A New Trike in 2015

Okay, so I have been deluged with questions about this new trike for 2015, and am prematurely relenting to the need to know syndrome, this fifth day of June. Unexpected delays have presumably kept my trike somewhere out there in limbo, beyond when my mind thought it would be under my butt with me riding around on it. I say “presumably” because as of this writing today, I have no personally verified information about any possible delay in the trike acquisition system, other than an anonymous, and very helpful, informant who has quietly leaked to me info on the sly that the manufacturer may have been experiencing a parts shortfall for its trikes. That is all the knowledge I currently have, and since I am a patient and mellow fellow, with no desire to alter the reality of “what is”, I sit here content, awaiting the glorious day when the new triple will be within my happy little grasp, to prepare for the upcoming trek.

It was placed in the order queue at the manufacturer on March 02, 2015, thus the time of sweet anticipation is being lengthened by the minute, hour, day, week, and month. As an early adopter, I knew I was going to have to wait. I was prepared, so great will be the joy. The way I see it is that this time is bringing me to a greater level of passion to have it, because as time passes, so anticipation increases. This is a very good and positive thing, with only human impatience assessing it otherwise. So, I am a very happy trikeless triker today, and since there yet remain about 16 weeks until my next expedition, I still have more than sufficient time to get the steed, and my new packing paradigm, prepared for the remote and unpopulated hinterlands, which I will be exploring and traversing.

Although it is usually my practice to write about something after I have actual experience with it, I will provide a little bit of a prelude. The reason I let the Catrike 700 go to a new owner this past March is because I actually needed the cash it would bring in order to be able to purchase the new trike. I am a man of minimalist means, and after having emptied my existing savings account the first of March for the new rig, and realizing that I was yet a notable amount of money short, the decision was made to move the 700 to cover the shortfall. Thus, although I was perfectly happy with the 700, an awesome speed trike that surpassed my wildest expectations, something had to give, and since what the new trike will allow me to do reaches a higher priority in my manner of existence, the new became the path … a path I had abandoned back in late 2008.

So, my fellow triangular fanatics, here is the rest of the story about my latest transition. And yes, this will in all likelihood be the final trike acquisition you’ll see from me. How can I predict this? Especially considering that just over a year ago I proclaimed the 700 a “keeper” trike? Am I not just doing the same thing once again? Nope! It’s very different.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Azib Fat-Tris 04This?

ICE Full Fat Studio PortraitOr this?


Which ever trike it is, I will be picking it up here, at Tumalo Junction, new home of Backcountry Recumbent Cycles. This is the same recumbent trike dealership where I got my 2014 Catrike 700, only their new store is huge compared to the prior one, and much easier to access, as it is north of Bend, Oregon, out in the sticks (my kind of place). Oh, and if you think that by visiting BRC’s website to determine which trike above is the one I’m getting, they carry both Azub and ICE brands. Here is the new BRC world headquarters:

Backcountry Recumbent Cycles Tumalo store 2Mark Waters, outside his new incredible recumbent showroom

Backcountry Recumbent Cycles Tumalo store 9Right on Highway 20, between Bend and Sisters, Oregon – easy to find!

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Time for some big adventure!

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29 Responses to A New Trike in 2015

  1. jon daniel says:

    hi steve it is now may 2015 already……. very interested in your choice of new trike. and if you keep wild child and or reasons for change and disposal???? come on already. :)

  2. trike hobo says:

    Howdy Jon,

    Rest assured, as soon as I have the new trike and have gathered my initial impressions, I will begin to let the information flow here on Trike Asylum. I prefer to have something to write about, rather than merely posting future speculations on something that does not currently exist. Hang tight – plenty will eventually appear, resulting in a grand cornucopia of sensual delights! Oh boy, what a load of euphemistic hot air …

    See ya’

  3. Jerry Forster says:

    So, when is this next chapter in Trike journey coming? do you still have Wild Child or are you really becoming a Hobo and hitch-hiking?

