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May 07, 2011

Romance/Getaway Series - Segway of Richmond

About Segway of Richmond:
Segway of Richmond is now open in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Located in the historic Columbian Building in Shockoe Slip, Segway of Richmond brings a full line of world-class personal transporters for guided tours of downtown Richmond, Segway rentals and individual purchase.

Take a Tour. See the sights and learn some history with your own guide and a short lesson.

Rent a Segway for an hour or a week, go explore on your own after a short lesson.

Buy a Segway. Be green and glide the machine to work or around the city, at the beach, or on the farm.

Build the Team. A great team building activity for your next off-site. Call them to schedule.

Segway® PTs are environmentally friendly short-distance transportation alternatives. Because they're battery operated, you can save thousands on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and parking. Recharging the batteries costs about what you would spend on a daily newspaper.

My Thoughts:
I had seen people riding Segways around Philadelphia, Annapolis or around the mall like in the movie "Mall Cop," but I never thought I would have the guts to try them myself.  I'll be the first to admit that these look like fun, but the concept of the Segway made me nervous, and when I found out they don't have brakes I was thinking "What have I gotten myself into?"...but...that didn't last long.

Segway of Richmond had a great guide named Buzz, and he took time to train each of us individually, and he was committed to making sure each individual on the tour felt 100% comfortable on the Segway before our tour started. We probably spent about 15-20 minutes just practicing on the Segways, and it's not as hard as you may think.

The concept of the Segway is that it runs based on pressure. If you put pressure on your toes you move forward. If you place pressure on your heals you move backward. If you are level and balanced then you won't move at all....pretty easy concept to grasp.  Once on the Segway I felt very comfortable and caught on quickly, as did everyone else in our tour group.

The Advantages of this Segway Tour:
1. A truly unique way to see the sights - Richmond Capitol building (above), St. Paul's Church, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Canal Walk and more.
2. Informative and entertaining
3. The tour provides you with some amazing photo opportunities around the city of Richmond
4. Getting to enjoy the great outdoors while participating in this tour (unlike a bus/car tour)

The Disadvantages of this Segway Tour:
1. If the weather doesn't cooperate you could get rained out
2. Since the Segway is operated based on the concept of pressure, it does put pressure on your feet and joints and could cause back/joint pain after awhile (at least for me it did), so this may not be the best option for someone with medical problems/joint issues

Regardless of the disadvantages I would definitely book a Segway tour again in the future. It was so much fun, and one of the highlights of our time in VA. I think that children and adults would both enjoy this tour!

For more information or to book a tour, visit:
Many thanks for Chad for this amazing opportunity!!!

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