BRAKES

How do you stop?

The first question somebody will ask you when they see you riding a Luge is: How do you stop?
To which you will reply: With your feet!
Fred Flinstone was the pioneer of foot braking, unfortunately for him though, shoes had not been invented.
These days we are lucky enough to have a wide range of shoes available to us and there are several that are suited to Luge.
Most commonly a high top lace up boot is used, preferably something that offers ankle protection and is made of leather.
Unfortunately you will wear the soles of your shoes away very quickly, and so an extra layer of rubber is glued onto the bottom of your shoes to prevent this.
Generally a Car or Truck tyre retread is the best solution.
It is recomended to avoid using any tread that contains steel banding (wire fibres that run through the tyre)
Not only do these make it difficult to cut the tread but they can prevent safe braking once worn through to the wire which can become slippery. It is also recomended to avoid using a slick tread or one that is too sticky, or you risk seriously damaging your ankles or leg muscles.
You are best off contacting a local Truck Tyre company that produces retread that is free from this wire.
There are several different hardnesses & compounds of rubber tread just the same as there are with skateboard wheels. Some are better suited to luge than others it all depends on what you feel works best for you.
You will need to trace the base of your shoes onto the tread to get the right shape. Chalk works well or a white marker. And then cut the shape out using a Jigsaw, Bandsaw or worse case scenario a knife.
To attach the tread to your shoes you must first roughen up both surfaces to be glued. This can be done with an angle grinder or a file if a grinder is not availabe.
Once both surfaces are rough you need to cover them with a contact adheisive. Use a generous amount and ensure it covers the entire surface.
Allow both surfaces to dry until they are tacky when you touch them. (follow the directions appropriate for the glue you are using)
At this point carefully align the surfaces to be joined and press them firmly together. Even pressure is essential to a good bond. This can be acheived with a few clamps, weights or we have found Duct or Gaffa tape to be extremely effective. The tape just gets wrapped around and around the entire tread and shoe making sure the sole is pressed against the shoe evenly as you go.
Leave the shoes & Glue to dry for at least 24 hours preferably 48 hours.

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The BASIC PREMISE is that any rider should be able to put together a competitive board from skateboard shop supplies for about $200 US Dollars complete. A rider may spend more on a board if they wish, however, advancements, which require a higher investment to be competitive, will be banned.

Competitors are required to ride in the supine (lying on back) position with their feet forward.

  1. DECK: Must be made of laminated wood. The deck may have molded features such as a kick tail, but must be one piece. It may be any shape within the size limits. Nothing may be added to the deck except for the following:

 

1. Foam padding to the top.

2. Non-aerodynamic stiffeners to the bottom.

3. Skateboard-type grip rails underneath.

  1. WEIGHT: The complete board must not exceed six point five kilograms (6.5kg / 14.3lbs). This rule will be strictly enforced. A 0.5kg allowance will be given for variances in the accuracy of scales.
  1. LENGTH: One hundred twenty-five centimeters (125cm / 48") maximum.
  1. WIDTH: Three hundred five millimeters (305mm / 12") maximum.
  1. TRUCKS: The trucks must be lean steer activated. They must be commercially available* skateboard trucks. Rolling axles are allowed. They must not exceed three hundred five millimeters (305mm / 12") wide, as measured from the outside edge of the axles. The board must use exactly two (2) trucks. The axles cannot protrude past the edge of the wheel.
  1. BEARINGS: Standard 608 type skateboard bearings only. SKF 608 Bearing Specifications: Bore 8mm (0.3150"), OD Race 22mm (0.8661"), Width 7mm (0.2756")
  1. WHEELS: 70mm maximum skateboard wheels only. They must be commercially available*. The board must use exactly four (4) wheels.
  1. RIDE HEIGHT: A minimum ride height of eight centimeters (8cm / 3 1/8") is required. This is the lowest part of the board from the ground and includes rails, stiffeners, bolts, nuts, etc. It does not include the trucks or the truck mounting hardware.
  1. BRAKES: All braking must be accomplished using the riders' feet. No mechanical braking devices are allowed.
  1. NUMBER AREA: All riders are required to have their IGSA assigned Street Luge number located on their helmet or a bib. Helmet numbers must be placed on both sides and visible in the riding position. Bib numbers must be placed on both the front and back. Numbers must be a minimum of seven point six centimeters (7.6cm / 3") tall. The number area and number must be of contrasting colors and be highly visible from six meters away (6m / 20'). Some promoters may issues a bib or bib panel with a number other then your IGSA assigned number. In this case the event number supercedes your IGSA assigned number. (For number assignment see section XVIII. A)

*Commercially available means the product must have been distributed to at least 24 people outside the company.