Titel: Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza
Autor/en: Brad Graham, Kathy McGowan
Ideas, techniques, advice, & practical tips. Detailed step-by-step instructions. Easy-to-find tools.
McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
1. November 2003 - kartoniert - 388 Seiten
ATOMIC ZOMBIE'S BICYCLE BUILDER'S BONANZA
SUPERBIKES (FOR STINGY BUDGETS)
For bicycle lovers, tinkerers, and inventors, this dream resource offers hours of fun, creativity, and adventure. If you have standard workshop tools, Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza provides everything else you need to create cool custom bicycles on a shoestring budget. You'll find exciting plans for choppers, low racers, tallbikes, recumbents, tandems, and others that defy description.
You'll learn how easy -- and cheap -- it can be to build machines with names like Marauder, Sky Cycle, and Hammerhead -- to construct bicycles whose profiles will make you gasp -- and to make your own recumbent bike that can speed along at 80 kph on the flats. This book shows you how to build them all, complete with photos and detailed instructions!
Written by long-time bike hobbyist and inventor Brad Graham, founder and host of the atomiczombie.com bicycle builder's Web site, and creator of the world's tallest bike, this value-packed, heavily illustrated manual offers an exciting range of resources from complete custom bike plans to details on working with tools and customizing bikes you already own. Look inside for all the help you need with:
Getting parts for free, or almost free
High-speed recumbent low racer with hydraulic disc brakes
A two-headed winter-ready mountain bike
A bicycle so tall that you have to duck under power lines
Ultralong fork choppers with loads of attitude
A rugged all-terrain mountain tandem
Pedal-powered vehicles that seem to defy the laws of physics
Customizing details, such as getting a smooth paint job and removing rust from old chrome
And much, much more!
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Basic Tools and Skills Chapter 2: Acquiring Raw Materials Chapter 3: Welding Basics Chapter 4: Planning and Designing Chapter 5: Taking It Apart Chapter 6: The Infamous Chopper Chapter 7: Winter Warriors Chapter 8: The Sky Is The Limit Chapter 9: Multiple Riders Chapter 10: One-Wheeled Wonders Chapter 11: Life in the Fast Lane Chapter 12: Unclassified Rolling Objects Chapter 13: Finishing and Restoration Chapter 14: Bicycle-Building Resources INDEX
Kathy McGowan is a bicycle enthusiast and proud owner of her custom Kool Kat low racer. Additionally, Miss McGowan coordinates the logistics and marketing aspects of Brad s many bicycle, robotics, computer, and publishing projects, manages the daily operations of Freedom2000 Complete Technical Services, and provides customized personal computer training.
Review by C. Reichstein
Are you a bike enthusiast? Are you a fan of the local "Chunk 666" bike club? Do you enjoy tinkering, building and welding? If so, get your hands on a copy of Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza right now. This book will teach you how to create fantastically surreal bikes with minimal tools. With 11 bicycle projects in this book, you'll soon have a fleet of DIY bikes.
Authors Brad Graham and Kathy McGowan show you how to salvage perfectly good bike parts at the city dump, or how to find them at minimal cost. Brad Graham-a David Duchovny lookalike-is photographed riding every single bike mentioned in this book to illustrate how each one handles. Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza is fully illustrated with over 200 photographs. There are extremely detailed instructions on how to weld bike parts together, strip down a bike to the bare frame, operate an arc welder, spray paint your bike and make it shine. The writing is excellent and easy-to-understand for beginners as well as more advanced hobbyists.
You'll only need basic tools to build these bikes, such as a hammer, vise, adjustable wrench, angle grinder, hand drill, a tape measure, and, of course, a welding instrument. Graham's writing is extremely thorough and knowledgeable. He's been tinkering with bikes for 20 years, so he knows welding techniques very well, and also explains how the physics work out on a particular model. Even though there's lots of technical information in here, it never gets too serious. Buy this book, start your own bike collective, and you'll throw away your television. Powells.com 20040422