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Segway Riders Get High on Mount Washington

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the easier-to-walk dept.

Toys 369

TacticalJack writes "Rob Owen, a retired clown, and two other riders surged up Mount Washington at 12.5 mph, the AP reports. It took the Segway riders two and half hours to complete the 7.6 mile endurance test. The team used six batteries, fought off 50 mph winds and battled bitter cold to reach the 6,288-foot mountain summit. All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?"

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SCO: The GNAA-Nigerian connection (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842103)

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hello (-1)

handybundler (232934) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842106)

how are you today. i am fine thank you. have a nice day.

You completely inhale the pastes in crust (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842107)

It has come to my attention that you completely inhale the pastes in crust. Read on for more about this fascinating topic.

The world went into shock a few weeks ago when [] reported the results of a study which concluded that inhaling paste is a very dangerous pastime, one that no one is advised to take up. Eventually, everyone adapted to the new state of affairs and began inhaling other things. Almost everyone, that is. But not you! According to my records, you still inhale paste!

Why?! What the fuck is wrong with you?!


hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842108)

my second fp today!

*gasps* (4, Funny)

Exiler (589908) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842111)

He asked why. On a segway article. I'm at a loss for words.

What happened to the standard geek, 'How?'

Re:*gasps* (1)

CaptBubba (696284) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842116)

More importantly: 'When?'

Re:*gasps* (5, Insightful)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842164)

All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?

Remember, this is the same crowd that will build antennae out of Pringles cans and will try to put Linux on every conceivable device with a microprocessor. We're geeks; it's because we can, and we'll do it with geek style while we're at it.

Re:*gasps* (4, Interesting)

CurlyG (8268) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842187)

Well yeah, it's a cute toy, but the Segway just seems like such a pointless, expensive, inefficient and above all inelegant solution to something that wasn't a problem in the first place... to me that makes it profoundly un-geeky.

Re:*gasps* (5, Funny)

euxneks (516538) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842229)

Yes, to you or I, walking is no big problem. But we're not talking about the _average_ computer user geek here are we? =P

Imagine a huge guy who stays on his computer for days on end.. Or even the malnourished walking stick variety. Is he going to want to actually walk around when he can get some computerized device to do it for him?

I didn't think so either. =D

I could go grammar punk on your ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842251)

to you or I (sic)

...but I won't...

Re:*gasps* (1)

rmohr02 (208447) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842196)

Or the /. geek: "Does it run Linux?"

Clown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842113)

A retired clown!


Re:Clown (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842142)

I think that was the only thing that made me smile about this article, clowns just make me *shudder*.

The only thing better than a retired clown is a dead one.

First post! (-1, Offtopic)

4_Scythe (449943) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842117)


In other news... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842122)

A large group of programmers set out to make their own operating system. It took countless hours by thousands of people. All of which begs the question, why not use Windows?

segway (0)

theSpear (701025) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842124)

A segway would be awesome.. i wonder if there legal on highways lol

Re:segway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842260)

Go back to the AOL ass you crawled out of.


Well, it could be worst... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842298)

His name could be ShakeSpear...

Or just buy a damn Rascal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842125)

It's no different, and there is no wasted energy in keeping a gyroscope leveled. As for the geriatric connotations of a Rascal, well it's not like a Segway is a chick magnet either.

Re:Or just buy a damn Rascal. (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842258)

I guess I don't watch enough late night television. I didn't know what a Rascal is. For those similarly ignorant, may I present....the Rascal [] . Actually, that's the iRascal, an "online exclusive". The crowd here would probably more enjoy the Rascal High Speed 325 [] : "This Rascal is as exciting as it is stylish. Enjoy the thrill of accelerating to top speeds of 8 mph." From the spec sheet:

Weight Capacity: 450 lbs

Maximum Range: 20 miles

Hell, that could have carried CowboyNeal to the top of Mt Washington!

