Triker Steven (ICE Adventure)

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Steven’s original road sign design – created on his computer! Cool.Steven TelckSee what Steven does besides triking (near bottom of page)!

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by Steven Telck

I recently came back from my second tour of Thailand. My first was with TCHA or Thailand Cycling for Health Association in which I travelled from the west border of Thailand and Myanmar to the eastern border of Thailand and Laos. This was 500 miles in 7 days and the first three were tough through the mountains.

Steven Telck Thailand 02Trikes packed for international travel

Recently I did about 640 miles in a tour of Thailand were we rode where we wanted and took public transportation, buses with our folded trikes in the bellies of said buses. We toured in the north western and northern most part of the country down to the bay of Thailand, then out to several islands and then back to my retirement home in Muak Lek which is about 100 miles north of Bangkok.

Steven Telck Thailand 07Kids enjoy gathering around to see our trikes

Nice part of touring in Thailand is less gear is needed, because accommodations are very cheap and if you are adventurous as you seem to be one can camp at most any Buddhist temple throughout the country. With over 32,000 active temples in Thailand that offers a wide range of places to stay. This last tour my friend opted for guest houses and hotels.

Steven Telck Thailand 08

If you have a few moments you might like to look at the pictures on my blog

I plan to retire in Thailand full time in about 2 ½ years time when my wife retires from her job. My house has two spare bedrooms so if you feel you might like to tour Thailand in the future it could be arranged. For the last 5 years my trike has gone back and forth with me. As you can see I get very aggressive with getting my trike to Thailand to avoid oversize charges by the airlines. It is about 2 hours take down time and 3 to reassemble. Unfortunately I will not be riding in Thailand this year as my wife has asked that we go to Nepal to hike to Everest Base camp instead.

Steven Telck Thailand 10ICE in Thailand

Here we are riding our ICE trikes in Thailand at night:

Steven Telck Thailand 01One of the trike routes we ride

Steven Telck Thailand 03A huge Buddhist stature not far from the house

Steven Telck Thailand 04Now you can imagine the size of this Buddha

Steven Telck Thailand 05Thailand in relation to neighboring countries

Steven Telck Thailand 09A Buddhist temple is a grand sight

Steven Telck Thailand 11ICE trikes folded for transport on part of the trip

Steven Telck Thailand 12ICE trikes on boat crossing

Steven Telck Thailand 13A beautiful peacock walks around the gardens

It is my dream to ride from the northern most point of Thailand where we started our trip this year to Phuket island. I would like to go to the Malaysian border of Thailand, but troubles with Muslim radicals in the southern part of the country makes that an unwise decision. This tour when I get to make it is 1,040 miles give or take.

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(Yep, he is truly an iceman in more than one way.)

Steven on mountain 01I was a trained green horn on the first trip up Gannett, my first real mountain which I later came to understand is second hardest of the 50 states high points. It was the only time I reached the summit out of 4 trips. Man on the left was top rope man and keep my sorry self out of the Bergschrund (or schrund), a crevasse that forms on the upper portion of a glacier where the moving section pulls away from the headwall. Also called a ‘shrund. When I fell on the way down on the snow slope. Notice Bpetnoi on the helmet. He is a lucky ducky as he has never fallen, been sruck by lightling, molested by bears or wild moose, drowned in wild mountains streams or gotten lost. I stick close to him when hiking or riding. Unfortunately he is not so lucky when it comes to buying lottery tickets.

Steven on mountain 02Me getting back up on my feet on the slope above the schrund. Look closely and you can see the rope as tight as an over stretched rubber band. The guy on the left in the picture above was holding me. Notice also the lucky ducky. The top man hand to come down without a top rope. I had him on a bottom boot belay and the other two men also belaying. We had the understanding that if he slipped it would be best to rocket past us in the hope he would slide over the very thin snow bridge and we would burn off rope and stop him on the glacier below. As it turned out he was very sure of foot and needed nothing more than a tight rope while crossing the snow bridge. The next day the bridge fell into the crevasse.

