How to Make Plans for a Bar Stool Racer

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What You'll Need
What You'll Need

Turning your bar stool into a racing machine, or a substitute for your bicycle, has become increasingly popular. Building one is not an overwhelming task, but there are choices you’ll need to make before you take the plunge. Read on for a how-to checklist of preliminary planning.

Step 1 – Decide on Function

The first step in planning your bar stool racer is deciding how you’re going to use it. This will affect every decision you make when you start building. You want to be prepared with the right materials, so that you can use your bar stool racer in the manner you wish to, and be as safe as you can while doing it.

Step 2 – Choose Tires

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on grass or dirt surfaces, you’ll want tires that are suitable for the terrain. If you want speed, you’ll look for thinner, smoother tires. Fatter tires are necessary if you’ll be turning a lot of corners, the skinnier ones don’t have as much balance and can easily topple your bar stool racer.

Step 3 – Investigate Motors

The motor you install will impact your speed, and how quickly you’re able to take off. This will be important if you want to enter competitions, but unimportant if you wish to simply ride around the neighborhood.

Step 4 – Research Brakes

Brakes are usually hand operated on bar stool racers, but where they’re attached varies. You can choose a bicycle-type handlebar for gripping and braking, and decide what position you want your body to be in. For high speed, handlebars which require the body to lean forward with elbows resting on pads, is the best option.

Step 5 – Determine Extras Needed

If you’re planning to use your bar stool racer for something like delivering papers around your neighborhood, you can attach a saddle bag that will suit your needs. If you’re going to use it to get to the grocery store, then consider installing a basket.

Another extra that will almost certainly come in handy is a horn. Lights and mirrors are safe additions for those who plan on riding in high traffic areas, or entering competition.

Step 6 – Find a Bar Stool

The safest and sturdiest type of bar stool for racing is one with metal legs. Wooden stools tend to break a lot easier, whereas metal is very durable. The seat is equally important, because if it’s uncomfortable to sit on, you may get distracted trying to adjust your position and end up having an accident. A seat that’s too slippery can be tricky on sharp turns. Make sure that you choose a seat with material that’s likely to have a good grip and last a long time.

Step 7 – Step Know Your Local Laws

Unfortunately, most bar stool racers are not permitted on public roads. It is also illegal to drive your bar stool racer if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and this may result in your arrest if you are involved in an accident or pulled over by law enforcement.

After you’ve made a few choices, you can investigate building plans. These are available for sale on the internet and carry instructions on how to build from start to finish.