Frequently Asked Questions


Who is Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines?

We are bike builders and co-authors - known as KoolKat and Radical Brad on the AZ Builders Forum - located in Northern Ontario, Canada. Brad Graham has been building his own custom bikes for over 25 years. We launched Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines almost 10 years ago to showcase some of his creations, and it has grown ever since. We (Kat and Brad) design and publish DIY plans and have an extensive international Builders Gallery and Builders Forum.

Are your plans like blueprints? Do you supply CAD Drawings?

No, our plans are definitely not blueprints! Our plans contain highly detailed text and photos that explain every step of the building process from beginning to end. You do not have to understand CAD drawings or be able to read blueprints to build any of our plans. There are also detailed drawings in our plans showing critical angles and measurements. These are in a format that anyone can understand. Yes, we do things differently, but as you can see by our vast builder's gallery, our system definitely works! There are over 1,000 examples of bikes and trikes built from our plans in our gallery, and many of them were built by first time welders, or those without any mechanical trade experience. Because of the amazing success of our current format, we do not plan to switch to the rigid blueprint or CAD style format as that would isolate our community to only those with an engineering background.

Why don't you use blueprints, CAD Drawings, or include a detailed materials cut-list?

Blueprints assume that you will build an identical copy of something. This is almost impossible when it comes to creating a bike or trike without having access to a large machine shop or large supply of parts. For instance, the Warrior Tadpole Racing Trike can be made to accommodate riders of varying weights and heights, so forcing the design into a rigid blueprint format would force a 5'-2" tall 150 pound rider to build a trike suited for a 6'-4" tall, 350 pound rider! Our plans take the builder through every step of the building process, and then explain modifications that can be made to suit the builder's needs, rather than assume everyone wants the same exact final product. The same principle holds true for materials. There are hundreds of different variations on parts such as wheels, forks, and bicycle frames.

Our plans allow you to adapt to whatever parts you have on hand or can acquire, making suggestions along the way for alternative parts. A "cut here" list or a "bill of materials" forces the builder to seek out specific brands of components, hoping that they are still manufactured or within their individual budgets. We have found that this rigid format does not work for the majority of homebuilt bike builders, and creates much more frustration than simply allowing the builder to do some self-calculations or explore his/her own creativity before beginning the building process. Just have a look at our gallery to see the amazing diversity shown in our builders' completed bikes and trikes. We're all about thinking outside the box.

To quote AZ veteran bike builder PeterT: "You need to remember one thing - you are building your bike, with your budget, and your abilities, to your specifications, talents and expectations. You might spend hours/days/weeks etc. trying to sort out your cut list, but as soon as you walk into the actual store to purchase your required cuts, you will change your mind, and think of some wonderful way of modifying the design you want to build, so I offer some prudent advise - do a rough cut list to make sure that you have enough material for the basics, and then become friendly with the person serving you because you will be seeing him again and again, when you have 6" left and you need 9" to finish something, or you want to see if something else would look better on your new bike. Don't over-think things or you will never get started."

What tools and equipment do I need to build a bike from your plans?

This is a very common question. For most projects, only basic tools: welder and accessories, welding helmet, screwdrivers, wrenches, level, measuring tape, hacksaw, clamps, angle grinder, gloves, safety glasses, face shield, ear plugs and hammer. You don't need to have expensive tools and equipment to build bikes from our plans. Atomic Zombie is all about keeping things simple.

What format are your plans in and how many pages do they have?

Each of our plans is created as electronic book portable document file (PDF) with high resolution color photos followed by detailed text. Our photos are print quality resolution of at least 1024 by 768 pixels. PDFs can be viewed using Adobe® Reader®, currently the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Every step of the build includes one or more photos, followed by the text explaining in detail how and why. The length of our plans varies depending on the complexity of the project, with printed page count ranging from 80 to over 200 pages.

A plan that includes 150 printed pages typically includes roughly 150 or more photos along with the included text. Printing the entire plan is not necessary as you can usually read through the plan and then print out only the sections that you need to take into your workshop for reference. However, feel free to print the entire plan if you want to. To ensure consistent image clarity in all of our plans, we use a high quality digital camera and take our photos in a properly lit room with a neutral background.