Steven on mountain 03Don just about to cross the snow bridge after coming down. I am holding the rope ready to catch him if he should slip or the bridge breaks. Crevasse doesn’t look like much, but we lowered a rock on a rope over 90 feet before it touched bottom. This is what we were crossing. Prep for crossing going up. Notice two read arrows. Man tried to cross too far to the right where the snow was to thin and his boot pushed through and you can see where his ice axe right in front of the hole also pushed through. Man posted after the trip that they had climbed the day before us and he had done what was in hindsight the dumbest thing in his life, he was not roped up as they did not know about the schrund and had not brought a rope. He could have ended up in the bottom of the crevasse with no way of getting him out. I imagine his shorts were brown all the way back to high camp. This is the same place where I had the unprepared jokers with me last trip so you can see why I was stressed. Getting a sick man down the slope and home a safely was my goal and challenge. Notice Don’s Tee shirt with “Disaster Relief” on it. At this point it was going to be another 3 hours before he kept me out of a disaster in the schrund by doing to good job on the top rope. Again I watched him like a hawk flying over a free range chicken farm as he came down.

Steven on mountain 04Point where a man feel two years ago while again not roped up. Fell from 13,800 feet to 11,900 feet more or less. Never got my team up this high last trip because they were exhausted, sick and totally unprepared. Looking down the hill you can see the schrund and the steep slope above which we climbed.

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Regarding automobile drivers and their driving urge, if you will pardon the pun, to get from point A to point B. The very use of the terms “Point A and point B” speaks volumes of the driving force most people in vehicles feel to get from a place they hardly had time to experience to the next place where they will have hardly any time to experience, because they are already thinking about how fast they can get to “Point C” and all the while not seeing much of anything in between.

The oddest part of this mental condition is we can travel so fast in a vehicle and yet we spend so little time in any given place we do stop to see, as we are anxious to return to our vehicles and fly to the new point, thinking we will not have enough time to see it. Vehicles have made us slaves to speed, which has seduced most into thinking they need to do and see everything in a short span of time of which most fail terribly in our angst to “drive”.

I once thought this an American affliction, but after years of travel in Asia I now understand this sort of mental illness is spreading worldwide. Only in the country side of Thailand were life moves slower can one experience some peace. The main roads are very busy and should be avoided. Riding down the road on a trike speaking with an old man or young boy who is leading a water buffalo along the road kind of slow has a great appeal for me. I guess I am just as consumed at times with getting somewhere in a fixed amount of time on my trike, but I do like to think my time schedule is more the cruise around the world and not the jet travel method of seeing it. Everything in life is relative and my pace as compared to say a turtle is frantic.

My sister-in-laws think me a bit off. They do not understand why I would be willing to ride in the heat, dirt and noise at such an unfathomable slow pace. My wife gets me a little better as she has embraced hiking in the mountains where the pace of life is usually a bit slower. Riding anywhere including Thailand requires frequent stops to fuel up, water our bodies and just rest as compared to travel in a vehicle. It is during these times I get to really experience life.

The slower travel upon a trike allows a rider to have the time to look about and see things not seen in a speeding vehicle. I stop and talk with other bikers if they are willing just to know where they have come from and where they plan to go. Life should be experienced, but a vehicle is a small high speed box so we often don’t have time to know each other as we speed down the road towards Point B.

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Steven Telck EvolutionSteven Telck, then and now – coming full circle!

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Steven has been developing some special pedaling platforms for his trike, having had issues with his feet remaining comfortable while riding long distances. Here are a couple of advance photos of his creation. More will appear as available.

Steven Telck pedal platformsSimple, yet apparently effective – Steven’s report to follow

Steven Telck pedal platforms 2Any kind of shoe can be worn, with no Nerve Compression Syndrome the hoped-for result. Notice where the pedal axis falls on Steven’s foot – well behind the ball, where most hot spot issues commence.

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Steven Telck Teton Ride 2014 Steven Telck Teton Ride 2014 2 Steven Telck Teton Ride 2014 3 Steven Telck Teton Ride 2014 4* * *

Photos of Steven’s homemade pedal platforms:

Steven Telck pedal platform 01 Steven Telck pedal platform 02Leave a comment below if you wish to talk to him about these devices. Notice Steven’s aftermarket four-bolt mountain bike crankset, replacing the ICE 30-39-52 stock crankset. This has a small chainring of 22 teeth, and a large of 44 teeth, and has 175 mm crankarms for maximum awesome torque.


May 30, 2014: Installed TerraCycle dual water bottle cage mount as pictured below. This allows two water bottles to be carried instead of one.

??????????????????????????????? Steven Telck Bottle Cage 02 ???????????????????????????????Also notice the pedal platforms for relieving hotspots while riding long distances.

Steven Telck June 01The ICE Adventure is getting ready for the 2014 Recumbent Retreat in Oregon.

Steven Telck June 02Buffs keep the ultraviolet rays of our star from destroying our faces!

