is not for the faint hearted and although to so some
it may seem like kid stuff, streetluge is damn dangerous
and people have been seriously injured and killed
in this sport.
If you are mad keen
to become involved in streetluging its probably best
if you initially go to an event to watch the action
and speak to those who are racing/participating. If
after watching what goes on in real life you are still
interested... it might be advantageous to have a chat
to the lugers or the race organisor to find out if
they know of any local clubs, schools, or upcoming
Steering a streetluge
is done by leaning from side to side and often the
riders shoulders and elbows make contact with the
road surface. Streetluges don't have mechanical brakes,
so in order to slow down the rider must use his or
her feet which. Trying to slow a luge down from say
60 or 70 mph is physically challenging and damn exciting.
The photo on the right shows some riders scrubbing
speed off just before the big hairpin at Aviemore.
The smoke is coming from the soles of his shoes.
Most of the rolling
components (i.e. wheels, axles, bearings...) have
evolved from the skateboarding industry and perhaps
not surprisingly we have experienced numerous incidents
where our equipment has failed because it was unable
to cope with the high straight-line speeds or loads
administered while cornering.
Failure of equipment
usually happens at high speed and if say your bearing
overheats and seizes or your tyre melts and leaves
the rim you will probably wipeout in a very big way