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Monday, March 19, 2012 - 03:51 AM
Cycle touring is the most enjoyable way to travel, but unfortunately it’s very addictive; you’ll find yourself planning your next trip before you have even finished your first.
Here are my top tips for cycle touring:
1. Practice and train. This doesn’t need to be overdone but it’s good to get your body used to the trike and it will help you tweak your equipment so it suits your style of riding.
2. Keep your kit light! Bring the absolute minimum to keep you safe and comfortable. Do you really need that extra jumper/ t-shirt? My aunt once told me when travelling “bring twice the money and half the clothes”.
3. Travel less, see more. Don’t try to do too much, especially on the first few days – I have made this mistake more than once.
4. Keep your trike well maintained. Look after your trike, keep on top of light maintenance and get comfortable with the mechanics. You’ll never regret learning how to repair a puncture!
5. Plan your route. Make sure you have the right maps and enough food for your ride so that you are well prepared. But, leave some flexibility in your plans so that when you hear about some cool new place, you can detour to see it.
Monday, February 20, 2012 - 07:11 AM
ICE Air-Pro Seat Padding Fitting - The first of many...
At ICE we always aim to give our customers the highest level of service. We have a great selection of information on our website to help ICE riders keep their trikes in top condition, but we knew we could top the industry standard printed instruction manuals.
Fuelled by the success of our promotional films, we decided to get the cameras out again to create instructional videos. Films provide something that words and pictures alone simply can’t replicate – being able to watch the mechanics happening in front of you makes maintenance so much easier.
The first instructional film shows you how to fit the ICE Air Pro Seat Pads, enabling you to customise the fit of the seat for optimal comfort. The film is clearly narrated, with accompanying illustrations, animations and film footage to make the instructions crystal clear. The film is available to watch now on our YouTube channel.
We are confident that the instructional films will be a great success, and we’ll be making more over the coming months. But if you prefer the traditional method of ink on paper, all of our manuals and instruction sheets are available on our website including the 2012 manual.
We’d love to know which of our instruction sheets you’d like to see turned into a film. Please contact us to let us know which films would be most useful to you. Email your request to email@example.com or contribute to the discussion on our Facebook page.
Monday, February 13, 2012 - 04:46 AM
Our quality control technician, Nathan Jarvis, is a real stickler for dirt and likes his trikes to look box-fresh. He’s put together this handy 5-point primer to keep your trike gleaming like new.
1. Firstly you need to rid your trike of any heavy muck, grime and mud. Give it a gentle hose off using a spot of Muc Off bike cleaner and elbow grease.
2. Get your chain clean – I love the Park Tool Cyclone Chain Scrubber. Pop some more Muc Off inside the reservoir to make sure every link gets a good clean. Make sure you lube the chain afterwards. I like Finish Line wet lubricant, but if you live in a hot dry place you’ll need to use a dry PTFE lube.
3. Get the polish out and give the frame a good going over. Autoglym Super Resin Polish is great at getting rid of any last little bits of grease while giving the frame a spanking finish.
4. Any hard black bits need a good going over with hard surface conditioner; get to work on the backs of mirrors, cable outers, gear shifters and chain tubes with Silkolene Pro Prep.
5. Finally, give your tyres some care and attention; a nice bit of Simoniz Back to Black tyre black will have them looking their best (but don’t get them on your treads or disc brakes, or you’ll be having problems!)
With a bit of t.l.c your trike will be looking show-room fresh. The products I’ve mentioned are my preferences but if you’ve found anything better I’d like to know – I want only the best for my trike!