  4. trike hobo says:

    Ahh, all you crafty TA readers keep scrounging for what little matter exists in my deteriorating reptilian brain, figuring that sooner of later I’ll confess like a facet with a handle that won’t turn off – well, okay, some stuff: Wild Child now happily resides in Eagle Point, Oregon about 4 hours south of its former home – and no, I didn’t move down there (near Medford). That wildly wickedly fast screaming 700 is now piloted by an excited triangulated tadpole triker who is delighted with his new steed. My enlightened manner of living no longer provides all the financial riches I was used to when earning the big bucks on the way to my slice of the delusional American Dream, thus Wild Child, that highly perfected thoroughbred that brought me miles of smiles and adrenaline surges, had to be liquidated in order to finance the new triple that was ordered the first part of March (but has yet to arrive in my eager little hands). I have been a hitch-hiking hobo since March 23rd, so here I am the captain of TA but I don’t even have a trike – BUT, I do OWN one at least, even though I do not have possession of it as I type this mound of written excess to you. This next chapter has already begun, and I am actually currently writing down the progress as it occurs for later sharing, so indeed, you’ll get all your answers in spades eventually (and probably be sorry I can’t shut my yap once I get going). All right, that’s enough for now – you are saved by the bell … the dinner bell that is, because I wanna’ go downstairs and grab a bite to eat – gotta’ put on some weight in anticipation for this next overland journey, the one that will make all former trike journeys pale in comparison! See ya’ …

  5. jon daniel says:

    aha me thinks i smell something icey or german fully suspended ha ha. bummer about wild child. the only thing better than a trike is two trikes. still you can only ride one at a time :)

  6. trike hobo says:

    Suspension! Now there’s a novel idea! I may need it where I’m headed.

  7. Did I miss something here ? WHEN did you decide to sell the 700??
    On another note. Are you attending the Recumbent Retreat this year?

  8. Keith Ambury says:

    Congratulations on deciding to purchase a fat trike.
    I will await with baited breath to hear about your new adventure, but how are you planning on getting to the start of your new adventure????….hopefully not reverting to a fossil fuel mode of transport….or have you ordered a new Jeep at the same time?

    Happy Fat Tire times,


  9. trike hobo says:

    Hi Drew,
    Sorry for the long delay answering your question – for some weird reason, I simply spaced out writing an answer, but I do recall your asking about the Recumbent Retreat. I was all set on pedaling up to the 2014 retreat this past August, but when I fell into the Maple Creek Gorge on the Pacific Crest Trail in July, the resulting shoulder injury changed those plans unfortunately. Well, my shoulder healed up in about 8 weeks after the fall, and yes, I was planning on attending the retreat again, for the first time. But then, as you will read on this page as of June 5th, some new considerations have joined the mix. Currently, I have no trike, but I am fairly confident that by the retreat, I will. However, as noted in the article above, I now have a major expedition planned for October, and with about 16 weeks separating me from the trek, once the new trike comes in, I’ll be devoting my time towards the preparation for the journey. I like to be very familiar with a trike before setting out into the unknown with it, and will be needing this time to get the trike and my plans ready for launch day. I feel that riding up to the retreat this year would be stuffing too much into such a short time frame. However, the 2017 retreat may be an option for me. We shall see how things develop. It would be a real kick to ride the new trike up there (about 190 miles from the house one way), although if I do ride up in 2017, I will be taking dirt backroads in the Coast Range as much as I can, rather than pavement, as I love the wilds much more than the pavement! Thanks for asking.

  10. trike hobo says:

    Hi Keith,
    No, I have not purchased a fossil fuel vehicle, however, since this will be my maiden voyage on the new fatrike, and since the departure point is a long distance from home, I shall opt to bum a ride in the back of a truck. Yep, I know it’s kinda’ cheating, but that’s the way it goes this time around. I could pedal the fatrike to the expedition starting locale, but I figure that since the trek itself will be very demanding, with much of the route off pavement, I would like to begin the trip fresh – if I were to pedal to the starting point, I’d be pretty dog-gone wasted by the time I got there (after about two weeks of pedaling) – not a good way to begin a very remote backcountry journey that has enough perils in its own right! For this upcoming trek, I want all the cards stacked in my favor as far as survival is concerned, thus fossil fuel will play a very fleeting initial role.

