Advice needed

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Malice
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Advice needed

Postby Malice » 15 Jul 2020, 3:32pm

Hi all,

I'm debating getting a recumbent trike as a way to get exercise and potentially commute (once we're allowed back in the office :lol: ).

My reasoning for the recumbent trike is i'm an above knee amputee (Right side) and while technically possible i could ride a 2 wheeler with the prosthetic, i'm not convinced it would be a good idea.

I love the look of the ICE trikes either the adventure or the sprint, but when playing on the configurator - wow those prices shoot up quickly!!

One idea i have is to get rear suspension (north east roads!!) and leave the front off for now and maybe have it retro fitted at a later date, does this seem reasonable?

I still need to have a go one one to make sure its right for me so i may look to take a trip down to York to getcycling to see them first hand and chat about them in general, anyone have experiences with them?

I suppose i'm also after general advice on other makes/models to look at that could be cheaper but still quality.

Cheers,
M
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Re: Advice needed

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Jul 2020, 3:48pm

Front bounce is relatively expensive to add retrospectively (>£1000)

BUT - I've never found I needed it - I moved from a large rear wheel to 20" on all three and added rear suspension, never justified front.
I have ridden front suspension, and it is really good - but the justification is the tough bit.
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Re: Advice needed

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Jul 2020, 3:49pm

Sorry - Hi ;)

And - how far is your commute - mostly in town or mostly out of town?
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Re: Advice needed

Postby Malice » 15 Jul 2020, 3:56pm

The commute is a relatively small one,

Approx 5 miles each way, some of it will be town/city roads but with decent section on a national cycle route.

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Re: Advice needed

Postby belgiangoth » 15 Jul 2020, 3:57pm

There's a Scorpion trike FS on this forum, will work out cheaper than the ICE by lots. Then if it works for you, you can move on to n+1 and drop a ton on the ICE trike of your dreams (and pass the other trike on for approx what you bought it for, or keep it as a backup bike because everyone needs at least two bikes).
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Re: Advice needed

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Jul 2020, 4:30pm

Over 5 miles each way I'd consider the ICE range to be a luxury - I got a very old one, which then got written off and new for old insurance brought me bang up to date (with a little extra kicked in for the bounce).

However, for ANY commute I'd always recommend a dynamo lighting system - there is no chance of running out of batteries.

The FX mentioned in the For Sale forum is a rather nice looking trike, within budget if you are even considering an ICE trike, and fairly local to you...
viewtopic.php?f=40&t=139263

I'd absolutely go and have a ride!
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Re: Advice needed

Postby belgiangoth » 15 Jul 2020, 5:06pm

I 100% agree with dynamo lighting. On a trike, because the front hubs are non-standard, I would go bottle dynamo and get a nice light set, then consider a hub dynamo down the line.
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Re: Advice needed

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Jul 2020, 5:08pm

The Scorpion above already has dynamo lighting....

I would struggle to find a reason not to buy that initially...
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Re: Advice needed

Postby Malice » 15 Jul 2020, 5:18pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:The Scorpion above already has dynamo lighting....

I would struggle to find a reason not to buy that initially...



Its certainly put a spanner in the spokes of my thinking :lol:

especially as its less than an hours drive from me, just starting the negotiations with the boss (wife :wink: )

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Re: Advice needed

Postby [XAP]Bob » 15 Jul 2020, 5:20pm

It's already second hand... so if you don't get on with it over the course of 12 months, you'll get somewhere between 90% and 110% of the price back.
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