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Old 07-12-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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What ever happened to the Segway?

I was headed across town today and what did I spy but a guy on a Segway. I think it was the first time I actually ever saw a Segway in person.

It looked a bit different than I remember them when they first came out. It was kinda of "bad ass" and "stealth like" if those terms can be applied to a Segway. Looking at the Segway website when I got home, I see they're still in production and the model I saw would have been the i2 Commuter.

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Funniest part was that the guy riding it was fairly overweight, something that isn't the norm here and my wife says to me, "that guy should be walking."

I have to say though, if I had a bunch of disposable income, I could see tearing around the city on the x2 Adventure model.

Any Segways plowing the streets where you live?
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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i just saw some in the mall in las vegas and i've seen mall security here in socal use them as well... it seems that's where most of them have been used - i don't think that many individuals have ponied up for them. when they were introduced it was supposed to revolutionize human travel right? i don't think it had the impact the inventor envisioned...
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They rent them here in St. Pete, by the hour. You are required to take a brief lesson before your first outing. We've done it -- great way to cover lots of ground in a short time, or just to "stroll" around looking at the bay.

They are very easy to use if you are not totally clumbsy. Doesn't sound fast, but 12 MPH is pretty brisk in one of those things. They have cargo baskets and essentially turn wherever you lean.

They never really caught on otherwise. I wouldn't buy one at current prices.
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If you come to New Orleans, you can sign up for a Segway tour of the French Quarter (complete with Segway rental, tour guide, etc).
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If you come to New Orleans, you can sign up for a Segway tour of the French Quarter (complete with Segway rental, tour guide, etc).
Which makes me wonder. Do Segway's float?
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Old 07-12-2008, 01:20 PM   #8
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I've never seen any around here. Probably not the best to get around with unless they come with studded snow tires and heaters.
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If you come to New Orleans, you can sign up for a Segway tour of the French Quarter (complete with Segway rental, tour guide, etc).
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Which makes me wonder. Do Segway's float?
Perhaps you are not aware that the French Quarter is on some of the highest ground in the city, and was "high and dry" even after the storm.

I would expect that they would float about as well as a motorcycle.
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Perhaps you are not aware that the French Quarter is on some of the highest ground in the city, and was "high and dry" even after the storm.
Yeah, I know. It was just a bad joke. Sorry if it was insensitive.
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The rumor in Dallas is the bike cops will have to start riding these things instead. They are not too pleased.
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The rumor in Dallas is the bike cops will have to start riding these things instead. They are not too pleased.
I would think the bike riding helps keep them in shape. I wouldn't be too happy either.
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I saw the local mall cop driving one last week. I guess that is the answer. Of course, it is 110 out and they don't have AC.
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I just have one word for that.... Aaaaaoooooggggahhhh!
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If those armed guys shoot their guns, won't they fall over backwards?

What if they have to move sideways real fast?
It also seems like it would be too easy to detach the guy from the Segway...

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Cops here are getting a couple for downtown patrol - they can go 15 mph and are very nimble. With them being electric, watch for more of these in your rear view mirror very soon.

A friend broke his neck in a diving accident. I mean this truly, it is a miracle that he has any function as they thought he was a para for sure. He can walk and use his arms and hands but is quite impared but is back to being a functioning professional in his community. He uses a Segway to get around and is nimble as hell on the thing.
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If those armed guys shoot their guns, won't they fall over backwards?

What if they have to move sideways real fast?
It also seems like it would be too easy to detach the guy from the Segway...

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The have gyroscopes and lots of electronics that keep them upright on your behalf.

and if you have to move sideways real fast, you could just hop off of the Segway to either side.

I'd also guess that photo doesn't really show tactical operations.
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They rent them here in St. Pete, by the hour. You are required to take a brief lesson before your first outing.
Same deal up in Chicago......rent them and they give you brief training and you're on your way. They also have segway tours.

Also the Chicago PD have them and use them. I've seen them on them zipping around Navy Pier and the Lake front areas. And they were on them all over the place at the "Taste of Chicago"......as well as on bicycles and on horse-back.
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Gas meter reader uses one here in Missouri,goes well thru yards and on the street.He really zips along fast.
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