  11. Thanks for the update!!

    I had been wondering…

    BTW, my youth enjoyed a Vet…(red), and I now ride a Cat (red) too.

    …looking forward to your next posts!

  12. Hi Steve,
    Thanks for your update and response to my comment. Sounds like you are going to have a blast with the new trike when it arrives. After your shift to light and lean on the 700 is the fat tire trike not going in the opposite direction weight wise? Either way, I can hardly wait to hear about it and your next adventure.
    As to the Recumbent Retreat, you mention a maybe for 2017. You can’t make 2015 due to your October trip, but what about 2016? Did you forget about it, or was 2017 a slip of the mind and you really meant 2016 ? :)

  13. trike hobo says:

    Oh my gosh Drew! Yes, you are so correct regarding the date. You see, I must be so excited about the new triple that I totally did forget about the year 2016 – wow, a whole year gone, just like that – I better enjoy the new wheels while my mind at least retains some semblance of intellect! Yes, I did mean 2016 when I said 2017. See what not having a trike does to a triker? Drives the brain into a state of chaotic bliss.

    And yes, your weight observation is also accurate. Here is the way I see it however:

    With the 700, the plan was to continue my long road trips, so lightweight speed was an enjoyable component when pedaling pavement day after day with no let-up. The mindset then was more about arriving at the destination, using the trike more along the line of how most people use their automobiles – as utilitarian tools of travel. The 700 itself was about 33 pounds, a perfect lightweight base for a speed trike, whereas the new trike will weigh in around 50 pounds.

    But now, with my return to the backcountry after my six year hiatus, the mindset is exploration, not destination. Getting back to a place in the wild, a place in my spirit, means casting the human penchant for being in a hurry right out the window. In nature, I plan to once again take my time to explore and enjoy. Just as in a car prior to 2009, I found pavement travel rather monotonous much of the time, just knocking down the miles as quickly as I could to arrive at some predetermined destination of supposed importance. It was almost like I was rushing along through life to my final resting place – why be in a hurry? I know where I’m going to end up, so what’s the rush? Time to enjoy in minute detail now.

    So to do this, I need a trike that is capable of transporting me wherever I wish to go, on roads and trails hardly anyone else ever uses, off the beaten path, far away from the grid. A well made fatrike has the credentials to accomplish this task better than any other pedal pushing vehicle, and by their very nature, this means they weigh more. The 700 was a lightweight speed trike, and was only capable of carrying light loads. The fatrike is a heavyweight by comparison, but is capable of carrying huge loads that will allow for weeks of backcountry existence off the radar of contemporary humanity.

    Travel on a fatrike will be very slow compared to travel on the 700. First of all, travel on smooth pavement road systems will always be the most efficient for any vehicle, when considering time to destination. The good news is that if I can once and for all eliminate the “destination” syndrome from a mind thoroughly brainwashed over the years that speed is essential, then I can truly enjoy the slow and deliberate notion of exploration, not destination.

    All this is not to say that I will be ignoring rolling weight considerations however. I will not go crazy and bring every possible thing along, but then again, being self sufficient in the wilds for days does require more than easy road trips where stores are plentiful en route. Water is a biggie of course – I will carry somewhere between 2-3 gallons, and at 8.34 pounds per gallon, you can see where that leads. Water is essential though, so there is no debate about saving a gram or pound. Food is also essential to power the engine, and with no stores in the outback, it must be brought along on the trike.

    Once I receive the new rig, I’ll be figuring all this out, and will, of course, take photos and write-up what I end up doing in preparation for the expedition. It is a new and exciting experience I am about to enter, and so giddy am I that my mind completely forgets about entire years. 2016? What is that?


  14. trike hobo says:

    Thanks for your enthusiasm ornamentalmind – I will be looking forward to sharing with you!

