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(Some Guy)   Reporter takes "Segway Safari" through Baltimore and discovers that only thing worse than being laughed at is being laughed at while wearing a helmet   (baltimore.metromix.com) divider line 140
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2008-06-20 11:36:38 AM
I hope to god they took you down York Rd....

"on your left, you'll see yet another dilapidated crack house, and to your right, oh shiat, get off and run! The see us!"
 
2008-06-20 11:40:49 AM
I like segways. They give me someone I can feel superior to when I drive around town on my wee yellow scooter.
 
2008-06-20 11:46:39 AM
The invention that would "change the way cities were built" came out 6 or 7 years ago and I have yet to see anyone use one. This is the best example of how to not market a product ever.
 
2008-06-20 11:49:12 AM
I've seen plenty of idiots on Segways down by the harbor lately, but none so conspicuous.
 
2008-06-20 11:50:46 AM
The SUVs of the sidewalk.
 
2008-06-20 11:52:56 AM
There are cops in DC who patrol on Segways. I think I'd have to kill myself out of shame if one of them were ever to apprehend me.

ProTip: If you're ever trying to get away from one, look for the nearest curb or set of stairs.
 
2008-06-20 12:08:53 PM
i96.photobucket.com

....unless you're worse than Tony Wonder
 
2008-06-20 12:15:04 PM
sullyman: The invention that would "change the way cities were built" came out 6 or 7 years ago and I have yet to see anyone use one. This is the best example of how to not market a product ever.

Tell me about it. It was so over-hyped that the reaction when it was revealed went past simple disappointment into full on anger.

I suffer gear-lust as much as the next nerd but let's face it, the Segway is overpriced and underpowered. $5000 for something that can only travel 12km/h and has a range of 15km. So it stands on only two wheels without need for the operator to balance it. Whoopy.

www.ghastlycomic.com

This cost me only $1500 with all taxes and extended warranty and delivery. It costs less than 4cents to charge, has a range of up to 100km (I've driven it to Oakville and back which is a round trip of 75km) and travels up to 35km/h (faster if I hack the limiter but then I'd require a license and insurance). Sure scooters are dorky, and electric ones doubly so. But it's an awesome city commuting vehicle and cheap to run.

It's just far more practical than a segway and a hell of a lot cheaper too.
 
2008-06-20 12:25:01 PM
Segways. Because moped riders need someone to make fun of too.
 
2008-06-20 12:27:26 PM
Welcome to 2004.
 
2008-06-20 12:34:46 PM
sullyman: The invention that would "change the way cities were built" came out 6 or 7 years ago and I have yet to see anyone use one. This is the best example of how to not market a product ever.

Remember when the Segway was known only as "IT," and people wondered if it was a flying machine or something?

Then Kamen unveiled the stupidest mode of transit since someone tried to ride a cow.
 
2008-06-20 12:37:02 PM
FuturePastNow:
Then Kamen unveiled the stupidest mode of transit since someone tried to ride a cow.


HER NAME WAS ELIZABETH AND SHE HAD A REALLY GREAT PERSONALITY!!! ASSHOLE!
 
2008-06-20 12:38:42 PM
Picture your dignity, personified as an unspoiled, innocent child, walking to school.

Now picture the Segway, personified as a pack of PCP-addled, mentally unstable hobos.

When you ride a Segway, the two meet in an alley down by the wharf.
 
2008-06-20 12:45:51 PM
Cagey B: Picture your dignity, personified as an unspoiled, innocent child, walking to school.

I had a moped and at 6'6" and I was quite the sight. Filling up the tank on $0.75 once a week back in 1984 made up for it though.

/Now it would be about $3.00
 
2008-06-20 12:56:42 PM
I'm impressed the Segway can compensate for the obviously irregular Cg shown in picture 8.

// Kid, you're really not all the funny, but nice try...
 
2008-06-20 01:03:23 PM
OlafTheBent: Cagey B: Picture your dignity, personified as an unspoiled, innocent child, walking to school.

I had a moped and at 6'6" and I was quite the sight. Filling up the tank on $0.75 once a week back in 1984 made up for it though.

