Welcome to Tokyo! JaYoe!

Triking and biking the big city!

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Overland Tricycle Journey … some Highlights in Japan

This presentation includes the prelude of Matt and a JaYoe online follower as they prepare to enter the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster area. He gets special shoes, socks, and even a full body suit with mask to remain radiation-free. Oh, and it also includes that happy fellow who you see smiling above. JaYoe fellow trike pilots!

View more of Matt Galat’s world trike tour at: http://jayoe.com/vlog/

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Overland Tricycle Journey … Riding Philosophy

View more of Matt Galat’s world tour at: http://jayoe.com/vlog/

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Overland Tricycle Journey … Hills and Trike Repairs

View more of Matt Galat’s world tour at: http://jayoe.com/vlog/

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Do you have a recumbent trike to sell?

There is now a dedicated page on Trike Asylum, under the “MORE” menu in the main menubar, with the sole objective of providing a place for recumbent trike owners to sell their trikes. On the page, just leave a comment for potential buyers, then wait for your money ;-)  https://trikeasylum.wordpress.com/more/are-you-selling-your-trike/

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Overland Tricycle Journey … sometimes on a ferry!

Matt Galat pedals his HP Velotechnik trike from Hakodate to Aomori, Japan, and also reveals his desire to review great hamburgers all over the world (wait until you see the mega-huge five tier hamburger they serve in Hakodate – and only in Hakodate) …

Oh, and then there’s the matter of the lost bank card – what is he going to do?


By the way, if you want to know a few of Matt’s suggestions about taking an overland tricycle journey, he has authored a guest chapter in The Overland Triker book, which you may notice in the sidebar on the right hand side of this website. Matt’s chapter is called: The Road Is The Ultimate Teacher, and he gives it to you straight for any trikers about to head out on such an adventure of three wheels. Know before you go!

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Overland Tricycle Journey … sometimes in tunnels!

Matt Galat reveals the truth about triking through tunnels, along with the upside of road angels, and how they are helpful for a rider on an overland tricycle journey …


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More on Jen and Tony’s Australian Trike Tour …

Below is an article and photo from the Central & North Burnett Times newspaper about the challenging overland trike journey that Jen and Tony recently completed:

Cyclists venture on a trip of a lifetime
20th Sep 2017 9:45 AM

by Philippe Coquerand

CYCLING: It’s not everyday you see retired cyclists travelling thousands of kilometres on trikes but for Jen and Tony Fleming, it’s been a life long dream. The married couple began their journey in the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns almost five months ago. They are heading towards the Sunshine Coast and plan to be there by next week. Jen said she decided it would be a great way to go on an adventure with the trikes.

“We’re cyclists at home and I’ve been reading up on people who do cycle touring and now we’ve got these trikes we decided it’d be a great way of going on an adventure,” she said. “We thought it would be a good idea of doing something before you get too old and you can’t do anything.” Tony said the pair had packed almost 20kg of luggage which also proves a hindrance when they’re cycling up hills. “We’ve got sleeping bags, a tent, mattress and all that gets packed into the trike,” he said. “We haven’t had any problems with the hills, but we go up the hills around 4-5kmh, we just crawl up but by gee you look forward to getting on top of that hill as there’s always a downhill.”

Jen said the pair encountered several problems along the way.

“When we had a problem with the brake we stopped in the next town which was Moura and they didn’t have any bike links so we went to Biloela where they serviced our brakes and gears,” she said. “When we left the next day we camped at a spot called Dawes Hall and from there we continued our way to Monto where two things happened, it started raining and my bottom gears just dropped out. “For two days we couldn’t fix it and then we looked at it on Sunday (September 17) and the back wheel was loose and that’s why the gears weren’t engaging.”

Jen encouraged more people to follow their dreams.

“Tony is 70 and I’m 62 and lots of people could do things like this if they’re prepared to take a risk and give it a go and it’s quite satisfying to know that you’ve achieved something,” she said. “You know when you get to our age you’ve got to do these things now, you hear of so many people who get sick so you think you have to make the most of life while you can. “We’ve been cycling for 10 years and we have a very active cycling club at home and we have rail trails and single track riding but then we decided to do these ones.” The pair do an estimated 50-70km a day and sometimes will stop for two days in each country town.

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Triker Jen completes challenging trike tour!