  15. bob costin says:

    Sounds like a trip to Ayers Rock is forth coming??
    I would think being that you are a U.S.A. citizen, you will be on a Catrike??
    And I have been wrong before, so whatever you ride and wherever you go, I will be looking forward to your posts!
    Hopefully the Box Van will arrive soon!

  16. trike hobo says:

    Uluru, commonly known amongst white guys as Ayers Rock, would be an awesome spot to explore. Getting there might present somewhat of a problem for me however – bummer. It is interesting that you mention Catrike Bob. Prior to making my final decision on a fatrike order, I discussed with the company making a USA-based fatrike, and I would happily be the guinea pig (test dummy) for their R&D portion of development. So, I did attempt to remain loyal to the country where I exist, but came up dry. Catrike, at the time, had no plans of entering the fatrike surge. If they eventually decide to join the excitement, I am sure it will be a great trike! Okay, figure out a way to get me over to Australia all-expenses paid, and I’ll get lost in the outback down-under (oh, and get yourself a fatrike too, and let’s do it as a team – the more the merrier, and when we all run out of water, as we lie there dehydrated on death’s doorstep, at least we will have someone with whom we can share the thoughts from our shriveled delusional minds).

  17. I too am in the process of obtaining a back country, and all around driver as well… Only as you, I find I am short of funds due to a accident which nearly cost me my life on the job, so I am tethered to the porch like a obedient dog waiting for the mail person to deliver my monthly funds to which deductions are made right off the top to cover the cost of living, food, and cell service.. At that point does not leave me a whole hell of a lot to set a side for my new back country steed … But to add to what you have posted, I understand the feeling of that anticipated day of arrival to which I to will be heading to the back country, beaches, and swamps of my beloved Florida… well I’m half way there and heard from a friend who knows of my situation and is passing the hat to help the cost, so it should not be much longer till I make those trips.. Eager to here your choice of trike, and will send photos of my ride as soon as it arrives..
    As always thanks for this site, And you dedication to the recumbent life… Armadillo Zack
    P.S. It’s not all of our site that is not letting anyone post, just a few topics.. Hope they work out the bugs soon….!

  18. trike hobo says:

    Sorry to hear about your accident Zack – hopefully time will heal, as it did with my shoulder last summer. Fatrikes vary in cost, from the low 2,000s to the low nines. Utah Trikes will deliver their fatrike to your doorstep for a tad over twenty-eight hundred dollars, the last time I looked. What brand and model one gets depends greatly upon the desired use it will see. Less demanding outings would probably be well served by less expensive fatrikes, although, until someone takes, say, the Utah Trikes fatrike out on a really challenging expedition and returns successfully with no issues, it’s only speculation. When I realized I had to have a fatrike a few months ago, I talked to Matt at Utah Trikes about their fatrike, and considered it for a while. What swayed me finally towards Azub and ICE was the beefier construction, which, on appearance anyway, seems to be better suited for a more rugged environment that would bring higher stresses to bear on the frame and parts. Being a lifelong 4WD explorer, often on Class 3-5 roads (the really tough ones the higher the number in a 5-class rating), I decided on a fatrike that would actually allow me to explore some of those same roads I did in my old Jeep of yore. Frames of 4×4 rigs get really tweaked out there, so I am aware of the punishment vehicles can endure in the outback. Interestingly, I believe that this trike might go through the challenging sections more efficiently than a modified SUV, as the trike is much smaller, lighter, and more nimble. Boulders that might stop most Jeep drivers might prove relatively less challenging on a trike – the good news about a trike is that you can always get off, turn it around, and pull it from the rear through the bad stuff, or, if things get really nasty, just lift it up and carry it – try that with a Jeep ;-)

  19. Hi Steve,
    Glad you found the missing year, after all, it may be a good one, especially if you make it to the Retreat in August :) I’m sure it was just the excitement of your impending new trike that threw you off.
    I assume that your future adventures will be solo from now on? I mean, there can’t be many riding companions out there with a fat trike yet….or can they? Will you be taking anymore trips by trike to California or some other long distance trek, or would that be too difficult on a fat trike?
    Oh, BTW, on the subject of California. On your last 2 trike rides down there you never mentioned (or at least I never saw it) how you returned back home. Did you ride? or did you take the train or something?

