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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/05/31 18:20:09 (permalink)
Nice job djdawg. Thank you for posting the pics. Good luck with the ice cream biz...
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/01 02:41:34 (permalink)
In the olden days the 60's the good humor trikes had the bells on the handle bars and as you rode your thumb would rock the bells back and forth.
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/01 11:49:49 (permalink)
That's pretty cool Bobby... Heck I might even be able to rig something up like that today before I go out... If I do. Definitely tomorrow but possibly today too. I'm going to be carrying some of the La Michoacana brand and boy are they yummy! One thing I think I have going for me is I'm not really carrying a pure ice cream bar like ice cream sandwich, etc. I think it's easier to keep the ice products (popcicles, etc) colder... We'll see!
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/01 11:53:32 (permalink)
Thanks mikejames! The season will be short here in the great NW but maybe I can make a few extra dollars.

Daddywoof! That's a great idea!

I thought about doing that but it seemed like to make it secure it would have required rivets and such...way past my expertise.
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/01 15:02:44 (permalink)
Ice products and cream products hold at different temps. put the ice based stuff around the cream based stuff ti keep it colder.
 
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/02 08:48:53 (permalink)
Damn, those Mexican ice cream. I could eat 5 of them in a hour lol. Btw, any tips on how you built your ice chest and how you hooked it up to a trike?
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/02 13:04:01 (permalink)
I hear ya Bobby...they are freaking awesome! I had...um...a few last night. I gotta get out and sell this stuff before I eat them all! Ha ha

I do have some other pictures of the build in it's earlier stages that I forgot to post. I will try and do that before the weekend is over. I basically framed the box out with 2 x 2's and then skinned it with luan plywood. The area where it sits a basket normally goes there so there were already holes in the frame to attach it with bolts, nuts and washers. I did add some reinforcing 2 x 2's to the floor where it bolts to the bike as I'm guessing the bolts would've ripped through the floor if I bolted it through just the luan plywood itself.

I didn't go out yesterday but today for sure! Keeping my fingers crossed...
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/02 22:53:55 (permalink)
FIRST DAY RESULTS!!!
 
I am SO happy!  Mostly because my stuff stayed cold!  Like ROCK hard cold!  Here's what happened...
 
Here in the NW when the temp gets mid 60's or above (as it was today...not sure if it hit 70) people are out.  They are bbq'ing, boating, playing in the yard, etc.  NO ONE (well, very few) has AC in their house around here so if they are not outside their windows and doors are wide open.  Here's how the day started...
 
Late aftn I met up with my friend who has a nice camera and is a avid photographer and agreed to take some nice pics of me and the trike for my website, promotional crap, etc.  We met by a grade school nearby which also had a park behind it.  As we were just about to take some pics a guy came up (father...saw him earlier with his kids) and asked if I was open for business yet.  Ha ha...I told him that I hadn't loaded up the trike yet as stuff was still on ice in the van and that I had to get the pics taken but soon.  We took a bunch of pics and he and his family and wife and other relatives were my first customers....got some great pics of that.  I sold like 5-6 there before even leaving the park/school area.
 
I carried 5 different items, none being a true chocolate ice cream bar as I really wasn't sure how things would go with the icebox and the dry ice and I knew that that sort of treat would melt quicker.  I loaded up the box with 24 of each item, placed two different things of dry ice on top of them (around here they come in sealed plastic bags...I had about 8 lbs total between the two bags) and then threw this thermal blanket thing over the top.  It's a fairly large sheet that has like small bubble wrap on one side and metallic foil like on the other side.  It's actually from the company that I get my dogs from.  I have them shipped from Seattle and they come with this stuff wrapped around it and I thought if it's good for keeping dogs cold maybe it would be good to keep the cold air at the bottom.
 
Damned if it didn't work like a charm.  Now granted I was only out about 2 1/2 hours but everything stayed ROCK SOLID!!  I mean it!  It was freaking cold!  I was shocked!  I have a thermometer in the box and every time I checked it read around 10 degrees.  So that made me feel much better and I stopped worrying.  Keep in mind it was fairly mild at just under 70 degrees today so it will be a different story when it's in the 80's but still....it was a good test.
 