This just in from Jen Fleming, the Aussie wild gal who set out on an overland trike journey not long ago. She and Tony have completed the enlightening and challenging trek, and sent me an email link for any Trike Asylum readers who would like to experience their adventure from the comfort of a computer. Visit Jen’s TA page HERE. Email from Jen:

Hi Steve, 
Just thought I’d let you know we completed our journey through I land Queensland. Our two stage journey. We enjoyed it, though found it challenging. But everything in life is a challenge. Link is jenandtonystours.wordpress.com if anyone wants to read it and look at the photos. Having a rest and nesting for awhile. Then we will see where the next road takes us. New Zealand’s looking pretty good ! 


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Overland Tricycle Journey … sometimes in the rain!

Matt Galat discusses triking in the rain, among other things, which include a very helpful review of how his Arkel panniers met the challenge of keeping his cargo dry …


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2015 ICE Adventure for sale – like new …

2015 ICE Adventure RS 20″ Literally like new, less than 200 miles ridden, garaged.

Accessories included: 
Dual bar-end mirrors / Water bottle cage riser and cage / Front mount accessory bar / Rear rack for suspension models with trunk and pannier space / Full QR kit (quick release) / Full fender set / Chain tensioner for QR boom adjustment / Neck rest

Notes: Seller willing to discuss shipping, but it will be freight COD at buyer’s expense. Seller willing to deliver trike to buyer within a reasonable radius of Newport, Oregon.


Contact Michael Rioux if interested in this ICE Adventure: (michael.rioux@me.com)

Price is negotiable.

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To all Hurricane & Fire Trikers: Update us – RE: your safety

This request also goes out to all cyclists, including those with four wheels (quads) and two wheels (bicycles). Please let us all know your condition. What has happened to you and the area where you live? Are you still home? Have you evacuated? Was your human powered vehicle used during this time for any reason? What are you hearing?

With the southeastern region of the United States and the nearby islands being slammed with monster killer hurricanes, and the northwestern region of the United States burning fiercely due to lightning strikes and teenager misconduct, these weeks are quite disturbing for many folks who live in these regions, as well as for people in general. Many have been killed, many more have been injured, and more yet have been evacuated to temporary shelters from the winds, rains, floods, storm surge waters, towering forest flames, heavy ash, and extremely hazardous smoke levels. Not a day goes by that is not filled with news about the disasters occurring on a regular basis.

So, readers of Trike Asylum would like to hear from those cyclists affected by any of these catastrophic events. Please comment to this post, telling the area where you live, what you have experienced, what your immediate future looks like, and anything else that may help us in understanding these deadly and maiming calamities. Thanks for taking the time for the update! We all hope all is well with you! Be SAFE!

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“North Korea launched a missile over my head!” – JaYoe!

A recent video log from Matt Galat, of the JaYoe world recumbent tricycle tour:

For more of the latest JaYoe world trike tour, click HERE.

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Floridian Trikers – Time to Hunker Down!

To all of our triking and cycling friends who live in Florida, including Catrike Quad rider Zachary Mohrmann (otherwise known here on Trike Asylum as the ever-popular commenter armadillozack), please stay safe out there. Park those trikes and quads, bolt down the house, and don’t even peek outside until Hurricane Irma has safely passed. Even Zack, on his huge fatquad monstermobile, is no match for 185 mile per hour winds! Here is some media stuff:

Extreme Category 5 Irma crashes into Caribbean, sets sights on Florida and Southeast U.S.

For more than a day, monstrous Hurricane Irma has sustained Category 5 winds of 185 miles per hour while ripping through the northern Lesser Antilles and Virgin Islands. The storm, tied for the second-strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, is approaching Puerto Rico, and headed for the southeastern Bahamas and, by the weekend and early next week, Florida and the Southeast U.S. This is a life-threatening storm that the National Hurricane Center warns is capable of catastrophic damage. Preparations should be rushed to completion near its path.

Forecasters said Irma posed an increasing threat to South Florida, a sprawling and densely populated mass of cities and suburbs hugging the coastline. As dire warnings mounted, schools and offices across the state began to shut down, grocery store shelves were wiped clean and authorities ordered evacuations with more to follow.

The most powerful hurricane to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade, Irma has swelled into a monster force with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The center said Wednesday afternoon that Irma’s “extremely dangerous core” was moving over the Virgin Islands and would “pass near or just north of Puerto Rico” later in the day.

Okay, ’nuff said intrepid cyclists! Hunker down, and report here after you are safe!

Even Zack on his monster quad is no match for monster Irma! Be safe my friend!