I'm accessing the Internet through my gaming station. Can I download your plans?

No. You need to have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer or mobile device to open and view plans. This applies to both Personal Computer (PC) and Mac users.

I ordered plans and have been trying to download them, but Adobe Reader keeps telling me they are corrupt. Any idea why this is happening?

Your Internet Service Provider may be resetting your Internet connection, also known as "throttling bandwidth". This is a sneaky tactic used to balance traffic during peak hours. Often the best solution is to download the plans during off-peak hours, usually late at night or very early morning.

*** Important: Be sure that you right click on your mouse on the download links and save to your computer or portable storage device. Failing to do so may result in a corruption error. ***

Note that some PDFs are very large and some Internet Service providers do throttle bandwidth during peak times that may interfere with downloading. If you are trying to download plans to your portable mobile device, and experience service drop outs or inconsistent connection(s), the downloads may become corrupt.

If you are using a dial-up internet service, you have our sympathies. It's not impossible to download PDFs on dial-up, but it will take a long time and the connection may not be consistent.

The downloads require a consistent, uninterrupted connection to successfully complete. If the connection is interrupted, the download will stop and will not continue until you right click on the download link and restart the download process.

Also, be sure that your Acrobat Reader software is at least version 6.0.

I have never tried welding or hacking up a bike, so can I really build my own?

You bet you can! Just take a browse through our Builder's Gallery and have a look at the hundreds of diverse examples of bikes and trikes built directly from our plans. While you are enjoying the photo gallery, keep in mind that most of these amazing custom creations were built by average folks and many were built by those who have never touched a welder before starting into this amazing hobby. Keep in mind that there is a learning curve to everything, but many newbie builders are now seasoned veterans who have a lot of experience and advice to share. Where do I find the parts to build the bikes from your plans? Wherever you can! We like to "shop" at the local scrap yard for bits and pieces when trying out new designs because an inventor can never have enough spare parts on hand. Department stores often put their low end cycles on sale for $150 or less, and these bikes are great for parts.

A typical department store steel frame mountain bike will supply you with wheels, transmission, brake and shifter parts, and a lot of weldable steel. Often, the low end steel bikes have decent components as well, and the steel frame means that you can cut and weld any part of it. Almost every bike or trike on our site was fitted with parts recycled from low end department store cycles that were on sale. Your local bike shop is another good source for purchasing higher quality components, and if you can find a shop that is "DIY friendly", you will often find a lot of good advice and some great deals. Some other great parts sources are: landfill sites, yard sales, auctions, flea markets, thrift stores, online and classifieds, and of course family, friends, colleagues, etc. If you plan on taking up this hobby, put the word out to family, friends and coworkers that you will refuse no used bikes! You'll be surprised how many bikes and parts you will accumulate quickly. Old bikes, exercise equipment, even steel furniture can be used, so build up your spare parts pile. Each of our plans recommends alternative sources for parts and encourages builders to be creative and inventive. That's the Atomic Zombie® way!

How much does it cost to build bikes based on Atomic Zombie plans?

That is a very difficult question to answer since it is up to you how much you want to or can spend on components. A homebuilt bike or trike will certainly cost you far less than the same type from a manufacturer. By building it yourself, you will end up with exactly what you want. Typically, a homebuilt trike can be put together for a few hundred dollars assuming that you will purchase mainly new mid-range quality components such as rims, tires, cranks, and transmission parts. You could certainly spend a great deal more by using higher end components, but on the flip side, you could build a very nice ride using recycled bicycle parts for almost nothing. We typically use low end components and recycled parts on most of our bikes. They do not cost much to build.

Can I buy a finished bike from you?

No. We do not sell finished bikes, trikes, trailers, electric bikes, etc. We aim to inspire others to be creative with their projects, to let go of traditional in-the-box methods and let their imaginations loose. Atomic Zombie® plans allow anyone to build a bike or trike with minimal cost and basic tools. We don't assume that you have previous experience. Selling one of our completed bikes is something we won't do because it is simply against what we believe in. Yes, there have been some offers, but we weren't interested. Most of our own bikes are recycled into other Atomic Zombie® bike projects.

