2017: ICE Full Fat for SALE

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BASIC INFORMATION (INCLUDES ACCESSORIES):

2015 ICE Full Fat recumbent backcountry trike * miles ridden: less than 200 * absolutely immaculate condition * garaged entire life, except for occasional day rides * no hard duty or abuse * fully babied and pristine * foldable frame * full suspension on all wheels * Rohloff internally geared rear hub (can be shifted at standstill) * custom built rear (fender/rack/pull-handle) assembly * VEE Bulldozer 26×4.7 rear tire * VEE 8 26×4 front tires * tubeless with Stan’s sealant * suspension neckrest * black rim liners * custom rear chain guard * Arkel RT-60 rear panniers * two TerraCycle Fastback 4.0 water hydration packs * two Camelbak 3 liter water bladders * two TerraCycle tool pouches * front headlight mount * Shimano PD-M424 pedals * original cost of trike with integrated options: $8471 * accessories included were roughly $1000 * approximate original total investment (trike & accessories): ~$9400 * trike’s current location: Oregon coast, USA

sale price: $3500 firm

vtxfitness@gmail.com

For additional background information on this vehicle, please refer to the “BIGFOOT” pages of this website, found under the “SteveStuff” main menu item above.

(NOTE: For whatever the heck it’s worth, which may not be much, this trike belongs to the one and only, somewhat crazy, Trike Hobo of Trike Asylum, and is forever featured on the cover of the book: Bush Triker, as well as on the triangular locomotion website Trike Asylum , so the buyer of this stunning vehicle will be pedaling around on a trike thousands of fanatical trike pilots have already seen worldwide – woo hoo ;-)

TECHNICAL DATA OF ICE FULL FAT, FROM INSPIRED CYCLE ENGINEERING:

Overall width:38.8″ (985mm)
Overall height: 33.5″-35.4″ (850mm-900mm)
Overall length: 76″-84.6″ (1930mm-2150mm)
Folded width: 34.5″ (875mm)
Folded height: 28.3″-38.2″ (720mm-970mm)
Folded length: 31.1″-44.9″ (790mm-1140mm)
Seat height: 16.5″ (420mm)
Seat width: 14.5″ (380mm)
Seat depth: 11″ (280mm)
Seat angle adjust: 38 – 51 degrees
Turning circle: 19’4″ (5.9m)
Rider weight limit: 275lbs (125kg)
Overall weight (from): 49.2lbs (22.3kg)
Rider size range: 37″ – 50″ (940mm – 1270mm)
Track width: 33.5″ (850mm)
Wheel base: 46.1″ (1170mm)

Ground clearance (ride height adjusted): 10.4″ (265mm)
Suspension Travel Rear (optional): 4″ (100mm)
Suspension Travel Front (optional): 1.5″ (40mm)

Learn more about the ICE Full Fat at their company website page HERE.

COMPANY VIDEO PRESENTATION:

FRONT AND REAR COVER SHOTS OF THIS TRIKE, PLUS MORE INSIDE:

THIRTY-NINE MINUTE DISCUSSION BY TRIKE HOBO ABOUT THIS TRIKE:

For serious inquiries, please email vtxfitness@gmail.com

A FEW PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHTS, AND MORE ABOUT THE TRIKE:

Life is a pathway of evolution for us all – it is what actually occurs as we plan for what we think life should be or for what we want. We write new chapters continually as we move through our adventures on this tiny planetary outpost, lost in the cosmos, tiny specks of existence in a microsecond of time. What happens next? No one knows. Tomorrow will surely bring new surprises not formerly pondered today. We make decisions now, only to realize in a future now that our thoughts and actions have morphed once again into new realities.