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The latest evolution of two ICE T trikes …

Over 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 trikes with 20” wheels all round, changed to 26” rear wheeled machines, with bar end shifters replacing the original grip-shift setup. Then ICE came up with the 26” rear suspension, so Alonzo contacted the Trike Guru Kevin Dunseath of Dtekhpvs his ‘local’ purveyor 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 job, like the better part of five-grand each, but Kevin said, “NO – you are perfectly capable of fitting the parts yourself, plus the cruciform on both of your Ts have next to no mileage.” So the parts were obtained, and a mere pittance was paid for them compared to new trikes. Kevin is as honest as they come, says Alonzo, and will help anyone to enjoy their triking. He is also the go-to man for those with disabilities, but who wish to ride a recumbent.

The fitting of all the suspension parts was comparatively straightforward, thanks in part to YouTube instructional films. So at the beginning of 2017, Alonzo’s trike, and that of his wife Margaret, were fitted with front and rear suspension, and they can now ride in more comfort on roads that are a lot less than smooth (and we all have our share of those ;-).

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ICE Full Fat trike, and accessories, for sale …

Fully equipped immaculate ICE Full Fat & accessories for sale HERE. ($3500 firm)

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Trike Hobo’s Stability Ball – the new way to fitness!

The Trike Hobo ditches his office computer chair for a stability exercise ball as yet another one of his bizarre ways to further increase his health and fitness level, and thereby extend his longevity to its maximum potential. The stability ball computer “chair” allows his body to subconsciously exert thousands of micro adjustments as he sits at the computer working in order to keep him balanced and off the floor. This works many muscular areas of the body while sitting, a time that most people simply slouch in their comfy office chair with no fitness benefit at all. Trike Hobo can also do conscious movements, such as abdominal crunches, side bends, circular spins, leg pushes, and various stretching movements, all of which keep the body active, burning calories, and getting stronger. Muscles worked include, but are not limited to: spinal erectors, serratus, obliques, abdominals, hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, and a whole host of many others too numerous to mention. This method of sitting at a desk at first seems very strange and quite uncomfortable, as one’s muscles are not used to it at all, but by the time a month rolls around, with no typical chair usage while at the computer, the adaptation is complete, and vast improvements to the body can be seen, and definitely felt, as the core stabilization musculature is now strong and well tuned. This is a perfect option for someone contemplating trading in their recumbent tricycle for a standard bicycle, which also leads to significant core stabilization benefits. Below in this movie presentation, the fitness guru himself demonstrates this new enlightenment for all those who seek ultimate levels of physical development and fitness paradise:

Vitality Through Xercise

Okay, now that the balance issues are being squared away, I’m almost ready to get onto a fat tire bicycle when the fat tire tricycle finally finds a new loving home. Stayed tuned right here to Trike Asylum for all the exciting news as it breaks! Oh, and for any serious bush explorer out there who is yearning for the perfect fatrike, simply click right HERE for the first critical step to achieving your worthy goal!

And by the way, whoever ends up acquiring my trusty ICE Full Fat, you may think it’s kind of a cool little perk that it is the trike featured on both covers of the top selling bush triking book, BUSH TRIKER. So, open up your wallet, get the trike, and buy the book ;-)

See ya’ in the next monumentally insignificant Trike Hobo feature presentation!

Trike Hobo on Bigfoot, June 2017


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Trike Hobo to sell ICE Full Fat and accessories

Click HERE to read more if you are interested in acquiring this recumbent tricycle.

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Trike rider struck in Thailand

Trike Asylum reader and overland triker Steven Telck will be trike touring later this year in Thailand. He is part of a small group of enthusiastic cyclists who tour together. He explains about a group friend who was hit recently while on his recumbent trike:

“One of our team riders, who is recovering from an injury, was hit while touring in Thailand and doing his charity work.  Seems a driver was impatient, and decided to pass on the safety margin, and hit his rear wheel and flipped him over.  New rear wheel, and a little time for a hairline crack to a collar bone, and he will be cycling with us again this coming November.  He has nearly no use in his right arm after his stroke and his right leg is down to 80% strength.”


This is sad: Here a man is doing charity work using his tricycle, and an impatient auto driver takes him out on an open straight road with little traffic and a large shoulder in clear sunny weather! I do hope the driver was identified and appropriately penalized for causing this unnecessary accident. Hopefully also this cyclist’s financial outlays were paid for by the person responsible! Always be very attentive to the car traffic behind you while triking, even in these “perfect” riding conditions – assume nothing.

