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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Segway - Fun off road!

On Saturday I got the chance to have a go on a Segway. Electric bikes are legal on the road and are classed as a bicycle but a Segway is only legal on private land.

Nevertheless I thought it would be fun to have a try, and the opportunity arose on Saturday whilst I was in Scotland. Balance has never been a strong point of mine, I am fine on a bike but other balance type activities often see me sprawling on the ground.

I was a little apprehensive to start with but there was some excellent instruction on how to get on and off, and how to start and stop!

Once I got going I was off! It was very easy to steer and control the speed by leaning. The ones at the event were speed restricted as it was only a small arena and everyone was a novice.

They did however have a timed lap competition in aid of the local hospital radio - despite my best efforts I am sorry to say I was not a winner.

After my ride I was discussing Segways and Electric Bikes with one of the organisers and as I was "in the trade" he de-restricted one and let me have a go behind the arena - brilliant!

The Segways at the event were provided by SegwayEcosse who operate them on forest trails at Blair Castle. They were brilliant fun for zooming about off road.

How would I compare Segways to electric bikes as a transport solution?
Well, Segways are not currently legal on UK roads whereas an electric bike is, and I think that for distances I would much rather be sitting on a bike than standing on a Segway. But for occasional off road fun, yes, I think would go to a centre where I could have another go.