Thursday, March 28, 2013

More News about the Races, from MAKE itself...

Maker News
This is the work of a Genius, or a Madman.
(another post about brakes!?)
There is alot going on with the left rear of this pedalcar. First, the arm that goes on the outside of the wheel comes off with two bolts to access the tire. The brake caliper is mounted to that bar, and the handle shares the shaft that has the transfer axle sprocket, that handle also has the twist-shift for the derailer. Crazy, works really well. This car is one wheel drive, and one wheel brake.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Put on the BRAKES!?!?!?

Speaking from experience, brakes are the last thing I put on a vehicle, thats not saying its the best way to go about it, just what happens. Here are a few examples from three different cars built last year, on their way back to the course this year.

 This is Todd Barricklow's #3 racer. One wheel brake only, the left. The Aluminum spacer is through bolted onto one rim, and the bicycle disc mounts to it. The brake caliper is cable actuated, and must be tilled out of the way, in order to remove the wheel. Stopping power is a good stop, as long as the left wheel is on the ground.

This is some of the parts from the Carsophogas. Dual front disc brakes, cable actuated. Last years plastic rim is on the bottom of the stack, this years spoked rim is in the middle, and the pvc/disc/bearing insert is on top. His challenge this year is to make all 4 rims interchangeable, but the front and rear axles are different sizes. This means a custom disc plate that can be put on with 2 different bearings.... I dont know if he has it figured out yet.

The Sederholm Speedster has dual rear brakes, cable actuated. A mounting disc similar to the above one on the #3 was made out of steel, and through bolted in a similar manor. He has a similar bolt that removes to tilt the caliper out of the way. This car stops really well.

These are all bicycle disc brakes, not the cheapest approach, but a good stop. There have been some other brakes used, and they will be featured in a later post.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jann is just Rad.
She was our only female racer last year, she was fast and nimble,
 and we hope to see her back on the track.


This is one of the videos that got posted of last years races, as of today it is 54 days and 12 hours until the start of the next race day. This video has footage of the crash that stopped the "Carsophogas" for at least a few more races that day. The Sederholm Speedster crashes right into the plastic wheel around the turn of the eight. That is where most of the collisions were that year, not in the "X" of the track.

Friday, March 15, 2013


Sometimes we call it our commercial, sometimes its our calling card. Its about the pedal car races, and mostly we just call it :
    Our VIDEO

It will be TWICE as much FUN!!!

As some of you may know, we will be sharing the racecourse at Maker Faire with the Power Racing Series. These folks take the little kids plastic electric toys, and then they hack them into racing machines. They are all tech, and it will be fun to share the whole space with them in the pit for the weekend. They have a little video for this racing season:


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Build and REGISTER!!!

If you are building a car to race with us at the 2013 Maker Faire,
we need you to REGISTER with us at: 

We also need you to REGISTER with Maker Faire itself at:

Your Registration with Maker Faire gets you tickets to the faire, usually a goodie bag of some sort,
and the email notices that you will need to get to the faire, and inside.

We will be contacting you from our registration forms to get a little more info before the fair, and to size up the competition.

65 days till the Faire!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oh the joys of racing!!!

 I (Domo, white helmet) had the fortune of powering the "lil buddy" for one race.  Thats #3 driven

 by t3t (todd barricklow) on the inside of the turn, giving me a run for my money.  It was racing 

like it should be... by pedal.... at its best!!'Mayhem on the track, Buzz giving play by play and 

keeping score.  Me, having fun and trying to win, to keep up the reputation of the undefeated "lil 

buddy".  Death Defying Figure Eight Pedal Car Racing!  Build a car and come race with us at 

Maker Faire 2013! Long live WDC and FBUC!!!