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E.T. – Eclipse Triker

Commemorating the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

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2017 Fort Stevens HPV Recumbent Retreat


September 8-10, 2017 – Oregon Coast

Okay, it’s getting close now! This annual event used to occur in August, so teachers could attend, but recently (2016, I think), it was moved into September (sorry teachers). This is three days of fun events, rides, and camaraderie, and from what I hear, is now mostly composed of recumbent tricycles rather than recumbent bicycles (like it originally was). Evolution continues in all things of life, and the retreat is no different. If you plan to attend, now would be a good time to get your reservation all squared away while there is still room for another triker or two. If this sounds like something you would like to do, here is the link: Recumbent Retreat

Here is how the Recumbent Retreat website appears:


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The Story behind Trike Hobo’s fatrike …


The following article was written in March 2015, shortly after I sold my Catrike 700 in order to raise additional cash needed to acquire a new fatrike. More can be read HERE.

The Story

From a very early age in childhood, around the age of three or four, or thereabouts, as my recollection of such distant early times is rather nonexistent, I have been an explorer of the wild world around me. I would go out to places like the Mojave Desert with my mom, dad, and sister, camping and hiking. I loved it. The need remained with me, eventually leading to the purchase of a four wheel drive vehicle once I was old enough with a job to afford one. As a matter of fact, my dad and I used to ride motorcycles out in the wide open desert on dirt trails even prior to the state issuing me a driver’s license. My passion for exploring what’s around the next bend in the road, and up the next mysterious canyon grew to insatiable heights, and over the years, exploring in my old Jeep was the prime thing to be doing. I learned all the roads out there, but I still loved to read backountry maps.

My old 1975 Jeep CJ-5 allowed me to explore the most distant locales … on dirt roads!

When I lived in the high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, I kept on exploring on the old mining roads above timberline, reaching dizzying heights, seeing the world as a bird might. I kept up my hiking also, and climbed some fourteen thousand foot peaks too. In all this outdoor wilderness wandering, I was also enraptured by fast automobiles, due to my dad’s automotive journalism career. At a couple of points in life, I sold my 4WD rig and bought a Corvette, but it wasn’t long each time until my passion for the backcountry would overpower my need for speed, and I rather quickly ended up selling each Corvette in order to get a new extreme terrain vehicle. The wilds were my way, not the paved and crowded human mazes where cops sat in wait for me to speed by.

Up until 2008, I kept merrily exploring the outback in my petrol powered vehicles, on roads most rational folks would not even consider roads. But finally, my love of respecting the air we all breathe outweighed my selfish desire to drive toxic Jeeps into the wilds. The explorer in me had not diminished one bit, but I could no longer personally rationalize my use of vehicles that ran counter to my need to breathe fresh air. Thus, 42 years of car use came to a screeching halt, cold turkey, leaving everyone who knew me dumbfounded over the supposedly sudden twist of direction. It wasn’t sudden however. I had been thinking it over for quite some time, and 2008 was my year to cease being a hypocrite. I had been talking the clean-air talk, but not walking the clean-air walk.

Car ownership was no longer a part of my ride on this planet, but to me, that didn’t mean I had to give up exploring the outback. My resolve was simply to transfer over into a way of exploration that used my human power. I had always been a hiker, but there were still times I wanted to experience the mysteries of my planet in places that were too distant to reasonably reach by foot. My plan in late 2008 was to find and acquire a human powered extreme terrain vehicle, so I could explore in an environmentally friendly manner.

There was a problem I soon discovered, and that was in early 2009, after spending much time searching the internet for a human powered extreme terrain vehicle, it became clear that there was nothing in existence that met the needs I found in my old Jeep. I wanted a quad or trike, and envisioned myself still on the same roads I had always driven, but the only thing I could find was a quad, made by a company that had suspended production the year prior, probably because the highly sophisticated off-road vehicle was too costly for the average Joe or Josephine. It was fully suspended on all four wheels, with hydraulic shocks, and would have been loads of fun, but I couldn’t have one.

In the three wheeled realm, no such animal even existed (the Berserker, while notable, did not have wide floaty tires I would need in sand). And neither did the two wheeled world have such an extreme rig. Sure, there were mountain bikes, but they were insufficient for my needs. I wanted comfort, just like my Jeep, and I wanted large storage capacity, just like my Jeep, because I loved going out for a week at a time into the middle of nowhere, being totally self sufficient. Everything out there had skinny knobby tires, offering hardly any traction in sand washes or snow. I chose not to compromise.

About this time in early 2009, I was invited to present at an author’s breakfast in Death Valley, having written a huge book all about the place. I had no car. I had a problem, it seemed. But then, I was told a local man was selling his recumbent tadpole trike, so, in a moment of need, I bought it, got familiar with it, and set off pedaling for Death Valley. It was 900 miles away. Man, what had I gotten myself into? The trike was really comfy and quite capable of packing all my supplies, and I learned to love it. It was a 2007 ICE Qnt.