You may find completed projects for sale by other builders on our forum, or in classifieds, but before you try fitting yourself into someone else's custom vehicle, consider building your own. There's a feeling of pride and accomplishment when people ask you where you bought your bike and you tell them, "I built it myself" which in our opinion, outweighs any bragging rights about how much one paid for a mass produced factory built bike!

Can I sell my own plans through your web sites?

Sorry, not at this time. We believe in quality control and won't sell plans other than our own. Each Atomic Zombie plan is photographed and documented each step of the way. It's not that we don't trust others' work. But, we are very particular about how our DIY plans are photographed, documented and compiled, so that we can honestly say, "We built this ourselves with minimal tools and expense, so you can, too.

How can I pay for plans and parts?

We accept payment through PayPal or major credit cards. Please not that you do not need a PayPal account to pay with credit card.

Do you sell any parts?

Yes. We are working with machine shops to have some parts made in quantity to help you complete your bike projects. Please note that due to outrageous shipping rates, we may not be able to sell and ship parts to every country or region in the world. We are a small business that doesn't qualify for massive shipping discounts that multinational conglomerates enjoy. Please bear with us as we try our best to find the most affordable and reliable method to ship goods to you. We appreciate your understanding that shipping rates are out of our control.

All of our custom parts are proudly made in North America and designed to fit as advertised. We ship to many international destinations. If your country is not listed, contact us for more info.

You may purchase parts that are currently out of stock, but your entire order will be shipped at a later date when all parts are in stock.

How are parts shipped?

  • Orders can be shipped to only one address. Ensure that the complete mailing address you provide is correct. We are not responsible for shipment delays or losses due to incorrect information provided at the time of placing your order.
  • Orders are normally shipped within three to four weeks of the order date. Why?
  • Ensure that the email address you provide is valid to receive shipping and tracking information (if available). An incorrect email address will delay the processing and shipping of your order.
  • We may need to contact you via email if your order exceeds the allowable weight, size or value limits specified by the shipping company. Additional shipping charges may be applied after check out. These charges are out of our control and are dictated by the shipping company. Orders that are subject to additional charges will not be released until paid in full.

USA:

Orders are sent Priority Mail - United States Postal Service (normally 2-3 days).
Priority Mail is a non-guaranteed service. The Postal Service does not provide a money-back guarantee if items sent via Priority Mail fail to arrive by the scheduled delivery date.
AtomicZombie® is not responsible for shipping delays.
A tracking number will be emailed to the customer when the order has shipped.
This tracking number can be used to check the status of your package at USPS’s online tracking system.
Please allow 24 hours for the shipment to appear in USPS’s tracking system.

International and Canada:

Shipments are sent Priority Mail - United States Postal Services (6-10 business days).
Tracking is unavailable.
Priority Mail is a non-guaranteed service. The Postal Service does not provide a money-back guarantee if items sent via Priority Mail fail to arrive by the scheduled delivery date.
AtomicZombie is not responsible for shipping delays.
If your order exceeds $400, we will contact you via email as there may be additional shipment charges after you checkout.
All shipping costs must be paid in full before orders will be processed and released.
Please ensure that the email address you provide is valid to avoid processing delays.
No shipments to P.O. Boxes.
If you don't see your country listed, please contact us.

DISCLAIMER:

We cannot be responsible for any customs restrictions, tariffs, or other regulations that may apply at Customs in any country. Any duties or taxes that may apply are your responsibility. If you have any questions, we encourage you to speak with your customs office, although we will ship any products you order to the address you provide.

Note: The responsibility is yours to check with your country's customs office to verify that your products can clear customs.

We will do our part and ship your order to the address that you provide. Be sure that you provide a complete and correct mailing address when you place your order.

Please keep in mind that once an order has shipped, we cannot change the address information on an international order, and address errors could cause a delivery delay or rejection. We will give you the best service and ship it at the rates quoted upon checkout. You pay shipping charges based on the weight and size of the package. If for whatever reason the package is seized by Customs officials, we will not issue you a refund unless all products are returned to us in their original condition. The vast majority of orders make it through customs without any problems, and most orders that are stopped are automatically returned to us. You may be responsible for any return shipping charges, in accordance with your local regulations.

By ordering from AtomicZombie.com, you are stating that you agree to the above disclaimer. While we rarely have problems with international shipments, if there is a problem with your order, we will work hard to find a solution as quickly as possible.

