Will YOU ever buy a Segway People Movier (aka "Ginger")?

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  • Reply 21 of 37
    [quote]Originally posted by Spart:

    <strong>Not to mentioned how easy it would be for someone to tackle you. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> Yeah, I'm always worried about getting tackled as I'm walking down the street.
  • Reply 22 of 37
    bellebelle Posts: 1,574member
    [quote]Originally posted by crawlingparanoia:

    <strong>Yeah, I'm always worried about getting tackled as I'm walking down the street. </strong><hr></blockquote>

    But then when you're on a Segway, you've got $3000 worth of equipment to be tackled for.
  • Reply 23 of 37
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    Meh, after watching the videos, I thought, yeah that's pretty neat. We'll probably see a lot of them around one day -- when they cost less than $500, go twice as fast and twice as far, basically not for another decade at least.
  • Reply 24 of 37
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    Yah. When I'm 80 years old and can't walk anymore.



  • Reply 25 of 37
    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    By US law the Segways must be limited to speeds of less than 12 miles per hour or they'd be categorized as vehicles, subject to all the safety equipment required of everyday cars. If mountain bikes average $400 to $600 a piece, I doubt you'll ever see a Segway being sold for $500.



    And the "Reverend" Cutler's grasp of politics and the free market system is only surpassed by his ability to spell.....
  • Reply 26 of 37
    [quote]Originally posted by Spart:

    <strong>I'd rather ride a bike and not be limited to like ~10MPH.



    Not to mentioned how easy it would be for someone to tackle you. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    In the states at least, bikes have their own laws that are practically identcal to that of motor vehicles. I think in pretty much every state, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, not to mention the fact that it is unsafe for pedestrians. Since bikes usually travel at speeds over 10mph, they are *supposed* to ride on the road, as far to the right as possible, unless they have to make a turn or something.



    Unfortunately, most drivers don't realize this or don't care. I swear, getting a drver's license in this country is way too easy. They need to stop handing those things out like candy, too many people are just completely irresponsible or aren't aware of all the laws. Furthermore, they don't respect them.
  • Reply 27 of 37
    spartspart Posts: 2,060member
    [quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:

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    In the states at least, bikes have their own laws that are practically identcal to that of motor vehicles. I think in pretty much every state, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, not to mention the fact that it is unsafe for pedestrians. Since bikes usually travel at speeds over 10mph, they are *supposed* to ride on the road, as far to the right as possible, unless they have to make a turn or something.



    Unfortunately, most drivers don't realize this or don't care. I swear, getting a drver's license in this country is way too easy. They need to stop handing those things out like candy, too many people are just completely irresponsible or aren't aware of all the laws. Furthermore, they don't respect them. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    The cops around here don't care, and I ride on both the street and the sidewalk.
  • Reply 28 of 37
    [quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:

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    In the states at least, bikes have their own laws that are practically identcal to that of motor vehicles. I think in pretty much every state, it is illegal to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, not to mention the fact that it is unsafe for pedestrians. Since bikes usually travel at speeds over 10mph, they are *supposed* to ride on the road, as far to the right as possible, unless they have to make a turn or something.



    Unfortunately, most drivers don't realize this or don't care. I swear, getting a drver's license in this country is way too easy. They need to stop handing those things out like candy, too many people are just completely irresponsible or aren't aware of all the laws. Furthermore, they don't respect them. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    I don't know about big cities, but it's pretty rare to get pulled over on your bike here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Granted, it's not rare at all to get pulled over in your car BY bike cops!



    How's your GT coming along? Did you get it fixed yet?



    [ 11-03-2002: Message edited by: ShawnPatrickJoyce ]</p>
  • Reply 29 of 37
    No, the cops usually don't care. You tend not to get ticketed for jay walking either, but that fact that you don't get ticketed for something doesn't mean it is OK to do it. The laws are in place to make things safer, whether you want to believe that or not. It's kind of scary to see a bike go by you at about 20mph on the sidewalk. People who walk on the sidewalk don't always know what is behind them, and they don't always walk straight, etceteras. It's a bad idea, and there is a reason the law is there; enough peopel got hurt.



