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2019 - Looking Back

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January Preparing to move back to Thousand Oaks after nearly three years on the Central Coast. No time to ride. Just some spinning in the garage surrounded by packed moving boxes. Click here for post


February No posts. Too busy of a month driving back and forth from the Central Coast to our new house in Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks) preparing it for move in.

March Riding in Thousand Oaks along the Santa Monica Mountains after moving back from three years living on the Central Coast of California Click here for post

April Ordered my ICE Sprint FS E8000 (e-Trike) Click here for post


May Picking up my ICE Sprint FS E8000 Click here for post

June Getting the feel for climbing with the E8000 Click here for post

July I sold my Catrike 700. After 10 years of owning Catrikes I no longer have a Catrike in my garage after opting for the ICE Sprint FS E8000.  Click here for post

August Another post about about climbing with the E8000 after about 500 miles and 36,000 feet of gain. Click for post

September Lighth…

Instagram Post - E Trikes on NPS Trails

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Long hikes are a memory from the past as age tightens it’s scaly clutch. But now the National Park Service allows e-bikes (pedal-assist only) on trails where bikes are currently allowed. The Santa Monica Mountains NR defines a bike as pedal powered with 2 or 3 wheels. Yup...3 wheels is getting legitimized. So my e-trike can get me off the surface streets and back onto the trails. Well at least the tame fire roads for now. But that’s good enough for me.
Click here for National Park Service information for the Santa Monica Mountains "Mountain Biking in the Park"




Instagram Post - Hidden Valley

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Cruising along Potrero Rd in Hidden Valley. A short but welcomed escape from suburbia.
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Next Trike? HP Enduro?

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Update 1/8/20
I've decided that before blowing money on a dedicated off rode trike I'll simply put a set on MTB tires on my ICE Sprint FS E8000 and give it a try on the unpaved fire roads and maintained trails. With the minimalist suspension of the Sprint coupled with low pressure 57mm or 60mm MTB tires I just might accomplish what I'm looking for...getting me off the roads for awhile. Besides the big cost savings...I really like riding my ICE Sprint. Now to just do it.
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Is this going to be my next trike?


HP Velotechnik FS 26 Enduro with a Shimano Steps E8000 (not pictured here)
Since moving back to Thousand Oaks, CA with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area at my backdoor I've missed hiking into the hills. The problem is, since my 2013 hip replacements and ensuing Piriforis Syndrome, my hiking legs are gone but not my desire to get off the road and into the mountains. As of October the National Park Service (NPS), which makes up part of the…

E8000 with Integrated Light

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Update 10/21/19. Dana at Bent Up Cycles tells that me he can make changes using his dealer software so the light has 0% priority. I'll be checking that out.
Let me start by saying that integrating a light into the Shimano E8000 reduces the power assist range of the battery. Let me explain...
I originally ordered my ICE Sprint FS E8000 with the integrated Edelux light. It's tied into the E8000  battery and is operated via the E6100 display. The problem...the firmware of the E8000 gives priority to the light. Why is this a problem? The battery indicator on the display shows 5 bars when the battery is fully charge. Not to long ago I was riding up a substantial hill and my battery indicator went from 2 bars remaining down to 1 bar. Fine...I thought I had 20% of battery life to get me over the hill and home. NOT. A few seconds after the display showed only 1 bar the motor shut down and I was on my own. Remember that light priority thing I just mentioned? Well the firmware allocated…

E8000 Customizing via Bluetooth for E6100 Display

As always ICE costumer service goes the extra distance to make sure it's costumers are taken care of. Neil at ICE Trikes put together a quick video for me (not on YouTube) showing how to connect Shimano's E TUBE app with the E6100 display for the Steps E8000 via Bluetooth on your iPhone or Android. Doing so allows for customization and updating of the E-Assist.
My display doesn't have a Bluetooth sync on it's menu so I wasn't sure if Shimano's E TUBE app could be connected to the Shimano Steps E8000. In the video Neil walks me through the process of customizing the assist settings on my E8000. Also the E TUBE app can check for firmware updates. The app also allows me to make minor adjustments to the odometer to allow for different tire sizes. The E TUBE app also connects with Shimano's Di2 electronic shifter.
Many thanks to Neil at ICE Trikes for all the help. E-Assist is new to me so this was not the first question he has answered for me and it probably w…

Lighthouse Century 2019

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Let me start by saying that the ICE Sprint FS E8000 was an absolute joy to ride in the e-friendly/recumbent friendly SLOBC Lighthouse Century. I rode the half century (50 miles) with 2,156 feet of gain. I'm was more than happy to let others proof their physical prowess and do the century with it's 6,331 feet of gain while I enjoyed the ride along the coast keeping up other DF riders who were doing the same. On the climbs I could easily go 9 mph at half energy while the DF riders were slogging up at 4 to 5 mph. Wanting not to be obnoxious I usually scaled back, only passing the slowest riders early in a climb.  For the ride I took along an extra battery. I probably could have squeaked out the 53 total miles on one battery but why stress. I changed out the battery at the halfway rest stop. During the last 10 or so miles I used more assist than normal as my right calf was starting  to get tight. Yet another reason for having e-assist.
Since I no longer live in Cambria, on the Ce…

E8000 Display Problem...Solved?

