The LodeRunner Single Rider Cargo Trike


LodeRunner is a practical cargo trike to carry heavy loads.

The Atomic Zombie LodeRunner single rider cargo trike is an extremely durable and smooth running delta trike that can easily carry 400 pounds or more. With a narrow turning radius, full gear range, disc brakes and a seat height similar to a car, the LodeRunner becomes the perfect cargo trike to move just about anything around the city. The durable 48 spoke 20 inch wheels are standard and inexpensive BMX components that can handle all kinds of cargo loading.

Build the removable cargo box like we did or design your own.

The LodeRunner includes a large two foot square flatbed cargo area that can be adapted for all kinds of cargo box or container designs. This DIY cargo trike plan includes the cargo box shown here, which can be removed from the frame in minutes to allow another box or board to be installed in the large cargo bay area. The bulk of the weight is carried over the rear of the trike, resulting in a very easy to control vehicle with great traction and stopping power.

We used an adjustable boat seat.

The seating area has plenty of room for riders of any size and our cargo trike plan leaves much room for modifications so you can add your own customizations to the original design. An adjustable boat or car seat makes the ride ultra smooth so you can move your cargo across town with ease, or take that long commute and enjoy the scenery along the way. The recumbent seating position allows you to push your full energy into the cranks when needed, making hill climbing a breeze with while in low gear.

LodeRunner cargo trike is stable and sturdy.

The handlebars are positioned ahead of the rider with plenty of leg clearance and so that all of the controls are easy to reach and operate. The transmission system includes a full range of 26 speeds or more with a very low hill climbing gear due to the 20 inch rear wheels. The linked steering system gives our LodeRunner DIY cargo trike amazing handling characteristics with the ability to turn around in half the width of a city street and maneuver around just about any city traffic situation.

This cargo trike is great for long and short commuting.

Carry a shopping cart worth of groceries home, move a load of bricks across your farm, or strap a full sized refrigerator to the cargo bed and move it across town; there is no load out of reach for the LodeRunner cargo trike! If you want a little less exercise then you can easily add a front hubmotor to your trike and place a large long range battery pack behind the seat and then just sit back and let the motor do all of the work for you, running on clean, silent electrical power.

Only standard bike parts, some tubing and basic tools are needed.

The LodeRunner cargo trike plan is easy to follow and requires only basic tools and skills on the part of the builder. You will only need the most basic materials and bicycle components in order to build your own cargo trike and only one part of the transmission needs a small machined part that can be done at on a budget at any machine shop. Even the sturdier rear hubs are made using only a hand held drill and a few dollars worth of metal, so you can build your own factory quality cargo trike for a fraction of the cost of buying one new.

An affordable human powered alternative to gas vehicles.

The Atomic Zombie LodeRunner single rider cargo trike is a lightweight vehicle when you consider how much you can load onto the durable frame. On the flats, this smooth riding trike will cruise like a regular bicycle, and up those steep hills you can just relax and take your time with the hill flattening low gearing available. If you have been looking for a way to save your money on fuel costs while at the same time getting some fun exercise, then this DIY cargo trike is just the thing you need.

We Have Parts For This Plan!

Our ready to use DIY parts will help you get your project done in less time. Of course, our plans also include instructions or drawings that will show you how to make or salvage these parts yourself.

Please read the entire plan before purchasing parts so you can determine which parts are best suited for your project.

Trike Axle FreeWheel Adapter Trike Axle Disc Brake Adapter HTUBE Steel Head Tube BBRAC Steel Bottom Bracket

This plan uses 1 FDAX34

The FDAX34 Trike Axle Disc Brake and Freewheel Adapter allows the installition of a thread-on Shimano type freewheel and a disc brake onto any 3/4 steel axle.

This plan uses 1 DBAX34

The DBAX34 Trike Axle Disc Brake Adapter allows the installition of a standard 6 bolt bicycle disc brake onto any 3/4 steel axle.

This plan uses 4 Head Tubes

Our Head Tube Shells are weld ready for your DIY bike or trike project. Fits any 1-1/8" standard press-fit headset bearing hardware.

This plan uses 1 Bottom Bracket

A weld ready bottom bracket shell for your DIY bike or trike project. Fits any standard threaded 3-peice bottom bracket hardware and square tapered crank set.

HF3424 Hub Flange Disc

This plan uses 1 HF3424 Set

A set of 4 laser cut steel Hub Flange Discs that are made with 24 spoke holes so that you can build your delta trike wheels directly onto any 3/4" axle using rims with 48 spokes.

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The LodeRunner Single Rider Cargo Trike