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2012-09-17 07:04:05 PM
Laugh all you want, but remember everyone laughed at Segways when they first came out.

/Yeah, they still laugh.
 
2012-09-17 07:32:44 PM
If Apple made the Segway it'd be a sacrament now.
 
2012-09-17 07:32:48 PM
How about getting off your fat asses and walking?
 
2012-09-17 07:45:07 PM
But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.
 
2012-09-17 07:51:01 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.


If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.
 
2012-09-17 08:09:16 PM
I'd ride one of those.
 
2012-09-17 08:11:31 PM

St_Francis_P: ecmoRandomNumbers: But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.

If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.


Good point. Plus I suck on a skateboard. I'm a danger to myself and others.
 
2012-09-17 08:16:34 PM
imgs.xkcd.com 

/always relevant
 
2012-09-17 08:35:09 PM
You wanna try my electric longboard?

/wink/wink/
 
2012-09-17 09:28:15 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: St_Francis_P: ecmoRandomNumbers: But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.

If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.

Good point. Plus I suck on a skateboard. I'm a danger to myself and others.


I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.

Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill. The key is keeping your center of gravity low, but that requires good knees, and I don't have those any more - probably a result of those five years I spent laying commercial floors and carpeting. Hell on the knees.
 
2012-09-17 09:38:38 PM
i.imgur.com
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did it first.
 
2012-09-17 11:02:12 PM

Lsherm: ecmoRandomNumbers: St_Francis_P: ecmoRandomNumbers: But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.

If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.

Good point. Plus I suck on a skateboard. I'm a danger to myself and others.

I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.

Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill. The key is keeping your center of gravity low, but that requires good knees, and I don't have those any more - probably a result of those five years I spent laying commercial floors and carpeting. Hell on the knees.


What's the hardest part about rollerblading?

Telling your father you're gay.
 
2012-09-17 11:08:34 PM

vudukungfu: How about getting off your fat asses and walking?

 
2012-09-17 11:11:19 PM

St_Francis_P: If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.


So in other words, a completely untenable idea in any northern city that has the whole freeze, thaw, cover everything in salt every winter issues to contend with.
 
2012-09-17 11:12:21 PM

Girion47: What's the hardest part about rollerblading?

Telling your father you're gay.


Dude, that's an old person joke. You don't look that old.
 
2012-09-17 11:14:38 PM
platinumgalleria.com

Maybe not as "cool" as a skateboard, but has been around for a while and works just as well (arguably better over previously mentioned rough pavement).
 
2012-09-17 11:15:24 PM
how about you travel in pairs and take turns rolling the other tubbo down the sidewalk.
 
2012-09-17 11:15:50 PM
I have a new longboard deck and wheels coming in the mail so I'm getting a kick, etc

I had a dentist appointment the other day and came into work a couple hours late. I had to park so far away I rode my longboard in to save time. I'm sure it was a sight to see a guy in a dress shirt and slacks with a brief case skating through the parking lot.
 
2012-09-17 11:15:59 PM

Lsherm: Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill. The key is keeping your center of gravity low, but that requires good knees, and I don't have those any more - probably a result of those five years I spent laying commercial floors and carpeting. Hell on the knees.


partiallyclips.com
 
2012-09-17 11:21:29 PM

Girion47: Lsherm: ecmoRandomNumbers: St_Francis_P: ecmoRandomNumbers: But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.

If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.

Good point. Plus I suck on a skateboard. I'm a danger to myself and others.

I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.

Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill. The key is keeping your center of gravity low, but that requires good knees, and I don't have those any more - probably a result of those five years I spent laying commercial floors and carpeting. Hell on the knees.

What's the hardest part about rollerblading?

Telling your father you're gay.


Addendum: Nice WRX. One of the guys I work with has an Evo, and going to lunch with him is an experience, always. If I was just a few years younger I wouldn't blink to get one.
 
2012-09-17 11:22:07 PM
I saw two people doing a cross-country trip on Segways. I kid you not. One of them had a little trailer, like you tow behind bikes.

I was sorry I didn't have my camera.
 
2012-09-17 11:25:06 PM
$1,200? You could buy a really nice bike for that kind of money.
 
2012-09-17 11:26:37 PM

Lsherm: ecmoRandomNumbers: St_Francis_P: ecmoRandomNumbers: But if you're late, it sucks to show up to work sweaty and panting after having run a mile.

If it's like every other skateboard, you'll get going nice and fast on smooth pavement, then hit a hole and fly off onto your face. I think I'd rather be sweaty.

Good point. Plus I suck on a skateboard. I'm a danger to myself and others.

I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.

Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill. The key is keeping your center of gravity low, but that requires good knees, and I don't have those any more - probably a result of those five years I spent laying commercial floors and carpeting. Hell on the knees.


