I intend to maintain a Gallery of Home Built Buggys. If you have constructed a buggy please send me a picture and I will scan it and include it in my gallery. Many people have expressed interest in home built buggys. I have heard many comments on the net about how critical the geometry of a kite buggy is. I can only say that I have tried several different designs and the only one that exhibited a problem was one with only about 15 degrees of caster. It exhibited front wheel wobble at speeds above 17 mph. With a caster of 35 degrees the buggy became stable. Buggies with a wider than normal rear wheel spacing are stable but difficult to get up on two wheels if that kind of trick is for you. I am including the names of each builder with their buggy so that specific questions can be directed their way.
This is a design using PVC plumbing parts from the hardware store. It was designed and built by Ken Serack. Ken has a website at http://ken.serack.com that contains an in depth discussion of the development of this buggy. I have used this buggy and it performs really well, it feels solid and stable. If you are worrying about the buggy being sturdy enough you should know that Ken weighs about 240 lbs and the buggy is solid under him. Ken plans on trying to design a PVC front fork this winter so that the buggy will be all PVC, except for the wheels.
Ken also made a tandem unit from PVC plumbing fixtures. It also works very well.
A graphite tandem unit made for me by Ron Brown of "Clearwater Products". It tows well and gives a good ride and of course is very light weight.
Emiel Stroves' homemade buggy. Check out Emiels web site for more buggy information.
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