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10-18-2012, 04:00 PM
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From the Builders Gallery (http://forum.atomiczombie.com/): "This started out as a StreetFox. Every time I rode her I went home and started modifying. Here's where it is today."

Another great handmade tadpole trike built from our own AtomicZombie do-it-yourself plan!

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The StreetFox Recumbent Trike is a fast and comfortable version of the classic "tadpole"style trike (two wheels in the front), which includes rear suspension, three wheel braking, and 26 inch rear wheel foroptimal gear range. The StreetFox looks and handles as good as any commerciallyproduced trike, and can be completely made using commonly available and inexpensive bicycle components and some squaretubing. Not one single machined part is needed. The StreetFox has an adjustablebottom bracket so it can fit riders of most heights, from 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Due to the rugged constructionand use of sturdy 14 mm axle, 48 spoke front wheels, the StreetFox can easilyaccommodate riders over 250 pounds.

Because this project only requires a basic welder, an angle grinder and a handdrill, the StreetFox can be built by anyone with the desire to put a little effortinto this rewarding hobby. Because of the simple mono tube main frame, the StreetFoxis highly customizable, allowing the builder to alter the plan to suit his or her own needs, or simply to try newideas.

The most complex part of the trike is obviously the steering, but the StreetFox uses commonly available and "bullet proof" BMX wheels and hubs, so you don't need to sourcehard-to-find, expensive front wheel parts. All three wheels have standard bicycle brakes and cables as well, so you canfind most of your parts by salvaging old bicycles or at most bicycle stores.

Every step of the build is detailed inhigh resolution photos, with clear instructions on how to calculate critical angles and lengths based on the parts youhave on hand. The final product is a very sleek looking tadpole style trike that looks professionally built and rides likea dream. Enjoying the scenery on a comfortable recumbent trike is like sitting in your favorite chair, but you can alwaysput your ankle to the pedals and get the wind in your hair because the StreetFoxis as fast as it is comfortable.

Take a look at our Builder's Gallery (http://forum.atomiczombie.com/) to see other StreetFox examples, including many creative modifications to the plan. Our international builders communityranges from students to retired engineers, but they all have one thing in common - the desire to build their ownstuff!

All of Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines plans (http://www.atomiczombie.com/) are downloadable PDFformat. Multiple plan discounts, free tutorials, videos, gallery, newsletters, blog and more.

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