RatherGoodBear said:Nothing like going over a snow ramp backwards sitting in an aluminum saucer!
Hehe, brought back one of those *cherished memories of childhood*. My mom would drive through our neighborhood after a decent snowstorm, us kids hanging onto ropes tied to the rear bumper, sliding along on those aluminum saucers. How much damage can a kid do at 20mph, anyway? ;)
Back when cars had steel bumpers, we'd boot-hop to school. What memories! There was one kid that would always forget to wear his gloves and his hands would stick to the steel bumper. That had to hurt. One time he said he'd gotten dragged about 3 miles. man, did we laugh.
And they didn't even have any of those home video shows when we were kids to document our stupidity, I mean creativity.
A few months ago, I saw a kid riding a bike, steering with one hand, holding a bungee cord in the other. At the other end of that cord is a girl on roller skates holding another bungee cord in her other hand. At the end of that cord is a girl on inline skates. They came down the street, and when they turned the corner, I thought they were going to take out a whole line of parked cars. LOL. I was crying I was laughing so hard.
^LOL. I did the whole ice on banked turns thing, it worked out pretty good if I say so myself. We made a pretty impressive snow flying turns, all went down on plastic saucers attached to each other with rope and/or bungee cords. :) It was a blast. (until near the end when we built up so much speed someone eventually flung off a corner and took a couple others with them... *** Edited 3/12/2007 10:44:22 PM UTC by P18***
The banked turns were cool until you got that one warmer day. Then you'd come to the turn and just plow right through the wall and start a whole new path. I remember some years in April there would still be these little mounds of snow left in our yard where the banks used to be.
LOL, Rob. I remember our aluminum saucers started looking like old garbage can lids after a while. They just don't move that well with all the bumps and crumples in them.
Funny you mention that... we once created a banked turn at the bottom of the hill across the street. It worked really well but eventually got soft due to warmer weather. We didn't realize that and one of us went flying across the street... something we were scared to tell our parents because we knew they'd yell at us.
One of the reasons we avoided the metal saucers was because it didn't take much to ruin them. At least inflatables had a little cushioning to absorb the impacts and moved reasonably fast.