Re:Or just buy a damn Rascal. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842280)

Stop making excuses for yourself. Just because you bought a Rascal and can't get chicks doesn't mean the two are related.

Motorized (-1, Troll)

RevSmiley (226151) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842128)

Um this is a hiking path up there, motorbikes and segways need to stay off. All they accomplished is showing they are assholes.

Re:Motorized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842166)

Actually, there's a road to the top of mount washington, along with a train.

Re:Motorized (2, Informative)

damiam (409504) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842176)

Nope, sorry, it's a road. Never been to Mt. Washington, have you?

Re:Motorized (0, Flamebait)

RevSmiley (226151) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842194)

dam it's a Joke. And only 50 MPH winds? hehehe.

Re:Motorized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842294)

dam it's a Joke. And only 50 MPH winds? hehehe.

Actually it isn't a joke. See, if it were a joke, it would have been funny. Instead you used words such as "assholes" to indicate that you were better than the submitter when you didn't even know what your were talking about. I guess that means the joke's on you.

Re:Motorized (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842342)

Joke is on you, don't feed the trolls.

Re:Motorized (1)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842345)

50 MPH winds are *tame* for Mt. Washington!
Highest wind (world record, April 12, 1934): 231 MPH

Mt. Washington Observatory []

Answer? (5, Insightful)

sokk (691010) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842129)

"All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?" Because then they wouldn't have hit the press. a fetishist on his way to the sex dungeon. (4, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842284)

I wonder if they were trying to harken to the roots of the US interstate system (although I think Germany's Autobahn predates it).

I recall a small expedition done by the military to show that an truck caravan can be used to cross the continent. Everyone thought it was stupid because, well, anyone who is anyone carried their freight by rail. Eventually some people realized that the interstate highway system could be used.

But, even in light of this, I would rather hike all the way up that mountain than ride one of those dorkmobiles.

Here is a fun article: 030810-081 911-2985r.htm

I quote:
"Anybody who rides around on a Segway is a mewling pantywaist passive-aggressive dork with arrested-development issues who probably saves his e-mail in tidy little folders organized with happy-face icons.

I already feel better."


"One thing that makes me very very happy about the current political debate is that most lawmakers agree that Segways should require a helmet. Since an actual motorcycle helmet would conflict with the eco-friendly coolness of the Segway experience, they're tending toward some kind of modified bicycle helmet that looks like one of those strap-on leather jobbies worn by the Fighting Horsemen of Notre Dame. Put a computer programmer in a tieless linen suit on a Segway with a leather football helmet on his head, and he looks like a fetishist on his way to the sex dungeon."

I was thinking more like... (5, Insightful)

hangareighteen (31788) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842133)

It begs the question: Why mention that he's a retired clown?

When I was a kid... (2, Funny)

hypermike (680396) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842135)

I had to ride my segway to school uphill in the snow without TIRES! gosh darn young wippersnappers - no respect at all!

Begging the question (4, Funny)

LadyLucky (546115) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842136)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Re:Begging the question (3, Funny)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842255)

Oh the irony.

Re:Begging the question (1)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842263)


Re:Begging the question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842265)

Oddly enough, it now does. "Begs the question" used to mean only to "pass over" it. The dictionaries of my youth confirm this. However, modern Websters dictionaries, possibly others, basically indicate that "begs" is now its own antonym, and can also mean "suggests the question". Go figure... Dictionaries are descriptive not prescriptive and all that rot...

Re:Begging the question (1)

0111 1110 (518466) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842268)

Question begging [] as a logical fallacy or as an improper but popular slang usage meaning "raises the question"?

12.5MPH, 7.6 Miles, 2.5 hours? (2, Informative)

colnago (91472) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842138)

huh? Somebody school me please.

Re:12.5MPH, 7.6 Miles, 2.5 hours? (1)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842186)

Stopping to swap out batteries, lunch breaks? Rest. Pissing. Falling over. Flat tires?

