Monday, February 28, 2011

Multi-functional Adjustable Jig in Columbus (MAJiC) AtomicZombie builders forum

"I have built 4 bikes so far and I seem to spend alot of time clamping and un-clamping everything together in alignment for welding, then finding out that something slipped and threw everything out of alignment which would make me start over."

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Wooden trike - builder project




"This is wooden trike that I am building still in progress as you can see . Hope to have it done by spring
Thanks for checking it out. ~ Chad"

Dad's motorized bike - AtomicZombie builders gallery



"Enclosed are pics for your gallery. I thought I sent you these already but didnt see any in the gallery today! I am member homebuiltbikes. I would be honored to see Dads Bike in your gallery."  Thank You.  Sean Petrovick   HBB"


Mongoose 450 electric dirt bike conversion to a recumbent trike


~ submitted by Gerry Strope

Saturday, February 26, 2011

4 Wheeled Warrior Racing Trike - AtomicZombie builders forum

"Hi Brad. I'm looking at building a 'track/racing' quad, it won't be used on the road (except local cycle/footpath for testing etc). The quad below was made by Zach Wasil and was called the ZF1, I think."

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Cart Style" pedals - AtomicZombie builders forum

"I have no better term for this, but in the drawing I link below, you can see how the designer has drawn the pedals. There looks to be a bearing in the middle, and one on ether side, so that the output is transferred straight to a shaft on the left (from the top down view).

Has anyone ever built pedals like this? How do you think you'd go about such a build"

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Costa Rica Choppers - Atomic Zombie builders gallery



Hello Atomic Zombie. It's a pleasure to contact you and send my last three year's projects. I'm from Costa Rica riding bicycles all my life.

Starting in street at age 20, then a mountainbike, and now trying to make my own bikes.

I'm sending you my only four  projects. Right know I'm starting with a cuatricycle project.



I have been watching your article of "no lathe hubs." It's a lot of motivation, with your permission I will like to use that system.

Thanks a lot! Still have to figure out the front wheels system. I'm just working on that right now. Will send you pictures. Hope to be in contact.

TINTASANGREdise├▒o, Erick

  Excellent bikes, Erick. Please send us more pictures of your great bikes. Gracias!


Delta tricycle with power assist - AtomicZombie builders gallery

  ~ built by Paul Elkins

Paul loves to build things, from vehicles to shelters. Check out his many creations: www.highmileagetrikes.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Orleans cargo bike - AtomicZombie builders gallery


 
"I've introduced a rear trike front loading cargo to New Orleans and they love it. Of course it's an everyday thing here. Just wanted to share. I love putting it out there. Let's go shopping! Let's go green! I'll race anyone in my cargo trike! Lol!"  ~ Jason Marler


Black bike chopper - AtomicZombie builders gallery



~ submitted by John Watt

Fishmouth question – AtomicZombie builders forum

“I have a fishmouth I did ( my first ) that isnt real tight. How much clearance can I get away with before I need to scrap the joint and redo the fishmouth?”

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3 trike plans for under
 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Team Ontario Women's Hockey wins again - 2011 Canada Winter Games



Brittany Zuback #91 scores in the first period on Feb. 20, Ontario vs. BC.






Way to go #TeamOntario Women's #2011hockey for today's win. Proud of you! Keep pouring it on. #2011canadagames
February 20, 2011
BC vs. Ontario 
Final score: 1 – 4
February 21, 2011
Saskatchewan vs. Ontario
Final score: 1 - 5

GO TEAM ONTARIO! 
  AtomicZombie proudly supports women's hockey
and Team Ontario player #91, Brittany Zuback. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

4 Wheeled Warrior Racing Trike?

"A newbie here! I'm interested in building a Warrior (Tadpole) Racing Trike, but would like to build a 4 wheeled version to race in the UK pedalcar series.

Has anybody ever modified the plans of the 3 (trike) wheeled to build a 4 (quad) wheeled Warrior."

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Warrior Recumbent Tadpole Trike DIY Plan - AtomicZombie


The Warrior Racing Trike takes performance and looks to all new heights. With triple disc brakes, under seat steering, and a general racing attitude, the Warrior would easily pass for an expensive production import. Built using inexpensive bicycle components and steel tubing, the Warrior weighs in at only 43 pounds, and has perfect handling and braking characteristics. There is not one single machined part on the entire trike, and everything can be built using only a basic welder, hand drill, and angle grinder!

The Warrior Racing Trike uses commonly available 20mm hubs, so there are no hard to find or overly expensive components needed. The frame is completely made of square steel tubing,and everything else on the Warrior Trike can be found at bicycle shops or hacked from scrap bicycles. The building process is designed to allow anyone with a Do-It-Yourself desire to finish his or her own version of the Warrior without requiring previous bike building experience or specialized tools and skills.

