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Segway beats 20 cyclists.....(16 posts)

Segway beats 20 cyclists.....firstrax
Aug 28, 2003 9:56 AM

........The slowest 20.
2 1/2 hours up the autoroad would have been good enough for 518th place (out of 538). It gets harder everyday to take these things seriously. Living in NH I run across Segways allot. One Segway rider even told me "I was doing it all wrong" as I passed on my bike. When he offered to let me give it a try I of course said yes and it is fun but I don't see it revolutionizing anything.
And it needed just 6 battery changes nmPdxMark
Aug 28, 2003 9:59 AM
re: Segway beats 20 cyclists.....rbb
Aug 28, 2003 10:12 AM
do you have to dress like some whacked-out freak to ride one too??? That guy looks like he's a card short of a full deck!

As opposed to lycra?? nmOldEdScott
Aug 28, 2003 10:57 AM
definately a media creationColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2003 10:13 AM
I can't think of one instance where this would be superior to a bike. A cheap bike even!
don't laugh!The Human G-Nome
Aug 28, 2003 10:15 AM
have you seen the buffed out legs on segway owners? it's out of control. plus, their anaerobic threshold is like 135. they're genetic freaks. also, if you put Tom Danielson on that thing, he get 503rd place at least. dude is a goat.
Riding a segway must be tiringSprint-Nick
Aug 28, 2003 10:19 AM
Not only did they need 6 batteries they also had 3 seperate riders... hmmm. I wonder what the VO2 max of the 3 participants was because there absolute lung volume probably wasn't much more than 10 times their IQ. 150 x 10 = 1.5 L... 180 x 10 = 1.8 L... it would explain the need for 3 people.
re: Segway beats 20 cyclists.....Skip
Aug 28, 2003 10:19 AM
They may be novel, fun, even helpful to some - if you are the only one within miles; but what happens when every body has one - just another slow-paced, traffic jam. Where does everybody park these things. How much energy does it consume to charge the batteries, where & how do you dispose of all these batteries when they're dead, what about the liability, etc., etc.? Another innivation looking for a problem?
Segway = the SUV for the sidewalk.....Bruno S
Aug 28, 2003 10:59 AM
from the same mentality that brought you the SUV here is the Segway. Why walk or use a bike if you can have the Segway, a 60 pound electric scooter for $5K? Just like a SUV it requires more space, energy and resources than the current alternatives.
The so-called "legit" uses include...Fez
Aug 28, 2003 12:01 PM
1) Mobility for Cops. The U.S. Capitol Police (small unit that patrols the Capitol) supposedly are using them here in DC. I'm not sure why this is necessary when there are bike cops all over the rest of the area, but my guess is it is for cops who want to remain in standard uniform and not want to work up a sweat like bike cops, but want to enjoy increased mobility.

2) Handicapped/disabled folks who can stand but not get around very easily. Although maneuvering a Segway in busy traffic and around curbs can be a challenge. Parking and securing it is another challenge.
Wheelchair offshoot,TJeanloz
Aug 28, 2003 12:07 PM
There is a sort of wheelchair thingy that Kamen produced, using the same technology, that I've seen on Dateline (or some similar program). It's pretty damn cool for those who have lost the use of their legs. It can climb stairs, and do some other stuff which, from the perspective of the able bodied, seem simple, but would be really life-altering for the handicapped.
yet another contributionWhoWasThat
Aug 28, 2003 12:11 PM
to our national epidemic of obesity. The Segway, if it becomes as popular as its marketers hope (I doubt that it will), will just encourage people on foot not to walk.
More fat, more donuts, less physical activity.
yeah...i find that much more revolutionary than the segway-nmColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2003 12:48 PM
The so-called "legit" uses include...Greg C
Aug 28, 2003 12:58 PM
I saw a cop in the Atlanta airport on one today.
re: Segway beats 20 cyclists.....CallMeClyde
Aug 28, 2003 2:13 PM
From the article:

(Quote)The second man to run the Segway was Dick Norris, 69, said, "It was fun, like when I had my first child!" (/Quote)

What does he mean by this?
Is he comparing it to sex?
Is he comparing it to watching his wife in labor?
Is he comparing it to his experience as a mom before the sex change?
re: Segway beats 20 cyclists.....lemmy999
Aug 28, 2003 7:33 PM
I don't see the point. I could make it much faster on my Ducati motorcycle than the bikes and the Segway. What does it prove. A nice scooter would have done better too. A Segway has more in commone with motorcycles and scooters than a bicycle, why even compare its time with that of a bicycle.