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Kite-Biking? Street Luge Meets Kite Boarding Meets Tricycles

(WARNING: If I or anyone else should try this or try to recreate the idea in any way, please be safe, wear full body racing gear Like for motorcycles and such. If I do this I will definitely try to be as safe as possible.)

Okay so I was fooling around on the net and ran into Turbo Pro Tricycles.

http://www.primepedalkarts.com/resources/2007picturboyellowbig.jpg

http://www.primepedalkarts.com/turboproyellow.html
They have a Demo Video that's about 20mb if you'd like to see some action with it.

Anyway, as soon as I SAW the Trikes, I was thinking EXTREME. Basically the bikes steer like Luge boards, except you pedal them to make them go, not gravity. Well The bikes have a 'Free' gear which is used for coasting, and I was thinking with some modding, This could be an ATV or street beast (Permitted that these would be allowed in your area). Just add a Kite and steering system with the mandatory trike mods to follow (A list at the bottom) and you'd have a new (I hope) extreme sport 'KiteTriking'.

I'd keep the pedals functional if possible so that when not skirting around on Kite-power you can pedal around. Although a completely other idea might be to try to motorize it electrically. (someone come up with a concept?)

The mod list would most likely have to include:

Some appropriately sized metal alloy wheels with racing or All-terrain tires to match.
A reinforced chain or complete replacement.
Brake replacements or modding to make them more efficient.
Adding an Emergency Break.
Reinforcing the frame.
Changing the seat to a more sturdy, ergonomic one.
And changing the pedals to aluminum ones.
Kite mounting and emergency release mechanism.
Some sort of rear storage space.

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jdog0038 years ago
this is sweet i think i could make one
LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
Nice! looks like I could build one for not much. Hope you actually do this.
Kiteman9 years ago
There are real KiteBikes available (that is just one example).

And as far back as 1909 ...
Kite-bike.jpg
kojimagtr (author) 9 years ago
I realize now of course that there is something SUPER similar in principal.
"Kite-Buggying" Is using a tricycle with a foil kite as the form of propulsion.
http://www.wayfaring.info/2007/04/05/try-kite-buggying/#more-2177

Still a nice concept. Mine is more of a hybrid though.