Nearing Death Valley National Park in 2009 on my 2007 ICE Qnt trike

Then, in 2010, I started this Trike Asylum website to help others searching for trikes. It took me tons of time to discover what little I did, because there was no central place that presented recumbent tadpole trikes at a glance, so I created one. Of course, you know the story from there on out, because I’ve been writing volumes of stuff all about it. The trusty Q found a new home in late 2013 (quicker to sell it than to put a new chain on it :-), and I relived my former Corvette days on the coveted Catrike 700, the same color as my first Vette, by the way. The 700 was like getting into a Lamborghini and mashing the pedal to the floor, at least in human powered comparisons. What a trike! And then I discovered how I could tour on it, and had the most enjoyable and comfortable paved highway trip I had thus far taken on a trike. I was in clean air heaven!

I was addicted to speed on my 2014 Catrike 700!

During this time, I had also been watching with envy as Maria Leijerstam began planning her expedition to the South Pole of Planet Earth … on a recumbent tadpole tricycle. Wow, that got my attention. One look at the trike ICE was custom building for her endeavor at once brought back images of my old fat tire Jeep. Here was the go-anywhere extreme terrain vehicle finally realized in a trike! Maria was going to have a world-first vehicle. No thought crossed my mind that I would be paying to have one custom built for me though, so I contented myself with all the fun I was having on the 700. But then things changed. In a seeming flash, the landscape of cycling moved into backcountry exploration in a very big way. Fat bikes were getting started, looking more like motorcycles than bicycles. The thought crossed my mind, but still, I really like sitting in a comfy seat to explore my vast world, not straddling a metal pole with a thin strip of leather inserted into my rear end.

Maria Leijerstam on her custom built ICE backcountry recumbent tricycle

Then, it happened! The glorious days arrived just a moment ago, where fat tire extreme terrain tricycles popped onto the scene, with ICE leading the way, but with Azub in close pursuit. The wave had begun, and there was no stopping the enthusiastic response from the triking world. More companies jumped in, and as I write, it is only becoming more and more popular. There is serious money to be made in the extreme terrain trike venue, and the manufacturers are seeing it. Today is different than in 2014 when I ordered the 700.

Things have come full circle. What did not exist in 2008, the vehicle that I actually truly wanted, became reality in 2015. All of a sudden, I realized that I could now return to my lifelong addiction to the natural world, get off the boring pavement as I did in my Jeep, and get back out in nature, only this time, without poisoning the air in my wake. But then I thought, how ridiculous – I just got the new Catrike a year ago! What am I thinking? A new trike again in 2015, just over a year later? Well, yes, that was the path I opted to take and that is where I now am, having ordered the new trike March second of this year.

With all new products however, there can be wait times as manufacturers ramp up for full production, and iron out any initial bugs. The leading edge is also known as the bleeding edge for a reason. As you have very likely guessed by now, after all this ranting, is that my new trike is a fatrike. For me, this new trike was going to be either an Azub or an ICE, the two that, after having a good look at the present field, stood out in my own thoughts as the one’s best suited for my rugged backcountry needs. My new trike needed to be bomb proof, as the saying goes, able to carry supplies, and take me out to wild territory where, if something broke, it could mean my life! For me, this is serious business. I am not just some weekend warrior who wants to use a fatrike for local outings within walking distance of the house. In fact, the first expedition, which I presently plan on starting later this year, leaves no room for any mistakes out in the field. Second chances are rare out there!

As I write this, there are still several weeks until I leave, and my return to the wilds, after six years of vehicular abstinence, is greatly anticipated. I am like a kid in a candy shop. Street riding is fun, no doubt about it. Dirt riding is the epitome for me however. My wild side really will be wild once again – this time on a mega fatrike, going where I only used to go in my Jeep CJ-5. Yee haa … time to get down and dirty!

Since I do not have my fatrike yet, I cannot write about it. Or at least, I choose not to write about what currently does not exist, except in my mind. Once I get it, I’ll share it here for those who are interested. In fact, the next time I return to this page for updates will be once the monster trike has joined my quest for ultimate adventure. Which one did I finally choose to get? That, my friends, is the next chapter …

Exploration, not Destination, is my new mantra!