Steven Telck ICE Adventure seatSteven believes in ultimate comfort out on the road of adventure!

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Here is map of the route we will ride this November 30th until around Jan 20th.  We figure about 35 days of pure riding, and the rest for resting and goofing-off.  At this time I have Richard from England, Roger from Quebec, Niddhi from Thailand, and of course me.

I have also won a seat on the Tour de Wyoming. The link below shows the route. This is a support tour, all we have to do is ride as our gear it trucked to the next site. We will camp at school grounds and use their showers. LINK:


11 Responses to Triker Steven (ICE Adventure)

  1. William says:

    Hi Steven,
    I see you are an experienced traveler with your trike. I just posted last week a story where I mentioned that I would love to receive advise about the packing of a trike (in my case a Scorpion FS 26) for air travel. Can you tell us what you have done and how you managed to get it transported without being ripped off?
    Thanks, William

  2. Tim Gillane says:

    Very interesting pedals. Were they hard to make?

  3. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    Hi Steven,
    I like the idea of the double bottle cages but find myself struggling to find the fitting in the UK.
    Good to see the stem being used as a light mount, much better than the one ICE produce as it is higher up. Do you use it to act as a helping hand when dismounting from your trike? I used to use an adjustable stem but at 1lb 5oz it was too heavy so I swapped it for a smaller one weighing 5oz on my ICE ‘T’. The ‘T’ is due to be exchanged for a Sprint 26 in the near future and most of my add-ons will be reproduced to make life easier on the Sprint 26. I also like the pedal ideas as my wife wont use clipless pedals. See Alonzo’s ICE ‘T’ for the pictures.

  4. steven telck says:

    Sorry for the late reply, as I have been more than disoriented lately. The double bottle mounting bracket is from TerraCycle and I am sorry you are having trouble finding it. I think it is not yet sold on any other site other than TerraCycle’s website. I was given this one as a gift so I cannot be 100% sure .

    Last time I looked the price was about $42 which is not cheap as you still need to use two cages with it. I find that it is well made and so far has not given me any issues. The add on for the light mount and other gadgets is an ice accessory. If is nothing more than a short handle bar stem with an internal sliding plug that tightens up as you turn the internal bolt with pulls to wedges together. Instead of handle bars being mounted there is simply a small bar used in its place. Might be you could find a stem and make one yourself. Weight of my accessories is not much of an issue for me as I mass in at 110kg and stand 199 cm tall. I would image there will be a day when I start caring about those issues, but for now I use what works, not what is the lightest. The very mount for the light bracket makes a very good lifting handle for the front!
    The pedal platforms as I call them were designed to address bad “hot foot” issues. Many people change out shoes and their problems go away, some people move their cleats back as far as they can on their shoes and their problems go away, but I also don’t like walking about in cleats even the recessed ones in sandals, so no shoe was going to address all my issues. The idea of the platforms is not mine and I borrowed it and built mine from advice given to me by a man named James Bolf who lives part time in Thailand. Here is both his and my reasoning for why we feel they work. First we can place the platform at any distance we want relative to the pedal spindle and the ball of the foot. For me the pedal spindle is about 3 inches behind the ball of my foot where regular shoes are designed to have the ball of the foot over the spindle. By moving the pedal spindle farther back on the foot which is equal to having moved a shoe cleat back beyond where they can be normally mounted my hot foot has gone away. It should be noted I never had hot foot on upright bikes and the problem started only when I went to recumbents which leads me to believe it is also a blood flow issue with one legs pointing forward near heart level instead of pointing down much lower than the heart. It is also just possible I am just “getting damn older” and have circulation issues. I am now able to put all the force required to push the pedal upon a much larger surface thus reducing pressure per square inch of my foot. I have found that moving cleats farther back towards the foot has its trade offs. One is less strain and stress on the calves, which of me is good, but it means that you cannot get that explosive push off and rapid speed increase because you are using less of the calve muscles to produce that rotational power of the ankle into the pedals. On the other hand it means that more of the larger muscle groups are being used as now the forces of pedaling are on the upper thighs and butt muscles. For me this is a plus as it helps climb hills better using the larger muscles and not having to shift to lower gears sooner to save my aching feet and calves.