That brings up another two interesting questions. Can Segways get flats? And did they need special 'mud-like' tires for these things?

Re:12.5MPH, 7.6 Miles, 2.5 hours? (1)

Kadagan AU (638260) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842289)

That brings up another two interesting questions. Can Segways get flats? And did they need special 'mud-like' tires for these things?

First, I'm not sure if they can get flats. Second, I think you misunderstand about Mt Washington. I've hiked it before and it's quite some climb, but it has an auto road going up it with a gift shop at the top. I'm assuming that they used the road, so didn't need special tires. I just pitty the cars that may have been stuck behind them (it's a small road).

Re:12.5MPH, 7.6 Miles, 2.5 hours? (1)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842318)

Oh, I've been up Mount Washington. Did it in a AWD Subaru. Just wasn't clear which method the Segwayers used to climb the mountain.

Re:12.5MPH, 7.6 Miles, 2.5 hours? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842214)

The segway runs on a single watch battery (SR920W 1.5V). You need to stop every 2 seconds to replace it.

Hah (1)

ascalon (683759) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842139)

For how much they cost, they should be able to do more than climb up mountains.

Re:Hah (4, Funny)

Exiler (589908) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842157)

For how much they cost they should make pancakes, serve them to you in bed, have an included coffee maker, come with several gigs of mad lesbian pr0n, and have a small kitchen sink in-dash

Re:Hah (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842207)

Perhaps they rode them down as well?

6 batteries? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842140)

hrrrm. i wonder if they had to carry their batteries... because, we _all_ have 6 specialty batteries lying around just incase the first 5 die.

Another example of... (5, Funny)

Arae (658158) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842144)

... People with too much money AND time.

dressed up like a butler (1, Redundant)

gnurb (632580) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842146) at.segway.ap/vert.segway.ap.jpg

he looks very funny.

Re:dressed up like a butler (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842225)

Hmmm...that link didn't work...try this one [] .

Of course he looks funny...he's a retired clown.

Segway Riders Get High on Mount Washington (0)

TrollBurger (575126) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842151)

In Other News:
John Ashcroft Calls for Mount Washington to be placed on Schedule 1

Six batteries? (3, Insightful)

msobkow (48369) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842152)

Wouldn't carrying six battery packs on a Segway be even more absurd than as trying to carry a couple five-gallon gas cans on a motorcycle?

What's next -- a shoebox on rollerblades as a "trailer"?

Re:Six batteries? (2, Interesting)

r00zky (622648) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842302)

The difference being that the Segway eats 6 battery packs in 7.6mi and the motorcycle can walk that with the gas inside a Zippo.
Segway: useless tech for senseless people.

Simple Math (3, Insightful)

saider (177166) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842158)

7.6 mi / 2.5 hr = 3.04 mi/hr.

The way the article is written, they make it sound like it breezed up the mountian.

Still, 3 miles per hour is a pretty brisk pace for mountian climbing.

poo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842159)

segway riders get high (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842165)

on weed


Obvious answer (0)

Stephen Samuel (106962) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842168)

All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?"

If they'd done it on a moterbike, would they have been written up on slashdot?

What more reason does a geek need?

Astroturf? (4, Insightful)

SunPin (596554) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842169)

Any chance that this was engineered by a marketing firm? Will we see it in Mountain Dew commercials?

Re:Astroturf? (1)

heli0 (659560) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842206)

"The Segway belongs to Heritage New Hampshire, a tourist attraction in Bartlett. The drivers were employees." p/ segway_mountain

Segway hacking? (4, Interesting)

RajivSLK (398494) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842173)

If a segway can go 12.5mph up a 12-18% grade then it must have enough power to go considerably faster that it's advertised 12.5 mph top speed on flat ground.

How long until people start hacking their segways to achieve maximum speed?

Re:Segway hacking? (1)

damiam (409504) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842252)

Judging from the times they quoted, I doubt it did get 12.5mph. It probably actually got 3mph and the lazy reported wrote 12.5 cause that's what's in the product literature.

