Category Archives: Trike

A new trike

I’ve always been fascinated seeing recumbent trikes on the roads around Cambridge and Newmarket. My health pushed be to try one.

I currently have an electric bike, a Gazelle Grenoble and it was great for when I lost my driving licence ( for medical reasons – other bits in this blog ). I could cycle from Newmarket to Oakington and bacon one charge.

I stopped using it when I got my driving license back after finding that riding the bicycle hurt my hands, wrists and shoulders, as well as other bits being rather saddle sore.

My old electric bike – a Gazelle Grenoble

With various health issues, I’ve found myself lying down a lot more and thought that a recumbent trike might get me back onto the road. The ICE trikes looked great, but the price was formidable. So, I sold some radios and found a second hand ICE adventure HD on facebook sales.

ICE adventure HD

I’ve ridden it three times now, just for a few km. I *think* its going to be good. My thoughts so far :

  1. The trike is wonderfully comfortable to sit in once the seat and pedals have been adjusted correctly
  2. I do feel a bit vulnerable, especially with all the huge 4WD vehicles around Newmarket
  3. My legs hurt when going up any sort of incline. Apparently the muscles will adapt to this new cycling position. Changing gear down (up) when my legs ache and then learning to take it easy. There is no problem with stability on a trike when going slow so minimum speed is not an issue
  4. I am now planning which cycle computer, lights and radios are going to be fitted, and where. I want to link to Strava, but also see heart rate and as many other bio measurements as possible. I’ll always have my mobile phone with me, but that will be safely in a waterproof bag, and I really want to see a live display of speed/cadence. Perhaps a pi zero with BLE or ANT+ interface
  5. Radios. One thing I really like about the trike is that you bring your chair with you. The flag would make a potential 2m/70cm sleeve dipole. I like the idea of cycling to a local hilltop and chatting to people whilst drinking tea..