BTW: I forgot to mention that I seriously considered an HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs26 Enduro, based on three friends of mine who have fs Scorpions and swear by them. The reason I ultimately opted not to go with the Enduro is twofold: 1) The tires, while knobby, are still rather narrow, and will not float on sand and snow like the fat tires, and 2) The ground clearance of the Enduro, while sufficient for most dirt roads, is too low for some of the stuff I envision from my days in the Jeep. I chose not to compromise this time, thus a fatrike it shall be. The HPV Enduro is well suited for most backcountry trikers however.

Learn more about fatrikes HERE!

and if you get one, you can …

The ICE Adventure seems lilliputian compared to the ICE Full Fat!

Mark Waters sits happily upon one of the first fatrikes delivered to the United States.

Initially, I also considered the acquisition of an HP Velotechnik Scorpion Enduro as a possible alternative to the Azub and ICE fatrikes. I eliminated this trike as a possible backcountry buggy for two main reasons: 1) While the ground clearance was fine for most riders and uses, it sat too low to the ground for my needs in extreme terrain at times, and 2) The Enduro had typical mountain bike tires, not the larger fat tires that provide superior effectiveness in many scenarios, such as sand or snow. So although the Scorpion Enduro is a very fine trike, it was not best suited for my unique needs.

The HP Velotechnik Scropion Enduro off-road recumbent tricycle

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Trike Hobo cruising neighborhood on Bigfoot

Fatrikes are awesomely comfortable on pavement! Plus, they really show up well …

An easy local residential cruise on the exceptionally mega-comfy mega-trike is a great way to spend a lazy summer afternoon in August. Fatrikes are always a blast to ride!

Near a quiet intersection in the rural neighborhood, a local pedestrian is aghast at this gigantic human-powered contraption I am pedaling! How do you steer, she wonders. Where is the motor, she asks. It looks more comfortable than a bicycle, she comments. I sit and just smile, sharing the triking lifestyle with all interested people I meet who express curiosity about my mode of humble transport. Every time I get on this trike, regardless of where I am going, the comfort factor just pops out in my consciousness every time, and it’s wonderful to be looking at sedan drivers eye to eye, rather than being hidden below their passenger window. Drivers simply cannot miss seeing a fatrike cruising the roads. This trike may be slower than my former speed trikes, and it may not accelerate in lightning fast seconds like the Catrike 700 I once enjoyed, but in all other arenas, I am content with the purchase. Yep, just riding this fatrike brings a smile to my face! Photos by John Gardner (who rides a mountain bike with front suspension).

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English ICEman, the triking troubadour

Alonzo Savage rides and strums the English countryside:

Alonzo’s wife Margaret also rides an ICE trike, pictured here with the troubadour’s trike:

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ICE Frame Failure on 2017 Tour de Wyoming

While riding the 2017 Tour de Wyoming epic cycling event, Trike Asylum reader Steven Telck, who rides a 2011 ICE Adventure recumbent trike, experienced a catastrophic frame failure far out on the open road. This post presents known facts about Steven’s experience so that other riders of similar trikes might have the knowledge about a potential future event on their own trikes.

Steven Telck rides his 2011 ICE Adventure recumbent tricycle on a previous United States tour. He is a highly experienced and capable overland triker, and has also toured on this trike in Asia.

Following this background information will be two photographs of Steven’s frame.

BASIC BACKGROUND INFORMATION: During the week of July 16-21, 2017, Steven was a participant in the multi-day Tour de Wyoming cycling event, which consisted of four mountain passes, and more than 400 Miles in six days. He was riding his 2011 ICE Adventure trike on this fully supported tour – there was no cargo on the trike in panniers. He only carried a water bladder and water supply to remain hydrated, as the cargo normally carried on a tour that is unsupported was carried by the Tour de Wyoming support organization. Cyclists essentially pedaled the distance without being encumbered by standard gear such as tent, sleeping bag, food, and clothing. Steven is six feet five inches tall, and weighs 245 pounds. He had approximately seven pounds of water on the trike with him. The weight limit for his trike is 275 pounds. Steven says the load on the trike was about 20 pounds below the maximum recommended weight limit for the vehicle. There are about 5,000 miles on this ICE Adventure recumbent trike.

Steven, a Wyoming resident, was pedaling about 25 miles per hour along an interstate portion of the tour when he began to feel what is described as a fish-tailing sensation. Fish-tailing is when the hind end of any vehicle begins to move laterally, or perpendicular to the direction of travel. He reports that initially it was a mild sensation, felt in corners, but as the day progressed, this movement became more pronounced. When Steven first felt the mild fish-tailing, he stopped and checked things that he thought might be causing the problem, but was not successful at locating the malfunction. He checked again later as the issue reached a level that could not be ignored any longer, where the trike was too unstable to ride. Upon a carefully detailed protracted inspection, he realized that where the swing arm for the rear suspension joins a curved portion of the trike’s frame a serious tearing of the metal was actively in progress. The tear had become pronounced enough that the trike was critically unstable and unsafe to ride any farther on the tour.

