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Recumbent Trike ICE Q with optional electric assist
Recumbent-Trike-ICE-Q-with-optional-electric-assist
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Item condition:
Used
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21 Oct, 2012 21:13:55 BST
Winning bid:
£601.00
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Item location:
Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom

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eBay item number:
200833054576
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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
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ICE

ICE Q Trike recumbent with electric assist

I’m selling this after seven years of solid use, 60 to 70 miles a week, commuting, 40 weeks a year, so it’s not a low-mileage model! It has been utterly reliable, rock-solid and a joy to ride. The specialists at Futurecycles in Forest Row have serviced and maintained it for me throughout. They are highly recommended.

http://www.futurecycles.co.uk/recumbents.html

I’m going to put a £500 reserve on this. It’s probably worth twice that, but I do need to sell, and can’t afford to let it go for less than that.

The electrics

A colleague and recumbent fan took a 20 inch wheel with brushless motor, controller, battery and thumb throttle from an electric-assist bike, and converted my trike into an electric-assist trike. This was to help me get through a time after an injury. I’m ashamed to say I have never taken it off since! It’s wonderful, on good days I don’t even turn it on, but on the worst, wind-against-you, pouring down, end of a hard day cycling home, I use it loads. On most days I just use a quick blast for the worst bits of hill.

I have kept the battery and controller and wiring in a pannier on top of some padding to protect it from vibration and it has been  very reliable. It’s by no means a ‘factory-installed’ unit. It’s very much a home-made job, but it works!  My commute is 15 miles and I’ve never got the battery below 2 of the 3 LEDs.

I have been wondering whether to sell the trike in its original state or with the electrics, and have decided to go with the electrics. It will still come with the original rear wheel (with a big apple tyre for excellent ‘suspension’). The buyer can always take the electrics off, really easily, and re-sell on eBay maybe? The only down-side is that if you want to go back to the original rear wheel, you’ll need to get a 9 speed shifter rather than the 5  speed shifter currently installed.

Pros:

Completely reliable

Comfy as anything! Like a good quality deck chair.

It has ICE mudguards

It has an ICE neck rest.

It has Shimano SPD pedals

It has 3 new Schwalbe Marathon tyres (altho’ I can’t get the front-right one to sit right).

It has the usual components – good quality, dependable stuff.

It has a new chain.

 

Cons:

It has one bit of paint split away – right at the very front – see photo.

The pannier rack has a split right at the back. It’s had it since I bought it and never a problem. It’s

The mirror is held together with duck tape!

If you want to go back to the original rear wheel, you’ll need to get a 9 speed shifter rather than the 5 speed shifter currently installed

I can’t get the front-right tyre to sit properly. The wheel seems absolutely true but the sodding tyre won’t run smooth. I’m no mechanic, I’m sure it’s sortable. I’ve put a photo on to show it.

Please contact me if you want any more photos or a visit or anything. I have tried to be as frank and honest as possible, but you may have more to ask!


Simon

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