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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 03:47 AM
Brakes were a simple choice for me: Drums! After years of fussing over discs, pads and constant adjustments I was determined to keep things as low maintenance as possible. With a final consideration of seats I liked the standard mesh type just fine which also helped keep the costs down.
Coming back in from the ride my wife and dad were sipping tea with a few of the team and looking around the warehouse discussing things in general. I had a chat with Andy around parts, maintenance and things based on my previous experiences with trikes which gave me a lot of confidence that many of my old "bug-bears" would not follow me if I decided to buy.
And buy we did! As a 40th birthday present I was helped out to purchase a Sprint 26 sitting with Patrick and picking a couple of additional options. Almost went with the Black but the Red is so deep and smooth it was a must have. Given my birthday in June and the expected waiting times usual for recumbents we were surprised to find we could pick one up the following day! Awesome! Early birthday present (although there were some empty threats from the family to hold it until June!).
We ended up picking it up on the Thursday, bringing my eldest son Charlie (5 years old) to have a look as well. Once again the team were great and it was lovely to see the team set up a "mini" Easter egg hunt for Charlie, around the warehouse - happy wondering around and finding chocolate eggs. My Sprint 26 was set up for me by Andy and given a run through to make sure I was happy.
The team went through some final possible additions, plus popping in a couple of appreciated goodies, and we headed home after a very enjoyable overall experience.
Living in Swindon and with a packed car I couldn't bring it straight home but my Trike arrived in the back of my parents car the following Monday. Obviously it was not going to sit in the garage (pah!) so I put on a few miles that night, setting time and comfort records on my usual route to work. There was a very minor concern about fitting through the work bike shed door but a slight "turn" of wheels and frame going through solved that one.
Sadly I was ill the next few days with tonsillitis but then next week, and ever since, Scarlet (as she has been named) is proving everything I hoped. The odd rattle is from my pannier bags on the rack whilst the drums have bedded in nicely, stopping well with a bit more of a squeeze than my old discs but more controlled and far less noise/fuss. She has become wet and dirty already with a down hill Strava record and "top 10" in a couple more areas to her name (and that's loaded for the commute) so certainly not slow. I don't bump her up and down the kerbs like my old one, nor throw her round with abandon but that is because the trike is more sophisticated and road orientated. Occasionally I miss the handbrake turns and swinging the back end round though!
So far so good and I am very pleased with the overall experience, from visiting, buying to riding, and looking forward to many happy, fast and comfortable miles with her. You may even find me dropping down for a service to show you how well she is used.
Long term additions considered are lights for over the winter (bottle dynamo type considered at the moment - is there a type preferred on the rear mount?) but little else because everything works (a novelty for me).
Thanks again for a great visit and a wonderful product.
If you would like to visit ICE HQ to test ride trikes please call or email to arrange an appointment. Alternatively look on the "Find an Approved Dealer" page of the ICE website and visit your nearest dealer.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 03:59 AM
Following popular demand we have designed and made these new ICE-branded cotton t-shirts.
The t-shirts come in three colours, as worn here by Elliot, Hero and Paul, and have the ICE trikes logo printed on the front and a small trike logo printed on the back. You’ll know that we like details, so we have added a woven hem label featuring a trike logo.
The t-shirts are made with 205gsm fabric knitted from 100% cotton yarn. The neck is made from a cotton/Lycra mix for improved shape retention. The shoulder-to-shoulder seam is taped and the hems on the neck, sleeves and waist are twin needle stitched for strength.
All colours are available in 6 sizes from small to triple-extra large. The table below shows the chest measurements for each size.
T-shirts can be ordered from your local dealer, or direct from ICE by emailing email@example.com with the colour, size, your country (so that we can calculate cost and shipping), and quantities you require.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 01:46 AM
I’m part of a family with a fleet of three ICE Sprints. Our son Sam got the first one a few years ago, enabling him for the first time to comfortably cycle, with the three wheels countering a neuromuscular condition that makes balance on a bicycle difficult. He took to his Sprint RS with a passion, completing numerous day rides during college and more than 900 miles of riding in the western US following his graduation. In the meantime, my wife Pat and I had purchased our own trikes, recognizing that this would be a way for us to do some cycling together in that relaxed way that trikes make so easy.
