STREETFOX DIY TADPOLE TRIKE PLAN
A Tadpole style trike is one with two wheels up front, and one wheel in the back, and this configuration most commonly has 20 inch wheel sin the front, with a 26 inch wheel in the rear. The 26 inch rear wheel offers a smooth ride and good high speed gear range.
The sliding bottom bracket allows you to reposition the cranks anywhere on the main boom so that riders of different leg lengths can easily adjust the distance between the cranks and the seat for optimal power delivery.
You are free to add just about any kind of seat you like, from the simple DIY seat shown in the plans all the way to a car seat. Handlebar shape and position are also easly modified to create a vehicle that is perfect for your style and comfort.
We have designed the steering components to be very easy to build using only standard bicycle components and some small pieces of steel tubing. There are no machined parts, and everything can be done by a begginner in a basic workshop.
Like all of our DIY Bike and Trike Plans, there is always plenty of room for your own modifications and to use the parts you already have on hand. One scrap mountain bike, some steel tubing, and a few other standard bicycle components make up most of the build.
Tadpole Trike steering is not difficult to build for anyone, and our DIY plan shows every single step in a way that makes it much easier to understand. When you are done, you will be able to transfer your skills to other trike building projects you may do.
The entire rear suspension frame is taken directly from a mountain bike, so all standard bicycle components such as brakes, derailleurs and even a luggage rack can be added easily. You can use caliper brakes or a rear disc brake as well.
Because there are no machined parts required, anyone with an angle grinder, hand drill and basic welder can follow this DIY Trike Plan and create a smooth riding and great looking trike on a minimal budget. Let's get building!