[Kartbuilding] Brakes (fwd)

Stephen Burke stephen at sburke.eu
Mon Aug 9 19:28:38 IST 2010

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Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 19:04:31 +0000
From: Megan W-R
Subject: RE: Brakes

Thankyou so much for the links!

I think that the lever against the wheel is probably the best as I dont think 
we have any spare bike brakes (!) and the ground we would be using the kart on 
is too uneven to perform "emergency" stops, i.e. the ever present ditch!

thanks again!


Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 17:57:46 +0100
From: sburke
To: buzzardchick
Subject: RE: Brakes


Thanks for your email.
There are plans for adding brakes to the wooden go-kart on the following page:

It does depend on the type of wheels you use however. The method shown in the 
image you emailed should work also. It appears to be a lever which pushes a pad 
against the tyre to stop the kart.
I've seen other designs where a lever is pushed against the ground to stop the 
^ this is where a lever pushes against the ground to stop the kart.

^ this is where a lever pushes against the wheel to stop the kart.

You can always try both method and see which one works best.


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Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:42:55 +0000

Megan W-R


Hi your design for a gokart is exactly what I'm trying to build!  However, I 
cant see any brakes on your design... any ideas?  Only that my area is quite 
hilly and there are numerous hedges and gates at the
  bottom of hills!

Its hard to see on this picture, but do you think that idea for brakes is a 
good one?

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