Trike of the Month: Ice VTX Mountain Goat!

What do you do if you want a fast recumbent trike but live in the hills?  Probably something like this customer did with his brand-new Ice VTX. The VTX is already one of the fastest trikes out there, so how do you take it to the next level for the hills around Pittsburgh, PA?  Add Read More…

Figuring out what spoke length you need

Every once in a while I get a call asking, “what size spokes do I need to build a wheel”.  Trying to describe the process of measuring and calculating over the phone seldom goes well for either party.  Here is a step by step guide to how I do it here at the Bicycleman. Usually Read More…

Care and Feeding of your E-Assist Battery

It’s starting to snow here in Upstate New York, so I thought a refresher in proper care of your e-bike battery was in order.  Batteries cost from $500 and up so I’ll also include some longevity tips that I’ve gleaned off the internet. The first thing you can do is protect your battery from extreme Read More…

Takeaways from RCC 2019

I’ve been going to The Recumbent Cycle-Con the last five years representing either Linear and/or Avenue trikes.  It’s always fun seeing the new products and getting some cool swag from the other vendors.  The best thing about it is getting to try things out on the track before you decide to stock them.  Do they Read More…

Living with Shimano STEPS: Year One

Every time we start with a new e-assist system we are nervous.  They all have a learning curve and once we sell one, we are committed to providing ongoing support.  Our experience with Bionx sets the tone: not so good at first, learned from their mistakes, became really good with great customer service, then went Read More…

Transporting your Recumbent

I just bought a recumbent, how do I get it home? People often come to our shop with the whole family, three dogs, vacation gear and a car with a trunk and decide they want to take a recumbent home with them.  This article is designed to get you started thinking the logistics through of Read More…

Electric Assist Overview

I’ve been taking two or three 45-minute phone calls a day about electric assists and wanted to put the information all in one place.  The following is what we usually end up talking about and is a mix of fact and opinion. The Basics Let’s start with the basics.  E-assists fall into two main types-hub Read More…

Superpedestrian Copenhagen Wheel

We get calls and e-mails daily about electric assist recumbents, or, kits to add to a recumbent.  When a new product comes in, we install it on a trike and take it down to our Clark Road hill climb test track to see how it compares to the other brands.  Then we live with it Read More…

Terratrike BOSCH EVO first ride

We got in a Terratrike EVO for a customer last week.  They (and we) took it down to the Clark Rd hill test track to see how it would do. The first 1000 yards of the hill is gradual, then ramps up to very steep which makes for a great test platform.  You get enough Read More…

Quick intro to alternate drivetrains for your recumbent

During the winter months we get a lot of calls seeking information about Schlumpf drives, Rohloff hubs, Patterson cranks, Nuvinci (Enviolo) hubs etc.  We want to provide you with some of the things that need to be considered when dreaming about these exotic pieces of expensive, shiny metal. The Starting Point First thing you need Read More…

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