haven’t been hit yet). Click HERE to find out more about Matt’s merchandise.
Trike Asylum reader Lyn Hall recently sent me this link about a young gal confined all her life to a wheelchair. This one-of-a-kind vehicle has four wheels instead of three, but the events here are a real “feel good” way for all of us to appreciate one another, and what we each have in life. You can either click that link above to see this on YouTube, or you can simply start the movie below going and watch it right here and now:
Want to show the world that you love to ride recumbent tadpole trikes? Well, here is one way to do it, even if you aren’t actually on or with your trike. Click HERE to visit the Trike Asylum store that has about thirty trike-specific designs just for the avid three wheeler like yourself. Discover all the unique designs on such items as T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, baby bibs, drinkware, posters, stickers, home decor like bedspreads, clocks, and shower curtains, and much much more. All these fun triker things were personally designed by Trike Hobo himself for you to proudly show-off your weird adult passion for riding tricycles. Below is but one example of what you’ll find:
Say “hi” to Tim …
Filmed by Sylvia Halpern:
Check out the bagpipe-playing unicyclist, who is called The Unipiper!
Tons of great trike touring footage here, plus gobs of drama to boot! The REST of the story …
I love my triking tribe, the Lawn Chair Nation, and the Recumbent Retreat. The Recumbent Retreat is a highlight of my summer. This is my 13th year attending and riding there. It seems that when people come once they return. Some years there have been over 130 bikes and trikes. I decided to ask attendees how many times they have come to the retreat and what keeps them coming back. For more information on this really fun recumbent extravaganza, just visit http://recumbentretreat.org/
Follow the Continuing Adventures of Myrtle the Turtle and Travels By Trike on social media:
Twitter: @travelsbytrike https://twitter.com/TravelsByTrike
Instagram: @travelsbytrike https://www.instagram.com/TravelsByTrike/
Sylvia Halpern, AKA Myrtle the Turtle, tours extensively all over the planet by recumbent trike.
Inspired Cycle Engineering of England, commonly known as ICE, has finally introduced a product that I highly recommend. My personal recommendation of this product does not come from any personal experience with it because during the years that I rode my two ICE trikes (2007 ICE Qnt and 2015 ICE Full Fat) the company did not offer this solution for comfort. My recommendation comes from the fact that I also rode a Catrike 700 for hundreds of miles that did have wrist rests as a standard feature, and I can say without any hesitation that those wrist rests were worth their weight in gold (well, not that much, but you get the idea).
My first trike was the ICE Qnt, and for my cross country treks I would resort to a little solution I found helpful to rest my arms during the course of an eight or ten hour day of riding: I would place the underside of my wrists on top of the handlebar grips. I could do this because the trike had twist-grip shifters. This idea would not have been doable if it had had bar-end shifters. Well, my next trike, which was the Catrike 700, came stock with wrist rests, and I went ga-ga over them!! What a fantastic idea Catrike had here! On tour with the 700, I found the wrist rests to be indispensable for my long distance comfort! I always did wonder why ICE did not have something like this, which works with either bar-end shifters or twist-grip shifters. I was hooked, but when I sold my 700 and got the Full Fat by ICE, I was again in a “no rest” scenario, but at least it had a Rohloff rear hub, so I could go back to my primitive method that I used for comfort on the Qnt.
Well, happy day! ICE has now solved this long-standing shortcoming with what you are about to witness in the following presentation by Rolf, the owner of Hostel Shoppe, a great business that sells recumbent trikes. To order a pair from Rolf, click this LINK, which will also show the optional security strap that he demonstrates at the end of the movie. These wrist rests will work on many types of trikes, not just ICE trikes!