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Old 03-18-2017, 09:45 PM   #1
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Just saw my first youtube video promoting Segway tours that use Mini Pros. Pretty funny since they are such little things. I image the tour operator following along on a full size Segway with a pair of mini pros strapped on the fenders to swap out if needed.

They were charging $25 for the 90min tour. Value would be the quality of the guide. Is that the going rate for full size?
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Just saw my first youtube video promoting Segway tours that use Mini Pros. Pretty funny since they are such little things. I image the tour operator following along on a full size Segway with a pair of mini pros strapped on the fenders to swap out if needed.

They were charging $25 for the 90min tour. Value would be the quality of the guide. Is that the going rate for full size?
How about when one of them fails and like a resent poster, takes a header and breaks there arm?
With out redundancy this is far more dangerous than a bike!

I will bet this owner has no idea the danger till its to late!
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Just saw my first youtube video promoting Segway tours that use Mini Pros. Pretty funny since they are such little things. I image the tour operator following along on a full size Segway with a pair of mini pros strapped on the fenders to swap out if needed.

They were charging $25 for the 90min tour. Value would be the quality of the guide. Is that the going rate for full size?
Where is this tour? And can you provide the link to the youtube video, please?
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How about when one of them fails and like a resent poster, takes a header and breaks there arm?
With out redundancy this is far more dangerous than a bike!

I will bet this owner has no idea the danger till its to late!
Always a possibility. Lots of people wear helmets and wrist guards on Mini Pros just in case.

I am sure it will look just like a full size segway crash. Like the video of the lady going to cross the street, on a tour, who clipped a bullard and went down. Or the camera guy, crossing a football field on a x2 segway (no handlebars), who ran over a football and went down.

I worry more about novices and the smaller Mini Pro's wheels. They aren't as smooth over obstacles, pavement heaves, roadside gutters. etc. Without ever riding a big segway, I think there would be more platform pitching and unexpected movements on a mini pro due to the 10" wheels.
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I will repeat what I said.....There is no redundancy and these are far more dangerous than a original Segway....

If you dont get a warning how do you know your going head first over it?

YOU DONT!


Please look at this thread. http://forums.segwaychat.org/showthread.php?t=34957
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Where is this tour? And can you provide the link to the youtube video, please?
First I saw it. However, it looks like the business has been going for a little while. Other videos have their earlier offers. They say minipro right on the video but I bet lots of people wouldn't know it is not the big segway since it looks the same with the handlebar kit.

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Always a possibility. Lots of people wear helmets and wrist guards on Mini Pros just in case.

I am sure it will look just like a full size segway crash.
I kinda doubt it. Crashes on Segway tours are fairly rare because they are so much easier to ride - They rent them to 65 and 70 year old customers . . . . I can't imagine that with Mino-Pros. It's a recipe for disaster if they try

2 hour Seg tours in most cities are $60 to $90 depending on what else is included. We paid $75 in Nashville and the tour included entrance to 3 museums. We were novices then and had never set foot on a Seg and our tour guide was excellent!! She made sure we didn't ever get into a situation that might result in a dismount. Helmets are mandatory on every tour we've seen

I would guess Mini-Pro 'incidents' might be described as 'crashes' some quite possibly with injuries, whereas most Seg incidents would be better described as 'dismounts' where the operator doesn't always wind up on the ground. I think the odds of a face plant would be much greater on a Mini just because of the difference in the machines

Anyway, good luck to them with the Mini tours - I hope they make enough money to cover their insurance payments!

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I will repeat what I said.....There is no redundancy and these are far more dangerous than a original Segway....

If you dont get a warning how do you know your going head first over it?

YOU DONT!


Please look at this thread. http://forums.segwaychat.org/showthread.php?t=34957

I saw it. Fair enough that the lack of redundancy is a big issue for some people. I don't think it is far more dangerous. I don't worry about that specific failure mode when I ride.

I might have second thoughts if it shuts down and I spill my coffee
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They seem to require a bunch of stuff before letting folks ride:

https://www.segintown.com/4dptdcp

(Number 5 of those lets me out - I don't have a smartphone).

And then, I'm confident that they require that folks sign a legal form saying they understand it's dangerous, and they won't sue the company.
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I kinda doubt it. Crashes on Segway tours are fairly rare because they are so much easier to ride - They rent them to 65 and 70 year old customers . . . . I can't imagine that with Mino-Pros. It's a recipe for disaster if they try

2 hour Seg tours in most cities are $60 to $90 depending on what else is included. We paid $75 in Nashville and the tour included entrance to 3 museums. We were novices then and had never set foot on a Seg and our tour guide was excellent!! She made sure we didn't ever get into a situation that might result in a dismount. Helmets are mandatory on every tour we've seen

I would guess Mini-Pro 'incidents' might be described as 'crashes' some quite possibly with injuries, whereas most Seg incidents would be better described as 'dismounts' where the operator doesn't always wind up on the ground. I think the odds of a face plant would be much greater on a Mini just because of the difference in the machines

Anyway, good luck to them with the Mini tours - I hope they make enough money to cover their insurance payments!

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That price seems good. I never encountered a tour company so I never tried one but thought it would be cool.

I don't see how mini pro tours will work given how cheap mini pros are to own. And, they are just not as capable as the big expensive segways.

I figure mini pro wrecks would look like the ladies at :23, 2:05, and 2:22.




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