Posted by Joe Reichert on November 01, 2014
On October 10th, 11th and 12th we attended and exhibited at the country's premier recumbent cycle and adaptive cycling event. Traditionally held in southern California, Recumbent Cycle-Con headed to the Midwest this year and was held at the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, IL.
Friday was an "industry only" day and allowed manufacturers to talk with dealers and the press. We were also able to test ride the many new models from our current suppliers, as well as try out the products from some new suppliers. For us it's a very productive day as we not only get to see and test out all the neat, new, and exciting stuff that we'll bring to you next year; we also get to discuss the nuts and bolts of the business. But most importantly we get to renew our friendships with our manufacturers, many of whom are far from Chicago!
Saturday and Sunday were open to the public, and were very busy for us. We took about 15 trikes and several two wheel recumbent and they were almost all constantly out on test rides! We introduced a lot of new folks to the joys of riding a recumbent, be it a trike or a two wheeler. It was also great seeing many of you at our booth. Thank you for making the trip! If you attended RC-C please take a couple of minutes and let us know what you liked, and didn't like, about it. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
So what did we see?? Lots of new things!
Probably the biggest attraction, and I mean BIG, was the ICE Full Fat. Everyone wanted to ride this bad boy!
Why not the most practical trike out there, it sure was fun to ride. Based on the design of the trike that took Maria Leijerstam to the South Pole the Full Fat can take you over sand dunes, single track, (triple track?) or even snow drifts, you decide!
Perhaps a bit more suitable for the rest of us, ICE announced that their Adventure and Sprint models with a 26" rear wheel are now available with SUSPENSION! Previously these trikes were able to be folded, but didn't have rear suspension. Now you can have more cush with that bigger rear wheel.
Our friends from HP Velotechnik, have been busy this past year too. They introduced the Scorpion Plus models. Available with a 20" rear wheel or a 26" rear wheel the Plus models sit up a bit higher, and they are a bit wider to make for a more comfortable ride.
Another feature of these trikes is that the cross arm is set back significantly, making entry and egress much easier than a standard trike. We have BOTH of these models in the shop to test ride. So come on in!
HPV also changed up the venerable Gekko for 2015, they added a 26" wheel version!
An economical folding trike with a 26" rear wheel, that has that familiar Gekko ride. This trike is going to be very popular next year! (Yes, we have a demo on the floor for you to test ride TODAY!)
Lastly, while not new for HP, we now have a Scorpion 26 S-Pedelec to demo. A dream to ride, and with the powerful 500 Watt Go SwissDrive, you won't need to worry about keeping up with your friends going up a few hills. This is truly a a leap forward in triking technology.
The folks at TerraTrike re-introduced the Traveler folding trike at this year's event. This too will be a big item this coming year. Look for it in Februry of 2015. In the meantime, check out the video:
TerraTrike also showed us a bunch of neat, new and exciting things at their annual Dealer Day gathering just after RC-C, but that's fodder for another blog post!
A last few details from the show.
Here's a picture of our good customer Cal talking with the folks at Catrike about their new 559. A 26" folding trike. ETA on this trike is still TBD.
We are now showing bikes from Linear and Lightning. While not yet a full fledged stocking dealer we do have a couple of demos on the floor for you to test ride.
That folks is about it for today. I'll try to put up a page soon showing some of the new accessories we saw, and are now carrying.