  20. trike hobo says:

    Howdy Drew,
    Having no experience on a fatrike yet, I can only speculate about long road trips, however, I believe this trike will be considerably more comfortable due to its large balloon sized tires, which should help absorb road irregularities. Matt Jensen, a local riding partner, has a fatbike, and he says the comfort level is noteworthy, even though his bike is not suspended with a typical shock absorbing system. Fatrikes are wider than the trikes I’ve ridden before, hence require more lateral room on the road, which might lead one to think they could be more dangerous from an automobile accident standpoint. Of course, the immense size (width, height, bulk) of a fatrike is much more visible to motorists, thus will probably be a positive consideration, leading the rider to feel safer than if on a low-slung road trike designed for speed. Trikes are my transportation mode these days, thus if I need to go anywhere, I can either choose the trike to get there, or hop on a public transportation system like Greyhound or Amtrak (although after the recent Amtrak train entering a 50 mph corner at 106, methinks such a choice not so wise might be). On my prior road trips south, my return is during the winter months, where the mountains are buried in snow, so I rented small Hertz station wagons, partially disassembled the trike and gear, stashed it all in the back behind the driver’s seat, and drove home in one day (cheap, fast, and minimally toxic to the environment – plus I have been known to purchase carbon offsets for these selfish transgressions against my planet). Regarding this fall’s overland backcountry journey, I have special reasons for my choice of where the trek will occur, which I will discuss sometime in the upcoming weeks, and my choice to hitch a ride to the starting point is unique to this single trip, although I have indeed considered pedaling right from the house, so my mind ponders both scenarios. I suppose if I had someone on a fatrike who wanted to start the trip from here, I’d go ahead and do it. I could even change my mind before the times arrives – who knows – it’s all part of life’s grand unknown adventure, and, as trike trekkers worldwide realize, adventure is found in the journey!
    PS: Regarding using a fatrike for long paved overland journeys in order to reach a great backcountry locale, since these trikes sit so darn high in the air for the ground clearance necessary in off-road situations, they are considerably less stable than trikes like the Catrike 700, HPV Scorpion, or ICE Sprint, and this even includes the ICE Adventure, which, although it does sit high, is still lower by a wide margin than the new fatrikes. But then again, this height consideration is mitigated further by the added width of the fatrike track. All this is to say that I am used to speeding down mountain passes around 50 miles per hour on my other trikes, but clearly, on a fatrike, those days are over – if I were to allow such speed to build up on a fatrike, the first curve would make sure I ended up off the side of the cliff, tumbling helplessly down yet another mountain (as I did in 2014 on the PCT), and, while such dramatic episodes make for captivating online discussion, they are no fun during the actual event.

  21. I am not a betting man, but if I were I would bet my money on the ICE fat trike. Whichever you end up with it will be interesting to read about your riding it. I somewhat envy you as far as the riding part. You can have the overnight camping part of it though. I like my super comfortable Sealy Posturepedic latex foam mattress. My body can’t take camping any more. It can’t even take a different bed. That’s been the case for 25 years or so. Will you be using large panniers on this fat trike in order to haul around all that you need to take along with you in the wilderness? Don’t forget the bear repellent!

  22. trike hobo says:

    Regarding the trike brand, I’m not talkin’ … yet. However, my lips may loosen and words may flow in late June or early July. It’s a feeling in my bones. Regarding the cargo storage solutions, on the rear rack will be Arkel RT-60 panniers, and above those will be the Arkel TailRider trunk. On the seat will be Radical Design side seat pods (my old standby). There may be a few smaller pouches here and there also. Regarding bear repellent, trike hobos don’t need those pricey commercial sprays, as the triker’s lack of showers each day provides all the repellent effect needed – it even holds true for mosquitoes, believe it nor not. Yep, backcountry travel has its perks for sure, and with the ThermaRest Neo-Air Fast and Light inflatable mattress, cozy home beds are a thing of the past! Yee Haa …

  23. Mike says:

    There are two reasons I decided against a trike in favor of a touring recumbent such as the Azub max or the HP Velotechnick. First, trikes are very suitable for fire roads and beaches but not so much for trails. Second, if I ever wanted or needed to transport my bike by bus, train or car, I’d be more likely to do it w. a recumbent.

