Riding the SEGFREE
Now that the SEGFREE kit and Segway® base are one, and the completed product is
properly fitted to the individual rider, it is time to ride! There are some basic steps the
rider should take to familiarize him or herself to the unique riding style of the SEGFREE . The
SEGFREE is an incredible device, but not a toy. It needs to be respected as such. Pay
careful heed to the warnings and instructions given in the Segway® and SEGFREE manuals.
Follow all Segway® Inc. and SEGFREE safety guidelines when riding an SEGFREE . Wear a
helmet – seriously – this is particularly critical in your first rides and as you become
familiar with riding the SEGFREE . For your first ride with the SEGFREE , start on a flat
surface withgood traction, and ensure that there are no obstacles overhead or near the wheels.
Besure the Segway® is in the “Beginner” mode (as indicated with a “Turtle” on the
controller). Be sure that you have followed the Adjustments Section of this manual prior
to Riding. Failure to do so can result in an un-centered position of the rider and risk of
injury.
Mounting, Riding, and Dismounting
Video Instructions are at ALLYchair.com and on the included DVD. You MUST be
familiar with the operation of your Segway® PT, and have read the Segway® and SEGFREE
manuals and viewed the Segway® Safety video that comes with your Segway® and
ALLY Safety video - BEFORE riding the SEGFREE .
CAUTION: Do not allow others to ride the SEGFREE . The SEGFREE is not a toy. Each
ridermust be properly informed on SEGFREE safety and riding procedures and the SEGFREE
must beadjusted for each individual rider.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to ride on challenging terrain until properly informed and
experienced in riding the SEGFREE .
CAUTION: Only mount or dismount on a level surface.
CAUTION: Before deploying or retracting the Stabilizers, always place a hand on a solid
surface or get a spotter for added balance.
CAUTION: Be pedestrian friendly. This means that travel should be limited to the same
speed and flow as pedestrian traffic. Leave sufficient space for safe, controlled stops
and maneuvering.
1. Prior to mounting, be sure the Stabilizers are deployed. Do this by lifting the
Stabilizer Lever until it locks into position before mounting. Approximately 17
pounds (7.7 kg) of pull and push is required to operate the stabilizer lever.
2. Be sure the Segway® is “On” and in the “Beginner” mode (as indicated with a
“Turtle” on the controller).
3. Mount the SEGFREE and securely fasten the seat belt.
4. Place one hand on a solid surface and in one swift motion, fully retract the
Stabilizers by pressing down on the Stabilizer Lever. CAUTION: Slow or partial
retraction of the Stabilizers can leave the SEGFREE unbalanced and lead to falls and
injury.
HINT: The SEGFREE is least stable when the Segway® has just been turned on and
is in the “Standby” mode and the first stabilizer retraction is performed. The rider
will be fine if they follow the preceding instructions. Another option is to cycle the
stabilizer lever one time before mounting which puts the Segway® into “Riderless
Balance Mode”.
5. Slowly lean forward. The SEGFREE will begin to travel slowly forward.
6. Slowly lean backward. The SEGFREE will come to a stop.
7. Slowly lean backward. The SEGFREE will begin to travel backwards.
8. Slowly lean forward. The SEGFREE will come to stop.
9. Press the steering lever to the left. The SEGFREE will turn in place to the left.
Approximately 7 pounds (3.2 kg) of pressure left and right is required to steer the
SEGFREE .
10. Press the steering lever to the right. The SEGFREE will turn in place to the right.
11. Find level, solid ground.
12. Deploy the Stabilizers by placing one hand on a solid surface and, in one swift
motion, pull UP on the Stabilizer Lever with the other. The SEGFREE is now safely
stationary. Place one hand on a solid surface and, in one swift motion, fully
retract the Stabilizers by pressing DOWN on the Stabilizer Lever. Do this several
times with a spotter until you are comfortable with this function of the SEGFREE .
13. To dismount, come to a stop. Deploy the Stabilizers by placing one hand on a
solid surface and, in one swift motion, pull UP on the Stabilizer Lever with the
other until the Stabilizers lock into position. Dismount of the SEGFREE . CAUTION:
Do not deploy the stabilizers on loose or uneven surfaces.
14. Practice mounting and dismounting with a trusted friend. CAUTION: Be aware
that in the case of an emergency shut down, the rider has approximately 10
seconds to deploy the Stabilizers or dismount before the machine shuts down,
and falls over.
15. “Beginner” mode (as indicated with a “Turtle” on the controller) should be used
until the rider becomes familiar with the SEGFREE and comfortable with travel.
Tips for riding the SEGFREE
• When on a slope, the Segway® will tend to turn to face downhill.
• It is best to travel directly uphill or downhill as opposed to cross-slope.
• While traveling cross-slope, turn the Steering Handle to the uphill
direction to maintain a straight line of travel. (For example, if the uphill
side is to the left while the rider is attempting to travel cross slope, the
rider turns the Steering Handle to the left to maintain a straight line of
cross-slope travel.) Practice on a gentle slope to become comfortable
with this technique. CAUTION: The SEGFREE will not handle as steep of side
slopes as the un-modified Segway® i2.
• Do not ride the SEGFREE in the dark, on loose gravel, or in high winds, icy,
snowy, slushy, or wet conditions.
• The Segway® does not stop instantly. It floats to a stop as you shift your
weight opposite to the direction of travel. Be aware at all times to give
yourself room to stop before obstacles and drop-offs.
• If at any time, the Infokey displays an error warning, stop, deploy the
stabilizers, contact your Segway® dealer, and cease riding the SEGFREE .
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