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Trike Hobo Steve Greene visits the Performer Cycles website to see what they have to offer for 2019 in the way of recumbent tadpole tricycles:
He has done it before, and he is now at it again! Mr. Telck is a true and seasoned veteran when it comes to overland triking. Rather than try to explain his current trip to you, I will simply post his email updates that come directly to me, and from these, you can hopefully figure out all the details that you wish to know! So, here ya’ go, fellow trike enthusiasts of Planet Earth! Directly from the man himself, here is what he has to say in his first 2019 trek email:
Hi Steve, Hope you are keeping well and are still exploring our planet. This year the tours have been slow for me as well as Victoria (Our big city). It’s funny, almost like everything just stopped this year. What’s even stranger, last November I started getting inquiries about Fat Trikes as this couple was looking to ride in complete comfort. I had shown them several local trikes, including base models, suspended models, and my Gekko and a Catrike Expedition, so they had a good idea of the differences. Imagine my surprise when this 80-something year old lady told me she wanted a Fat Trike! With Power Assist too! After delivering her trike, I asked her: “What made you decide on a Fat Trike?” She replied: “I have a tendency to ride into things, over things, up curbs and into potholes. With this trike, it doesn’t matter.” haha. I followed up with her a few weeks later to see if she was still happy with her trike, and she loves it! Since that time, I have sold four Fat Trikes on the Island, with another one soon to be on it’s way. My last customer, another retired fellow, likes to take his poodles hunting with him, where he has them flush out the birds, and then he shoots them from the comfort of his Fat Trike. Funny how you never know where new customers come from. :)
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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.”
Trike Hobo Steve Greene visits yet another recumbent trike manufacturer website, this time the Australian built Greenspeed, started by Ian Sims in 1990.
Would you mind giving me your feedback on our upcoming tours for the next couple of months? Would this be something you would like to attend? – Thank you, Glen