Hmm, I must be in author’s mode once again, even though I have sworn-off writing any more books during my stay here. Writers can’t help themselves usually, and frequently find yet one more chance to spew forth supposed gems of wisdom for the imagined excited masses to sort out for any real truth or value. So, enough of this bizarre monologue, as I am sure you might well be here to see what has developed with the Trike Hobo’s ICE Full Fat, otherwise typically known as Bigfoot. Well, I rode it off the side of a dirt mountain road, pretty much annihilating much of the rear swing-arm and wheel, but perhaps some mechanically gifted soul may be able to see the mighty Phoenix rise from the ashes with a little work (okay, only kidding on this last sentence, so don’t get too bent out of shape about it – the trike is fine and so am I ;-)

But down to the brass tacks here: The ICE Full Fat (Bigfoot), and many of its accessories, is now for sale to anyone who wants it. That is, of course, if you come and get it all, because I do not own a car to drive it to a buyer, and I’m sure not going to deal with shipping it. This trike has fewer than 200 miles on it, and is in immaculate pristine condition, but for perhaps a few specks of dust that I missed brushing off it before you got here to see it. And, probably the best news of all for any serious potential purchaser is that it will cost one heck of a lot less money than I paid for it all. How hard is that to swallow? Some of the stuff has not even been used.

Prior to wheels/tires being converted to tubeless – Arkel RT-60 panniers on rear rack – note the custom designed and fabricated rear fender/trunk rack/pull handle

Now, when I bought this trike and all the goodies not too long ago (July 2015), I spared no expense in setting it up with top-of-the-line options, getting a recumbent trike to end all other recumbent trikes, a literal dream machine. It was exactly what I wanted, with all options ICE had to sell me. In other words, for anyone looking to enter the fatrike world, this is your very lucky day, assuming of course, that you have some money set aside to get a trike in the first place. Even used, such a trike like this would not be considered cheap by the standards of most cyclists, but the cash outlay I experienced with it was even more life-changing.

Although it may be two years old at this writing, for all intent and purposes, it is brand new. In fact, it is better than new in many respects, as I took care of a few minor, but annoying, little issues that resulted from errors in the chain of command from factory to me. Not only that, but I also made dramatic improvements in it, like converting it to a tubeless tire setup so that flat tires were a thing of the past – necessary because current four-inch fat tires today are lousy at resisting the little invisible sharpies in the boonies known as goatheads or devil’s thorn. There is also a chain guard in the rear to keep mud and gunk from spilling all over the chain and then mucking-up your chain tubes. Little stuff like that is all ironed out, including a rear fender, luggage rack, and pull handle that I custom designed and had fabricated, the likes of which the folks at ICE have never created for serious backcountry explorers. As such, this trike is much better today than it was when I took possession of it, with no more bug fixes necessary, and nothing left to iron out. Yep, this is surely the fatrike dream machine seeking a new home! You won’t be disappointed, and you won’t find it anywhere else, even if you buy one new from ICE.

Plus, there are many accessories included, like top-of-the-line Arkel RT-60 panniers, Radical Design side seat pods, FastBack hydration packs with tool bags attached, and Camelbak 4.0 liter water bladders. Light mounts exist front and rear, ready for your own lights (I’m keeping my lights for my next set of human-powered wheels). Dual flags get the attention of motorists. Disc brakes on all three wheels bring this monster to a stop licky-split, under full control. The Rohloff rear internally geared hub makes shifting a breeze, even when parked, and there are no derailleurs to ever adjust or worry about getting damaged. This rear hub alone costs more than many entry-level trikes. Extra elastomers allow the rear suspension to be adjusted for heavy or light loads. The front suspension is sooo nice too – it added an extra $650 US to my original tab. The trike has the super comfortable neck rest, and the rear pannier rack. Sure enough, this baby is ready for anything, whether you only ride it in the local woods, or decide to take it cross country on a multi-week expedition.

Why am I selling this incredible recumbent trike that I labored so hard to get, and which was instrumental at draining my modest bank account at the time I made the decision to buy it? Well, the answer revolves primarily around my penchant for ultimate physical fitness. I have been physically active outdoors all my life, hiking since I was a wee tot, and exploring in my Jeep the far reaches of the unknown hinterlands. That exploration bug is what led to the need for this trike in the first place. That need has not changed. I will still be following it, just not on this vehicle. But there is nothing wrong with the vehicle – that is not why I am making this seemingly-sudden switch. No, the rig is flawless and perfectly suited for the bush. The choice comes from the powers within me that demand the utmost from my body at all times.

