VIKING DIY TANDEM TRIKE PLAN
A Tadpole style trike refers to the configuration of two wheels up front with one wheel in the rear. Since the front wheels are behind the cranks, this type of trike can be made shorter than a Delta style trike, which has the front wheel ahead of the cranks.
Using inexpensive square steel tubing, you can easily create this DIY tandem trike in your workshop using basic hand tools. All of the transmission components can be purchased at a bike shop or taken from recycled bicycles.
The independent tandem transmission does not require any specialized or machined parts, just commonly available bicycle components. Most of the required parts can be salved from old bicycles or purchased new from any bike shop.
The steering components are highly detailed in the plans, and only require basic hardware store parts and steel tubing to create. All transmission and brake parts are standard bicycle components, and can be sourced easily.
To occomodate riders of all sizes, the Viking DIY Tandem Trike offers dual sliding bottom brackets, allowing the riders to place the cranks any place on the frame to suit their leg lengths. Adjustments can be made easily with just a wrench.
Our plans are detailed in such a way that anyone can follow along, even first time builders. We don't do blueprints, we do highly detailed photo instructions that show how and why things are done rather than just handing out a complex "cut here" type of list.
The Sociable Viking Tandem Trike can handle a large amount of weight, and is shown here with 48 spoke BMX wheels. You can easily modify the frame and components to suit your requirements as you follow along in the plans.
in this fast paced age of little exercise and heavy dependence on petrol fuel, the Viking Tandem Trike is a great escape that you can build in your spare time on a reasonable budget. Get out with your partner and once again enjoy a quiet and relaxing human powered adventure.