They announced this a month ago but I’m hearing about it only now. For $400 you can pre-order a pair of Segway skates (or ‘personal rolling transport products’).
Segway-Ninebot W1 Skates
As best I can tell, there’s one wheel under each foot, and they’re like motorized Heelys, with the addition of Segway’s auto-balancing technology. They weigh about 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg) per skate, and they’re physically large enough that they won’t fit in any kind of normal backpack. Maximum speed is rated at roughly 7.5 mph and the battery lasts around 45 minutes depending on “riding” style and road conditions.
The concept of summer camp was apparently invented at the Chautaqua Institute, where they continue to offer day camp to this day. Cars are not used here; kids as young as four or five years old ride themselves to camp every morning on bicycles. This is one of several clusters of kids’ bikes parked at camp in the morning when everybody arrives.
The official launch was only two weeks ago but I’m pretty sure the bikes showed up the the app before then. They may have had a soft launch about a month ago to see whether or not people tossed all the bikes into the Hudson. Answer: not yet.
I’ve seen on their app that these bikes are dotted around the rivertowns but over the weekend I spotted one in real life for the first time, in White Plains.
They have bike share stations here, and station less bikes littered about as well.
Seems like a tough town for either business model, as they presume the existence of a large population that doesn’t already have bikes.
Whatever rules I follow, they’re bike rules.
One of my local bike shops has been pushing (well, metaphorically, I mean), the Giant Full-E+ 1, which looks like this:
It’s an XT-level mountain bike with dual suspension and disc breaks, and I have no trouble with that. 2.6″ tires, which are pretty much the norm nowadays, and a Yamaha motor that puts out 500 watts. Surely, nothing can go wrong there.
Yes, I know, there are times when having extra power can get you out of a jam, and to get the fun of riding downhill you typically first have to ride uphill, which can be a drag. But among the complaints I hear from people on mountain bikes, “doesn’t go fast enough” has never been mentioned, not even once. And given the propensity of mountain bike riders to endo even under their own power, I’d hate to be the insurance company that stands behind Giant or its dealers.
This was on East 54th St. The rider wore a suit and helmet and navigated the sidewalk pretty well.
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motorized unicycle waiting patiently for the light to change
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