The world of physical culture, known as bodybuilding, has been with me since 1968, far ahead of the world of recumbent tricycles, which began in 2009. Living a long and fully functional life is my top priority, and cycling is but one aspect of the greater picture. In three years, I shall be experiencing my 70th year of human life, a kind of mental milestone that it seems humans carry around with them. Many of us don’t make it that far. I have been told throughout my life by others that once a person makes it to seventy, things are really going downhill. In fact, many are those who have said growing old is something we have no control over, and along with the process comes “age related” degenative health issues that no one can prevent or delay. You could say I’ve been kind of a spokesperson for the fitness world, as my path is one radically askew from most folks. Just like I enjoy being an ambassador for the tricycle world, I also love being one for the benefits of respecting the human body, respecting life, and showing through personal example what the body is capable of if properly cared for during its time.

All that said is leading up to this: I am getting even more serious about upping the game of my physical conditioning, and, when I really assessed the tricycle riding I have been doing since 2009, I realize that my upper body and core stabilization muscles were not being involved to any degree that would help define my conditioning. Riding recumbent trikes is like sitting at home in the La-Z-Boy recliner while watching a movie, as I have often touted as a benefit to cycling in ultimate comfort and ease, especially on long overland cycling treks. What I aim to accomplish with this writing of my next life’s chapter of improved physical fitness is to bring more of my body into play while pedaling those same miles. Since I still very much enjoy the outback of the planet, my current plan is to acquire another fat tire vehicle that uses human power to move: the fat tire bike.

All right, enough of the backstory here, else this will turn into another “War and Peace” epic, which is not my intent ;-)

Following are some informative items to present Bigfoot in the event that you are not already familiar with this trike. If you wish to contact me about a serious inquiry for purchase, you may do so at vtxfitness@gmail.com. Now, a little basic info if you still want to know more:

I have slightly more than $8400.00 US in the trike alone, the price reflecting all the extra (and quite expensive) options I had integrated into the trike. To this, I have also over $1,000 in a few accessories, many of which will go with the sale. These numbers will shock many cyclists who simply can’t see investing so much in just a recreational pastime for fun. My intent was more, as you can read in other writings I did about Bigfoot (my pet name for the ICE Full Fat) so I did invest the money. Clearly, only a tiny percentage of those reading this page would actually even consider getting this trike, but for those of you who have the resources and desire to ride the best-equipped fatrike available in the roughest conditions, I present the information.

While my personal mileage on this vehicle is surprisingly minimal, thus its pristine condition, I rode it enough to know it is up to the task of taking its rider far off the beaten path, to places that any standard recumbent tricycle could never go under the best of circumstances. I take top care of everything I own, even my weight training equipment in my home fitness center, so it all is like new. I had planned on riding this trike across the Mojave Desert in October 2015, but deadly weather events aborted my plans, and the trek never occurred, despite months of extensive preparations, including getting my trike to the commencement point in a friend’s SUV. I never did take any cross country journey on this trike, and it served me in many local rides instead, during a time that I was focused on finishing up my book writing career, and involved in the production of Trike Asylum, other websites, and corresponding with many TA readers. I did not regret my activities for the past two years, yet I realize that with my physical fitness state of mind that the time had come to make some big changes. That included making my cycling experiences harder and more demanding than I had been doing in the past, in ways that my total body would be involved to a much higher degree, thus benefiting my health, fitness, and ultimately my longevity as a  human creature.

The original invoice from Backcountry Recumbent Cycles (click for larger viewing):

A FEW MOVIES OF THE TRIKE AND ACCESSORIES:

 Serious inquiries only please. Be prepared to make an offer. vtxfitness@gmail.com

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