If you have been eyeing up those expensive imported recumbent trikes, but
think $4,500 is a bit too steep of a price tag, then get out your tools and build it yourself! For thousands of dollars less than the price of a basic tadpole trike, you can create your very own racing trike that will rival many of the factory built machines available.

Take a look at our Builders Gallery to see other Warrior examples, including many creative modifications to the plan. Our international builders community ranges from students to retired engineers, but they all have one thing in common - the desire to build their own stuff!

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All of Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines plans are downloadable PDF format. Multiple discounts, free tutorials, videos, gallery, newsletters, blog and more.

All of our plans are delivered as PDF files containing high resolution images and diagrams for optimal viewing and printing.

Colorado Gladiator Update - Atomic Zombie builders forum

"Figured I'd share some photos and an update on my build. Thanks to Kat, I can add photos from my computer now.

Here are a couple of photos of where I am in this build. It's been on hold for a while, but I'm getting anxious to finish it up."

Read more and join the discussion: Colorado Gladiator Update


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"New" from Cincinnati - AtomicZombie builders forum

"I have been lurking a bit here recently but have lurked a lot on Brad's site.

"AZ was one of the most significant resources I came across three years ago when I took the plunge.

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Grandpa's handmade chopper bike - AtomicZombie builders gallery



"Hello AtomicZombie. My Grandfather had build this chopper it looks like interesting. I'll send you soon a picture of my bike."  ~ Enes

This is one very cool grandpa!



Monday, February 14, 2011

Hand pedal steering - AtomicZombie builders forum

"Hi all I am new to site. WOW info over load and love it. I am looking to build a quad hand pedal bike for my son who has no use of his legs (He is 2year old= small bike). The question is how to work out the steering."

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

I need HEEEEELLLLP !!!

"OK it's been a while since I have put serious thought into trying to build something. SO here it is..." Read more and join the discussion:  I need HEEEEELLLLP !!!



Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Brand Is Best… (And Yours Sucks)

Another great editorial by 'BentRider Online Bryan Ball:  My Brand Is Best… (And Yours Sucks)

Bike builder feedback


"I purchased three of your plans a couple of days ago - the Warrior, StreetFighter Quad and the StreetFox.  I wish that I had these several years ago when I built my first recumbent trike. Your plans are much better than blueprints and/or CAD.  

"In my first attempt to build a trike I used three junk 20" bicycles and some electrical conduit, that beast weighed in at a whopping 65 lbs. My second trike was built using two new WalMart bikes and round 1 1/4" 4130 chromoly tubing, it only weighs 45 lbs. 

"I plan on starting a StreetFox trike shortly.  I really like your concept of using either 'junk' bike parts or off the shelf bike parts. Glad that I was able to find your website." 

~ Winston, bike builder and AZ forum member

Thanks, Winston. Glad to have another positive thinker and creative member of our growing community.

Recumbent cargo bike from Australia - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

Built by Mike S. of Australia




Handmade recumbent tadpole trike from New Zealand - AtomicZombie builders forum

 




Here are finished pics of my tadpole called "Magpie"

Specs:
  • 16inch front wheels
  • 24 inch rear wheel
  • 21 speed
  • 100mm seat to ground clearence
  • painted with hammerd black 3 coats and 2 coats clear
Made by Paul Mimmack, New Zealand

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1/4" deflection with front boom? Another Warrior hits the bench.

Dad's bike new here, help me do this right! AtomicZombie builders forum



"I'm totally new on this site, I love this hobby and the things I see here are outstanding! Always learn something! I'm not a dealer,nor am I selling anything, Just want everybody to enjoy pics. Please don't stomp me out! Let me know if you like it, want to know anything about it, if I can help in any way!"

See more pictures and join the discussion: Dad's bike new here, help me do this right!

Three trike plans for under $25!


Warrior Recumbent Tadpole Trike
17.5MB PDF plan 

The Warrior Racing Trike takes performance and looks to all new heights. With triple disc brakes, under seat steering, and a general racing attitude, the Warrior would easily pass for an expensive production import. Built using inexpensive bicycle components and steel tubing, the Warrior weighs in at only 43 pounds, and has perfect handling and braking characteristics. There is not one single machined part on the entire trike, and everything can be built using only a basic welder, hand drill, and angle grinder!

The Warrior Racing Trike uses commonly available 20mm hubs, so there are no hard to find or overly expensive components needed. The frame is completely made of square steel tubing,and everything else on the Warrior Trike can be found at bicycle shops or hacked from scrap bicycles. The building process is designed to allow anyone with a Do-It-Yourself desire to finish his or her own version of the Warrior without requiring previous bike building experience or specialized tools and skills.