    Same reason jay walking is illegal; you expect people to cross at crosswalks - that is why we have them. At any rate, I know plenty of people that ride their bikes on the sidewalk. You guys really shouldn't though, but whatever I see plenty of people riding while wearing headphones and no helmet... and I ask myself, "How come these people are taking practically no safety precautions and they never seem to get hit, while I seem to get hit one every 18 months"



    Anyhow, just be safe out there. And if you drive, watch out for the cyclists, and just respect the fact that they have as much a right to be in the road as you. Look twice and save a life. What's more important... getting somewhere 30 seconds sooner or making sure you don't kill the guy on the bike? It isn't his/her fault that you're running late



    As for my GT, I need to rewrap the bars and purchase a new wheelset. Looking at picking up a set of Mavic Ksyriums in the off season Currently, I'm riding this beauty though...



  • Reply 30 of 37
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    M3D Jack's Litespeed beats my Yeti in pure droolworthyness. I am humbled! Beats it by nearly $2000 too! I haven't kept up with the components though. Still using '97-'98 Shimano XTR all around except for the cogs/chainrings/cranks/wheelset.



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    As for the Segway, I think it's damn cool. It's not for things that are walking distance. It's pretty much a vehicle replacement. If I'm going to visit my friend 4 miles away, I'm not going to walk for an hour to get there. I'm not going to ride my bike unless I want to work up a bit of a sweat...a Segway at 13 MPH will get there in a reasonable amount of time.



    I exercise enough when I want to exercise. I don't need to force myself to exercise when I'm in the middle of doing other things. most people aren't going to take the Segway out to the driveway to pick up the newspaper or anything.



    I will probably have a Segway of some sort within the next few years. ...or a new Ford GT40.



    [ 11-04-2002: Message edited by: Eugene ]</p>
  • Reply 31 of 37
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    A $2000+ BIKE??



    [Grandpa Barone]H-O-L-Y CRAP![/Grandpa Barone].



    I knew bikes like that were pricey, but not Power Mac pricey! Jeez. You guys must be rollin' in it. I wish I could afford a $2000 bike - though I doubt very much I would be able to lock it up and walk away from it for more than 3 minutes for fear of theft. Back in 99 when the economy was booming and I hade a $30/hr job I could afford one. No longer.

    <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />



    Better insure that thing if it's not already, Jack!







    (edited for smiley context)



    [ 11-04-2002: Message edited by: Moogs ]</p>
  • Reply 32 of 37
    Actually, the bike would cost approximately $7000 and about 3 months to replace. I didn't pay that much for the bike, but if it had to be replaced, that's the amount.



    And it's insured, just like all my camera equipment. Speaking of which, the F100 is still running like a champ. I picked up a 50/1.4 AF-D and a 28-120 AF zoom. I love this camera. I'm still going to send you a print, Moogs, I've just gotta get off my ass and remember to mail it out
  • Reply 33 of 37
    rooroo Posts: 162member
    [quote]Originally posted by Moogs:

    <strong>A $2000+ BIKE??

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    ...actually, from what i've seen of it recently, its just a very expensive coat rack...



    as for the segway, i wouldn't buy one. can't carry big cargo, can't have more than one person on it, isn't climate controlled (hey, if i'm gonna plunk down the cash for a vehicle, it better keep me isolated from frozen boston weather), and i don't want to stand for long period of time (my knees would kill me after being stuck in one position forever). its interesting technology, just not really practical in its current form. the only viable market i see for the segway now is as a sort of entertainment/sport/play thingy. it seems that cruise ships are picking them up-- so people can "experience" them.



    oh, another interesting new "transportation device", though by no means a "breakthrough" from a technology standpoint, is the <a href="http://www.metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/417/cars_bikes.asp"; target="_blank">Q-car</a>. its a tiny car in japan made by a toy company, and based on a popular toy. and its meant for adults to drive in the city! kawaii desu ne!



  • Reply 34 of 37
    ringoringo Posts: 328member
    [quote]Originally posted by roo:

    <strong>

    oh, another interesting new "transportation device", though by no means a "breakthrough" from a technology standpoint, is the <a href="http://www.metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/417/cars_bikes.asp"; target="_blank">Q-car</a>. its a tiny car in japan made by a toy company, and based on a popular toy. and its meant for adults to drive in the city! kawaii desu ne! </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Hai! Soo desu!
  • Reply 35 of 37
    Ringo, check your PM's!
  • Reply 36 of 37
    moogsmoogs Posts: 4,296member
    Q-car is Ichi Ban, ICHI BAN!



  • Reply 37 of 37
    if you think the <a href="http://www.segway.com"; target="_blank">Segway</a> is cool,

    check out the <a href="http://web.0sil8.com/episodes/megway/home.html"; target="_blank">Megway</a>



    very nice parody. up within days of Segway release



    [ 11-07-2002: Message edited by: curiousuburb ]</p>
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