Why use a motorbike? (1)

shird (566377) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842177)

When he could have just jumped in the van that was following him? For that matter, why even go up the damn mountain in the first place?

That said, motorbikes are 'cool' and I ride one and would rather that over a damn segway anyday. :)

Short grammar lesson (2, Informative)

meowsqueak (599208) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842183)

There is a time when one may be pedantic and in some cases it can be quite interesting:

What 'begs the question' [] really means [worksafe].

You can mod me 'flamebait' or 'troll' if you like but consider this - I'm just trying to enhance and improve your grammar-life, with no money down!

Which begs the question... (1)

pr0ntab (632466) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842250)

that the American bastardized usage is any less useful as an alternative to "makes one wonder", especially since it is even catching on across the pond. []

Frankly, it's a slippery slope. First you use begging the question to discount your opponent's argument, accusing them of skirting the issue. Then the person with a weaker position uses it against you, implanting a "glossed over" proposition which is NOT in dispute, but attempting to make you look like you ignored it, or getting someone less ignorant watching a debate to side with you.

Eventually you use it to throw out onto the table any old idea that you think might have been ignored, asking a hard question, or using it deftly to change the subject.

It got that way not because of people picking up it's usage incorrectly, but by loosening the confines in which it is used to better suit poor argumenters looking for semantic wins, not factual wins.

Eventually enough people hear it being used to twist things around, and it gets it's flabby repurposing.

I'll still use it in it's original form, as it still reads correctly to an unlearned reader. They'll always be thinking to themselves, ahh, but I already know the answer to that issue, and I'll always leave a sentence in there to let them know they're right.
But don't feel you have to correct anyone, that begs the question if they care since no one else is expecting them to use these technical english thingies good either.

[OT] Short linguistics lesson (4, Insightful)

achurch (201270) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842275)

As any linguist will tell you, language changes. The dictionary is not the final word (so to speak) on word usage; real live speakers are. If the vast majority of current writers and editors say that "begs the question" means "provokes us to ask", then it does, no matter what some huffy dictionary author may try to convince you.

Re:Short grammar lesson (1)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842286)

Slashdot this is. Here you must be new, no?

It is amazing. (4, Insightful)

pr0ntab (632466) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842191)

It is amazing how difficult it is to form an intelligent response to this article.

I can understand slashdot's collective interest in all things Segway, but I think at this point there's probably nothing more that can be said about the subject.

I see this as a parallel to a prophetic article in which the Hurd is used to power the next Furby, thus sounding the death knell for both technologies.

Furby = nearly dead retired clown, and Segway = The Hurd, in case you didn't get my analogy.

It's an interesting technology looking for a market that doesn't exist. People in densely packed cities are doing just fine with inexpensive bikes. Americans like their cars. The Segway is the butt of a lot of unfunny jokes, and publicity stunts like this.

I predict that someone below this post will undoubtedly compare this to George Bush's run-in with the Segway, claiming he is less intelligent than a clown, and less fit to run the country.

Go at it slashdot. You'll only find +1 Funny posts here.

Retired Clown == John Howard (0, Flamebait)

wigam (681773) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842195)

That retired clown looks like John Howard the Prime Minister of Australia!!

Re:Retired Clown == John Howard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842217)

he looks nothing like him. he doesnt even have glasses on. what the hell are you talking about.

Re:Retired Clown == John Howard (1, Funny)

CurlyG (8268) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842226)

Ah, if only that damn clown would retire... One can but hope, I guess.

Re:Retired Clown == John Howard (1)

B747SP (179471) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842343)

That retired clown looks like John Howard the Prime Minister of Australia!!

No, if he was the real John Howard, PM of Australia, he'd be wearing a bright yellow tracksuit with 'VODAFONE' emblazoned across the front, and he'd be power walking, not riding a segway. 'course, the eyebrows do look kinda similar, don't they.

