Sunday, July 31, 2011

The TimberWolf Recumbent Trike is on the Loose!

Here's the latest Atomic Zombie bikes - the TimberWolf Recumbent Trike. Brad has spent a few weeks designing and building it in interesting conditions (see our newsletters), especially the intense heat. 

In true Atomic Zombie form, Brad used minimal tools and workspace (a rotting construction trailer), trudged up and down a hill to his temporary welder site, and once again showed that anyone can build a handmade bike.

The TimberWolf combines the agile and speedy characteristics of a racing trike, along with the comfort and practicality of a shopping trike to bring you the best of both worlds. Having a seat height of around 16 inches gives the TimberWolf a good stance for urban traffic yet allows for some very agile handling characteristics with the ability to take corners at a much higher speed than what would be possible on an upright delta trike.

The TimberWolf also includes rear suspension with a cargo area behind the pilot’s seat, allowing fragile objects to be carried without risk of damage.

Getting up close and personal with the Timberwolf for an upcoming video. Should be online this week. Stay tuned here and to the Builders Forum for announcements.

Almost all of the components needed to build the TimberWolf can be purchased as inexpensive common bicycle parts at just about any bike shop and the main frame is made out of standard mild steel tubing. The rear wheels are also standard bicycle rims laced around a set of easy to make hubs that cost only a few dollars to build, so you will not have to spend a lot of money on specialized or difficult to find rear wheels or parts.

The completed TimberWolf rear wheels and axle sets are actually lighter and stronger than what can be found on most of the expensive production delta trikes, which allows heavier loads to be carried as well as allowing the pilot to have more fun around the corners.

Our dog likes the goodies in the cargo box, especially the bread and peanut butter!

This plan will take you through every step of the build process with detailed photos, using methods of construction that allow alternate parts or design ideas to be used with less risk or error. As with all Atomic Zombie DIY plans, read the entire plan before purchasing any materials so you can decide if you want to modify the design or use alternative components you may already have on hand.

There will be no strict “materials list” or “cut list” given here since reading the plan over before starting your build will address all of the materials and components needed. Don’t be afraid to try your own design modifications as there is plenty of room to alter the plan along the way, and if you are unsure about an idea, drop by our Builder’s Forum and toss out your idea for discussion.

Plan will be online this week. Stay tuned to the forum and here for announcements!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New builder needs some help.

"I am in the initial stage of building my warrior. I will be doing a 600 mile solo charity ride in 2012. I have some severe physical limitations and this bike will fit the bill. I have found a welder who will do most of the build. He usually makes sand rail chassis but he is kind enough to help me."
Read more and join the discussion: New builder needs some help.

Friday, July 29, 2011

3 wheel drive Delta

"Since the Deltas have a split rear axle, we can use a separate motor to drive each rear wheel. then put a hub motor on the front wheel to have all wheel drive."

Read more and join the discussion: 3 wheel drive Delta

Atomic Zombie newsletters

Atomic Zombie Builders Newsletter for July 29

New additions to the builders gallery. Check them out!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Upright handmade bike from Hungary - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Hi! This is my fourth bike. Bicycle name: 'Mad-Max T.S. Bike rottenszaby' Atomic Zombie Machine

Thx, Szaby.

Jason's slick tadpole trike - Minnesota

"This is my latest trike. It features a coaster brake for simplicity, and under seat steering. The seat is also adjustable. Enjoy. Jason (flyboy), Princeton, MN"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Handmade bike from India - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Hi AtomicZombie. This bicycle is fully designed in India (Tamilnadu, Chennai).Your
information was very helpful to us. Thanking you. ANJENEYALU.S"

Anyone from Asia or Antartica?

"I was just noticing that we have Zombies from only 5 continents. What's up with that? I mean come on, Asia is the biggest continent."

Anyone from Asia or Antartica?

The TimberWolf Is Born!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Finished first build

"Well, here it is 2 weeks from start to finish, all down to how clear the plans are. Thanx, Brad. Starting the next build as soon as I can."  Read more and join the discussion: Finished first build

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Atomic Zombie newsletter Builders Edition, July 22 now online

Click on the image for this and other AZ newsletters.

Update: Monster storm pounds Northern & Northwestern Ontario - moving fast to S. Ontario

A warning to all of our Atomic Zombie family in Ontario, Quebec and East Coast. Look out Southern Ontario

A massive storm moved through our region around 8 pm Eastern Time this evening.

Destructive, gusting winds 100km/h - 151 km/h.
Torrential rain
Golf ball/baseball sized hail
Intense lightning

It's massive and destructive. Please pass this along and get the word out to family, friends and neighbors:

Our local airport - Thunder Bay International Airport - has sustained a lot of damage. The roof was peeled off.

Read more and see pictures: ** Monster storm pounds Northern/NW Ontario - moving fast toward Southern Ontario **

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Custom chopper from Mexico - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Hi, I am sending a greeting from Mexico City. Victor Hugo Hernandez Garcia."

Another awesome bike chopper. Muchas gracias, Victor!

Viking Tandem Trike from Hungary - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Hi! I am Pihokker Gábor from Hungary. With the this year's spring I was building a Viking Tandem Trike. I increased the size of the rear wheel and I made changes in the folding because I would have liked it, if my wife who travels at the back separately can select the suitable transmission what is comfortable for her.