That’s some history. Now, Sam is a graduate student in Oxford, moving there with his trike last fall. When my wife and I began planning our first visit over to see him one of our first questions was, “How could the three of us do some distance riding there?” The answer came quite wonderfully from Elliot Hodges at the ICE factory in Falmouth. He said that ICE would be glad to loan us some demo trikes if we would write up our experiences afterwards. Wow! What an offer! That would allow us to visit ICE to talk first hand with the people who design and build our own trikes, and it would give us reason to set off on a circle tour of Cornwall, starting and finishing in Falmouth.
Lanyon Rowe from Cornish Cycle Tours quickly mapped out a five-day tour for us that included one day of rest in St. Ives and we began packing for our April visit. That April visit is now over so I want to offer some impressions of the people at ICE, of cycling in Cornwall, and of the wonderful trikes we borrowed.
Let’s start with the people at ICE. First imagine some of the qualities of an ICE recumbent. They are wonderfully engineered, showing great attention to detail and quality, and highly sensitive to those things that can make riding so comfortable. Not so surprisingly, those are the same qualities we felt in the people we met. Chris Parker and Neil Selwood were generous with their time, despite the last minute preparations for the Spezi show. They were warm and welcoming, proud to show their operation and methods, and very proud of their trikes. Recognizing that Sam’s Sprint needed a tune-up, Chris quickly threw it up on the stand in the assembly shop and suddenly he and others were working away as efficiently as a medical team in the Emergency Room with a patient.
Elliot Hodges and Dan Pearce were equally helpful, making sure that an Adventure FS with the electric Neodrive and a Sprint FS with a SRAM Dual Drive rear hub were well-fitted to my wife and myself. We were given phone numbers to call if we had any problems during our travel and off we went.
In a short space it is hard to capture all the great things about our tour – the incredible scenery, the friendly people (including motorists), the sense of history. What made this area particularly interesting for us is that there is a history of Cornish miners where we live in the US. Lead had been discovered sometime in the early 1800s and those who came to mine it were from Cornwall. This means that the town closest to the mines has beautifully-built limestone buildings and we had tasted pasties long before eating all of the great ones we had on our tour.
We had also heard of the hills in Cornwall, the climbs that got you up and out of the frequent river and stream valleys. People we spoke with ahead of time seemed to think that would be too daunting for an enjoyable tour. But they don’t know what its like to ride an ICE recumbent. Yes, there were some tough hills – one of them with a 1:6 grade – but that just meant we went slower for a while. And by being on such back roads, we were able to see some of the more intimate scenery of Cornwall. Coming from a farming area here in the US, I was particularly pleased to come across the sounds and smells of working farms, the legacy of those who had so strongly shaped the look of the Cornish landscape we enjoyed so much.
As for our trikes on loan, those are beautiful machines, giving us some clear ideas about upgrades we want to do on our own Sprint 26 trikes. The full suspension and headrests made the ride more comfortable than we are used to. And the dual drive rear hub on Pat’s Sprint was a wonder. We didn’t know a cycle could be geared that low. There were pluses and minuses, however, to the Neodrive on my trike.
The great news, as I experienced on the first day of riding, is the wonderful sensation of almost floating up a hill. You know that your legs are pedaling but there is this uncanny sensation of knowing that you couldn’t be possibly doing all the work. As someone taking a solo tour, this would have been a very great thing. When traveling with others, however, who don’t have that same sensation it’s a more difficult thing to maintain group harmony. There were too many hilltops where I would be patiently waiting for Pat and Sam, a peaceful smile on my face, as I said, “Isn’t this all great?!” So, after that first day I decided to keep the Neodrive turned off. That didn’t at all diminish my pleasures of the road and it helped us be a stronger team.
The trip ended too soon. Our legs had become strong and hardy, the rhythm of our days had become without effort, and we could consume great amounts of calories without concern. And best of all, we had that feeling of, “Why would anyone travel in any other fashion?” Our gratitude to Neil, Chris and their team is bigger than I can easily express. ICE is impressive in the design and construction of their trikes, and in the continuing drive for innovation. But just as impressive is the warmth of those who work together there, showing an obvious love of recumbent trikes and all they enable us riders to do.
Written by Gordon Greene, Wisconsin USA