Segway Skis

One of the most amazing things to me, in the field of personal transportation, is that so many exciting new designs are drafted and yet nobody has managed to substantially improve on the design of the bicycle.

For example, this little number from Nissan. It looks like someone left a NordicTrack and a pair of old rental roller skates alone in the dark with some Barry White playing. But at least it’s ridiculously slow and cumbersome.

Props for thinking outside the box, but really, put this idea back in there. Okay?

20 Responses to “Segway Skis”

  1. Pitt says:

    4 km/h? I can crawl that fast. Seriously. Its ungainly and overly complex, but in its defense it’ll probably be somewhat cheaper than a Segway. Of course, I could probably buy a Wartburg cheaper than I could buy a Crosley, but that doesn’t make either a desireable automobile.

  2. BrianN says:

    Someone should point out to these guys that most of us already possess a highly effective and efficient personal mobility system that runs on a wide variety of renewable hydrocarbon sources.

  3. Adam says:

    I agree with BrianN, What is the point of a device that underpreforms my current mobility system(read as legs). Pitt your an engineer, wouldn’t you use your legs as a benchmark and try to come up with something to improve upon them?

  4. Kevin says:

    @ Matt

    A bike is a collection of simple machines all working together in a physics calculation nightmare.

    I believe the bicycle has been improved upon both in materials and specialization: a bmx bike serves a far different purpose than a road or mountain bike. But the base design of a double triangle frame, two wheels, handle bars, seat, drive system has existed almost since the beginning. (Hobbyhorse minus drive train).

    Half the stuff on that site seems to be “doing it because we can” not really coming up with anything “new”. Some of that tech and improvements will trickle there way down into something useful at some point

  5. Kevin says:

    @ Pitt

    Can you replace Adam’s legs with something better? I’ll get the ether…

  6. Pitt says:

    *furiously working away at Solidworks*

    I’m getting there. Yeah, Adam, I’d probably use current SOTA as a benchmark. I can walk at 3-4 mph for a long, long time. So can most people. Bicycles are great, and no, there haven’t really been any improvements to the basic concept- just variations on a theme, really. But so it goes. Cars still run on ICE’s, who’s basic cycle goes like:

    Suck
    Squeeze
    Bang
    Blow

    And so it has gone for the last 100+ years. But we suck better, squeeze harder, bang more effectively, and blow more efficiently than we ever have in the past.

  7. matt says:

    “Mr. Chairman, why should we give GM eleventy billion dollars in bailout funding?”

    “Well, we suck better, squeeze harder, bang more effectively, and blow more efficiently than we ever have in the past.”

    “You make an excellent point. Let me get my giant marker and huge cardboard checks. We need room for a lot of zeros.”

  8. Pitt says:

    Matt, be honest: Did you type out “…we suck better…” et al or did you simply cut and paste it?

  9. BrianN says:

    @Pitt

    At first I thought it was the 2010 Honda element.

  10. matt says:

    @Pitt

    I cut and pasted it, of course. That’s what we used to call a “Twist-n-Quote” back in the day… using a quote from an earlier post in the middle of a new one. Usually the context is changed, though.

  11. Pitt says:

    matt, you’re so old school, you’re the computer equivalent of a car geek driving a ’49 Plymouth on the Autobahn. Backwards.

    @BrianN,

    It was the prototype test mule for the new Element, but the focus groups decided it was too rounded and aerodynamic.

  12. Pitt says:

    By the way, see whoever is going to the Bull Roast tomorrow at the old McQ! What’s the dress code? Tie and sport coat? 😉

  13. Kevin says:

    @ Brian

    What you got against the Element? I test drove one a while back, it is still on the short list of cars I’d like to get (now coming up with the cash flow…)

  14. Pitt says:

    @Kevin,

    Yes, but you now drive a Ponticrap Ass-tek. That pretty much makes your taste in autocars “bad”. However, much like nearly every GM product ever made, an Ass-tek will run poorly longer than most cars run at all. I’ve heard of those GM pushrod V-6 engines going over 300,000 miles with minimal maintenance. Of course, none of the gauges will work, the electric windows will be stuck halfway down, big blue clouds of smoke will belch from the tailpipe, and the brakes will grind furiously at the slightest pedal pressure. But at least it will still run.

    In fairness, I actually sort of like what Honda’s done with the new Elements. The Pontiac-style body cladding has been lost, and it looks pretty utilitarian. I’ve even heard the stick-shift equipped models been described as “fun” to “drive”. And there aren’t really many vehicles in its segment. The new xB (‘B’ for ‘Box’?) is bigger and roundier than the original, and I like the original better. Suzuki’s XRS4 (or whatever they call it) is supposed to be a pretty decent small ute, too. But I think the Element would come out on top, were I in the market for a newer car in that segment.

  15. Kevin says:

    @ Pitt

    That is along my line of thinking: utilitarian. I want something I can haul stuff in that is not a pickup. The way the back seats not only fold flat, but also up to the sides if you need to move something larger, and they remove so you can toss bikes and misc crap in the back.

    Plus I like that squared look, minus the old school mad max Pontiac body armor. Hey a cube holds the most volume or something right?

    That is what I like about the ‘tek. I can take out those seats and haul many stuff. This is something I see severely lacking in any of the vehicles that we have been looking at recently.

  16. Pitt says:

    You could always go retro with a Child Rapist Van or something.

  17. BrianN says:

    @Kevin

    I was just pointing out the box-like styling. I know the engineers at Honda had a conversation like “hey, I hear people like boxes. Yeah, who doesn’t like boxes. You know I think people want to drive a car their 2 year old can draw.”

  18. matt says:

    @BrianN

    When the Element came out, I read an article that said their biggest potential target market was unemployed recent college graduates who had moved back in with their parents. That was the main focus of the marketing campaign for the vehicle.

  19. Pitt says:

    @matt, I heard that too. Marketting a vehicle towards the unemployed? Apparently that = win?

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