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In response to the scratch-built kid racer piece I blogged about, Nik Schulz sent us a link to this site celebrating CycleKarts. CycleKarting? Who knew? I love that you’re not allow to buy one. To race it, you have to build it.

This is where we get to introduce everyone to the inordinately fun world of CycleKarts! We’ve built a lot of projects over the years, most of which people ride around in. We’ve become pretty good at reading people’s expressions to gauge how much fun the machine really is as they take off in something for the first time. The CycleKarts rate right at the top; absolute whooping-out-loud fun.

CycleKarts are small, lightweight, nimble machines made by their drivers for the pursuit of motoring sport. They’re not serious speed-machines or status-generating show cars. They’re purely for the gritty fun and satisfaction of tearing around in a machine you’ve built yourself. As a class of driving machine, the CycleKart formula limits certain aspects of the machines (for reasons we elaborate on elsewhere) to maintain good sporting performance without jeopardising the light-hearted nature of these machines. CycleKarts and their builder/drivers don’t like to take things too seriously, and certainly not themselves or each other, so overzealous competitiveness is frowned upon, and a win-at-any-cost attitude is not invited back. We do encourage good, sporting competitions for fun, to which end the cars are kept reasonably similar in performance.

First off: these cars are not for sale –here or anywhere else! This is not a mercenary proposition; we do this for our pleasure, and we’ve found over the years that trying to make money from hobbies takes the fun out of things. Besides, as you’ll read below, there are some very good reasons why mercantilism is kept out of this sport.

An Introduction to CycleKarting

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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