/Now it would be about $3.00


I have never understood the hate for mopeds. Mopeds say "I just need something cheap to get to and from places, and it sort of looks like I'm riding a bike".

Segways, on the other hand, say "YAYYYY more walky time hURRR". Or something like that.
 
2008-06-20 01:05:45 PM
OlafTheBent: Cagey B: Picture your dignity, personified as an unspoiled, innocent child, walking to school.

I had a moped and at 6'6" and I was quite the sight. Filling up the tank on $0.75 once a week back in 1984 made up for it though.

/Now it would be about $3.00


I loved my MoPed back in the 80s. $2 a month in gas and $80 a year in insurance. Little red 4-stroke Honda PT-70.

I love the electric scooter I drive now even more. It does seem to encourage a lot of anger from people which I don't quite understand. The other day I drove down the street and it moved a guy to shout out at me as I rode past him "Dude! You're GAY!" to which I responded "Dude! You're HALF right!"

Then again, maybe he was just making a socially inept sexual advance at me. Wouldn't have mattered. Even on a scooter I was still out of his league.
 
2008-06-20 01:10:35 PM
sorry, Ghastly, couldn't help myself

img386.imageshack.us

/4 cents a charge is sweet tho
 
2008-06-20 01:16:51 PM
Tacoby Bellisbury: sorry, Ghastly, couldn't help myself



/4 cents a charge is sweet tho


HALF gay! HALF gay! I still love the vagina too!

My gay friends tell me I'm not so much bisexual as I am just downright greedy.

The 4 cents a charge is very very sweet. It makes me feel delisciously self righteous when I drive past gas stations... until I realize the high price of gas ends up raising the price of everything else too. Frikken crappy national energy plan or lack there of!
 
2008-06-20 01:22:58 PM
Ghastly: I love the electric scooter I drive now even more. It does seem to encourage a lot of anger from people which I don't quite understand. The other day I drove down the street and it moved a guy to shout out at me as I rode past him "Dude! You're GAY!" to which I responded "Dude! You're HALF right!"

If I could ask where you got yours from... I'm looking.
 
2008-06-20 01:27:33 PM
OlafTheBent: Ghastly: I love the electric scooter I drive now even more. It does seem to encourage a lot of anger from people which I don't quite understand. The other day I drove down the street and it moved a guy to shout out at me as I rode past him "Dude! You're GAY!" to which I responded "Dude! You're HALF right!"

If I could ask where you got yours from... I'm looking.


Daymak in Toronto.

There have been problems with mine. The barrings in the front wheel completely disintigrated after less than 2000km. I was told mine were the only ones they'd ever heard of doing so, so it could just be a random defect. The tires are also 18" which is a very unusual size in north america, I can get 16 and 20 inch but no love for the 18 inches. The tires the bike came with are, in my humble opinion, shiat. I'd like to replace my rear tire with a better one but I'm having troubles finding one. I'll probably have to buy one online.
 
2008-06-20 01:32:35 PM
Ghastly: Daymak in Toronto.

I test drove one at Electric cycles near Yorkdale and I was surprised at the pick-up... much better than a moped.

/230 lbs.
 
2008-06-20 01:36:22 PM
OlafTheBent: Ghastly: Daymak in Toronto.

I test drove one at Electric cycles near Yorkdale and I was surprised at the pick-up... much better than a moped.

/230 lbs.


Electric motor, transfers almost 100% of torque to the wheel when you open the throttle. There's a video of a guy towing an SUV in neutral around the block in Toronto with an electric scooter.
 
2008-06-20 02:04:40 PM
He calls that a safari? Go for a spin on Edmondson Ave, then you'll be on safari. Bring your elephant gun.
 
2008-06-20 02:24:01 PM
Ghastly: Tacoby Bellisbury: sorry, Ghastly, couldn't help myself



/4 cents a charge is sweet tho

HALF gay! HALF gay! I still love the vagina too!

My gay friends tell me I'm not so much bisexual as I am just downright greedy.

how YOU doin'?
 
