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Author Topic: New member Martin Rose  (Read 112 times)

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New member Martin Rose
« on: 31 December 2019, 05:15:20 pm »
Welcome to Martin Rose.

Please reply to this post and share a little about yourself especially location (not your specific address though!), interest and experience in cycleKarts, any particular skills you might be happy to share...etc

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Re: New member Martin Rose
« Reply #1 on: 31 December 2019, 08:43:36 pm »
Welcome Martin, we are generally a pretty friendly bunch, sometimes hard to read the humour, but ask the questions, we will try to help.

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Re: New member Martin Rose
« Reply #2 on: 02 January 2020, 09:54:41 pm »
Hello all,
Thank you for the welcome message. I have been toying with the idea of building a cyclekart for some time and enjoying the research phase.
My children are getting close to the age when they can join in so I think I ought to start collecting parts!
I teach design technology at a local school in Devon and have played with classic cars and kit cars since passing my test (last century).
We have a Greenpower club which I run at school and are building an electric endurance racing car to their specifications which is nearly complete.
If you have not come across the Greenpower challenge then have a look at the following site.
https://www.greenpower.co.uk/
Our design has a composite chassis, laser cut plywood rear subframe and has been built by a group of 11-16 year olds.
I will take some up to date photos and post them.
Regarding my cyclekart attempt, I will most likely build to the Stevenson cyclekart specification, I have been looking into a set of wheels but there does not seem to be much in the way of 17 inch Honda wheels currently unless willing to purchase through ebay with a US retailer. Can I ask if anyone has any particular advice? I have had a look at the Azusa website for parts as well.
Thanks in advance.
Regards,
Martin

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Re: New member Martin Rose
« Reply #3 on: 02 January 2020, 11:48:14 pm »
Welcome Martin.

Have you considered pit bike wheels?   You’ll find more info here:  http://www.cyclekartsgb.com/where-to-get-stuff/wheels/


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Re: New member Martin Rose
« Reply #4 on: 03 January 2020, 08:43:42 am »
On this website, there is a section called "Where to get Stuff", I suggest starting there.
Personally, I will ALWAYS direct folks to build a Stevenson method as their first. It's glorious simplicity is what the hobby should be about IMHO.
They always turn out light, and strong, can be made with the simplest of equipment, and always perform well. As well as those attributes, you have a running cyclekart very quickly, and as you make the body tub first, your progress leaps out in days. A chassis up build seems to take for ever before it looks like what you envisage
If you feel the need to build another, as most people do, then explore alternatives as you move along, even rob the bits from your original, but you probably won't, as it will always be your "baby".
Azusa bits are always imperial measurements, and their freight to the UK horrendous.
When getting an engine, make sure you have an imperial (3/4 or 1") shaft, otherwise you have work to do to adapt the torque convertor.
Please make sure your car has an inspiration clearly recognizable :)

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Re: New member Martin Rose
« Reply #5 on: 03 January 2020, 11:52:59 am »
that sounds awesome. The school I go to (as a 16 year old) doesn't have the skills for building a greenpower car but we do have 2 racing go karts that a group of us are working on. sounds like a really interesting project! I would agree with Rhys on building a simple chassis because I've made mine too complicated for myself which has caused all sorts of mayhem for example the main rails are at 5 degrees to the road ??? :)

look forward to hear about your progress

Marek