Welding with stick welders – Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder’s Forum

“I’m looking to get a cheap stick welder so I can make this new hobby of mine.  I know a couple of retired boilermakers and wanted their advice on brands etc but we didn’t get that far because they were adamant that it would be virtually impossible to weld bicycle frames with such a welder without blowing holes.   Now, everyone on this forum is quite adamant that these welders would be fine, and I believe them, because they have the anecdotal evidence.”

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Warrior recumbent tadpole trike from Germany – Atomic Zombie builders gallery

Read about it and see it:  Warrior recumbent tadpole trike from Germany – Atomic Zombie builders forum.

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 eying 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.

OverKill style chopper bike from Ontario – Atomic Zombie builders gallery

See it:  OverKill style chopper bike from Ontario – Atomic Zombie builders gallery.

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!

The Huggan Warrior gets kudos on Recumbent Blog

John’s Warrior recumbent tadpole trike gets some well deserved recognition: “Hi Rob. Enjoy the Recumbent blog. Nice to see a Canadian take it over. I live in Kitchener Waterloo Ontario so also a flag waver. I have a RANS Stratus XP long wheelbase, a Cycle Genius Sparrow medium wheelbase and a Bacchetta Giro 20 short wheelbase recumbent. More:  The Recumbent Blog » Blog Archive » The Huggan Warrior.

Building in Belfast – Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder’s Forum

“I’m building a Voyager in Belfast. Struggled a while for steel but found great source of scrap bikes. Welding is as poor as 20 years ago when I last tried.”

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Tandem for two – Atomic Zombie builders gallery

“Hi. Thought I would send you a better picture of me and my son on the tandem bike we made using your great book. We are going to make recumbent bike next. Hope you put it on your website. Thanks, Perry.”

Those smiles say it all. Well done! Happy riding.


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Viking recumbent tandem from Down Under – Atomic Zombie builders gallery

“Hi KoolKat. Here is my latest creation the Viking Tandem it performs real well and my wife Helen and I are very happy with it.  Best Regards from Down Under, Kurt Gahler”

Thanks Kurt and Helen for sending us this picture. Looks like you two are enjoying your new home built tandem. Nice job!

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Hex Nipples – Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder’s Forum


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700C on a Tomahawk? – Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder’s Forum


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Locutus’ second build, the Electric-assist Street Fox (AKA: The NoPEC-1) – Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder’s Forum

“Successful first work commute with the Street Fox velomobile!

The trike zipped right along, kept me dry (it was raining lightly) and covered the 21 miles in one hour flat. This time successfully meets my original goal. Electrical output was pretty consistent over the entire trip. Power consumption was 12 amp hours from the 16 AH total capacity twin battery pack.”

Read more: Locutus’ second build, the Electric-assist Street Fox (AKA: The NoPEC-1) – Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines Builder’s Forum