Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Motorized OverKill chopper bike project done - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"My dad built this from the plans from your "OverKill chopper" build.  Here are some photos, pick and choose any if you would like to use them.

Thanks for your ideas and plans, they are tons of fun and very informative! Thanks, Joshua Stover"




OverKill chopper




OverKill is appropriately named because everything about it is way over the top. With its ridiculously wide rear wheel, and ultra long forks, what else could it be called other than OverKill? Does a chopper really need a dragster tire on its rear end, or such a high frame? Not really, but does a roadster really need a Hemi? You know where I'm going with this. Actually, the main reason I built OverKill to such outlandish proportions was to retaliate against the mass marketing of big box store choppers.

Even though this sick chop has proportions that rival some of the petrol-burning street customs, it certainly won't bust your wallet or require you to spend the next year in a machine shop. The fact is, OverKill is built from nothing more than an old car rim, some scrap bicycle parts, and a few lengths of electrical conduit using only a welder and grinder. 


Yes, anyone can pull this one off using the tricks shown in the plan.. Every step of the build is detailed using high resolution photos, and you will be amazed at how simple it is to add bicycle spokes to the car wheel, and there is plenty of room for you to add your own evil modifications to the frame. How does it ride? Dude, look at this beast, it was made for cruising!

As you can see, OverKill not only rides well, but it dominates the road with its radical proportions and kicks dirt in the face of conformity. Choppers belong to us garage hackers, so let's take back what is rightfully ours and send a message to those who think mass production is the way to go. Get building!

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

Plans, tutorials, videos and
more
Plans, tutorials, videos and
more
Plans, tutorials, videos and
more


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.

Intro from the Midlands

"Hi. Recently lost use of private car, came across the AZ site. thought it would be a good alternative mode of transport."  Read more and join the discussion: Intro from the Midlands

At last! A newbie finally dived in.

"Hi everyone. I'll be 50 this year and have been a keen rider of a store-bought SWB bent for quite some time. A few years ago, I received a copy of Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza as a Christmas present and ever since then I've been drooling over the projects, particularly the Marauder.

After checking out the new design plans for the suspended Marauder, I just knew I couldn't ignore the voices in my head any longer."

Read more and join the discussion: At last! A newbie finally dived in.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Amped up Warrior tadpole trike by Gerry Strope





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!

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

Plans, tutorials, videos and
more
Plans, tutorials, videos and
more
Plans, tutorials, videos and
more


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.

Oaklahoma handmade bike choppers




Built by Marvin S., Oklahoma City, OK

"I built these on the patio of my apartment. Not finished. Waiting on powder coat."


Wife's Hammerhead trike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery


"Hi guys! Here are a few pictures of my wife’s bike / trike I built for her. We would love to see them in the gallery.

I always liked the look of the Hammerhead since I got Brad’s books. I knew someday I would build one.  A little while back my wife had a hip replaced and I wanted to build her a bike to ride once she was ready to ride again.

But balancing a bike with two wheels was a bit of an issue, so this was a perfect time to build her a new ride where she did not have to worry about balancing on just two wheels. One where she could just start and stop and never have to put a foot down.

The Hammerhead design was a perfect choice. Giving me a chance to build one I wanted to build, and making it different from all the other three wheelers out there.


The whole build was a secret to her and I wanted to surprise her for her birthday with it. It was a surprise and she loves it! All of her friends love it too!

Thank you for the inspiration and all  your great bikes and projects, along with all the terrific work you do. I love the site and I go to the forum at  least once a day. In the forum I’m taytayou812.

I have several other bike projects in the works right now. One is a Delta Runner trike for her, and two for me, a Meridian bike and a Gladiator trike for myself. Hopefully I’ll get them done in time to enjoy them this summer. Thanks again.  ~ Taylor Christensen"

Homemade recumbent from Hungary - Atomic Zombie builders gallery


"Hey. This is my new 16" wheeler front-wheel drive SWB fun recumbent - Pycikli. A home made comfy wooden seat. Great fun to ride, easy with no hands!