2008-06-20 02:28:50 PM
Ghastly: This cost me only $1500 with all taxes and extended warranty and delivery. It costs less than 4cents to charge, has a range of up to 100km (I've driven it to Oakville and back which is a round trip of 75km) and travels up to 35km/h (faster if I hack the limiter but then I'd require a license and insurance). Sure scooters are dorky, and electric ones doubly so. But it's an awesome city commuting vehicle and cheap to run.

It's just far more practical than a segway and a hell of a lot cheaper too.


I have a friend who lives in Oakville.

Okay, seriously, you can only get up to 35 km/h on that thing so do you go along the side of the road or something? I can imagine it being a pain in the ass in a lot of places where the speed limit is 50 or 60. But in traffic I'm sure it's great.
 
2008-06-20 02:45:00 PM
Canadian Canuck:
Okay, seriously, you can only get up to 35 km/h on that thing so do you go along the side of the road or something? I can imagine it being a pain in the ass in a lot of places where the speed limit is 50 or 60. But in traffic I'm sure it's great.


In the city and along the Lakeshore 35km is fine. In downtown Hamilton traffic moves so slowly I can't even fully open 'er anyways. Stick to the side of the road and let the cars pass you like you were on a bike.

It's not legal to take it on the QEW or the 400 series highways but everywhere else is fine as long as you keep right. The only traffic problems I have are either people making left hand turns without paying attention (a problem everyone on two wheels shares) and jackasses who think it's fun to pull up beside people on scooters and then either blast their horn or yell to startle you or swerve like they were going to intentionally sideswipe you. I have no idea why people think shiat like that is funny.

SushiJoe:
how YOU doin'?


*clicks profile*

How YOU doin'?
 
2008-06-20 03:15:24 PM
Ghastly

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Doug Hutchison (circa x-files)?
 
2008-06-20 03:21:23 PM
UberDave: Doug Hutchison

I've been told I look like everyone from Angelina Jolie (by a Japanese friend who later admitted that to her all us caucasians look alike) to John Flansburgh. I have never gotten Doug Hutchison before.

The most recent celebrity-look-alike I got was Lisa Loeb.
 
2008-06-20 04:00:25 PM
Back in elementary school, my parents made me wear a bike helmet a few years before it became state law.

/Older kids teased me.
//I farking hated it.
///Only used it half the time.
////Fortunately, I was wearing it the day I flew over my handlebars.
 
2008-06-20 04:03:03 PM
...and jackasses who think it's fun to pull up beside people on scooters and then either blast their horn or yell to startle you or swerve like they were going to intentionally sideswipe you. I have no idea why people think shiat like that is funny.

I hate those jackasses too. I only do this to bicyclists.
 
2008-06-20 04:03:19 PM
How easy is it to knock someone off a Segway and steal it?

We'll find out when this reporter takes his Segway to Baltimore!
 
2008-06-20 04:03:29 PM
Then, in 1919, he wrought the Pogo Stick, which has since reigned as the undisputed King of Transportation.

I would dispute that.
 
2008-06-20 04:03:33 PM
Ghastly:
This cost me only $1500 with all taxes and extended warranty and delivery. It costs less than 4cents to charge, has a range of up to 100km (I've driven it to Oakville and back which is a round trip of 75km) and travels up to 35km/h (faster if I hack the limiter but then I'd require a license and insurance). Sure scooters are dorky, and electric ones doubly so. But it's an awesome city commuting vehicle and cheap to run.

It's just far more practical than a segway and a hell of a lot cheaper too.


www.owensworld.com
 
2008-06-20 04:04:58 PM
Half-Homo! HALF-homo! I like the cock AND the pussy!
 
2008-06-20 04:06:07 PM
Ghastly: sullyman: The invention that would "change the way cities were built" came out 6 or 7 years ago and I have yet to see anyone use one. This is the best example of how to not market a product ever.

Tell me about it. It was so over-hyped that the reaction when it was revealed went past simple disappointment into full on anger.

I suffer gear-lust as much as the next nerd but let's face it, the Segway is overpriced and underpowered. $5000 for something that can only travel 12km/h and has a range of 15km. So it stands on only two wheels without need for the operator to balance it. Whoopy.



