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Topic Street Luge Info
On 9/29/2001 hugh r wrote in from (205.216.nnn.nnn)

Dregs vs Rogers luges:

From looking at well used that some of the guys were riding at Barrett, I was able to see one big difference between the two.

The Dregs boards suffered from more torsional flex than the well used Rogers brothers. The aluminum was suffering from fatigue at several points both front and back. Not that the Dregs is a bad luge, just seems like the Rogers are holding up better...

I ride a subterfuge built by Tim Cayer and am very happy with how it's holding up too... HR

 
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On 9/29/2001 bebop wrote in from (199.183.nnn.nnn)

thanks , for the input , its important . my luge has already passed tech at 2 barrets , so i think it could pass edi's tech . ive been but boarding since as long as i can remember and and know the importence of the right wheels and berings. since i built my luge , danny conners , and a few others luges , theyve worked all fine and get u to the bottem fine , but i just cant' help thinking its the board , i still dont know is there any plus's over the dregs vs rogers luge.

 
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On 9/28/2001 Chris Chaput wrote in from (63.168.nnn.nnn)

Not all luges were created equally but wheels will make the biggest difference in speed, provided that the luge's stability at speed and steering is dialed in. Consider having 4, 6 or even 8 wheels on a luge. Some of this is "art", but some is definitely "science".

The Rogers Bros luges are currently winning more races than anything else out there right now, but much of that has to do with the fact that many of the best riders in the world are using them. Mine is one of the newer ones that comes apart and can be tucked away into a travel case. I slammed down on the asphalt 12 times in the Red Bull Streets of San Francisco Big Air competition (including an 86.5' launch) and the luge came out in one piece. I did manage to bend the axles on 11 hangers though!

Another nice thing about them is that they stack nicely and when a half dozen guys all have the same sled, you can swap boards on some runs and see how the other guy's wheels and trucks are working. The Rogers Bros, Dave Auld, Brent De Keyser, Pam Zoolalian and others frequently practice together and the R&D is always helping to improve the quality of the product. Look for a "hybrid" pegless luge from them in the near future. Many riders are starting to like the feel of shorter more managable "body boards" as opposed to the long "luge cars". Also, get a buttboard. They rock. Excellent practice and more time on the hill at races.

 
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On 9/28/2001 PSR wrote in from (209.198.nnn.nnn)

Bebop,Duane is spot-on in his advice.Put your money into Wheels,Bearings,Bushings,Speedwashers,Good trucks,Leathers/Safety Gear. If your sled dosen't pass Tech,or you're really unhappy with it,then get a new sled. From what I've seen,the Roger's Brothers sleds are really,really good.But then again I'm biased there,as I built that style of sled a few years ahead of them,and I know it works well.Flat-pan Aluminium sleds don't compare,and having the frame surround your tush is much more reassurring when you get close to the haybales!

 
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On 9/28/2001 PSR wrote in from (209.198.nnn.nnn)

Please ignore my post here from 9/27; the post it replied to was pulled,thus leaving my acid wit to hang alone on the vine,withering...

 
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On 9/28/2001 Duane wrote in from (65.201.nnn.nnn)

bebop, why not spend small bucks on new wheels rather than big bucks on a new sled ? Provided the luge will pass tech inspection, it won't make a big speed difference, wheels are much more important for speed, and good trucks to get you around the corners. I read about the speed record outing that went down a few years ago (when Hardwick set the official speedboarding record) the luges couldn't beat a buttboard, a $10 sheet of plywood.

 
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On 9/27/2001 bebop wrote in from (199.35.nnn.nnn)

are the rogers bros luges worth it , i mean biker is riding one , not like he matters much to me , but i mean u know i like my homemade but... i just dont know i plan on w/ the right equipment busting on to the edi season but i want the right board .should i go after dreggs or rogers or maybe just stick w/ the one i got ?

 
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On 9/27/2001 PSR wrote in from (209.198.nnn.nnn)

Just in time for the NEXT Race in Philly!! Too bad,It was sunny and very fast up in my corner of the Nor-east,but you wouldn't want the X-Games to be run on a Real Hill,now would you?

