April 25 newsletter – AtomicZombie

Feature article by Brad Graham (Radical Brad):
Building a rebar greenhouse
Costa Rica recumbent lowracer
Edmonton trike
Chopper in Turkey
USA velomobile
Trike in Denmark
Michigan custom bikes
Australian chopper
Spring into bike building
Manufactured bike parts
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Another Canadian Warrior tadpole trike

Sitting out in the sun in this uncommonly warm Canadian winter on a walking trail in the middle of my city. I’ve named it the Warrior FS. Translates to “Full Spectrum”.

Spinner
Kitchener, ON


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, and more.

Kenya recumbent Cruzbike by Andrew

 “My MBB FWB Recumbent (Cruzbike copy) from Nairobi, Kenya. Andrew Koros.”

 

 

Nice bike, Andrew. Thanks for sharing.

Hurry – time is running out. Five detailed bike plans for twenty-five bucks!

AZ newsletter February 7

West Virginia recumbent
Velo concepts
New Orleans cargo bike
Builders community
Pub style bike
Cargo bikes in Africa

Battle Axe chopper in Australia – AtomicZombie gallery

Another awesome bike chopper by Paul in Australia. Cool, mate!

“This was a project I worked on whilst I had some time off over Xmas. The BATTLE AXE was one of the most enjoyable beast to build.

Paul Hodgson, Australia”


Chopper plans at AtomicZombie.com.

The Vigilante Chopper breaks all the rules and takes the law into its own hands! With its fat rear wheel and stealth bomber styling, the Vigilante is one ride that will stand out among all other choppers as a true custom. Even the frame is radically different, using only square tubing for that stealth bomber look. This project is built from the ground up, using the parts you have on hand, so there is plenty of room to alter the design and carve out a ride that suits your building style.

Take a look at our Builder’s Gallery to see other Vigilante Chopper 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!

Building a chopper that oozes with attitude is a lot of work, but it’s not rocket science! I only own a basic AC welder, an angle grinder, and a hand drill, so anyone can pull off the same kind of work with a little hard work. Because of the way the frame is built around the wheels, you have alot of room to experiment with your own designs to add your own twisted ideas into the bike with ease. This plan is a great way to learn the art of chopper building, even if you have something completely different planned since the ideas presented here can be used over and over again.

It’s time to reclaim the word “chopper” and put it back into the hands of the builder where it belongs. A department store chopper with serial numbers is not a custom at all, and it is not worthy of the word “chopper”, in my opinion! No assembly line chop will ever have a chance against something carved from your own blood, sweat and tears, so grab that hacksaw and get chopping!

 

New OverKill bike chopper in Australia

“Hey guys, I’m back in the man cave building another chopper – Overkill this time. Spent the last three days out there building the frame. Ok, here we go.

Scored two wheels and tyres off a friend for free (perfect for Overkill).” Read more about this project here.


Build your own OverKill bike 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 chopper?

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 bike chopper 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!

Electric Warrior recumbent tadpole trike in Norway

 

“Hello!

Some months ago, I purchased building instructions for the “Warrior”. Very good and highly  valuable, thank you very much! Since I had no previous welding experience, your “welding basics” tutorial also helped me a lot.

I was “brave” enough to go for round 50mm/47mm tubing in place of the square tube frame. It gave me grey hair before I mastered welding round thin walled tubing. Very difficult for a beginner, but a lot of practice helps (and a good grinder). Your instructions of how to make use of different existing bicycle parts were most welcome. It saved me a lot of research work.

Since I live in a place with a lot of hills, and almost no flat areas, an electric motor is almost mandatory to get anywhere. So, I purchased a “Golden Pie” and 38V LiPo batteries.

The trike was finished and first test ride was made today. It is NOT the right time for bicycle trips in Norway at this time of the year, but I cannot wait for the spring to get this thing tested. After some adjustments of the handlebars to maximum comfort, it was ready for a ride. It rides perfectly! Very stable and easy to handle.

Even on ice and hard snow it was no other problems than some painful “bone rattling” over some very bumpy parts in the road caused by poor clearing of the snow and ice. The motor really does a great job to zoom up hills that otherwise would slow me to walking speed. I hope this will be a great alternative to my car when commuting to job, and for pure fun.

Thank you very much for your instructive web site!

Regards,

Bjørn Furuheim, NORWAY”


 
Wow! That’s a great, rugged Warrior trike designed for your climate. Thanks, Bjorn for your kind words. Hope to see more bike creations from you.

 

Build your own cool recumbent trike.