Here's a short summary video about making this bike and riding for the first time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQCGkLZFeJg

More pics and vids in my blog at http://rekumbens.blog.hu/tags/pycikli

Thanks for sharing!  ~ Motyoo, Budapest, Hungary"



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Zealand handmade recumbent bike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery



"Hi Kat & Brad. This is my third recumbent since September last.
'Ranga by Andrew Last, Dunedin New Zealand. 

You've helped generate another obsessive bike builder.
Cheers. Andrew."


Terry's Chopper Trike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery



"Built for nephew, from Terry in Jaywick, England"


Friday, May 13, 2011

Vigilante bike chopper weight - AtomicZombie builders forum

""How much does the Vigilante weigh? I thought about making an electric version of it but I must consider the weight in my math. Is it too hard to make in aluminum? Or perhaps it would be so strong or too expensive?"


Read the answers and join the discussion:  Vigilante weight

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Think gas is outrageous here? Check out these prices

May 10, 2011 13:05:00
Kenyon Wallace
Toronto Star

"Canadians have a tendency to complain about the seemingly limitless price of gasoline, but believe it or not, we have it good compared to a lot of other countries.

Europeans have long been paying the equivalent of two times of what Canadians pay for a litre of gas, while prices in Asia and Australia have long outstripped those in North America."

Read more here.

Ken's Kick Bike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery



"This was done in the colors of West Virginia University, mostly because I had a blue fork and a yellow fork to start with." ~ Ken Rice


Harry's bike chopper - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Here are pics of Harry's Bike now that it's done. We will love seeing this bike in your gallery! Those are Schwinn wheels, everything else was made by us! Thank You, Sean HBB Homebuiltbik www.homebuiltbikes.com"



 

UK handmade bike chopper - Atomic Zombie builders gallery


"Hi there. I am from the UK and use Stormbird on the forums. I have combined the forks from Skyscraper and the ideas from Granny's Nightmare and built myself this chopper.

Without Brad's help, I could not have achieved this and I am very proud of it (showing everyone I know).

I have both books and lots of plans and feel he is in the garage with me and can here his words in my head helping me solve problems and giving me encouragement when things don't go as planned.

Well, that is what I am telling the judge when I am in court.  :-)

Got some car wheels and itching to build the next one , but dang the sun is shining and I need to be out riding it!

Regards, Paul."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Greetings from Phoenix, AZ - Atomic Zombie builders forum

A few months ago, I bought a Diamondback Kalimar for my daily 2 mile commute to work, and actually ride it another 15 to 20 miles every weekend. Friends have accused me of doing this for health and economy, but the truth is I just like riding it! This re-awakened an old interest in bicycles from when I was much younger, and I decided to fix-up an old 12 speed that's been rusting away in my back yard."


Read more and join the discussion:  Greetings from Phoenix, Az!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Price of a gallon of gas vs. miles on electric assist at same cost

"This a great quote: Our calculations show that the money needed to buy a single gallon of gas at $4/gallon would buy enough electricity to power a fully-electric Lightfoot velomobile for more than 1000 miles..."  


Nice Bike

"I was at the scrap yard the other day looking at bikes to scrap parts off of (because with this place if you need a wheel, you have to buy the whole bike), and was leaving, and one of the guys that works there showed me a bike that one of the other co-workers pulled out of a load before it was dumped." 

Read more and join the discussion: Nice Bike

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

California Chopper Bikes - Atomic Zombie

Masor has been busy with more chopper builds. He sent us a couple of his latest bikes. Sweet!



Name of bike: OldSkool Bobber
Location: Santa Ynez, California
My name: Masor
White Power Chopper

Ken's snowboard seat short wheel base recumbent - Atomic Zombie builders gallery



"Plastic snowboard makes a good seat."  ~ Ken Rice

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dan's Warrior tadpole trike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery



"Hey Rad Brad. Hope you like these!  ~ Dan Walker"




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!

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