Triker Denise (ICE VTX)

This page features the latest news and updates from writer and triker Denise Lanier. She has Multiple Sclerosis, a disabling disease in which the immune system destroys the protective sheath that covers nerves. Damage causes communication disorders between the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body. MS may result in nerve deterioration, an irreversible process, leaving some people unable to speak clearly, or even walk. Since this is a painful condition, folks who have it are very sensitive to ordinary movements and situations that most of us would not even give a second thought. If a trike is transmitting unusual vibration into the body, Denise will detect it long before the rest of us will. Thus, she needs a trike of unparalleled comfort.

Denise LanierDenise Lanier, with Luke, her service dog. Visit her website HERE.

In January of 2014, Denise acquired a new ICE VTX speed trike from England. Below appears background information about Denise, and how her VTX is helping her enjoy the ride. Denise will provide photographs and personal impressions about the VTX on this page over time. This material will evolve as she spends more time out on the open road in the newly designed trike. The most recent entries on this page will occur towards the bottom, in chronological order, oldest impressions to newest.

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DENISE TEST RIDING A DEMO VTX AT THE RECUMBENT CYCLE-CON (November 2013):

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SLIDESHOW OF DENISE’S VTX BEING ASSEMBLED IN ENGLAND (January 2014):

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Lanier VTX 09Denise and her brand new ICE VTX, on her first voyage after assembly in her garage

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

January 19, 2014: She’s in one piece, finally. I’m still futzing with adjusting the brakes and rear dérailleur just so, and today I’ll get all the accessories attached. My body’s a mess after standing and kneeling, and standing on a slab of concrete for 5 hours yesterday during the assembly – ughh. Worth it, though! Readers can see and learn more at: http://wonkybent.com/

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LATE JANUARY 2014 IMPRESSIONS:

This April I’ll be participating in my 4th MS 150 and I’ll be riding the best-lookin’ recumbent trike of anybody else on the road. In my last post I gave you some sneak peeks of her loveliness. Here she is in all of her glory.

Just for fun, here’s a shot with our cat Xena, who almost blends in with the seat except for her green-green eyes:

Lanier VTX 10Xena on ICE (or, cat on trike)

My husband Gary shot these photos using a black backdrop in the dark, outside in the cold. In order to get this single photo of Xena sitting in the trike’s seat he had to shoot 23 different shots. 17 of the frames had me reaching in or out, stepping in or out, or body-blocking the shot. Said cat did not like the idea of the night chill, or the bright lights, or, ya know, being TOLD to do something (as in, you know, being told do anything). I’m a pretty good cat-wrangler, but that was one daunting and hilarious feat, let me tell you. It was worth it, though, because I really like the photo.

And here’s my VTX beauty with Luke, my mobility assistance dog. Which makes perfect sense, because my recumbent trike is my happiness, independence, go-fast freedom, adventure-seeking assistant. My two assistance partners in one photo: SWEET.

Lanier VTX 11Luke and my freedom machine

This baby rides like a dream. I can hardly believe what a smooth-sailing trike the ICE VTX is. Somehow she manages to ride as heavenly as my 2006 ICE Qnt with rear suspension. If that’s not what’s called a galactic leap-forward in design, then I don’t know what is. You can read more about the design of the ICE VTX HERE in Bryan Ball’s most excellent review, and I’ll be posting more rider feedback and responses for you soon, as well, both here and on my Wonky Bent website, where there will be more reviews and photos of VTX-ness.

The VTX would be a fabulous trike for anybody wanting a light, sleek, quick recumbent trike (in fact, I don’t think any other offerings come anywhere close to the VTX’s performance, comfort and looks), but for those of us with illness and/or disability, I believe the VTX to be heaven-sent. I can pick her up without straining my back; I can lift her over high curbs and into the back of my car with ease; I can ride miles-&-miles without my back/hips/joints taking a beating; and she’s such a feather-weight she practically serves as a jetpack going up hills.

This is recumbent trike/rider true love, people. True. Love.

Will you be riding the 2014 Lone Star BP MS 150? I think you should :) Alternatively, you could make me – and a whole lot of other folks – crazy-happy with a wee donation. Every little bit helps, and every little donation acts as a humongous show of support and encouragement for my efforts in the daily battle against MS and my ride towards a CURE. My donation page can be found here. I am grateful for every, single donation-gift, I can assure you.

Lanier VTX 12:::Z O O O O O O O O M:::

Denise Lanier Flower Child 01 Denise Lanier Flower Child 02 Denise Lanier Flower Child 03 Denise Lanier Flower Child 04

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(More to come … stay tuned.)

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4 Responses to Triker Denise (ICE VTX)

  1. tadpolerider says:

    Congratulations on the new trike, Denise. It looks great. I hope it serves you well and is “just what the doctor ordered” for your needs. Do you take Luke along with you when you ride? I have to admit, of all of the models of ICE trikes this new Vortex gets my vote. Now if it just had direct steering. Anyway, you look good on it … like you were made for each other. Enjoy the Ride!

  2. I have had fractured femur, broken ball joint, and a knee replacement. I know how it can get after standing for long periods of time. I look forward tho seeing where your adventures take you.

  3. Steven Telck says:

    Denise,

    Please let me know which field of flowers you leave your trike in. I might just leave my ICE Adventure and take your VTX for a long spin. What boom length do you need set on the Adventure? Don’t know if I could keep this sleek looking gal on the road as it looks like it will zoom. Thanks for the pictures.

  4. deniselanier says:

    Hey guys, thanks for all of the kind messages,

    I do love my VTX to giddy proportions – so much so that I often detect the glazing over of my non-cycling friends’ eyes when I begin to go on & On & ON about my new 3-wheeled darling.

    I’ve not been feeling well the last few months, as the symptoms of multiple sclerosis have been having their way with me more than I’d like, so not much riding at all. Which is a real bummer when you’ve got something as shiny & perfect as the ICE VTX looking up at you, begging, Let’s go outside & play!

    I have been tinkering, though. Among other things, I bought & installed the newly designed (as of 2014) ICE head/neck rest and I can already tell – just from a ride around the block a couple of times – how nicely it feels, and that this version – like the engineering that went into bringing us from the 2013 Vortex to the 2014 VTX – is a major design-leap forward.

    I’ll have another post on my blog (and here, thanks to Steve) with more VTX-y thoughts very soon I hope.

    Oh, I almost forgot: No, Luke doesn’t go with me when I ride. The only times he & I are separated are when I’m out riding the trike or doing laps in the pool. Pulling the trailer with him in it is too much extra weight for me: Luke is 65 – 70 lbs, plus the weight of the trailer itself, around 25 lbs = Too Much for this MS-challenged chica.

    In terms of the pool, Luke is too great of a water-lover; he wants to be IN the pool. Having Luke pool-side is like seating an addict at a table with his drug-of-choice j-u-s-t out of reach. So I only take Luke to the pool on the rare times I swim where I know I can allow him a few rounds of fetch in the water afterwards. Which means when I swim at a friend’s pool, or in the fall/winter at the community pool, when I’m the only one “brave” enough to be out there swimming in a wet suit. Letting him in the community pool isn’t technically “legal,” but every now & then a girl’s gotta break a rule or two, and for the love of a service dog seems like a pretty good reason :)

    Again, thanks for your kind words. I take them as encouragement, which means a great deal to someone who has to summon a lot of strength & energy for even the shortest of rides. Especially lately!

    Happy trails, y’all,

    Denise

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