    That being said, my retirement vehicle will be a tadpole trike w. an electric assist that I hope to use to pull a 100-ish lb teardrop trailer mobile home and my 65 lb dog. Ahhh, dreams…. =)

  24. trike hobo says:

    Hook the dog up as a power source! It’s a win/win situation – dog gets exercise while pulling the teardrop trailer! And you get by with moving the load down the road. Another unique idea: create a platform atop the trailer, and have an organic vegetable garden growing up there. May as well take advantage of the sun and fresh air! Okay, my mind is crazy, but it’s at least fun. See ya’ …

  25. Marcel says:

    Last year we also decided to go from pavement to the outdoors but not on a trike. This was mainly for 2 reasons; money and we wanted the option to ride on singletracks. So we bought 2 normal MTB’s. If we had the money though we would probably have bought a LWB. The Lightfoot Cycles Ranger or Bigfoot looked promising to me.


    There was a third reason not to buy a bigfoot trike, but that also counts for a (Bigfoot) LWB and that is transportation by car. Two MTB’s on the roof of our Ford Fiesta is now fairly easy and not too expensive. With 2 trikes or 2 LWB’s a totally different matter. There are solutions fot this on the market though, but for now we settled for MTB’s. Perhaps in the future we have a better car and the opportunity to try a LWB. It is so difficult to find them here in The Netherlands.

    We are looking forward to read about your future adventures on your Bigfoot Trike.

  26. trike hobo says:

    Marcel, check out Friday’s post this week. It will show a fantastic, and very affordable, option for fatbike riders!

  27. armadillozack says:

    OK…! Some time back I said I was in the building stage of a new Fat Cat Q-4 and since then it has been built, and I’m waiting on the delivery which is scheduled for Monday October the 19th, 2015… I would have liked to have sent you some pic’s but I never have found out, other then on a post that you have submitted to be able to make a comment, but other then comments on this site, is impossible to do but if you would like as well as maybe some other readers would like to see my new stead, please send me a addy or something if possible so that I may do so…! Well hope your having a ball, and I can’t wait to see some of your new photo’s of you and your new Fatty….! Thanks and i’ll catch you later down the road, I guess …!

  28. Desert Dune says:

    Greetings Zack,
    Adam here – I am sure the readers would love to see your new Catrike Quad! My suggestion is to create yourself an account with Flickr, and upload as many photos of the Catrike as you wish. Then, we can do two things: 1) I can copy some of the images from there and place them on Trike Asylum, and 2) We can link to your Flickr page so readers can see all of the images you take. If they allow written explanations on those gallery websites, be sure to tell about your new Catrike Q4 too. I don’t do email correspondence as part of my assistance with Trike Asylum, so the photo gallery option seems to be the one you might pursue so we can all see the new Q4. Keep us posted – thanks. BTW, here is the link to get started with Flickr:

  29. I’m sorry having to make this post here, but I thought to myself that if you where going to hear this the sooner the better, and for lack of a proper venue I had looked for the first place I could find to notify you of the goings ons that is reason as to why no one may be commenting to the new posting on catrikes… Your page is going to a web site reserved for the web owner, and folks are not seeing your new post.. I just thought I would let you know as I’m sure you worked hard to get these posts out to us… And I also would like to take this opportunity to welcome you home after your Death Valley Tour how ever short it may have been… So welcome home and I hope you get your new post working as I enjoy reading what you have to say and your inspirations are always helpful…!
    Your Friend And fellow trekker…..Armadillozack

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