This cost me only $1500 with all taxes and extended warranty and delivery. It costs less than 4cents to charge, has a range of up to 100km (I've driven it to Oakville and back which is a round trip of 75km) and travels up to 35km/h (faster if I hack the limiter but then I'd require a license and insurance). Sure scooters are dorky, and electric ones doubly so. But it's an awesome city commuting vehicle and cheap to run.

It's just far more practical than a segway and a hell of a lot cheaper too.


Link? I'd be interested in purchasing something like that.
 
2008-06-20 04:06:24 PM
I am not a violent person, but that story just made me want to punch that guy in the face.
 
2008-06-20 04:06:34 PM
vernonFL: How easy is it to knock someone off a Segway and steal it?


The thing has a maximum speed of 12km/h. Even if you did knock someone off it, how the hell would you get away with it?
 
2008-06-20 04:07:07 PM
Ghastly: HER NAME WAS ELIZABETH AND SHE HAD A REALLY GREAT PERSONALITY!!! ASSHOLE!

I had to read it twice, but then I laughed.
 
2008-06-20 04:07:23 PM
The thing car drivers don't know is that if you scream and yell at someone on a bicycle, that person is usually able to catch you in traffic, and is likely to end up right outside your window offering a free lesson in manners.

Car drivers will decline, occasionally drawing firearms and trying to play victim at that point.

Sigh.

It's as if being inside a metal box makes them totally retarded.

They don't understand the mobility of bikes, and how cyclists are not confined in any way. They'll be right back in your face like a cheap slingshot.
 
2008-06-20 04:08:18 PM
TooMuchToDo:
Link? I'd be interested in purchasing something like that.


I got mine from Daymak. It's the Smart e-Bike.
 
2008-06-20 04:08:35 PM
Ghastly: UberDave: Doug Hutchison

I've been told I look like everyone from Angelina Jolie (by a Japanese friend who later admitted that to her all us caucasians look alike) to John Flansburgh. I have never gotten Doug Hutchison before.

The most recent celebrity-look-alike I got was Lisa Loeb.


Personally I say you look like a Micheal Jackson Arnold Schwarzenegger hybrid.

Honestly, I never saw the point of a segway. Its not as fast as a moped(electric or otherwise), take up more room on the sidewalk then walking, and if you ride one it says "Hey, I had 5 grand I didn't know what to do with, so I decided I'm too good for walking!". The only time I see any use in a segway is if you had an injury or an operation and are unable to walk for very long.
 
2008-06-20 04:09:44 PM
Ghastly: FuturePastNow:
Then Kamen unveiled the stupidest mode of transit since someone tried to ride a cow.

HER NAME WAS ELIZABETH AND SHE HAD A REALLY GREAT PERSONALITY!!! ASSHOLE!


You owe me a keyboard!!!!!
 
2008-06-20 04:10:09 PM
z.about.com

/dirty hotlinker
//should fall off a segway myself
 
2008-06-20 04:13:29 PM
They did something like this in Wildwood NJ last year. Yeah, Camden by the Sea Segway tours. The WTF meter was pegged the 1st time I saw it.
 
2008-06-20 04:13:47 PM
freakdiablo:
Personally I say you look like a Micheal Jackson Arnold Schwarzenegger hybrid.



Man, I'm gettin' no love in this thread.
 
2008-06-20 04:14:03 PM
Ghastly: HER NAME WAS ELIZABETH AND SHE HAD A REALLY GREAT PERSONALITY!!! ASSHOLE!

This post will result in your owing many people a new keyboard.

/ you can start with mine
 
2008-06-20 04:14:19 PM
The first time I read the caption on that picture I saw, "Looking Segay, hunh?".
 
2008-06-20 04:16:41 PM
Ghastly: freakdiablo:
Personally I say you look like a Micheal Jackson Arnold Schwarzenegger hybrid.



Man, I'm gettin' no love in this thread.


I never said it was a bad thing. Well, never intended it to be. I look like this guy after all:

www.realnets.com

Maybe with a bit more hair though.
 
2008-06-20 04:18:19 PM
Baltimore? --- Can that thing outrun a bullet.
/Shari rules
//Need B'more tag.
 
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