Coming out of retirement? (1)

jmt9581 (554192) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842199)

Rob Owen, a retired clown, and two other riders surged up Mount Washington at 12.5 mph, the AP reports.

Did all three of them ride the same scooter? Can a clown who rides up a mountain with two other guys on an underpowered scooter in very unpleasant weather really be called "retired"? Or is this his "coming out of retirement" show?

Good thing it's not April 1st, or else I never would have believed this. :)

Segway Riders Get High on Mount Washington (4, Funny)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842209)

"Segway Riders Get High on Mount Washington"

Personally, I think a slightly more literal interpretation of this headline would be a lot more hilarious/interesting than the real story.

Stoned Segway Rider: "Whoah, I lean and it moves and I don't fall over.....I wish I could do that on my own....."

It (1)

bob_calder (673103) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842210)

Who knows why they decided to go up a mountain. It is not the machine's fault!

The Segway allows travel at an intermediate rate - between walking and biking. As to the path issue, there is no rational reason that it couldn't re allowed on foot paths.

It is intended for places where rigid infrastructure doesn't exist. Unfortunately, the US is too rigid by far as the posts amply denonstrate. However I was referring to the road/sidewalk system. ;-)

Re:It (1)

CurlyG (8268) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842261)

It is intended for fat, rich, lazy, credulous morons.

Any imbecile riding one of these toys on a bike path anywhere near me will be receiving a gentle nudge into oncoming traffic (or off the side of the mountain).

New Segway target (2, Funny)

TACD (514008) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842219)

Hey, if they're not going to redesign cities around the Segway, maybe now they'll redesign mountains around them...

Motorbike or Motorcycle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842221)

Well, what is the difference? Or are they the same thing? I would think a motorbike is like a scooter, while a motorcycle could be an off road stunt bike or harley.

Hike it? (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842230)

All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?"

Or, here's an insane thought, why not just hike it? Even part of it?

When hiking, you can stop and smell the flowers. When Segwaying, you can stop and change your batteries.

What did they do all that time? (3, Insightful)

ttyp0 (33384) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842233)

Is anyone else confused by the fact that it took them 2 1/2 hours to go 7.6 miles at a speed of 12.5 mph? With those numbers it works out to be 36 minutes... okay, i'm a dork.

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Somebody clearly misquoted a top speed... (1)

pr0ntab (632466) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842273)

clearly the couldn't go that fast through those hairpin turns, eh?

Re:What did they do all that time? (1)

PoitNarf (160194) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842278)

'2 1/2 hours to go 7.6 miles at a speed of 12.5 mph'

Someone forgot their high school physics and the whole inclined plane thing. It's not going to maintain the same speed going up a 6% grade or whatever is was that it would if it was on a level road. Blasted gravity.

Re:What did they do all that time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842288)

they mentioned switching batteries out... not sure how long that takes. plus, i'm sure they had to stop for water breaks. don't want to get dehydrated standing on an electric scooter!

GET A BIKE!!! (1)

iCharles (242580) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842236)

In relation to an earlier query, this artical [] points out it was the auto road.

Of course, a bicycle got up in in under an hour--40% the Segway time. And to think that one day, I might be on a multi-use path, having to shout at these morons to yeild right-of-way!

Dotcom Era Fads... (2, Funny)

B747SP (179471) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842239)

Oh yeah, Segway, that's the other now dead fad that was missing from yesterday's Dotcom Era Fads [] story on Slashdot :-)

Use a bike, it's faster (1)

markw365 (185614) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842241)

I could do that climb on a bike in about an hour, and it'd be better for my cardiovascular system than a segway. Cheaper and better for you. :) Unless of course it's a $5000 ti or carbon bike then it's just better. :)

Meanwhile ... (4, Interesting)

DogIsMyCoprocessor (642655) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842243)

the fastest time running up Mount Washington is 58 minutes 20 1/2 seconds -

Mount Washington Records []

The only thing more pathetic than a clown is a clown riding up Mount Washington on a Segway.