 
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On 9/25/2001 PSR wrote in from (209.198.nnn.nnn)

Mathew,I've got that on a photodisk somewhere.I'll try to get a snapshot of the Ol' Crutchboard up on here sometime.The crutches were split apart,and then I made two rails that had an "S-Camber" shape to them,each from one crutch.I put the seat section on those rails,with the 's' curvature arcing down,then out towards the rear truck(which is under/behind my head).This makes the seat section sit up higher under my shoulders than my butt sits,and the "S" cuvre acts a bit like a leaf-spring for the rear wheels,making for a smooth ride.The front of the seat sits directly over the front trucks(yes,trucks-I run Six wheels,two at the rear,four up front),and the padding on the seat is thickest just 3" ahead of my butt.All the pads on the seat are Duct-tape wrapped foam of varying thicknesses and densities,and they velcro onto the seat deck(I can get to the mounting screws,and/or replce pads easily).Overall length(in this form,without the footpegs on)is 48",with the seat being 34".Add footpegs(they bolt onto the underside of the seat)and it's just shy of 6 ft. in length.I made the footpegs detatchable to fit in my car's(an early Jetta)trunk,but after a hairy crash at Bear Mountain Access Road in Killington(Yup,on the Hairpin!),I junked the idea of footpegs(they're in splinters after that anyways)and have run this without pegs since(good for the Abs!). As a 'Buttboard',I think it's a bit complex,but it was easy enough to make,and cost very little,too.

 
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On 9/25/2001 mathew wrote in from (63.249.nnn.nnn)

I'd love to see pic of your 'Crutchboard' !

 
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On 9/24/2001 BradS wrote in from (208.219.nnn.nnn)

Subterfuge Land Luge.....Luges made in South/central New Hampshire! I talked to the owner (Tim) and he's a serious luger, as well as a supplier/maker of everything luge...I just ordered some luge trucks from this guy..for any New Englander out there..we DO have a serious place to go on the web! and he's got a store there too! check it out at landluge.com

 
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On 9/19/2001 Darren wrote in from (209.197.nnn.nnn)

Try that link again!
Research Gravity Sport

 
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On 9/19/2001 Darren wrote in from (209.197.nnn.nnn)

Cool....another place for lugers to talk smack.

Any Canadian's out there wanting to ride..lets hook up! Look us up at Research Gravity Sport

Darren

 
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On 9/18/2001 Pre-School Rider wrote in from (209.198.nnn.nnn)

Grumpy,it was around '92-'93 that Aluminium sleds started to be made that were of a 'rail' type of frame.There,of course,were other sled makers who did this Way before this date(Hickey was making aero sleds that blow 'X-Games' sleds away by then),but that's when the aluminium sleds started showing up at underground races in numbers."Rails" were nothing more than "C" channel with widened seats and footpegs,and some skate wheels/trucks.Most had duct tape as an important integral part of the construct.Simple.Basic.Fast. By the time the 'X' Games showcased the sport,sleds had gone to dropped-pan styled layouts(I showed up with my woody made from crutches,and got Black Flagged; Biker showed up in Denim,and was allowed in)and soon the guys making sleds were also making the 'rules' for what was a 'legal' sled. The low-boy sleds do corner well,but have issues on real-world roads where hitting things like manhole covers can rip the pans up pretty good. In the intrest of rider safety(probably because of Mason's demo-derby style too),newer race sleds have to have bumpers,and rolled edges on the seat pans,and loop-ended footpegs.Weight,width,length specs are all laid out now,making for a very similar board set-up,unless you're willing to really build with some imagination. My Chromoly will never be legal,but it IS one fast pup,and with some extra money,I could maybe tweak the shape into a race-ready sled,but at this point,I might as well go buy a Roger's Brothers sled,which is fortuitously similar in design to my sled. BTW,the 'Crutchboard' is still active,and just as fast as ever(70 mph!),20+ years after I made it.It now is classified as a "buttboard",but it probably wouldn't be legal to race there,either.

