mandag 24. mars 2008

Kicksled



This is what Norwegians call a "spark" or a "sparkstøtting". In English it's called a kicksled.

A kicksled is a small sled consisting of a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners which extend backward to about twice the chair's length. There is a handlebar attached to the top of the chair back.

The kicksled is driven forward by the driver standing on one runner, kicking backwards on the ground with the other foot, hence the name. The flexibity of the runners allows the driver to steer the kicksled by twisting the handlebars. One can have a passenger or luggage on the chair seat. The kicksled can also be used as a dog sled.

A kicksled can only be used on hard, slippery surfaces like ice or hardpacked snow. It is in common use in Norway, Sweden and Finland, especially where roads are not sanded or salted. There it serves as a winter substitute for a bicycle. ....read more.

4 kommentarer:

iBlowfish sa...

Cool shot, really like the composition.

Abby sa...

Thanks for the educaiton, and I also agree with iblowfish - a very nice shot.

lothiane sa...

Åhhh jeg har ikke kjørt med spark siden jeg var barn. Skikkelig mimrebilde, så koselig! :D

Stormel sa...

Thank you! Nice to hear that you like it :o)