Whoopdee-friggin-do! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842264)

Holy fucking shit! 6,288 feet! Amazing!

Christ, that isn't a fucking mountain, i wouldn't call it a foot hill. I struggle to call it a hill. Climb a real fucking mountain some day.

this story would have been more interesting if a clown car with like 20 clowns went up there and we had some video of them all filing out of a volkswagon bug, or something.

What is this doing on /.??????? (1)

pkoduru (671692) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842274)

Has anyone rated the topic??? It isn't supposedly an informative nor a good Joke... what is it doing on /.???? ... Well I was pretty bored hearing segway.. segway.. it ain't future.. it is just the gap between guys who can't accept technology (of plasma engines, or fuel cells) and the a techno freak who wants everything from his condom to milk done with electricity.... Come on guys.. in next 50 years this is going to be the worst invention ever..

Speaking of retired clowns (1)

HidingMyName (669183) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842276)

We had aa retired clown as a teacher in middle school, and pound for pound he was probably the strongest guy there (we had an ex U.S. football player, he was definitely the strongest). If you go to a circus and watch what the clowns do, they are often very athletic. Still it is kind of a strange stunt they did.

All this begs the question: (1)

MKalus (72765) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842277)

Why not use a bicycle?

What is "endurance" about doing this on a Segway?

Or am I just missing something here?

every day (1)

skydude_20 (307538) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842279)

i scale these altitudes and more, everyday, no biggie,
but then again, i do live in Colorado

heh (1)

smash (1351) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842285)

All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?"
Because motorbikes are actually *cool*.


Re:heh (1)

Kadagan AU (638260) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842335)

Why not buy a motorbike you ask? Well, here's why:

Dick's pain and effort won't go without reward. In addition to the obvious glory and inevitable fame associated with riding a scooter, Dick and his two companions will receive a bumper sticker.

The bumper sticker makes Dick's pain all worthwhile =D

Retired Clown? (1)

Bocaj (84920) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842290)

Doesn't seem to have retired just yet.

Battery replacement logistics (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842293)

How did they get the extra batteries up there?

Exercise: if you had to do this with nothing but Segways to carry the batteries, how many would you need?

Not the question I had in mind... (4, Funny)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842304)

"All of which begs the question, why not buy a motorbike?"

No, it begs the question "What the heck is this doing on the front page?" I can see how the Segway was at one point an interesting piece of technology when it first came out, but that was a long time ago. It's less "technology" and more "silly fad." I would sooner expect an article about who is going to win such-and-such "reality TV" show than this on Slashdot. What next, world's larget pet rock collection?

Heck, if anything the Segway is a shining example on exactly why the bottom fell out of the 90's IT economy. And the fact that mention of it still makes headlines in Slashdot demonstrates that people in the 21st century are still just as gullible and short-sighted as they were ten years ago.

What an achievement! (0, Troll)

sco08y (615665) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842310)


The most inspiring part of this is that they did it on a gay little scooter.

Mt. Washington Auto Race(hillclimb) (5, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842311)

Slightly off topic, but this might be of interest to readers tonight, so what the hell!

This reminded me of the Mt. Washington Auto Road Race. To be a little more on-topic, one year they had a Geo Metro electric car 'do' the race- it looked really funny, because both driver and 'navigator' were required to wear helmets since it was a sanctioned race. Unlike some of the 600hp cars, the starter didn't exactly have to jump out of the way with them).

The hillclimb is the US's oldest motorsport event, believe it or not- however, it's also one of the most troubling. Despite attracting a healthy crowd every year, Audi pulled sponsorship after Frank Sprongl(driving an Audi S2 rally car) stopped winning, despite numerous VW and Audi entries.