 
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On 9/18/2001 Grumpy Ol Bastard wrote in from (208.152.nnn.nnn)

I have no doubt it's fun. I've always had a blast doing "laydown". Buttboarding seems more closely related to skating though. Although I have a quiver of many different types of boards, each is still a skateboard/longboard. I can stand-up, lay down, kneel, whatever. None are so specialized that the "skate-a-bility" is bred out. Don't mean to step on any toes, if you're having fun...GREAT!
Again, my 2 cents.

 
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On 9/18/2001 hugh r wrote in from (205.216.nnn.nnn)

There is no doubt that stand up is far more extreme (boy do I dislike that word, though it fits) and dangerous and ballsy (is that a word?) than streetluge.

But for those of us who don't have the nerve to hit high speeds standing up, it gives us the opportunity to hall butt a little safer! And its major kick in the butt fun!

I love it... almost the most fun I have ever had! HR

 
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On 9/18/2001 grumpy ol bastard wrote in from (208.152.nnn.nnn)

Ok, try not to kill each other on this but...
When did the streetluge, as we now know it, with specialized sleds, come about? We did luging (what would be called butt boarding I suppose) in the late 70s, on just our regular boards. Call me a heretic, but that's why I've never been overly impressed with it. I did over 50 mph on a Vision Leopard skin with Tracker Six Tracks and Sims "The Wheel 2's" in the 80s. I realize it's an entirely different matter doing it head to head at 60+ mph. I just think stand up downhill is infinitely radder, badder and makes for a bigger splatter.
My 2 cents.

 
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On 9/18/2001 Timmy The Talking Toilet wrote in from (209.180.nnn.nnn)

There are also instructions at Land Luge Las Vegas too.


(I hope that I typed it out right)

 
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On 9/18/2001 hugh r wrote in from (64.8.nnn.nnn)

Leo, take a look at this one for some building tips... HR

http://www.auldovertheroad.com/lugeboard.htm

 
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On 9/18/2001 Leo wrote in from (146.18.nnn.nnn)

I have seen a few pages about luge but i dont think that i have seen one that explain how to build your own luge in a cheaper easy way(hope that exist) i really want to try luging, does anybody knows how can i do to build a starter luge? or maybe do i have to try Buttboarding 1st to get used to it?

Leo

 
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On 9/18/2001 mikez wrote in from (196.2.nnn.nnn)

wahooo. streetluge aswell now.
......good fun!

 
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On 9/17/2001 Chris Chaput wrote in from (63.168.nnn.nnn)

I think that they should combine the Freestyle and Streetluge forums so that I can talk about doing a headstand on a streetluge in the X-Games.

 
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On 9/17/2001 PSR wrote in from (209.198.nnn.nnn)

Well,my luging days are NOT over,I just can't afford to compete! I'm currently running a 6 year old Chromoly/Fiberglass sled that I built,and it,of course,has been through some very rigorous rides since then.I'm not sure how it happened that I ended up being behind the curve in this sport,but I still have aspirations of racing on luges.If it dosen't turn out that way,so be it,I've put in 22 years on various sleds,gotten 2 speeding tickets,and pushed a WOOD sled up over 80 mph,so I've had some Fun!! Too darn bad that the roads in Northern New England scare off the Cali boys.We could've had the nation's coolest races here,our 'hills' are perfect for this sport! For now,I guess Philly will be about all we can expect from the race scene.Too bad. I'd love to see an Open Class that allowed for some of Hickey's sleds to compete,and I know a few roads,too...

 
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On 9/17/2001 Henry wrote in from (209.68.nnn.nnn)

Yeah, dude you stuffed me into the hay at the 92' X-Games. Nobody goes as fast as me... 'cept Hickey.



Figured I'd get it started off on the right foot!

 
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On 9/17/2001 hugh r wrote in from (64.8.nnn.nnn)

Now were talkin! How many of you out there luge too? HR

 
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