I thought this was worth sharing. Oh, I wish I had wide open dirt space to race:
Does anyone have a rolling frame they want to race at this upcoming M.I.S.F.I.T.S event? Mike Rowe will be taping for his new show. It looks like a lot of fun and soap box racers are like the ugly younger sister of Cycle Karts.
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My Cycle Kart plans are still on hold because I started my own business and can not justify the expense of building a Cycle Kart right now. I still dream about building one so I’ve been storing images of old race cars and Cycle Cars that have details I think would look nice on a Cycle Kart. I have enough images that I thought they might make a nice Cycle Kart Inspiration category to help fuel your ideas for your Cycle Kart project. You can now view the category and I will begin posting pictures of full size cars with details or lines that I think would look nice on a Cycle Kart. I do not own any of these images.
I am still making excuses so I don’t have an update about my Cycle Kart, but I’m excited to share a couple links to some neat community sites.
www.cyclekartclub.com launched recently and may help connect builders with other builders in their area.
If you pay attention to the Yahoo Cycle Karts Group, you’ve probably already heard of the Gitterville Grand Prix, but they deserve a mention here. They seem to be the most active group right now, holding events regularly. Check them out at www.gittrevillegp.com and be sure to browse all their event pictures and build pictures, they’ve built some really great Cycle Karts.
Stephen Cameron, a commenter on this site and who has been making good progress on his cycle kart, had a video walk through of his build posted on makezine.com. Check it out at : http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/12/sweet-cyclekart-works-as-a-go-kart-for-adults.html. It’s good to see another cycle kart nearing completion and some good recognition from MAKE.
I added a second clutch to the winch and can now use it for wake boarding (or in our first test, creek body boarding.)
CycleKarting.com turns 2 years old today. To celebrate, I finally put some sweat and time into my build. In a messy garage and with a little help from my 4 year, I built my box. The front and sides are attached and actually feel very sturdy. When I set out to build a Cycle Kart, I imagined racing around by now, but despite the set backs it still felt really good to work on it.
As far as the site goes, we’ve had 50,000 page views in the last two years, so it is nice to see some people interested in Cycle Karting. There has even been a lot of traffic from several motor cycle sites, including caferacer.net, so I’d encourage anyone working on a cafe racer to build a Cycle Kart next, as this years winter project.
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I created a page dedicated to the winch where I will resume all future updates. Check it out for a video of the winch in action.
I have had the pleasure of emailing with Virgil Exner, Jr., a man with much automotive design experience and a recent Cycle Karting enthusiast. He has provided a set of drawings he recently authored for two Cycle Karts that he would like some feed back on. Please take a moment to enjoy his work and comment as usual.
Click the here to view the full size pdf file. I am particularly fond of the Novi.
I have made several lame excuses for my lack of progress. I decided I need to post a better excuse this time, so here it is:
Anyone want to guess what this might be?
What started as an innocent “I have an engine lying around” and turned into a neat and time consuming project. What we have here is a wake boarding winch. We thought it would be fun to build one and I happened to have my Cycle Kart engine with no Cycle Kart built. I will now use my cycle kart engine twice as often as I would if it were just in a Cycle Kart in my garage as the engine will swap in and out of both machines. The CVT (driven pulley shown) it a monster with a final drive ratio of 30:1 (low gear) to 4.7:1 (high gear) after the triple axle. Imagine a cycle kart with that sort of range!
When this is done I promise to get back to Cycle Kart building with occasional wake boarding sessions.
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