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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 06:52 AM
I am riding through the deep valley of Wasdale, the lofty, distinct and huge forms of Great Gable and Scafell Pike towering ahead. This is the birthplace of British rock-climbing, my homeland and the mountains where strangers fought to save my life.
Two years ago I fell 40 meters when climbing here. I was severely concussed, suffered nerve damage and broke most of the bones on the right side of my body. I owe my life to the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team and crew from RAF Boulmer who rescued me and the staff at West Cumberland General Hospital who continue to help repair my injuries. I wanted to do something out of respect for these people, my friends and family who have supported me through the difficult on-going recovery.
My good friend James 'Yurty' Pierce had had a trike for years – he’d ridden it 4000km around the Baltic already – and he could see that it would be an ideal way to ‘get out there’. I liked it; it was more nourishing for the soul than the gym, I could ride even though I couldn’t walk, and I could go out with my dog Bodhi – just her and I into the woods. A little piece of me came back when I rode.
So, on Saturday 6th October I set off on a 200 mile coast to coast ride to thank my rescuers and raise awareness of their work. Bodhi came too, and my brother John and his dog Jeb. Mum and best friend Mike were the support crew, and along the route I was joined by friends and well-wishers.
Physically this had been the most difficult endurance challenge I had ever undertaken, even before my disabilities. All in all it went exceptionally well but to keep going took a huge amount of positivity and support. The sheer generosity of people we met was humbling. Not just in donations, but also food and accommodation.
Riding into the finish at Wasdale Head with a peloton of riders behind me was overwhelming. I rounded the final corner to see a huge crowd of supporters, TV cameras and reporters. I finally realised the true scale of what I had accomplished.
It feels immensely powerful to have completed this ride. It raised money and awareness but also provided me with a focus, a goal, a reason to keep strong. As a climber I have become trained in overcoming what I thought previously impossible. This journey provided me with that.
In the next few months I am back in hospital to have corrective surgery on my leg, which will see me back in a wheelchair for a short while, and an external fixator fitted for 8 months. I did this challenge now whilst I had the mobility. The next year could be a lot worse.
I feel very proud that, given my circumstance, I am still in a position to be an inspiration to others. I have a strange feeling that this is merely the beginning.
To show your support for the men and women who saved my life, please make a donation by clicking here
Please visit my website for more information about my journey.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank my family and friends for their on-going support, and my sponsors
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 04:53 AM
Your ICE trike has been built from quality materials and parts, and will last for many years with just a bit of simple maintenance. Doing your own basic maintenance give you a good feel of how your trike is working, as well as being very rewarding.
In this article we look at lubrication; one of the most effective ways of keeping your trike in smooth working order. This is the simplest thing you can do to prolong the life of your trike and just requires a few drops of oil and a light smearing of grease here and there.
You should lubricate the chain once a week, and always after riding in wet weather. Simply dot a few drops of oil along the length of the chain. A little goes a long way; it’s better to use a little every week than a lot once a month. While you’ve got the oil-can out pop a drop on the derailleur pivots too.
Wiping the chain down occasionally with a dry cloth will help keep it clean and prolong its life. For best results oil the chain in the evening and wipe it down the following morning; the oil will loosen grime and debris making it easier to remove. Don’t forget to add a touch of fresh oil to the clean chain.
Lubricate the cables once a month. There’s no need to remove them – just spray a little oil in from each end – but do take a moment out to check for signs of damage. Then move on to pedal bearings, wheel bearings, rear hub and headset; these will need a touch of grease. Just pop it on, move the part a little and the grease will work its way in.
Oils and greases are made to different formulas to work in different conditions – hot, dry, wet, humid, and so on. Check with your local bike shop to see which lubes work best in your area. We’ve developed our own formula that works brilliantly in the varied and often-changing weather conditions of the UK. The formula is top-secret, but we many share it with you one day…
Some moving parts of your trike do not need lubrication. These include the bearings in the suspension and steering ball joints (which are made from plastic which can be degraded by oil), and the front hubs bearings, handlebar (stem) bearings, and pulley bearings (which are pre-greased and sealed). If any of these parts feel rough or sloppy they will need to be replaced; talk to your dealer or contact ICE for help.
Lubricating your trike is a quick and simple maintenance task that has a big impact on the life of your trike.
Love your trike!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 04:49 AM
Our customers say it best. They have been enjoying the fast-paced comfort of riding the ICE Sprint, and we are delighted to share their testimonials:
“It has the perfect blend of stability, and nimble handling, and is an incredibly fun ride.” Patti, USA
That’s what the Sprint is all about; a sporty ride and heaps of fun.
“I love - LOVE - the ICE Sprint.” Jim, USA
“The ride is superb.” Nik, UK
“The trike is a joy to ride.” Matt, USA
“Great handling, comfortable, smooth ride, quick, does hills well, feel enveloped in the comfy seat.” Tom, USA
Decades of recumbent expertise have gone into the development of the ICE Sprint. We’ve made hundreds of innovations to perfect the performance, stability, handling and comfort of our trikes.
“You can tell that ICE have been developing their trikes over many many years: everything is well thought-out, elegant, and simply works.” Nick, Scotland
Our custom designed suspension ensures a smooth ride that can be adjusted to your individual requirements.
“Having sustained a back injury during to my military career, this Trike is a blessing. With the full suspension it has allowed me the freedom to ride with my friends.” Craig, USA
“The suspension smooths out the bumps on the dirt road and the mesh seat feels really comfortable, allowing me to just relax and enjoy my surroundings.” Minh, USA
The wide range gearing makes light work of climbs and gives thrilling descents
“The gearing is ideal for any hill or for pushing on over smooth flat surfaces.” Nik, UK
Refined engineering design and quality components combine to provide an agile and stable ride through corners and even when braking
“The handling of the Sprint FS is amazing. …The handling is utterly predictable and solid--never a surprise or mis-step.” John, USA
“The steering response…is lightning” Giuseppe, Italy
The ICE Sprint has two seat options: mesh and hard-shell.
“I opted for the large carbon fiber seat option and really, really like it. It supports in all the right places and it is really amazing to be able to just stop, relax and take in the scenery.” Jim, USA
All this and it folds!
“The folding mechanism makes transporting it a breeze too.” Nik, UK
“The Sprint folds in seconds and slips right into the back of my Jeep Cherokee.” Jim, USA
We are proud to deliver capability, performance and refinement in all of our trikes, and this isn’t lost on our customers either
“Value for money, well, you get what you pay for. Quality costs, and for me this trike is worth every penny in more ways than one and ICE are confident enough to offer a 10 year warranty.” Nik, UK
“Ice makes the best quality trike on the market and and as usual, the old adage still holds true; you get what you pay for.” Peter, USA
In independent reviews ICE Sprint riders gave their trike an average of 4 ½ out of 5. To read their reviews follow this link and click the ‘Reviews’ tab.
Read reviews on the ICE Sprint. Click here and select the Reviews tab.