Recently I realized that my street luge instructables are pretty vague, so here I will show many pictures. I will also explain the function of anything on the luge, and point out my newest modifications. I will include a few tricks I picked up, and will go in depth about the construction of a street luge.
As for the extreme contest, street luge is very extreme. Rolling down a busy road at nearly 30 mph? Dangerous, yet fun. While riding a street luge, you are just one pebble away from falling off and crashing. Street luge is so extreme that I was ordered to stop doing it by my parents. If dangerous+fun=extreme, then street luge=extreme!
Step 1: Construction of the Luge
The construction of a luge is pretty simple. One main 2x4. Skateboard trucks go on the bottom, one in the far back, one abou 1/3 of the way down from the front. Footpegs are added near the front trucks. A seat is added where you can comfortable sit, and a backrest is right behind that. The backrest is held up by a couple small pieces of 2x4. Handholds are optional, as you can just hold onto the seat.
Step 3: Padding!!!
Padding is a very comfortable option. I put some old foam on mine so that crashes wont hurt as bad, and so that laying on it is more comfortable. Look into padding, as it makes street luge overall mmore confortable.
Step 4: List of Pieces and Video
-one main 2x4
-2 small pieces of plywood (seat and backrest)
-small piece of pvc (footrest)
-scooter/rollerblade/skateboard wheels with bearings
-various small bits of 2x4
-very many screws and or nails
Step 5: The Importance of Safety
Helmets are essential. be safe. I recently had a run in with a person walking on the sidewalk; a near hit. Always wear a helmet, and make smart decisions. Watch for cars and people, and ride on empty sidewalks, not the road! Be smart, and be safe.
Step 6: Last Notes
I origionally had a metal hook on the front end of my luge so I could pull it easier. I crashed, and the hook slammed against my coccyx, or tailbone. Also, it isnt a bad idea to always carry around an allen wrench and a small screwdriver when you are out luging.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me a personal message. You can also ask instructables member Higgs Boson
) anything you want. He is my friend, and is one of the co-creators of our type of street luge.