Yahoo! It’s finally here – my new AZUB TRIcon recumbent tricycle. It just shipped in from the Czech Republic to Bentup Cycles in North Hollywood, CA. Dana and Kate were terrific to work with. All questions were answered. Kate, especially wrote long detailed email responses to all of my newbie questions. She made sure the tricycle fit me perfectly and installed all accessories with precision.
Literally minutes before I was about to shove off on my first ride I noticed a single link on the chain that was not fastened 100%. Thank you, Jesus! The disconnect was slight enough to still pass through the chain tubes and over the gears, but it would have done major damage if it had eventually caught into the derailleur or chain tube. With frustration, I postponed my ride and disappointingly drove back out to the shop to have it fixed. Dana immediately owned up to the error, saying that he probably just didn’t push the fastening pin all the way through to the other side when he was sewing the chains together. He apologized and had it fixed in 10 minutes, then checked over the entire tricycle just to make sure. He even gave me $15 gas money for my trouble of having to drive back out. When is the last time you heard of customer service like that? If you are thinking about a recumbent and you live in the area, Bentup Cycles is the way to go.
Otherwise, what do you think of the color scheme? Never mind – in the words of the Rock, “It doesn’t matter what you think!” It’s so beautiful I can hardly stand it! It’s a one-of-a-kind machine for sure. Thank you, Honza Galla of AZUB for putting up with my request for this wild color scheme. I can’t wait to take my first long ride.
I will try to post a short movie of my first ride, and keep a journal of my riding adventures in general including mishaps as well as successes. This is the machine on which I will be taking my inaugural cross-state ride in the summer of 2015. I’ll be training in the mean time.
Below is a gallery of pictures where you can see the details of the construction and features of the TRIcon.