Saturday, May 28, 2005 8:35 PM
So I went to ride S:ROS again at SFA this time in the front seat, and I definitely had a better ride then the last. But, I honestly don't think I ever want to ride this again because of how the ride attendants deal with the guests. I'm sorry, but I don't want a metal pole shoved into my crotch everytime I ride. I can deal with the seatbelt being tightened to extremes, but I find the lapbar situation to be simply unacceptable. There has got to be a better way–perhaps redesign the lapbar to come in from the sides, instead of between your legs.
Listen, I'm very sensitive to what happened last year on S:ROS at SFNE, but it's gotten to the point where the coaster is no longer fun for me, and isn't that the whole point? I had more fun on Steel Force at DP last weekend since I actually had room to move.
Make this one Intamin I'm no longer a fan of.
p.s. Why is it that so many rides (which are probably mostly designed by men) are so male unfriendly? I don't get it.
Ride of Steel
Saturday, May 28, 2005 8:47 PM
I know, I agree. It's not so much that the S:ROS's hurt my crotch but it's the shin guards. I feel 'claustrophobic' when I can't move my legs forward or back. It drives me crazy. If I could just have my feet at a comfortable level it would work fine.
The Superman restraints now look so poorly designed. You just look at them and you are like "what were they thinking when they came up with these?"
I don't know why they are so concerned about Superman, I mean a week after Superman opened with all the new safety restrictions, a 300+ lb woman was allowed to ride Predator who took up nearly 2 seats even with the seat divider. She wasn't really sitting, she was just sorta leaning on the seat.
I think that everything would be fine with the new computer system they have, if they would get rid of the stupid shin guards and metal things. Those aren't allowing larger people to rid, it's not giving anyone an advantage, so whats the point?
Dragster's seats are PERFECT. Roomy enough to allow MOST people to ride, and the lapbar has a contoured design to allow a more comfortable position.
I'm glad my MF and TTD haven't been ruined like the SROS sisters have..
Saturday, May 28, 2005 8:54 PM
I love the way the lapbar is on superman. what i dont like is those STUPID things that come across your legs. all they do it put huge bruises on your legs. But the absolute worst part ever about Superman is that every single time you ride(and i have at the very least 50 laps on Supes) is they staple you. they get some big fat sumo wrestler to come sit on your lap bar till you cant breathe. Its horrible.
I loved my rides on millenium force. I had lots of room and I didn't have those stupid shin guards.
Like I said I love the way the restraints are.
Saturday, May 28, 2005 9:45 PM
For the past few years I have had to squeeze into any coaster except a beemer. I have broad shoulders, a size 15 shoe and long legs. I dont know how I fit onto half the rides I do. As far as the Supermans go, or intamin steel rides as a whole, I am always stapled in and squatting. It's the most uncomfortable seat I have been on. Worse than the standup bicycle seats.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 7:04 PM
Meh, I can think of a lot of things about SFA to be angry over, and S:ROS isn't one of them. Granted, I haven't seen the new restraints, but that's what happens when a park's operations disappoint you one too many times.
Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:32 PM
I don't enjoy the new restraints, but they really don't bother me that much either. It doesn't effect my enjoyment of the ride. SFNE's SROS is still my favorite coaster with or without the new restraints.
Monday, May 30, 2005 12:09 AM
Does anyone have any pics of these shingaurds? I've never seen them before.
Monday, May 30, 2005 12:43 AM
I really don't find the new restraints that bad, and I haven't had any major stapling problems including my 2 trips to the park this year. Note that my definition of stapling applies only to restraints that are pushed so far as to be painful or restrict breathing. It does not apply to restraints that are snug. I do suspect that the restraints may be less comfortable for those considerably larger than my 5'8" height.
Yes, I do think that the trains could use a significant redesign, but new, really well designed restraints might only be possible if entirely new trains are built.
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:31 AM
Geewhzz, I do have a pic. You can see it at the link below. The pic was taken just the same week that S:RoS opened back up from the accident at SFNE. BUT I must first warn you (before I get jumped)that you must log in and have an account to see the pics.
Monday, May 30, 2005 9:40 AM
Here is a decent view of them. http://www.rcdb.com/ig541.htm?picture=15
Monday, May 30, 2005 12:06 PM
Almost everyone so far has missed the point. I wasn't complaining about the shin guards (ok, I'm not a big fan of them), or the seat (which is still fine by me). What I was complaining about is the heavy metal pole connected to the lapbar which gets shoved all the way into my genitals. I'm 5'8", am under 150lbs., and have a 32"waist. That translates to mean that I have no gut to provide any distance between me and the lapbar. If I had a gut, they wouldn't be able to push the lapbar down as far, and I don't think I'd be as uncomfortable. I was at least 12 pounds heavier last year and had a gut when I rode at S:ROS @ SFNE last year and don't recall having the same problem, except I didn't like the seatbelt digging into my stomach. So there's one negative with going to the gym:)
Monday, May 30, 2005 1:41 PM
That metal post has been redesigned on the later designs of Intamin sit downs. See http://www.coasterclub.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=55&pos=54
and note that the top part of the metal support/post thing is angled inwards. This means the lapbar touches your lap before the post hits your wotsits.
Ride of Steel
Monday, May 30, 2005 2:02 PM
That's a great new design they have, ride Dragster and then ride MF and you'll notice the difference. I've never really had a problem with the lapbar hitting my crotch but I could see where it could be an issue.
BATWING FAN SFA
Monday, May 30, 2005 2:51 PM
I can see what you mean when you had the lap bar stapled into your crotch.....same thing happened to me last week when I was at the park.
The good thing is that the secondary belts have been removed which increases the loading speed,although not by much.
Monday, May 30, 2005 4:00 PM
I haven't had this problem with the lap bar upright. Maybe I should cancel my diet, so I don't get it.