Customs officials seized my parts order. What can I do? When a package is stopped by your Customs department, you may or may not receive a notice from them. If the products cannot be imported into your country, officials may or may not return the package to us. If the package is returned, there may be a return shipping fee. As soon as we receive it back, we'll send you an email offering you a refund or credit (minus the shipping fees).

If the package is not sent back to us or if it is destroyed, we apologize, but we cannot refund any part of the purchase price. We truly apologize for the inconvenience.

I ordered weeks ago and still have not received my parts order. Can you help? If all of the parts were in stock and not on backorder, you would have received an email advising you that your order has shipped. That email contains the shipping date and tracking information (USA only). Go to USPS.com and enter the tracking number exactly as it is shown on your shipping confirmation email. Contact USPS Customer Service if you have questions about your shipment.

For customers outside of the USA, we can only initiate a claim with USPS 30 days after the shipping date. Refer to the email sent to you confirming the date that your order shipped. If at least 30 days have passed from the shipping date, please Customer Support. Note that delivery dates are estimates; they are not guaranteed. There may be delays at your country's port of entry and/or once the package clears your country's Customs department.

Privacy Policy:

Contact information including email address, telephone number, address, etc. which is provided by the user is used solely for the purpose of completing the order.

Customs Charges:

Atomic Zombie® Extreme Machines is not responsible for delays or additional fess that your country may charge you. Any additional fees are the responsibility of the customer.

Where can I ask questions and get some help?

Our friendly international Builders Support Forum (forum.atomiczombie.com) is another great resource for those just getting started, representing a diverse community of veteran builders and newbie builders alike. Our goal is to empower and inspire everyone to build his or her own bikes and trikes, so don't feel shy if you have never touched a bicycle with a wrench before - everyone is welcome! The Builders Forum represents an international community of creative people who enjoy building their own cool stuff. Our forum is family safe, meaning that we keep it clean and free from flaming, offensive language and trolling.

If you want to talk about the things you are building and meet others who share your desires to create, then please drop by and join the discussions. We also encourage experienced builders who have completed projects based on Atomic Zombie plans to help other novice builders, so feel free to share your advice, tips and tricks with the community.

How do I submit a picture of my completed bike for the Builders Gallery?

You can upload pictures of your own bikes to the gallery through the Atomic Zombie Builders Support Forum (forum.atomiczombie.com).

Can I build bikes and sell them based on Atomic Zombie designs?

Definitely, your final product is yours and you can do whatever you want with it! Although you will have to deal with all of the logistics of manufacturing, quality control, liability, and shipping, you are certainly free to pursue manufacturing using something you built based on our plans. Because our plans are published, there are no patent issues. We have no interest in manufacturing finished bikes at this time.

The Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines name is trademarked and cannot be used to promote your business/not-for-profit ventures and products.

All of our plans are also (c) copyrighted, so all content – text, pictures, diagrams, etc. – cannot be duplicated without our express written consent. All software (plans), images, videos, text, and data copyright (c) Atomic Zombie™ Extreme Machines, protected by copyright and trademark laws under Canada, U.S. and international law. All rights reserved. Single User License Grant: Atomic Zombie® Extreme Machines ("Atomic Zombie®") and its suppliers grant to Customer ("Customer") a nonexclusive and nontransferable license to use the Atomic Zombie® software in hardcopy (CD or DVD) and/or electronic downloadable format ("Software") in object code form solely on a single central processing unit owned or leased by Customer.

Customer may make one (1) archival copy of the Software provided Customer affixes to such copy all copyright, confidentiality, and proprietary notices that appear on the original. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED ABOVE, CUSTOMER SHALL NOT: COPY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, SOFTWARE OR DOCUMENTATION; MODIFY THE SOFTWARE; REVERSE COMPILE OR REVERSE ASSEMBLE ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE SOFTWARE; OR RENT, LEASE, DISTRIBUTE, SELL, OR CREATE DERIVATIVE WORKS OF THE SOFTWARE.