  5. steven telck says:

    My first set were made in the backyard with a vice on the ground, a hacksaw and hand drill. Because of their origin they looked rough. The pair seen in these pictures were cut and holes drilled for me at my local college work shop so they would look some what nice for an up coming recumbent retreat. Note that the heel slings are an add on developed by John Lawrence “” to help people keep their feet secure on pedals for those who do not want to use cleats. The straps are used to keep the front of the foot from sliding forward and having the heel sling slide off my foot. Note that the heel slings are not installed as intended hence the straps. I tighten the straps just tighten enough to keep things in place, but allow for foot movement as needed. To answer your question they would not be had to make if someone has easy access to a drill press for accurate and straight holes, and a metal band saw to cut the allow aluminum plate. Cutting the plate and drilling the holes is the hardest part of the work. Adding in the heel slings and straps was an easy job. If you would like detailed closeup pictures and maybe some drawings I would be happy to send them to you.

  6. steven telck says:

    Not sure what you mean by “ripped off”. I have insurance on my trike for possible thief for when it travels and during times I go over seas. I pack the bike very carefully for transport using one hard sided case and one double wall box to place the parts inside.
    it is my desire to have my trike disassembled to the point that i can place it in two regulation size suitcases or boxes for transport to avoid over size charges by the airlines which are now just short of criminal in there costs. To do this I spend 2.25 hour taking my ICE Adventure apart and 3.25 hours putting it back together for each leg of my journey to Thailand. The specifics of how this is done are relative to ICE Adventures and Sprints. I say these two because I have experience with both and know that they break apart in pieces small enough to fit inside of a regulation suitcase which is defined as the total length, width and thickness measurements can not exceed 62 inches. My cardboard box is 64 inches but no one has ever challenged it because it looks smaller being thinner than most suitcases. Since I have no experience with a Scorpion FS 26 I can not advise if it would fit inside of standard suitcases or not. For me the hardest part to pack is the seat frame as it is one piece and does not fold.
    If you want to experiment with if this would be a solution for you then you will need to measure your frame, decide where it can be disassembled and then calculate if it would go in standard size suitcases. I wish i could offer you more advice. I can tell you I was taking time to wrap the paint of my trike with old inner tubes, but it is very time intensive. Now I would recommend small pieces of rippled cardboard cut to length and width so they could be wrapped around painted areas and quickly secured with small velcro ties or string.
    I am sorry for the late reply as I have been busy riding and just forget to look and see if anyone has replied to my posts. Also this is note my blog and was not thinking that people might even reply to my posts posted for me by a friend.
    If you are not really secure with complete dis-assembly of a trike and then putting it back together by yourself this is not most likely your solution, but if you would like to discuss this further then write me again.

  7. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    Hi Steven,
    Thanks for the information re your pedals. My wife wont use cleats but instead uses toe-clips with a piece of shock cord elastic around the heel to stop her foot slipping off.(see pic’s on my rider page). We did have adjustable stems in the front posts of our ICE ‘T’s but in an effort to save around 1 pound in weight on each trike I’ve fitted stems similar to yours and put a short piece of handlebar in the front part. It seems that I will have to order a bottle cage holder from the teracycle dealer in Germany. My page will be due an update when, hopefully, I get my new trike in a week or two. Thanks again Steven.

  8. steve says:

    I have seen people on YouTube who have used shock cord as their heel restraint and it really appeals to me as a good solution. Having the cables does add one benefit I forgot to mention, which is you can pull back against your heel for some added push/pull technique for add power. I would imagine that with shock cord that is not possible due to elasticity. If your wife is not having any hot foot issues then there is no reason to go to the trouble of building platforms as it only allows for the distribution of pedaling pressure and location of the pedal spindle under one’s foot to avoid hot foot issues. If she is having hot foot issues I would bet a large amount of money this would help her immediately upon threading them onto the cranks.

  9. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    My wife isn’t a speedster and doesn’t do spinning or power pedalling. Like me she’s 68 but unlike me she doesn’t have a competitive instinct, but she’s mine and I love her so when we ride together I’m happy enough to go at her pace. Beware, that’s what 40 years of happy marriage can do for you, ha ha!!!!

  10. steve says:


    Slow down and let me catch up as we have only been married 28 years. Good to hear you are both enjoying life. My motto is ” I began life on a trike and plan to end it on a trike”.

  11. Alonzo Savage (Trike rebel) says:

    A little something to ponder upon that Steve Greene modified to fit our passion for riding trikes. It’s entitled LIFE.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty, well preserved body.
    Better to skid in sideways in a cloud of smoking tyres and dust on a recumbent trike,
    Totally worn out, thoroughly used up and loudly proclaiming; ”WOW what a ride”.’
    Keep on trike riding with your wife and remember; there’s nothing you can’t solve TOGETHER.

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