The trike itself worked great.  My little kickstand that I pull down when I get off the trike to keep it from tipping worked better then expected. 
 
So here's the numbers for whoever is interested...for 2 1/2 hours I sold 53 treats.  $111 gross.  After subtracting the cost of the product ($26.81) and the cost of dry ice ($8.00) it's a total of $34.81....do some math and I end up with $76 of profit for 2 1/2 hours....not bad I don't think!
 
The best thing was the response I got...I don't think I would've done nearly as well if I hadn't gone all old school on the trike, wore the black bow tie with white shirt, had the old fashioned ice cream bells, etc...people LOVED the whole look.  I'm looking forward to hitting the beach resort in our area sometime soon.  Long flat road that runs right a long the water...I can go back and forth on that thing all day. 
 
Here's to ice cream!
 
My first customer...this is the guy that wanted ice cream before I was even set up....he was awesome!
 

post edited by djdawg - 2013/06/02 23:28:59
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/02 23:30:14 (permalink)
Kevin,
Did you go through the HD? Were there any problems, or did you decide to beg forgiveness than to ask permission? 
Sorry if I missed this part on the topic here.
Thanks
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/02 23:39:40 (permalink)
No prob Brick...they were the first I contacted.  In our county since I was doing novelties I was totally exempt from anything with the HD.  I asked them "don't you want to inspect the box?"...."um.....no, but good luck!"  Ha ha....
 
If I was scooping, different deal alltogether....
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/03 00:59:29 (permalink)
Hit gasworks park on the weekends and the hydro races in August over on lake Washington.
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/03 01:18:43 (permalink)
Those would be great places daddy but I'm not in Seattle anymore....but thanks!
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/03 10:02:41 (permalink)
Sounds really good, now can I ask one more question. What styrofoam did you use?
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/03 11:50:44 (permalink)
Bobby... If you're talking about what I insulated the inside with I used 1 1/2" pink foam core from big box hardware store. That's the rigid stuff that's easy to cut... It comes in like 8' sheets. I used spray adhesive to glue it in the box.

Ask as many questions as you want...no problem!
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/05 13:25:43 (permalink)
My youtube video  : )   
 
http://youtu.be/CtWdeR4tpu4
 
I couldn't get the youtube insert button to work...mods? 
post edited by djdawg - 2013/06/05 13:31:01
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/05 17:49:13 (permalink)
What did I just watch... Haha. Bells jingling for 23 seconds.
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/06 21:30:26 (permalink)
You watched awesomeness :-)
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/06 21:42:18 (permalink)
Love the Bells ! Your trike is great too!
 
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/06 21:50:34 (permalink)
Word!

Beautiful job DJ! Best wishes for the season!
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/06 23:59:25 (permalink)
Thanks guys!  I did a few more things to the trike today...not to mention fixing my ramp that I made to get the damn thing in my van....lol.
 
I added this metal strap to help secure the box to the bike frame...the hole was already in the frame so why not.  It didn't really need it but all the same it made me feel better.

 
Also made a quick dry ice shelf inside using extra wire shelving stuff I had.  Not sure if it will work but I'll try it out tomorrow.  Before I was just plunking the dry ice down on top of the boxes in the plastic bag it came in...I'll keep it in the bag but if it still keeps stuff cold sitting on the shelf it will be more out of the way and easier to work my load.

 

 

 

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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/07 00:02:17 (permalink)
Nice, looking epic. 
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/09 13:52:36 (permalink)
After riding through a neighborhood last week one of the neighbors informed me that they were having a block party (yesterday) and that I was invited.  Pretty fun affair....taco truck was there and when I rolled around the corner ringing my bells people started applauding and cheering....it was awesome!  I was there for about 90mins and sold over 70 treats....that was sweet!  (no pun intended)
 
On another note, the dry ice shelf didn't seem to work that great....about halfway through the event I pulled it and just placed the ice in it's bag directly on top of the boxes....really seems to work so much better. 
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Re:Ice Cream Trike 2013/06/09 15:12:04 (permalink)
ah, so you taught a food truck they should carry ice cream now.
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