The final straw for Audi, sponsorship-wise, was most likely the guy in the Legend car(motorcycle engine, 4 wheels, micro-sized chassis) who went off, clipped a rock, and was pulled from his car by a 16 year old cornerworker, right before the car burst into flames from a severed fuel line(the engine compartment was severed from the car by the rock). Long ago Audi had stopped their factory rally teams after a slew of deaths in the Group B category in various rallies; Piesch, now head of Volkswagon Audi Grouppe, declared at the time that he "never wanted to see rings stamped on a spectator's chest". Audi of America management were probably sneaking the Mt. Washington race under the radar of the parent company, but all that changed with the big crash(the kid even got a medal from the Governor).

Another factor is that Audi now considers rallying a been-there-done-that(Audi dominated rallying in the early 80's with the first Quattro Coupes and Sport Quattros), no-longer-cool kinda deal; their customer base just doesn't care, or so they think; guys who drive A8's don't like hanging out in the rain watching cars go by throwing rocks into their faces; they like sitting in a hospitality tent in cool comfort. So that's why Audi threw themselves into LeMans and ALMS(American LeMans Series), along with the Speedvision(er, SPEED Channel) SpeedGT(S4's, last year) and ProGT(RS6's, this year) races.

Mt. Washington management has given a variety of excuses for not continuing the race; first it was Audi, because they couldn't find another sponsor(rumor was they were looking for 1 million- an ABSURD amount of sponsorship money; it may be the oldest motorsports events, but it's also one of the lowest profile). Then it was because the road needed resurfacing(although honestly, having driven it myself three times as well, it WAS getting really bad). Then it was because the lodge, which had absolutely nothing to do with the race, burned to the ground and was 'behind schedule' on being rebuilt, or some such nonsense.

There are rumors going around that the race will continue next year. The local region of the Audi Club of America might attend(as it has for many, many years- we were the yahoos with all the Audis parked to the left of the starting area). Depending upon how solid the Audi+VW marques are represented, I'll be there- our little sub-event is a great family affair and I've always enjoyed myself; it's pretty gosh darn cheap, and getting there and back is half the fun(there are some GREAT roads in the area). Spectators can do whatever floats their boat- you can go up to any of several points on the mountain via van to watch the races(warning- you're limited as to when you can get back down!), you can hike the mountain(not for the inexperienced), you can watch from the start line and see trap speeds etc...and you can also watch from a nice point that's just a few minute's hike and gives you about 20 second's view per car.

The basic idea, if you're wondering, is simply to get up the mountain as absolutely fast as possible. Frank Sprongl was a regular winner, but his S2 is no longer competitive against some of the cars that started showing up- Jerry Driscoll(sp?) kept building meaner+meaner purpose-built tube-frame cars with insane engines in 'em until he started winning, despite not having all wheel drive(which is a MAJOR advantage, to the point that it's a seperate class in any sanctioned rally).

puff puff pass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6842325)

Wonder if being up that high affected their "high" at all....

(lovin' the article titles lately)

But the IMPORTANT question is... (1)

bourne (539955) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842331)

Did they get bumper stickers that say This Segway climbed Mt. Washington?

Why? Ya ain't from around here, are ya? (5, Informative)

babbage (61057) | more than 11 years ago | (#6842332)

Segway / DEKA Research [] is a New Hampshire company.

Mount Washington [] is the highest point in New Hampshire (or New England for that matter, but not -- as is commonly believed around here -- the highest point on the US east coast: that title goes to North Carolina's Mount Mitchell [] ).

As a popular landmark & attraction, Mount Washington has great appeal in New England. The "This car climbed Mt. Washington!" [] bumper stickers are ubiquitous, and driving up the mountain's wind-swept road [] in the family minivan or station wagon has been a rite of passage for generations of New Englanders.

That is why they had to drive Segways up the mountain. This is a New England transportation invention, but that just wouldn't be complete without the obligatory drive up Mount Washington.

The real question is whether or not the Segways they took up the mountain have any space for the bumper sticker :-)

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