I am going to be 40 in a few months and I sometimes skate to the bar if I plan on getting drunk. It's about a mile and a half away. I stash my board in the office and it fits in the cab for the ride home. Much better than a bike in that aspect.
 
2012-09-17 11:27:01 PM

Lsherm: I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.


I'm there. At 60-ish I cannot handle anything less stable than a bicycle, so here's how I roll to work 16 miles most mornings. 1993 Mt Shasta Backwoods...not mine, but mine is just like it.

farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-17 11:35:58 PM
these things have been around for over 10 years now.

welcome to Y2K.
 
2012-09-17 11:38:34 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-17 11:42:32 PM
Looks fun. I've been a skater for over twenty years and still skate. I've always been biased against longboards. A lot of street skaters have just as much contempt for them as rollerbladers, but I've been missing out. Bombing hills on a regular skateboard is dangerous and speed wobbles are almost inevitable. I pretty much had to abandon bombing hills after a slam at about 30 mph. But longboards make it ridiculously easy. Easy enough to do confidently while drunk. I still don't own a longboard but love going hill bombing with friends after the bar.

/and the fact you can go uphill with these makes me a potential buyer.
 
2012-09-17 11:46:30 PM
Huh. Coworker of mine had an electric longboard circa 2000. It certainly wasn't as slick as this one is bound to be -- big, heavy motor and battery pack, WIRED remote, no regen -- but there it was, 12 years ago. If they haven't caught on by now, I'm kinda thinking they won't.
 
2012-09-17 11:52:17 PM

vudukungfu: How about getting off your fat asses and walking?


You don't get to be #1 in the world in obesity that way! Just ask all the fat-asses on their scooters at the grocery store, or the people with their handicapped placards because they don't want to/can't walk.....USA USA USA!
 
2012-09-18 12:03:27 AM

Rufus Lee King: I'm sure you all have different opinions, but every time I see a grown man on a skateboard,I have to wonder.


Why the guy is nowhere as fat as you are? Or why you never got a girlfriend? Or what?
 
2012-09-18 12:04:50 AM
Meh. The college campus I'm commuting to four days a week now is built on a hillside - a STEEP hillside. I checked mapmyrun.com and it's just under a half mile each way from the end of the parking lot where I always have to park (too many damn freshmen with cars, not enough spaces). Add in the ~20% grade (plus stairs), and thanks but I'll just keep using my own two feet.

/can't wait for winter
//sweet, sweet death by sidewalk ice...
 
2012-09-18 12:11:09 AM
My mind went to something like this....

i01.i.aliimg.com

Electric surfboards.
 
2012-09-18 12:16:30 AM
"The last mile of transportation is this huge problem that hasn't been solved yet,"

Uh yeah, Pradeep, that one's keepin' me awake at night, too.
 
2012-09-18 12:16:37 AM
My bad reflexes, slight balance problems and the fact we have snow/ice covering everything for 7-8 months a year make this a huge non starter for me. I use my feet to get everywhere the bus doesn't take me. I live in Calgary, and our transit system is awesome, but walking up to 30-40 minutes in one shot is not a problem for me.
 
2012-09-18 12:17:54 AM

vudukungfu: How about getting off your fat asses and walking?


It's kind of funny like that, but I've never seen a fat person on a skateboard. Not to say that it hasn't happened, but not the norm. And btw, what's the weight limit for a long board?

**quick google** ohhhh....well into the 200 pound range depending on build. This won't end well.
 
2012-09-18 12:19:49 AM

StoneColdAtheist: Lsherm: I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.

I'm there. At 60-ish I cannot handle anything less stable than a bicycle, so here's how I roll to work 16 miles most mornings. 1993 Mt Shasta Backwoods...not mine, but mine is just like it.

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]


My dad is almost 80, and he can handle a bicycle. Good on you for riding one to work, I wish I had that option. I have no idea if that's a good bike you pictured. I rent mine from a local club to ride where I live *shameface*

I realized I couldn't skateboard anymore right about when I was 34, when I tried skateboarding again at a wedding and said: nope, this is no longer for me. It went from thrilling to terrifying in about two damn seconds, and then I had to figure out how to bail without looking like a pussy. Turns out there's no way to bail to without looking like a pussy, but at least my wife was there calling me an idiot so I could hide behind her yelling as an excuse. There was a disconnect between the board and my brain because my body was no longer capable of providing the necessary means of communication.

Actually, now that I think about it more, it's probably the ankles instead of the knees. Your ankles can handle riding a bike far easier than they can handle skateboards or roller-blades. I like riding now, and it's likely because I can still do it.
 
2012-09-18 12:29:26 AM

Lsherm: Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill.


