Striking The Balance: The Workings Of A Segway
At first glance, Segways might not seem all that extraordinary, with some people describing them as mere 'glorified scooters.'
But in actual fact, Segways are ingenious pieces of kit and a lot of science goes into developing them.
Packed away in the base, hidden from view, are clever computers, sophisticated sensors and smart motors which keep the Segway upright when it's switched on. As for the controls and navigation, well, that's down to you...the rider!
How do you operate a Segway?
Successfully operating a Segway involves mastering the art of balance tightrope walkers do it, ballerinas do it; and if you've ever embarked on a Tree Top Adventure at Go Ape, you've had to do it! As the saying goes, it's simple once you know how!
Lean forward (not too much, now) and the clever gyroscopic sensors within the Segway pick up changes in pitch angle and, as a result, move the wheels forward to maintain balance. The same goes if you need to reverse; i.e., if you overshot a forest trail at Go Ape and find yourself a little too close to a tree (*gulp*)!
Of course, as well as going backwards and forwards, you'll want to navigate left and right which is done by moving the handlebar in the desired direction. When travelling forward, leaning forward will pick up the pace and if you start going a bit too fast for your liking, just lean back! Segway with Go Ape!
Now you know all about the tech behind Segways, do you fancy having a go on one? If the answer's 'yes,' then why not pay a visit to Go Ape for a totally unique, forest-themed Segway adventure?
When it comes to cruising around on a self-balancing Segway, there really is no better setting than in the heart of a beautiful forest. Immersed in a sea of green, you'll weave your way in and out of the trees with your tribe, listening to the birds chirping, breathing in that fresh forest air while watching numerous species of wildlife go about their merry way.
A Forest Segway experience is a fun-for-all activity. If you aren't a fan of heights, or have swung with us so many times you've lost count, it provides a good alternative to a Tree Top Adventure (though, we also recommend facing up to your fears by heading into the canopy).
Or, you might choose to treat yourself and your tribe to the ultimate Go Ape day out by combining both adventures go on, you deserve it!Worried you won't be able to balance? Worry no more! Before we let you roam free in the forest, a skilled member of the Go Ape tribe will teach you the tricks and make sure you've nailed the controls.
A Segway experience costs just £35 for 60 minutes, and is the perfect chance to put your feet up and explore the wonders of the forest in a fun and totally unique way!