You are here

Information

Great Britain

ICE recumbent trikes

AlphaBENT has been an ICE Premium Dealer ever since there have been ICE Premium Dealers.

We truly love dealing with this fine, upstanding company. Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE) has shown remarkable consistency in innovation, constantly improving its products, streamlining its processes, and leading the recumbent trike market with particularly well-designed and implemented products. 

ICE stands behind their products and goes the extra mile for ICE trike riders.

We endeavour to keep the entire ICE lineup of products represented in our shop -- usually with at least seven ICE trikes on the floor at a time.

ICE trikes are characterized by:

  • modularity - using the same parts and accessories across different models
  • transportability - ICE trikes generally fold up very nicely
  • broad applicability - fitting a broad spectrum of rider needs and desires
  • appealing visual aesthetics - made with an eye for beauty

Which is to say, they do what you want and look drop-dead gorgeous.

Located in Cornwall, England, UK, ICE has won local awards for innovation including winning the:

  • Cornwall Best International Business and the Winner of Winners awards,
  • and ICE marketing director, Ben Rotheray, won the Unlocking Cornish Potential Contribution to Business Growth Award.

For company background, the folks at ICE tell it best.

More information...

HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS-26 wins 2013 Trike of the Year

The HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS-26 full-suspension trike was awarded Trike of the Year by online presence BentRiderOnline.com

The FS-26 has a superb combination of comfort and efficiency. The handling and the plush ride are unequalled in the industry, with the only downside its comparative weight as compared to non-suspended models.

AlphaBENT keeps the FS-26 in stock as much as possible. "This trike really has a tremendous feel to it. You really have to ride it to appreciate it.", said AlphaBENT owner, Hugh Kern.

More information on the award can be found at the original announcement.

AlphaBENT carries most HP Velotechnik products available for testing and purchase: the comprehensive list can be found here.

More information...

About AlphaBENT

Hugh and the staff at AlphaBENT / PBW know human-powered cycles from the inside out and have the experience that can only come from many years of hands-on mastery helping people across the globe achieve their goals of having FUN, HEALTH, and ADVENTURE riding. See you soon!

A Reverse Chronology of PBW / AlphaBENT


2013: PBW moved the Dixon shop into downtown Sacramento where it has made a permanent home at 1114 C Street.

PBW began using the moniker AlphaBENT to reflect its leading position in the recumbent market. AlphaBENT / PBW is a Premium dealer for ICE and HP Velotechnik, and enjoys the enviable position of being one of the very few Catrike Concept Stores in the world.


2010: PBW made its first expansion starting a shop in Dixon, CA midway between San Francisco's Bay Area and the Sacramento Capitol City. The business expanded quickly as the recumbent trike revolution continued.


2007: Within a few years of selling the first Greenspeed GTO touring trike, the recumbent trike business became the primary focus of Peregrine Bicycle Works.


2006: HP Velotechnik develops their first recumbent trike -- the Scorpion. PBW immediately brings them into the fold and becomes a premium HP Velotechnik dealer.


2005: ICE shifted focus from the custom trike business to a broader spectrum market and signed up its initial dealer network. PBW was at the top of the list and immediately became one of the top ICE dealers in the world.


2003: Paulo Camasmie's Catrike manufacturing business came online and PBW immediately brought Catrike products onto the floor and became a Catrike dealer.


2002: Hugh traded a couple of folding bike frames for a Greenspeed GTO frame and thereby became a Greenspeed recumbent trike dealer. That same year, PBW quickly became Greenspeed's largest California dealer.


2000: at a trade show showing PBW folding bikes in England, Hugh met Greenspeed's Ian Sims and saw and sat in his first Greenspeed recumbent trikes. It was love at first ride.


1997: Peregrine Bicycle Works (PBW) started when Hugh Kern started making custom-built folding bicycles. While learning metalworking, Hugh watched with great interest the progress of a young man named Paulo Camasmie who was developing a manufacturing system for a new brand of recumbent trikes. A year and a half and many metal-splinters and burn blisters after officially starting the business, the first PBW folding bike was shipped.

More information...

Comparison

Fun

Trikes are fun! Everyone loves them. Everyone can ride them.

This means that you'll be looking forward to your next ride instead of dreading it.

These are not your grandfather's trike, though.... Look closer. These are recumbent: which means you sit back in comfort. No pressure points on your wrists or prostate. No cricking of the neck.

Bottom line: "Fun" means this is a machine you will use well.

Take another look: At first blush, they all look the same... but, upon closer examination (and, this is why we encourage you to come in to see and try them personally), you will see stark differences:

  • How high is the seat?
  • How reclined?
  • Does it fold?
  • What steering mechanism does it use?
  • What wheel configuration does it have?
  • Frame construction?
  • Suspension?
  • What brakes?

There are no right or wrong answers, but there is a right answer for you.

We have every commercially available trike that is worth its salt. We'll help you sift through the options. We'll guide you to likely candidates. We'll listen to your feedback.

At AlphaBENT, we are committed to your happiness. We want you to get the right trike no matter what brand, how much you spend, or what options you want... and we won't upsell you and if you are looking at trikes or options that will have you spending more money than you need to spend, we'll tell you so.

More information...

Transporting

Health

If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself. ~Leon Eldred

Fortunately, getting exercise has never been easier. Now that we have recumbent trikes, everyone can get out and exercise regularly.

Whether your goals are to ride for exercise, transportation, recreation, or all of the above, a recumbent trike breaks down the barriers that might stop you from getting out on a cycle.

Balance issues, personal discomfort, or a simple fear of falling all fall by the wayside on a recumbent trike.

More information...

Pages