Alfie the Trike

Alfie, the ICE Sprint

Summary of most popular posts:
Alfie the trike is here!
Servicing the Alfine 11 hub gear (using the wrong oil)
Servicing the Alfine 11 hub gear (using the correct oil)
A winter service
Changing the Alfine 11 sprocket
Fitting a replacement chain tensioner

I have owned a Trice Q since May 2008 and have cycled over 25,000 miles on it.

As my 40th birthday approached I decided an ideal present would be a new ICE trike, this time a Sprint, but with some non-standard parts.

I had lots of long conversations with ICE (Inspired Cycled Engineering) about what would suit me best and they gave lots of advice. I didn’t take all of their advice of course, as I had already decided to have an internal hub gear which they are less keen on, but in due course the trike was fully specified, ordered and then it arrived.

I have written a number of blog posts about Alfie:

Alfie the trike is here!

A recumbent trike is quite big – where am I going to put him? A new home for Alfie!

I love my hub gear – but it started to misbehave. Alfie going in for repair… well, his back wheel.

Once the new hub was run in I had to do the first oil change. This turned out to be a rather interesting experience! Alfie’s Alfine 11 hub gear gets its first service

After another 4000 miles I had another go at the service – with more success! Alfie’s hub gear gets its second (and more successful!) service.

And 17 months after I first got Alfie we have now cycled over 10,000 miles together! 10,000 miles of slow sprinting!

And eventually those annoying rattly mudguards got their chance for a Heath Robinson repair!

After the chain snapped during a cold, snowy January I gave Alfie a good winter service which included a new rear mudflap.

And then I had to change the sprocket on the rear hub. Alfie gets some new teeth!

I also had problems with a corroded brake pad adjuster on the Avid BB7 disc brakes – and had to boil, burn, chill and drown the relevant bit in order to free it!

After 12,000 miles I needed to replace the rear derailleur that works as a chain tensioner. I decided to fit the Alfine chain tensioner rather than another Sora derailleur.


One response to “Alfie the Trike

  1. Excellent post, very good read. thanks for taking the time to share this.

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