The Meridian Long Wheelbase Recumbent Bike


Meridian recumbent is a great touring bike.

The Atomic Zombie Meridian long wheelbase recumbent bike is a smooth riding a comfortable touring bike that you can build from our easy-to-follow plans. The long wheelbase configuration and moderately high seating position make the Meridian a great all around bike for long commutes, city driving, and for those just starting out with a recumbent bike for the first time.

Practical handlebar and steering design.

Sitting at eye level with traffic makes the Meridian a great city commuter and the comfortable recumbent seating position is great for those extended tours. The linked steering places the handlebars at a comfortable position that does not require extended reaching and allows for a very stable and predictable ride under all driving conditions. Our DIY long wheelbase recumbent bike plan takes you through all of the steps needed to create you own recumbent bike for minimal cost using the most basic tools.

Atomic Zombie’s Meridian is built using standard bike parts and mild steel tubing.

The Meridian recumbent bike can have a rear disc brake or a standard caliper brake, and it only uses commonly available bicycle components that you can purchase at any bike shop for minimal cost. You can build the Meridian with 26 or more speeds and salvage most of the important components from a single bicycle used as parts. The frame is made of mild steel tubing, making it both strong and lightweight.

Customize your recumbent to suit your individual needs and style.

All of the levers and shifters are positioned for easy reach on the handlebars, and the steering system is designed for optimal control and legroom without sacrificing turning radius. The Meridian DIY recumbent bike plan leaves the builder a lot of room for modifications, so you can add your own design changes to the plan in order to create your own recumbent bike that will suit your riding style.

Seat height increases visibility in traffic.

The reclined comfortable recumbent seat is positions at the optimal height for city riding and allows the rider to easily plant both feet on the ground while stopped. The steering system is designed so that there is no learning curve when starting out on the Meridian recumbent bike. Linked steering means that the bike will handle much like a regular bicycle, with high maneuverability on traffic or on the trails.

Atomic Zombie plans show you how to make a practical, comfortable seat.

The Meridian DIY recumbent bicycle is an excellent touring bike for those extended commutes or long relaxing country rides. The home built seat uses basic materials to create a very soft and supporting seat that is just as comfortable as your favorite chair, so you can spend hours riding and enjoy the scenery along the way. Sitting in the recumbent position means you can see far ahead without having to strain your neck.

Building your own recumbent bike is affordable.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride on a great handling home built recumbent bike that you can build from our easy to follow plans. For only the fraction of the cost of a factory made long wheelbase recumbent, you can build your own in a few days using only basic tools and commonly available bicycle components. Atomic Zombie DIY bike plans include many highly detailed pages of clear text and high resolution photos.


The Meridian Long Wheelbase Recumbent Bike