Not wanting to relinquish his enjoyment of the Tour de Wyoming, and having a strong desire to complete the event, Steven loaded his trike into a motorized vehicle and took it south 160 miles to Louisville, Colorado (near Denver) on a Sunday to the dealer where he originally purchased the human powered vehicle. At the dealer, owner Chip happened to have the part necessary for Steven to continue his tour, so Chip spent the next hour repairing the trike with the used part. This was now around 7:00 PM on that Sunday. Steven then drove his trike back north to his home state, and the following day, the Adventure was back out on the road of adventure. Below are two photographs that reveal the severity of this frame failure, and how it could lead to serious injury to the rider had it broken all the way, or failed at speed on a mountain pass descent.

Steven’s ICE Adventure frame suffered a catastrophic failure while riding a supported tour.

Upon his successful completion of the 400 mile Tour de Wyoming, Steven emailed the Inspired Cycle Engineering company about the details of his experience. ICE responded, saying that they were sorry to see the failure, and that they would send a replacement curved tube, hinge, and the front section of the back end, under warranty, via FedEx. ICE informed Steven he could dispose of the broken parts, as they had no need to inspect the failure in person, but that the photos of his trike would be forwarded to the engineering division of the company for analysis. The new replacement parts were received by Steven within two days after their response to him. His 2011 ICE Adventure is now fully functional once again, but he reminds other ICE owners to remain vigilant when it comes to frame inspections, saying that he will now always inspect this area.

Additional photos of other ICE trikes:

From a Trike Asylum post dated May 21, 2015, comes this photograph of an ICE frame that failed in the same spot as Steven Telck’s recent frame failure. Click HERE to read that post.

If you have a post-2010 ICE trike with this rear setup, periodic visual checks might be a means of avoiding such a catastrophic frame failure out on the road. An ounce of prevention is worth …

From a Trike Asylum post dated April 23, 2015, comes this photograph of an ICE frame that failed in another location, where the two mainframe components are attached to one another:

Above appears to be on an ICE Q trike, which predates the 2010 conversion to the new frame styling, design, and fabrication. Below is the new frame design as it first appeared in 2010:

The 2010 ICE frame welds

A comment by the company regarding its findings and solutions would be welcomed. Also, if you have information about serious frame failures on any brand or model of recumbent tadpole tricycle, please post a comment here to assist others who ride the same trike as you. Thank you.


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ICE Sprint in lavender field in Sequim, Washington

Kathie Boley, avid Trike Asylum reader and trike pilot, is spending some time this summer up north in Washington, having left the more southerly areas of California where she and  her husband Paul live, and at every opportunity the triking duo rides their twin ICE Sprint recumbents. She reports that Sequim (pronounced skwim) Washinton, far up by the Canadian border, is a great place to pedal. They found this awesome lavender field, the perfect backdrop for trikes! The two of them plan on attending this year’s recumbent retreat at Fort Stevens State Park in northern Oregon this coming September (where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean). Join ’em!

I bet the aroma from the field was heavenly!

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Ticks, no signal, hilly countryside – JaYoe in Japan

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Jen and Tony’s Australian outback trike tour

Have you been keeping up with Jen and Tony and their adventurous outback trike journey? It seems there are many new trike adventurers taking the plunge and pedaling long distances these days compared to just seven years ago, when only a few of the bravest would dare to try such awesome exploits. Well, Tony and Jen are two of the new breed of undaunted nomads to pull one of these overland trike treks off, and they have just finished a grand trike tour through the wild outback of the Queensland Australia territories. To immerse yourself in their inspiring adventure, simply click HERE to be transported to their website. If you are wondering about initiating your own overland trike journey, Jen and Tony have much insight to share with you!

Click HERE for the entire exciting overland triking adventure!

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Ten of the best rail cycling trails in the US

Thanks to Kathie Boley for bringing this to our attention:

Click HERE to read about the ten routes and see photos!

