The LodeRunner2 Tandem Cargo Delta Trike


A practical cargo carrying tandem trike.

The Atomic Zombie LodeRunner2 tandem cargo delta trike extends the original LodeRunner, creating a unique tandem cargo trike that includes a fully independent transmission that allows each rider to set his or her own gear and pedal at their own pace. This easy-to-follow DIY tandem cargo trike plan will take you step-by-step through every part of the build, showing you how to take a bunch of inexpensive bicycle components and carve them into a sturdy cargo trike using only the most basic tools. The completed LodeRunner2 is a smooth riding tandem trike capable of carrying hundreds of pounds in a highly adaptable cargo bay.

LodeRunner 2 riders can pedal independently.

The unique dual independent transmission system gives each rider their own selection of 26 or more gears, and each rider can pedal at their own pace and effort without affecting the other rider. The adjustable recumbent seating is both comfortable and highly efficient for delivering energy to the cranks, so the DeltaRunner2 becomes a powerful moving machine, capable of carrying huge loads across town, up hills, or over rough terrain.

Standard bicycle components and lightweight steel tubing frame.

Each rider has his or her own set of gears, which are controlled using standard bicycle shifters and cables. Almost all of the parts on this DIY tandem cargo trike are inexpensive bicycle components, so you can build your own cargo trike using salved bicycle components or parts found at any bicycle shop. The rear transmission only requires one simple machined part which can be made inexpensively at any machine shop or on a small home lathe. The frame is made of lightweight mild steel tubing and designed in such a way as to be extremely strong and durable for a lifetime of service.

Gearing for flat or hilly environments.

Using standard bicycle shifters, derailleurs and cranks means that the LodeRunner2 offers a full range of gears, including a very low hill climbing gear that will let you ride up any size hill with minimal effort, even with a massive load in the cargo box. As a team effort, your pedaling power is doubled, so pushing any amount of cargo around town is a very efficient and fun method of transportation and exercise. Also included on this DIY cargo trike is a dual set of adjustable bottom brackets so both riders can set the cranks to the proper position for their leg lengths.

Features dual disc brakes and adjustable bottom brackets.

The LodeRunner2 is not only comfortable to ride, but it handles extremely well, with dual disc brakes and a linked steering system that will make city or country rides a breeze. The pilot’s handlebars are placed in a comfortable position that allows a full range of steering, ample leg clearance, and easy access to the levers and shifters. The passenger’s handle bars are placed under the seat for a relaxed grip and easy access to the independent gear shifters. There is plenty of seating room, with the option to use a boat or car seat to allow for maximum comfort and pedaling power.

A human powered vehicle for two with rear cargo area.

Thanks to the lightweight and stiff frame, the LodeRunner2 allows riders of any weight to enjoy a fun and comfortable ride. The rear cargo area is fully adaptable to any type of load carrying setup, and the cargo box shown is also part of the plan. This DIY delta cargo trike leaves plenty of room for modifications so you can easily alter the plan to add your own design changes and modifications. Only a basic set of tools and skills will be required in order to carve out your own DIY cargo trike from our plans.

Get around using teamwork on the LodeRunner2!

The Atomic Zombie LodeRunner2 is the station wagon of the bike world, and for the price of an oil change, you can build your own cargo delta trike from our easy to follow plans. Human power is a fun and healthy alternative to the gas guzzler, and certainly a more enjoyable method of travel. So, jump on board with your riding partner, and leave that car sitting in the driveway more often!

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 HF3424 Hub Flange Disc HTUBE Steel Head Tube BBRAC Steel Bottom Bracket

This plan uses 2 FDAX34s

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 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.

This plan uses 2 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 2 Bottom Brackets

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.

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The LodeRunner2 Tandem Cargo Delta Trike