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Updated 10/13/2019 - After 260 miles the display started again going on and off on rough roads. I added a plastic shim between the side of the holder and the display. Problem solved again...for now. I've been sending ICE updates on this little problem to get their input. _____________________________________________________________
While riding the other day the display would turn off and then right back on. I contacted ICE and they told me to check the display by wobbling it in the cradle as shown in the ICE video below. I was ready to turn a minor problem into a big production by checking all the wiring for a loose connection. A bit embarrassing that I didn't think about checking the display connections. Oh well...I'll still admit by lack of clear thinking and pass on what I learned to other Shimano Steps users.
Video from ICE Customer Service
If the above video looks like a problem you're having then the fix may be easy. On the back of the cradle is a screw that'…

Steps Error Code E043

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After getting the error code E043 twice in last few days I decided to take my ICE Sprint 26 FS E8000  for a firmware reinstall and a download of two new firmware updates using Shimano's ETube.
I'm told the error code E043 is the most common. Shimano says simply restore the firmware. While riding the assist stops assisting and the error code flashes. I turned the system off and then back on again and the system rebooted and I was off and cycling again with assist. 

 The trike plugged into Shimano's E Tube program on Dana's computer at Bent Up Cycles for restoring and updating the firmware.

Dana's computer updating the firmware.

Plugged in
I believe this is the first time in 10 years that I had to take a trike in for maintenance. I've always done my owner maintenance. Shimano's ETube program for use with the Steps is available to be downloaded on Windows. I have Mac. It's also available as an app for a Bluetooth connection to the assist system if your St…

A Couple Program Changes on My ICE

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The original programing on the E8000 speed sensor on the front tires was set up for a 40/406 tire. I now have 35/406 tires on the front causing a 2% error in bike computer reading my speed. It says I'm going 2% (1.9% to be exact) faster then I'm actually going. Only dealers are suppose to have the program to recalibrate the speed sensor so customers can't cheat the system. In addition dealers can only just the sensor 5% one way or another in . 5% increments.  
In addition I had Dana and Jim adjust the TRAIL assist level to provide more assist when in that setting. For me the level of assist between the ECO and TRAIL settings is too close. By lengthening the gap between ECO and TRAIL and closing the gap between TRAIL and BOOST I feel I can use the TRAIL assist more efficiently when climbing and delay going to the BOOST level as the climb gets steeper. Since help with climbing, not speed, is my priority I hope to increase my battery range this way. 
Lastly the integrated li…

Climbing with the E8000 Re-Visited

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Hopefully this post will give current and future E8000 trike riders some idea on what to expect when climbs are part of their route.
First the Stats
As of August 3rd I now have 514 miles on my ICE Sprint FS E8000 and 36,509 feet of gain. I picked up the trike on May 18th from Bent Up Cycles. My average per mile gain is 71 feet.


How I Use the Assist
The E8000 has three levels of assist; 1) ECO seems to compensate for the extra weight of the trike, panniers and the heavy Marathon Plus tires I now use on the trike. 2) TRAIL provides some extra boost but nothing that blows your socks off. 3) BOOST is assist on steroids and it gets me over hills with ease. When you go to Boost you feel it and it feels good on a climb.
On flats and descents I don't use assist. As the terrain starts to rise I'll kick it into ECO. The trike now feels like a normal lighter trike. I'll use the ECO mode on grades between 1% to about 3%. The TRAIL mode is brought into play on grades between 3% to 6%. Th…

My Catrike 700-Sold

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FOR SALE SOLD 2013 Catrike 700 
$700  Not a typo and trike is in great condition and well maintained. I want a fast sale and a good home for a trike that as served me well. Pick up only in Thousand Oaks, CA

One of the first 700s with the 20” wheels and still equipped with chrome-moly steel spindles (not the aluminum ones that cracked). 
Mileage  - 5,054
Includes an extra rear wheelset. An American Classic with 23/622 Schwalbe Durano and a 32/11 cassette. Also a couple of extra front wheels equipped with Chris King hubs.

Photo from earlier in the year taken in the Central Coast Wine Country

After 6 years of enjoying my 700 it’s now time to change course. I’ve spent enough time on my new ICE Sprint FS Steps E8000 to know I won’t be using my 700 enough to justify having it take up space in my garage. 
Her are the details 53/39/30 Crankset with FSA carbon cranks.

DT-Swiss rim and Hub. 35/622 Kojak for a softer ride.

 Extra long boom. Easy to cut if a shorter boom is needed.

28/406 Durano front tir…