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JaYoe and Matt Galat – pedaling Japan and camping

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ICE Neckrest Commentary

My Wyoming triking pal Steven Telck has reported back to me with his impressions of the ICE suspension-style neckrest – this after he was finding that the traditional compression-style rests used by nearly all manufacturers were not meeting his personal comfort needs. Steven asked for my humble two-cents worth on neckrests, so I gave him my thoughts, wherein I recommended the ICE suspension neckrest. Steven has an ICE trike, so it was a natural anyway. He was using a custom neckrest (compression style) by a regional manufacturer, but sought more comfort. As I have used both styles of neckrests personally on my trike expeditions over thousands of miles, and clearly prefer the suspension type, I told Steven that trying a suspension neckrest might be just the solution he needed for more comfort.

So, the Wyoming ICEman went ahead and ordered an ICE neckrest for his ICE trike from the boys and girls over across the ocean at ICE. After mounting his new neckrest, and trying some different adjustments, he sent me an email, which follows below, along with a photograph of the new ICE neckrest on his ICE trike:

“The ICE head rest is uncomfortable.  My neck seems to be contacting the rails, and every darn bump is jarring and uncomfortable.  I have tried many different heights and angles to the dangle so to speak, and still can not find a comfortable location for the head rest. It all has me terribly confused and disappointed.  I am glad I opened the plastic bag from ICE carefully, as I think I will need to send this unit back.  Thanks Trike Hobo for your suggestion to try a suspension head rest as it was worth the try, but it just isn’t working out for me. I have taken a photo to help illustrate my dilemma. My only hope is that maybe you can figure out what I’m doing wrong in my adjustments by looking at the photo. Perhaps I’m missing something here.”

Okay readers, if you have any suggestions for the Wyoming ICEman, feel free to leave a comment to this post. I think I may have figured out a solution for Steven, telling him that it looks to be tilted back way too far, and to move it forward by about six inches – but, maybe some astute trike pilot out there can see something I may be missing also. I feel so bad for Steven, having recommended this solution that isn’t working for him. I do hope we can all find him a satisfying and happy ending to his comfort problem! Hang in there Steven – we’ll figure it out fer ya’ …

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2011 Recumbent Retreat – Fort Stevens, Oregon

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Arizona Whip lighted trike flagpole

Here is a post from Trike Asylum dated March 21, 2011:

Arizona Whip Lighted Flagpole

Posted on March 21, 2011 by trike hobo

Okay folks, you’re gonna’ want to see this! Don’t go away yet, because today you will be exposed to the ultimate in after-hours visibility for low slung recumbent tadpole trikes. This incredible information comes to us from Robert Shaver, a patent attorney in Boise Idaho. He rides a Catrike to and from work everyday, and has been doing so for three years now. Word even has it that he has not missed a day on the trike! What a devoted trike pilot.

So, what happens if Bob has to work late? The sun goes down as he’s helping a last minute client, and his Catrike is parked at his law firm’s parking lot. Well, Bob is a partner in this firm, so if work demands a late day, so be it. He’s a crafty fellow however, and darkness is not his enemy, as you shall soon see. In fact, I’d say he’s a whole lot SAFER riding his tiny Catrike home from his business in the dark than during the daylight hours. How so? Well, rather than me continuing to get your curiosity up, I’ll simply paste into this post a post from his own blog. Get ready for the ultimate taillight array!

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Arizona Whip Lighted Flagpole

by Robert Shaver

I have been looking for a way to light up the flagpole on my recumbent trike, and found a product that looked like it would work, the Arizona Whip. Jerry at Arizona Whips was very nice to work with, and I got it hooked up this past weekend. The whip is 5″ tall, and is of clear lexan. Inside the clear tube are 24 LED lights, 12 facing forward and 12 facing backward. Each side has a red group, and a yellow group, and on one side the red and yellow groups of LEDs flash on alternately. Jerry has other color configurations, including a red, white and blue one. The whip screws into a clamp that grips the 1.25 inch tube of the rear wheel fork. The clamp is for 1.5 in. tubes, but with some rubber and duct tape shimming, it grips the 1.25 inch tubing nicely with one Allen bolt for tightening. It extends up through the frame and clears the panniers, rack, seat, and headrest nicely. These pictures show the whip in daylight, and the clamp attached to the frame.

I ran a switch forward to the left hand grip, so I can turn it on and off from the seat. It runs off a 9 v battery. I have not ridden it to work yet, so I don’t know how long the 9 v battery will last.

The picture below is how it looks at night, from the rear. The bike is facing not quite straight, and the bag on the rack is blocking one of the LED lights. The headlight is shining across the street at an angle, and provides lots of illumination.

This sucker is not cheap at $150, but if I can get noticed by a car either ahead of or behind me, it will be worth it.

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