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We'll be providing lots of entertaining updates about our bikes and trikes and life here at ICE.
The ICE team
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 04:27 AM
Neil waited 10 years for his first bike. It came to him second-hand and was from the all-steel era, with rod brakes, a chain case and mudguards with pin stripes. That bike was his pride and joy, and the germ of a cycling obsession. Slowly but surely Neil amassed a glorious collection of bikes which were regularly subject to mechanical tinkering.
Time passed, Neil became a qualified engineer and was married. By now Neil was building his own bikes and recumbents, with special parts supplied by Peter Ross at Crystal Engineering.
1997 rolled along, and with the big 40 looming Neil felt he needed a dramatic change. He quit his job, sold his house and moved the family to Cornwall. That summer they led a dreamy nomadic existence: surfing, camping and exploring the beautiful Cornish countryside. But Neil needed a “bike fix” so he called in on Peter Ross at Crystal Engineering.
Over a cup of tea Peter mentioned that he wanted to sell the business as a going concern. Now that got Neil interested! He arranged to spend some time helping Peter in his workshop to get to know the product and the possibilities. But Neil wasn’t the only one eyeing up the business. Over the road Chris Parker was also trying to find a way to make Crystal Engineering his own.
Are two bikeaholics working together a good plan? Who knows, but when Neil and Chris met up one day they just got along. They had a great combination of skills to make things work out, so they decided to make a bid for Crystal Engineering and the rights to Trice.
Monday, March 19, 2012 - 04:04 AM
We never need an excuse to eat cake at ICE HQ, but if you need one a long ride is the perfect motivation!
We've collected our favourite energy-boosting recipes ideal for taking on a triking picnic.
Spent a little time in the kitchen and you can make a delicious assortment of drinks and snacks for your journey. Yummy!
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.