GNAT – gypsies, nomads

Gypsies, Nomads, And Travelers, also known as GNAT, are a wild bunch, that much is certain. How do I know this? Well, I am among the ranks, and I’m wild, but for your head, just check out this slideshow to behold 113 other wild spirits who trike all over Planet Earth. You will see some pretty interesting trike setups for long-haul journeys in this slideshow.

The GNAT acronym arose quite by accident, believe it or not. I had come up with a catchy title, and later realized that the first letters of each word spelled gnat, which is a small winged insect that bites. Perhaps apropos,  trike pilots are small insect-like beings racing around close to the ground, and taking a big bite out of the human need to poison the air we breathe with petroleum distillates.

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If you wish to see the individual photos, you can visit the “Reader Rides” page, under “Reader Stuff” where only the pics reside. You can also pause this slideshow by holding your cursor over the image for typical control buttons.

If you wish to see where these images of Trike Asylum readers originated, please visit the Crazy Guy On A Bike website at the link below:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=174488&v=1ts

There are 113 photographs of loaded trikes in this slideshow, but there are many more appearing on the CGOAB website, where Kelly Iniguez and Jonathan Voels originally began this compilation process from CGOAB journals. Thanks go out for their efforts!

10 Responses to GNAT – gypsies, nomads

  1. Gary W. Bunting says:

    Wow!!! Really great showing of all the configs for travel that these ‘trike-gypsies’ have put together for extensive touring jaunts. I’m inspried again in my goal to become a long-haul touring trikkie. I see a lot of trailers, Steve. Even a NOMAD or two. Also, I see a lot of ‘Trike Bums’. God bless ’em all!!!

    e

  2. alskart@aol.com says:

    Sooo many trailers, some look like they’re even carrying the kitchen sink. Question is; what sort of low gearing have they got to have? Maybe like me they just take it slow and smile whatever the load or the gradient.
    An excellent compilation Steve, still the best trike site around bar none.

  3. Boy, I would sure like to see a segment started on your site that would list what the products are that are being used on these trikes. Brand names, possible places to acquire them and any other details that bight be gleaned so that the rest of us would not have to reinvent the wheel to find travel stuff for our trikes.

  4. Trike Hobo says:

    That idea of not reinventing the wheel is precisely why I began Trike Asylum in February 2010, so that folks would not have to start from scratch to learn all about recumbent trikes. Thus, TA has grown over the years into more than 200 pages full of trike based knowledge to help riders figure it all out. In posts and articles, brand names are revealed, along with links to the manufacturer and dealer websites, so it is a simple matter of clicking the link to get the desired product. The fact that TA is so large now makes it seem like this information is not here, but much of it is, just spread out.

    If you seek basic cargo solutions, search for the names of Arkel, Radical Design, Lone Peak, Ortlieb, Axiom, Altura, Aviner, Brompton, Brooks England, Bruce Gordon, Carradice, Crosso, Delta, Detours, Deuter, Inertia Designs, Jandd, Madden, Mainstream MSX, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Nashbar, Novara, Pacific Outdoor Equipment Co-op, PanPack, Rixen & Kaul, Robert Beckman Designs, Transit, Trek, Two Wheel Gear, and Vaude.

    That ought to take care of any cargo questions! How did I find this information? A search engine brought a website up immediately, the link of which I shall share here:

    http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/bicycle-panniers/

    That is the entire story on one webpage, rather than being spread out as it is on Trike Asylum. Although, I must admit, there are some I’ve never heard of until just now, so taking two minutes to search out that website opened my eyes to even more pannier solutions than I was aware of – we all learn from one another, which is why sharing is great.

    Thanks for the question and suggestion!

    steve

  5. Jerry Forster says:

    I Love it! It shows you don’t need to spend a fortune on the “best” gear to travel. Just strap on what you have and hit the road. I like to travel on my trike. I can stop anywhere ( a hill) and don’t have to worry about getting started again. Trikes are a bit slower than a diamond frame, so the extra weight doesn’t matter so much.

  6. Trike Hobo says:

    Hey, we need some written commentary about that photo (trike, gear, trip, etc) – also need to get your story and photos under the Rider Stories menu!

  7. The variations between luggage carrier setup is amazing. Some very simple, and some very extreme. And some of those that are very simple can also surprise you with how much they’re actually carrying.

  8. I agree with you on this, because then I can compile a basic idea/understanding of how I want to setup my trike as I see items individuals have.

  9. Trike Hobo says:

    Some of these devices already appear on TA posts and pages. With more than 200 pages now in print on this website, it takes some searching (even for me) finding everything. My excuse for lack of coverage on certain items is that I like riding my trike outdoors, getting away from this electronic gizmo called a computer, and to cover everything in the triking world would necessitate spending 10 hours a day online (and this is simply an enthusiast-based website, not a money generating one). What it comes down to is that when any of us have a certain thing that interests us, and it does not appaer anywhere within these pages, it’s time to put the tried and true search engine into gear (that’s how I do it for my triking needs, and have found it quite successful nearly every time I needed to know something).

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