Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dyeing for fun a profit

Back when I was into customizing action figures (many many years ago, really), I was accustomed to using Rit Dye to change the colors of pieces. The only drawback being you can only get darker colors. Overall it was a great way to vary what you had available to you for building. I already knew it was done for wheels, but had not thought of the idea of striping that dye into layers.

How To Dye Your Wheels (yep, the fish.)

That post leads to an admittedly silly, but illustrative video.

Ground Effects Lighting

Lighting for night riding is both practical, and... awesome. Clearance might be affected a little bit with this, but it is pretty well done, and looks great.

LED Underglow mod (Via the fish, natch.)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mountain board wheels

I have had a secret longing to put some gigantic wheels on a longboard for a while now. Either mountain board wheels, or perhaps some of the really large inline skate wheels. Inline wheels have been used for push boards (check out the Shuttle 46) they have very little grip. I am more interested in carving, so this does not seem too useful. Searching on the 'fish I found this post. Not only using mountainboard wheels, and not only mounting the trucks on the top of the deck, but routing out holes for a ... drop-up-through? ... Dig.

Inverted trucks with mountainboard wheels?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

World's Largest Skateboard

Not sure if I would call it a hack, but it is certainly a feat of engineering. I don't want to know how much it cost to build it.

LED persistence of vision (POV) display

Although it could technically be used for any rolling transportation, it was intended for a skateboard, and mounted to one. And it is rad. I need to skate at night more often.

Skate POV

(via the Make blog)