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Build a skateboard into your clothes
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You've seen how a skateboarder sets off - throws his board along the ground and jumps on it. I'd like to build the wheels and supports into the front of my clothes, so I could dive horizontally and "fly" six inches above the ground. Kinda like sledging, but without the sledge.

It'd only be feasible on a smooth, sloped area though, and you'd run to a stop fairly quickly. Would it be possible to kick with your feet, breast-stroke style? Strong boots you could brake with would be desirable too.

david_scothern, May 12 2004

RollerMan http://www.nikkel.n...downhillverslag.htm
scroll almost all the way down...and watch the video clips. [k_sra, Oct 05 2004]


       gee david_ I guess HB ers are old fogies such as myself who can't stand pain... sorry
dentworth, May 12 2004

       See, what I do is get on my longboard face-down and go at it. Load of fun it is. You get a bun for letting me imagine yet another way to hurt myself.
Letsbuildafort, May 12 2004

       As a young fogie (47) who doesn't heal as fast as he used to, I still love the idea, but a good suspension system will be required to soak up that initial hit before I'll buy one. Might be a great workout, if you could develop a stroke style to fit.   

       Gonna need a face-down posture to be comfortable, though, so the helmet is going to require angled optics.
normzone, May 12 2004

       I believe this is merely a variation of the luge suit, that was posted by someone (possibly me) not too long ago, only that idea's not there any more.
DrCurry, May 12 2004

k_sra, May 12 2004

       I'm right with normzone on the suspension... although I'd be ok with not much more than some decent rubber bushes, it needn't be too complex. k_sra's link is very interesting (go watch, RollerMan's pretty much exactly what I had in mind). Baked then, I guess...
david_scothern, May 12 2004

       Man, the rollerman videos have some the most excurcuiatingly bad camerawork I've seen... cool suit though.
5th Earth, May 13 2004

       [5th Earth], glad I'm not the only one.
k_sra, May 14 2004

       [BrauBeaton], as regards going head first, yeah, true. But that's how I ride a sledge; that way you can steer/brake with your feet. On a sledge at least, it gives you more control, and makes you feel faster (your eyes are only a foot or so from the snow). Rollerman's head-first too... though I have to say I'm not holding him up as an example of sanity :-)
david_scothern, May 18 2004

       welcome David! sorry about the other idea!
po, Jun 07 2004

       This would be fun if you had wheels in the toes of your shoes and the wrists of the suit so you could sort of swim along - except that your face is going to be nose-grindingly close to the pavement...
submitinkmonkey, Mar 10 2005


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