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Man starts bicycle ice cream business

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 08:28 AM

From gunslingers and antiques to Dixieland Jazz and poetry on the street, Old Central City Days likes things done in the new, old-fashioned way.

Festival-goers will get a taste of summers past as Erick Haworth of Ice Cream A Go-Go will be doling out cold treats like they did in the 1920s with an ice cream tricycle.

For Haworth, a Huntington resident who has been operating his ice cream business for about the past month, necessity birthed his unique business.

“I quit work about six or seven years ago to take care of my mom when she was really sick,” Haworth said. “After she passed away in January, I needed to find a job and since I hadn’t been out on the market for a while I didn’t think I could go back to the 9-to-5-grind.”

A former worker at Baskin-Robbins, and a lover of nostalgia, Haworth, who had begun cycling to get in shape last year, said he thought an ice cream trike business might be the perfect fit.

“I know a little bit about ice cream and had been biking and getting in shape and meeting people and it all came together,” Haworth said.

Having only seen them in old movies, Haworth said he started looking on the Internet, found two U.S. companies manufacturing ice cream bikes, and decided to go with Icicle Tricycle (www.icetrikes.com) the Portland-based company that sells ice cream, coffee and cargo bikes.

“I really liked the dual brakes and the folding frame,” Haworth said. “It folds right in the center of the bike and I can put it in my Honda Odyssey and without that I would be stuck doing mostly neighborhood things.”

The front cooler can carry about 40 to 50 pounds of frozen or cool treats (all $2) and which include  drumsticks, ice cream sandwiches, Klondikes, pushup pops, Dreamsicles, Coke Zero, water and an all natural fruit bar that is lactose free.

Haworth, who said he weighs about 230, has already pedaled one of the 6.2 mile Critical Mass rides as well a benefit last week for his neighbor’s Stacy Bisker and Brent Patterson’s son Avery. That ride too followed the 6.2-mile Critical Mass loop through Huntington.

“The bike itself when empty is 60 pounds, I put between 40 and 50 pounds of stuff in and I myself am about 230 so when loaded up it’s about 440 pounds to pedal,” Haworth said.

Haworth, who worked the recent Criterium race in downtown, is out about four or five days a week pedaling along the bicycle PATH and bike lanes along 4th Avenue and throughout downtown, and is excited to be at Old Central City Days.

“The response has been amazing,” Haworth said. “Everyone wants get their pictures taken with the bike and they’ll say I haven’t seen one of those in 40 years. So it’s just been a great response from the public. I’m having a blast and selling ice cream and the fact that I am making a fair amount of extra money is just gravy on the biscuit.”