I prepared a trailer because of the right placement of the packets. We arrived on the past week from an European tour with the bicycle what was beginning in Germany in Passau and onto Hungary kept until Győr where I live, the full distance 511 Km. Despite the flat tyres, we did not have any other trouble. Best regards, Gábor."

Viking Tandem Trike

Jose's Tilting Trike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Here is a copy of my tilting trike. ~ Jose Franco"

Monday, July 18, 2011

DeltaWolf + DeltaRunner + USS = TimberWolf!

"Thanks for the feedback!

Yep, no need for a house or garage - just a tent and welder is all that is needed when you are hard core!!"

Read more and join the discussion: DeltaWolf + DeltaRunner + USS = TimberWolf!

The Bristol Bike Project

"We are Bristol's most comprehensive Community Bike Project, repairing and relocating unwanted bicycles. We aim to help people from all walks of life get out on two wheels and for it to be an inclusive and empowering experience in the process.

Through our weekly workshops, we provide 'free' bicycles to members of underprivileged and marginalised groups that would not otherwise have the opportunity to own one. The Project combines a surplus of unwanted bikes (most of which are otherwise destined for landfill), volunteers of all abilities who are able to develop their mechanical skills within a supportive and safe environment and marginalized people within our community in need of affordable and sustainable transportation.

We are a welcoming and inclusive community-based Project, encouraging skill-sharing, promoting sustainability and helping people help themselves."

More about this awesome group:  The Bristol Bike Project

Atomic Zombie News - Fighting the Elements

Street Fighter now Marauder

"Thanks again for the advice. It's been a little while since I've worked on the StreetFighter. I turned my attention to the Marauder from Brad's book. It is almost complete."

Read more and join the discussion: Street Fighter

Dirty Trike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

Built by Simon Scheuerle 

Extending a coaster hub?

"I've figured out how to widen a coaster hub cheaply."

Read more and join the discussion: Extending a coaster hub?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

DeltaWolf + DeltaRunner + USS = TimberWolf!

"Having endless gravel roads and trails to ride on around me now, I have decided to dig up some past delta trike projects and fuze them together into a hearty mix of speed, comfort, agility, and practicality.

Being part DeltaWolf, part DeltaRunner, and part Marauder, the all new "TimberWolf" will be ready to race, tackle the rough terrain, and haul groceries."

Read more and join the discussion: DeltaWolf + DeltaRunner + USS = TimberWolf!

Building Streetfox and warrior with round tubes in the Philippines

"Hi! I’m a newbie here . I’m from Mindanao the southernmost island of the Philippines and a mountain bike fanatic for many years now. But age is catching up and trikes are becoming much more inviting as time passes by .

From where I am I’ve seen just every kind of bikes from cargo/passenger carrying bmx with side car monstrosities, choppers, trick bikes, to carbon fiber road and mountain bikes but I’ve never seen a tadpole trike. So, I made it my mission to build a trike ."

Read more and join the discussion:  Building Streetfox and Warrior with round tubes in the Philippines

Friday, July 15, 2011

Builders Gallery updated

More choppers, trikes, lowracers, motorized bikes, recumbents...Check out all the newest additions to the Atomic Zombie family here.

Keep sending in those pictures. There's some amazing talent out there!

Send us a picture of your completed handmade bike:

Please — Send one picture per bike, no larger than 2MB in size, .jpg format is best.

*** Don’t forget to include your name and the country where you live. ***

The gallery is updated every week. Looking forward to seeing your bike creations!

~ KoolKat and RadicalBrad, Atomic Zombie 

AZ Builders Newsletter for July 15, 2011

The latest newsletter is online here. Enjoy!

Walter's handmade Warrior tadpole trike - SWEET!

"I met a gentleman on the Polk City bike trail on Saturday that was riding an AZ Trike he had built it was beautiful made mine look bad. He said he had also built a Warrior, but he is older and he said he only rode it about 1000 miles before he decided to build the one he is riding now.

The one in the picture below is the outcome of about 6 months work in my spare time and rides very nice. I have put about 100 miles on it in the last few weeks trying to work the bugs out of it, it is coming along nicely. Thanks, Walter."

Wow - what a beauty, Walter. You must be so proud of yourself!

Shane's lean, mean green chopper bike - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

"Hi there. Your site is in my favorites as I always check in to see new builders bikes and also often need answers to bike component questions when building bikes. Thanks, Shane Donnelly."


Moha's long wheel base bike from Hungary - Atomic Zombie builders gallery

Built by Moha, Hungary

Masor's OldSkool Rat Bobber

"Here's an updated picture of my OldSkool Rat Bobber. Hope you like! Three months in the making. This video shows the details of the bike:

My name: Masor
Name of bike: Rat Bobber
Location: Santa Ynez"

Mark's Manitoba Warriors

"They're finally done. When me and wife ride these down the street they generate a lot of second looks. She calls them our lazy-boy bikes because they're so comfortable to ride.

While building these I looked around the internet for alternate ideas, but always returned to Brad's design. I've seen other trikes that cost over $1,000 that don't look as good as these. Well done, Brad & Kat.

Mark Storen aka Kindamental"

Awesome on both counts, Mark. You and your wife are certainly riding in style. Well done!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Evening sky is alive!

We get some incredible sunsets atop our mountain property and the night sky is unbelievable - the Milky Way, shooting stars, bright planets that we can see through binoculars. It really is a spectacular scene.

Why are we on a mountain top? Find out here.