frame and axles?

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hey guys n gals new to this :)

i was wondering what i could use to build my cart (i was hopeing metal wise)  i dont have acsess to anywelding equipment but i could get little bits welded up if necassary.

the other thing was where can i get front and rear axles from? or how can i make them?

cheers nick

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re: frames and axles

Firstly, welcome to the SCA forum. I hope you find the information you need here.

I think you might find it quite challenging to build a cartie without any welding as many (but by no means all) events require some form of roll protection, which would normally mean some sort of welded construction. Angle iron, ~25mm box section, ~30mm tube mild steel are commonly used construction materials. I know of at least one cartie that was going to be made using a dexion frame with plywood body panels for rigidity, although I don't know if was ever completed. I don't know how "crash safe" it would be either.

As for back axles - most people don't use a single back axle, but instead will use ordinary bike wheels mounted either in forks or, if the spindle is thick enough (14mm+), they just crank the spindle as far out to one side as the cones will allow and then stub mount it directly onto the chassis. The piece you drill the hole in to take the spindle needs to be strong enough to take the twisting force, so dexian or angle iron won't normally be strong enough here and you'll need some fairly beefy box section instead.

Hope that helps you in the right direction, although I'm sure it has raised as many questions as it has answered. I'm sure there will be others along soon with further advice.

scottishcarties | March 30, 2010 - 15:35

Hi,2 bikes can make an


2 bikes can make an excellent bogie especially if you do not want to do a full chassis weld-up. If going down this route I would still use the strongest wheels available i.e. BMX wheels.

See this clip for how good carties made from 2 bikes can be

azuma | March 30, 2010 - 22:31

pritty kool stuff


thats an interesting idea :) ill have to play that one over hehe

as for compotitions im based in liverpool so its unlikely ill be hitting up any events anytime soon but i will find a way of making it a least part crash safe and ill have another exuse to bust out the tight leather and bike lid =] hehe

as for wheels i think im going to vear away from 20" bmx wheels and head towards go-kart wheels/mobility scooter just to see really.

cheers nick



cart coming soon :D

lonlyboarder | March 31, 2010 - 05:08

We tried mobility scooter

We tried mobility scooter wheels but there were several problems with them.

They are that bit too small so rolling resistance is higher than BMX wheels.

They tend to be foam filled rather than being pneumatic which will give a rougher ride due to the lack of  suspension effect of pneumatic tyres on spoked wheels.

Setting up the brakes is difficult because on the one we had there was an electric imput which used the drive motor to provide braking friction via n inbuilt brake pad.

I couldn't see an easy way round this problem.

peasnbarley | April 19, 2010 - 15:55

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