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  • Michelle Wojdyla (DU little sister) on 2014-Apr-11 09:32:19 Michelle Wojdyla (DU little sister) said

    Delta Upsilon broke the record with 2:08.5. We held the fastest time for a few hours, and at the end of two days of races, we proudly held the title "fastest fraternity ever." Two-wheeled buggies were banned after this season.
  • the Pope on 2014-Apr-11 19:34:28 the Pope said

    Very cool buggy. Posed a significant disruption to the buggy establishment. The ban was/is silly. More of a result of the rule writers being threatened by this technology, bad timing of a few flops (that did not result n injury) and the truck fire, Bikes had been around for a long time before this with out issue. Fastest frat and 2nd fastest buggy time stood for many years until PKA broke that in the late 2000s. It was not just the buggy, that push team was motivated and quick.
  • the Pope on 2014-Apr-12 18:10:51 the Pope said

    Also, some of the cause for banning bikes was self inflicted by the aggressive tactics DU used (a little more training wheel would have gone a long way to keep bikes viable) and late changes to the buggies that reduced stability and fueled the haters
  • Patrick Garrett on 2014-Apr-26 03:53:18 Patrick Garrett said

    I little more unknown history. Not only did the "Buggy Commitee" ban 2 wheelers after the record. The Buggy was stolen from the DU garage the very next week. Never to be found again.

    At that time "Beta" Fraternity was our main suspect. We tried to hunt it down - even had a late excursion to the mains suspect family house late at night - since we assumed he would have taken it there .. but no luck. That buggy was stolen by the "higher powers" at the time due to jealousy and fear. (see movie Tucker)

    I was the Hill 1 pusher and lead designer of that awesome 2 wheel buggy (that blew by 10 windows FYI :)
  • Spud on 2014-Apr-26 18:31:22 Spud said

    Believe the fastest frat time was broken in 1990 with PiKA's Vengeance (2:07 low). However, I wish there was a video of the DU roll up, could only imagine what that would be like.
  • the cook on 2014-Apr-27 14:38:03 the cook said

    let's not get carried away. The net result was a DNF second day as the buggy fell over on hill 2

    free roll time was slower than SN and Pika
  • John on 2017-Apr-20 12:25:42 John said

    I was on the rule committee at the time and there was no big conspiracy, It was all about safety. It tipped over often and, even if the driver wasn't injured, it caused a hazard for the other drivers and pushers (since it tipped over on hills). Yes, it was *very* fast through the chute, but once it got in front of other buggies on Hill 3/4, the training wheels came down and touched the ground and caused it to be unstable and tip over, right in front of the other buggies, causing them to swerve, all while the pushers were trying to dodge falling/veering buggies. As I recall, we agreed to revisit the rule if anyone could repeatedly demonstrate stability at low speeds and transitions (from 4 to 2 wheels and 2 to 4 wheels).
  • colugodriver on 2017-Apr-22 23:06:21 colugodriver said

    I just added a few more pictures of DU's 2 wheelers.
  • beforeIforget on 2019-Oct-16 05:51:51 beforeIforget said

    There was a two-wheeled buggy that ran in 86 that preceded this design. The original was complex, requiring a jig to frame it for welding, and training wheels. This version must have been much easier to build, though it's surprising that the training wheels appear similar. The problem with training wheels was throw and leverage. The training wheels on the original were driven down using a strap around one foot, that moved a cable connected to the training wheel strut. A foot can provide only so much throw, so the gearing was unfavorable: short lever where the cable attached to the strut, long lever where the training wheel contacted the ground. If the bike was not sufficiently level in roll at gear down, then there was insufficient leverage to drive the training wheels into the down/locked position. Imagine trying to stand a bike up from even from a few degrees roll, using only the throw of your foot, acting through an unfavorable gearing. That meant making the struts shorter to ensure the driver could get the training wheels down/locked when the bike was at some roll angle. Problem then was, the struts were too short to provide the leverage needed to ensure stability, given the long and oblique lever arms involved. The bike would ride at a roll angle near instability, or flop back and forth rapidly from one training wheel to the other. In some cases the driver would get into a "driver induced oscillation" between the steering and training wheels, resulting in a fall. Even the best pusher couldn't help but inadvertently aggravate the overall condition, so a good result was mostly luck. "It tipped over often..." to be sure. In hindsight, the problem appears easy to solve at reasonably light weight, and it's surprising nobody has solved it. It is a standard problem in the design of machines with a little dynamics thrown in. A proper two-wheeled buggy would be unbeatable, and three wheel buggies would vanish, I would guess.

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