Revitalizing the Sledding Scene: How One Man is Bringing Back Child-Sized Sleds with Innovative Technology


Updating a Sled with Modern Technology

In recent years, street sledding has become less popular in Norway. However, [Justin], aka [Garage Avenger], saw an opportunity to revitalize the activity and created a child-sized sled that was suitable for the modern era.

To refurbish the sled, [Justin] removed rust from the runners and reconditioned the wood. He then replaced the fuel-burning jet engines with electric motors that could spin their turbine blades at an impressive 80,000 rpm. Additionally, the sled received a set of 3D printed cowlings for the turbines, a thumb throttle on the upgraded handlebars, and a big battery with an Arduino to bring it all together.

The result was a powerful sled that easily reached speeds of 20-30 kph on a sheet of ice, depending on passenger weight and size. It also had a brake built on an old ice skate for emergency stops. The sled was a huge hit for everyone at the skating pond.

If you’re looking to spruce up your old sleds, there are other ways to do so as well. You can add suspension for rocketing down unplowed roads or simply give it a fresh coat of paint to make it stand out from the rest. Whatever you choose to do with your old sleds, don’t let them go to waste – they still have plenty of fun left in them!

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