So, you’re wondering if you can build your own bikes, recumbents, trikes, tandems and choppers? Not sure if you have what it takes? Well, there are many examples in the Atomic Zombie Builders Forum and Gallery that prove you can! Take a look at this video from a a teen bike builder in Gloucester, United Kingdom, and his first Warrior Recumbent Tadpole Trike project:
“I’m 14 and I made the trike for a school project and it has been great ever since. I started by buying some GREAT plans off Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan, Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines. Within 6 months it was rolling happily down the road.”
Another amazing build by those who dare to be different and think outside the box! Two Atomic Zombie thumbs up to”Foxmonkeyful” and his Warrior Trike Recumbent Delight project video.
Our DIY plans detail every aspect of the building process using easy-to-follow instructions, high resolution pictures and diagrams. Even if this is your first attempt at building a bike, you will be able to follow our plans, as no previous expertise is assumed. Real photos of the project are used instead of complex drawings, so you will not have to guess when critical measurements are required.
You will only need a minimal set of common hardware store tools to build any of our plans such as a welder, angle grinder and hand drill. To ensure that anyone can follow our plans, all welding was done with a basic AC stick welder, and the only other power tools used are an angle grinder and hand held drill. Although some of the trikes require a small threaded part to be machined, drawings are given and the costs are normally very minimal at most machine shops.
Most of the amazing bikes and trikes shown in our gallery were built by those who never considered taking apart a bicycle or turning on a welder. With a little patience and a few days of practice, you can learn to weld steel and turn scrap metal into a work of art. Our Builders Forum is a great place for new builders to share ideas and seek help when first starting into this great hobby. Membership is free, so join us!
No difficult-to-find or non-standard bicycle parts are used in Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines plans, so you can acquire parts at most bicycle shops, thrift stores, or even scrap yards. Our plans allow a great deal of modification as well, so you can adapt your project to the parts you have available, or easily add your own modifications to suit your individual needs and style.