Nonsense. Life begins at 40. You're in better shape, stronger, faster, smarter and heal faster than in your 20s. That's why the Olympics are just FILLED with fat balding paunchy middle aged men huffing their way to new records all the time. All the time!
 
2012-09-18 12:34:27 AM

Lsherm: Actually, now that I think about it more, it's probably the ankles instead of the knees. Your ankles can handle riding a bike far easier than they can handle skateboards or roller-blades. I like riding now, and it's likely because I can still do it.


Ankle injuries are much more common. I've never had a knee injury from skating, but my knees are now creaky as hell and have been since high school. I used to blame it on being catcher throughout most of my youth (that didn't sound right). But it's probably from throwing myself down flights of stairs repeatedly while skateboarding. Surprisingly my ankles feel fine, even though I've sprained them dozens of times. I even broke an ankle once and my dad didn't want to take me to the hospital so I stuck it in a bucket of snow and it healed itself after 3 weeks. Eventually I went to the Doctor and he said I might need surgery later to clean up the calcium deposits though.
 
2012-09-18 12:35:08 AM
That's heavy, Doc.
 
2012-09-18 12:40:18 AM
Reminds me of spnKiX, a motorized roller-skate.

imageshack.us

They're 9 lbs, vs. the board's 12-15, so one could argue they're the lightest electronic vehicle. They run $700, and kickstarter supporters got them for half price, which beats the hell out of $1,200. Cons: Half the speed; longer recharge time; and 5% maximum grade vs. the board's 15%.

The skates list their maximum weight capacity as 180; the board says they were tested with 185, and "heavier riders will see a decrease" in performance.

In words, if you're light enough to ride them, the weight gain from laziness will fix that. Then you walk.
 
2012-09-18 12:51:05 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Lsherm: Props to any of you 40+ year-olds who are still skateboarding, but when I see a skateboard and all I can think about is a hospital bill.

Nonsense. Life begins at 40. You're in better shape, stronger, faster, smarter and heal faster than in your 20s. That's why the Olympics are just FILLED with fat balding paunchy middle aged men huffing their way to new records all the time. All the time!


Yeah, I'm not one of those pretenders. I'm old.

The older you get the more money, experience, and resources you have to garner a goal you wanted when you were younger. But here's what I know now: no one wants to die alone.

So that's your competition. Women will fark you sideways, but when they settle, they are going for the rainbow pot. Especially these days since they're marrying or settling down much, much later. You're in competition with people who have two decades of wealth building ahead of you. So you get the good sex, but when it's time to buy the house, well, so sorry.

/Not me, I've been married for 24 years.
 
2012-09-18 01:23:00 AM

Lsherm: I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.


THIS.

Inner ear infections don't help your balance any, either.
 
2012-09-18 01:40:04 AM
I will admit that even though I skate, I don't keep up with the industry anymore. I watched Richie Jackson's part the other night for a reason I don't remember. Dude is sick as hell and has an awesome song that even old fart Farkers will like. I had never heard of him and this is an old video.
 
2012-09-18 02:00:15 AM
Just because it hasn't been said enough yet...

WALK YOU FARGGIN' ARSEHOLE.

Hell, I used to walk a mile to the train station at one end, then a mile to the office at the other. Then the same way coming home. But, I was in my early 20s, and I eventually got my car and license back...
 
2012-09-18 02:27:17 AM
I'm glad this is in California. And Palo Alto, no less. It helps make the rest of the country look normal & sensible.
 
2012-09-18 03:12:39 AM

vudukungfu: How about getting off your fat asses and walking?




Read The Magic of Walking.
 
2012-09-18 03:29:48 AM
Electric Bong Lords.
I've met them before.
 
2012-09-18 03:52:34 AM
I'm in my mid-40s and ride my longboard with my kids on a regular basis. I'm not nearly as nimble as I was in my teens, but the longboard is way more foregiving than a traditional skateboard. I would totally buy one of these once the pricepoint got below $500.
 
2012-09-18 05:44:08 AM
Flogging Molly's Drunkin' Lullaby on you tube has some nice board action plus a kick arse song!
 
2012-09-18 06:13:43 AM

StoneColdAtheist: Lsherm: I rode skateboards when I was younger, in the late 70's/early 80's. Then I tried Rollerblades when they hit huge for a few years. At some point you reach an age where your balance just isn't good enough for anything smaller than a bicycle.

I'm there. At 60-ish I cannot handle anything less stable than a bicycle, so here's how I roll to work 16 miles most mornings. 1993 Mt Shasta Backwoods...not mine, but mine is just like it.


Awesome-Ness detected...

Hey, for balance- try some Tai Chi or Qigong. Chi-gong, however you want to spell it. It's amazing for your balance. I used to be so very clumsy. Not anymore.
 
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