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24 Hour Engineer talks about the Long/Luge

24 Hour Engineer talks about the Long/Luge


I’m the 24 Hour Engineer. I build things. I’d made some very fun, very ridable boards.
Some looked better than others. Some performed better than others.
It was time for me to try something far out. One day I was walking my board down a hill
that I felt was too steep to ride. It felt like a waste of time and energy to
walk down such a good hill. I just didn’t have the confidence to ride
one that steep yet. I’d seen some online videos of people street
luging. Street luging is like the winter sport but
with concrete instead of ice. In street luging riders brake by putting their
feet on the ground. Both feet at once.
In longboarding foot braking is done by putting only one foot on the ground.
Half as many feet, half as much stopping power. Longboards and luges already have a lot in
common as far as parts go. The main difference is the handles and the
foot pegs. In fact, some lugers opt to do away with the
pegs altogether and they simply hold their feet up.
At this point the only thing missing is handles. The board I made doesn’t have a name I just
call it the Long/Luge because it’s not like on the market.
No one makes a board like this, yet. The holes along the side aren’t for fingers
like my other boards although they’re the same size and shape as the other ones.
These holes though allow a rider to attach handles to a longboard and convert it into
a street luge. I wrestled with a bunch of different designs
for attaching handles. It wasn’t easy to make something that could
be carried in a backpack and quickly convert to a luge.
The handles and platform here use bike and plumbing parts to attach or detach in less
than five seconds. This wheel guard helps keeps loose clothing
from getting caught in the wheels. That would cause a rider to lose control and
clothing. This board isn’t going to win longboard races.
It’s not going to win any luge races because it’s not the best of both worlds, it’s the
combination. Now everyone who has ridden this has said
it was a lot of fun. Even the ones who crashed it. You can see more of me and the stuff I’ve
built by subscribing to this channel. You can contact me by emailing me at
[email protected]

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