If you have been eyeing up those expensive imported recumbent trikes, but think $4,500 is a bit too steep of a price tag, then get out your tools and build it yourself! For thousands of dollars less than the price of a basic tadpole trike, you can create your very own racing trike that will rival many of the factory built machines available.


StreetFox Recumbent Trike
11.7MB PDF plan

The StreetFox Recumbent Trike is a fast and comfortable version of the classic "tadpole" style trike (two wheels in the front), which includes rear suspension, three wheel braking, and 26 inch rear wheel for optimal gear range. The StreetFox looks and handles as good as any commercially produced trike, and can be completely made using commonly available and inexpensive bicycle components and some square tubing. Not one single machined part is needed. The StreetFox has an adjustable bottom bracket so it can fit riders of most heights, from 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Due to the rugged construction and use of sturdy 14 mm axle, 48 spoke front wheels, the StreetFox can easily accommodate riders over 250 pounds.

Because this project only requires a basic welder, an angle grinder and a hand drill, the StreetFox can be built by anyone with the desire to put a little effort into this rewarding hobby. Because of the simple mono tube main frame, the StreetFox is highly customizable, allowing the builder to alter the plan to suit his or her own needs, or simply to try new ideas. The most complex part of the trike is obviously the steering, but the StreetFox uses commonly available and "bullet proof" BMX wheels and hubs, so you don't need to source hard-to-find, expensive front wheel parts. All three wheels have standard bicycle brakes and cables as well, so you can find most of your parts by salvaging old bicycles or at most bicycle stores.

Every step of the build is detailed in high resolution photos, with clear instructions on how to calculate critical angles and lengths based on the parts you have on hand. The final product is a very sleek looking tadpole style trike that looks professionally built and rides like a dream. Enjoying the scenery on a comfortable recumbent trike is like sitting in your favorite chair, but you can always put your ankle to the pedals and get the wind in your hair because the StreetFox is as fast as it is comfortable.

Viking Recumbent Tandem Trike 
21.2MB PDF plan

Note: this is a very large file and probably cannot be downloaded if you have slow, or dial-up Internet service


The Viking is a very unique tandem trike that includes an independent transmission system that allows one rider to stop pedaling without affecting the other. The Viking Tandem Trike uses commonly available 20mm disc brake hubs, so there are no hard-to-find or overly expensive components needed. The frame is completely made of square steel tubing, and everything else on the Viking Trike can be found at bicycle shops or hacked from scrap bicycles.

The building process is designed to allow anyone with a Do-It-Yourself desire to finish his or her own version of the Viking Trike without requiring previous bike building experience or specialized tools and skills.

The plan is laid out in a format that makes customization or alternate parts usage a breeze, so you will certainly be able to include your own imagination in the process of building a recumbent trike.

If you have been eyeing up those expensive imported tandem trikes, but think $8,000 is a bit too steep of a price tag, then get out your tools and build it yourself! For thousands of dollars less than the price of a basic tadpole trike, you can create your very own tandem trike that will rival many of the factory built machines available.

Click here to take advantage of this special offer.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Oil rags and fire - AtomicZombie builders forum

"Interesting report on what happens if you don't depose of oily rags properly." Oil rags and fire

Copenhagenize.com - Building Better Bicycle Cultures: World's Best Bicycle Lock

My 2nd Build - The Marauder Lowracer

"Gphil: Welcome back. It's kind of hard getting something done in this weather. My garage is like ice inside, so went out last week and bought 50,000btu space heater off of Craigslist, so now garage is warm when I need it to be, and on with the build. I'm about 75% done. Working on steering now, and then seat, then should be ready for a test drive. I don't know where Sir Joey went. I posed a couple of question to him and haven't heard anything back. Hope everything is okay."

Read more and join the discussion: My 2nd Build - The Marauder Lowracer

Chopper bike with lots of bling - AtomicZombie.com

~ built by Ward John

Suspension for Warrior recumbent trike - AtomicZombie builders forum

"Has anyone thought about adding rear suspension to the warrior? I looked through the galleries but did not find anything. I know the Streetfox has suspension but I like the Warrior better. Any ideas?"

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MIG, TIG or Arc what's best?

"Remember, your skill will be a lot more important than the type of welder you choose. Any type of manual welding will work for bicycle building. Also, TIG is not the only way to weld aluminum. It can also be welded with MIG or oxy-acetylene.

"The best thing you can do to choose is get a bit of experience with everything and figure out what appeals to you. "

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Anyone in the middle of a build? AtomicZombie builders forum

"Wheels built and picking up my steel tonight. I was a little anxious about building my own wheels, but with the help of the Youtube videos out there, it's really a piece of cake."


Read more and join the discussion: Anyone in the middle of a build (winter 2010-2011)