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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