Customer agrees that aspects of the licensed materials, including the specific design and structure of individual programs, constitute trade secrets and/or copyrighted material of Atomic Zombie®. Customer agrees not to disclose, provide, or otherwise make available such trade secrets or copyrighted material in any form to any third party without the prior written consent of Atomic Zombie® management. Customer agrees to implement reasonable security measures to protect such trade secrets and copyrighted material. Title to Software and documentation shall remain solely with Atomic Zombie®.

How do I contact Customer Support?

Use the Contact Us form to submit your questions about your order. We try our best to reply to inquiries within two business days (Monday to Friday), 10 am to 4 pm Eastern Time.

NOTE: Please post questions about plans, parts and materials in the Builders Forum. Due to the volume of email we receive daily, we will direct you to post your project-related inquiries to the Builders Forum. It's a great community, and we encourage you to join. Post your project questions there. Thanks.

What is your Software License Agreement?

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Single User License Grant: Atomic Zombie® Extreme Machines ("Atomic Zombie®") and its suppliers grant to Customer ("Customer") a nonexclusive and nontransferable license to use the Atomic Zombie® software in hardcopy (CD or DVD) and/or electronic downloadable format ("Software") in object code form solely on a single central processing unit owned or leased by Customer.

Customer may make one (1) archival copy of the Software provided Customer affixes to such copy all copyright, confidentiality, and proprietary notices that appear on the original.

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AUTHORIZED ABOVE, CUSTOMER SHALL NOT: COPY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, SOFTWARE OR DOCUMENTATION; MODIFY THE SOFTWARE; REVERSE COMPILE OR REVERSE ASSEMBLE ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE SOFTWARE; OR RENT, LEASE, DISTRIBUTE, SELL, OR CREATE DERIVATIVE WORKS OF THE SOFTWARE.

Customer agrees that aspects of the licensed materials, including the specific design and structure of individual programs, constitute trade secrets and/or copyrighted material of Atomic Zombie®. Customer agrees not to disclose, provide, or otherwise make available such trade secrets or copyrighted material in any form to any third party without the prior written consent of Atomic Zombie® management. Customer agrees to implement reasonable security measures to protect such trade secrets and copyrighted material. Title to Software and documentation shall remain solely with Atomic Zombie®.

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The above warranty DOES NOT apply to any beta software, any software made available for testing or demonstration purposes, any temporary software modules or any software for which Atomic Zombie® does not receive a license fee. All such software products are provided AS IS without any warranty whatsoever.

This License is effective until terminated. Customer may terminate this License at any time by destroying all copies of Software including any documentation. This License will terminate immediately without notice from Atomic Zombie® if Customer fails to comply with any provision of this License. Upon termination, Customer must destroy all copies of Software.

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This License shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, as if performed wholly within the state and without giving effect to the principles of conflict of law. If any portion hereof is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this License shall remain in full force and effect. This License constitutes the entire License between the parties with respect to the use of the Software.

My group is planning an event. Will you attend or be a sponsor?

We are just two people literally on a shoestring budget, but do contact us about your event. We have sponsored some small events and provided prizes. But, please bear in mind that we mainly do all of the Atomic Zombie stuff in our spare time, and as much as we'd like to sponsor events and causes, we simply don't have the budget to do so. However, if you are planning an event, please give us as much advance notice as possible. We just might be able to make an appearance if we can drive there in a reasonable amount of time.

However, we can offer some free publicity of your event or cause through our forum, blogs, newsletters and social networks, so let us know as soon as you have the details.

I have seen Atomic Zombie plans on other web sites. Why?

There may be copyright violations of our work on other web sites. Atomic Zombie is a worldwide community. The sale of plans and related goods helps to keep our community online so we can keep offering free stuff like tutorials, videos, newsletters, forum, gallery, and social networks. Please use the Contact Us form if you suspect someone is distributing our plans illegally or using any part of our copyrighted works in a public manner. You may qualify for a reward.

Do you charge taxes?

Yes. If you live in Canada, Revenue Canada says so. Canadian customers will be charged applicable Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) or Goods and Services Tax (GST). Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon = 5% GST. British Columbia = 12% HST (for now). New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Ontario = 13% HST. Nova Scotia = 15% HST.

Customers who reside outside of Canada do not pay taxes on orders.

We sincerely appreciate the efforts of anyone who reports copyright violations to us. Atomic Zombie: We Are Family.