Wesley’s story is amazing, not only did ride 12,606.3km last year on his ICE VTX trike, which made him the winner in our total distance ICE Strava Club challenge, he did this after unfortunately suffering a stroke in February 2014.
He and his wife were in Taipei Taiwan for Wes's wife’s sabbatical from teaching at NM Tech, he had recently retired from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory when he had a stroke. After two brain surgeries and spending the remainder of her sabbatical in a Taiwanese hospital. He failed his driving exam in November 2014 (passing the second examination in April 2016). He initially rode a another brand of trike, which he used in 2015 and 2016 putting about 9000 miles on it. Late in 2016 he acquired an ICE VTX. He set personal goals of 6000 miles which he exceeded by over 1800 miles!
The real beauty of a recumbent trike is that it gives a real opportunity to continue cycling and improve your health and mobility, especially if riding a regular bike is not possible.
Wesley kindly sent us his story and some great photos from 2107. It's with a lot of hard work he has gone from wheelchair, to walker, to cane, to walking unaided. He says, “I still have some wobbly moments but that’s to be expected. I won’t ride a upright again, it’s just to dangerous for me but the VTX gives me a lot a freedom at 12mph.”
This is Wesley about three years after his stoke, trying to master rollers in physical therapy, achieving thirty to forty seconds without banging into the parallel bars, short of his two minute goal. Here are some photo’s Wesley kindly sent to us.
Thank you for your inspiring story Wesley and good luck on your continued ride to recovery.
2 Wesley and his VTX at Independence Pass in June
3 On to September at the VLA
4 Wesley riding from the VLA to Socorro
5 The lucky winner and his steed on a homemade trike stand
ICE trikes travelled to Philadelphia in October and attended the three day Recumbent Cycle-Con Trade Show & Convention 2017. The team had a great time meeting our dealers, talking to customers and helping with many demo trike rides on the test track over the three days.
Our trikes looked great on the booth and most of the time all our trikes were out all day being ridden around and around. Our VTX, Full Fat and Adventure with electric Shimano Steps were very popular. Some people had travelled hundreds of miles just to come for a test ride. We met some lovely people and great characters who clearly love ICE trikes as much as we do! A big thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the show. We can’t wait till next year!
Take a look at our RCC video we made of our journey and time at the show at here
The Guardian newspaper has chosen the ICE VTX as its Bike Of The Week, an accolade shared by bikes from the likes of Scott, Diamondback, Ribble, and Canyon and by some off-the-wall offerings such as the Smacircle S1, an eBike which rolls up into a ball.
We love to see recumbent trikes getting some mainstream recognition, and while the comments section contains the usual selection of angry people who can’t imagine anything outside of what they see in the UCI handbook, the number of people explaining to them why recumbents are great is larger than ever. We would love to see a future where recumbents are seen by all as another choice for riders looking for more comfort.
Read more from Martin Love at the Guardian here
Learn more about the VTX here
Welcome to our new website. Another one? I hear you ask. Well, yes, we have been working hard with a close knit team to produce this version. The main reason for this new site is that our previous platform didn’t quite provide us with the freedom we wanted to develop our online presence.
So what’s new? Apart from a new cleaner look, featuring our updated logo and theme, we have included a whole range of information to help you learn as much as possible about ICE trikes.
We missed our blog, so it’s back. We love sharing all the great things our customers get up to, as well as all the interesting (-ish) stuff we get up to here at ICE HQ.
But because one blog isn’t enough we thought we’d have two. The second is our Technical Blog. This is where you will be able to track all the incremental updates that we make to our products. Most posts will be short and sweet but will let you know what’s going on tech-wise at ICE.
A new Dealer Map. We have a dedicated network of dealers, and now on our dealer map you will be able to click through and read more about each dealer. This will include some pictures of their shop and any specialist services they provide, as well as all the information to contact them.
A new Accessories Catalogue means you will be able to find all the great accessories available for ICE trikes. This will eventually develop into a fully functioning web shop.
We also have a new Electric Assist option for our trikes, and you can read about it on the E-Assist page.
Please have a good look through and we welcome any feedback but bear in mind whilst most of the site is up and running, we will be continually updating and improving it over the coming weeks.