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Watch These Guys Speed Down The World's Steepest Street -- On Tricycles

Extreme tricycling is way scarier than it sounds.

The tricycle is the outcast of the bike world. Unicycles turn heads because they're difficult to master, and penny-farthings are old-timey and hilarious. But ever since the advent of training wheels, there's just no reason for the tricycle to exist.

That is, until some speed demons invented extreme drift triking, a recognized sport in New Zealand.

We learned about this unconventional and awesome use of tricycles thanks to three riders in Christchurch, New Zealand. They filmed themselves flying down Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. The video's warning about "serious injury, harm or death" might seem overblown -- until you see these dudes drifting and pulling off 360s at rubber-melting speeds on the hill:

For their next trip down, we think they should use Big Wheels and really test out that plastic handbrake's capacity.