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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.


 
ilpug3 years ago
Well, I have always thought luging looked like ridiculous fun, but I have always wondered about how you slow down. Also, I assume you have to go down hills to get momentum, or is there some other method to get going like bike towing?
freeza36 (author)  ilpug3 years ago
Useyour shoes or abort luge. Some hills that I ride on naturally curve up at the end, or turn off into grass. I usually push with my hands for the first part of the hill.
ilpug freeza363 years ago
Ok, I thought so, but I wondered if there was some more elaborate way. I think I might make this If I get bored in college.

I find the phrase "abort luge" to be deliriously funny, for reasons unknown to me.
freeza36 (author)  ilpug3 years ago
its just about painful as It is funny. What college do you plan to go to?
freeza36 (author)  Wroger-Wroger2 years ago
That's awesome. I had tried a few braking techniques before but no luck. Might have to try that...
ilpug freeza363 years ago
Either UC Santa Cruz or Chico State University, both in California.
freeza36 (author)  ilpug3 years ago
cool. I would like to go to Colorado State University, but that is still a few years away. Check out these new videos that show how we stop on 2 hills. The guy in it isnt Higgs Boson, just so you know. In one of the videos I drop the camera, which was completely unintentional.
http://www.instructables.com/id/More-Street-Luge-Video/
Twitcheth ilpug3 years ago
You use your feet as a brake and yes you fly down hills to gain momentum. In australia all downhill sports are held at Bathurst one hell of a hill that Conrod Straight.