Lap-bars for SLC

Tuesday, June 12, 2001 1:11 PM
This is a radical idea, but ponder it. With ne trains, why wouldn't it work. It certainly would save Serial Thriller.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 1:53 PM
how would you get lapbars on a SLC, i'd rather have Dutchman style OTSR

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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 1:54 PM
On any style of inverted coaster, the lapbar would have to be mounted above. I think when you board, you better watch your head!

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Everybodys got something to hide except for me and my monkey!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 2:01 PM
Just get some industrial strength versions of these...

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/features/iaapa2000/gallery/img.asp?img=ia00carisuspended.jpg
http://www.coasterbuzz.com/features/iaapa2000/gallery/img.asp?img=ia00setswing2.jpg

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Six Flags America? No, no! My name means "Sarcasm-For-All"
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 2:20 PM
those are great pics. a pretty cool idea too. it would provide much more freedom on a style of ride that already has a lot of freedom. it would work assuming that the ride itself worked normally. once you get into the train slowing and stopping upside down you might have problems. one good thing about otsr is that you can't get out even if you try. lap bars are much easier to get out of. and even if nobody fell out accidently, the rescue crews would have a very hard time trying to get the people off safely. when a human is in trouble they will hurt, not purposly mind you, another human if they think it will help them. lifegurads have to learn certain holds to keep a victim from drowning both of them. think of a frantic person pushing and grabbing rescue crews several stories in the air.

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this park is not copless so please don't go topless
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 3:05 PM
They did it on Flight of Fear, I think it should be done on every coaster!

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Shivering Timbers- for the love of Michigan's Adventure, just ride it.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 3:17 PM
How do you get lap bars on an inverted coaster ?
I've thought over it before and it seems hard to figure out. but they could be conected to the side of the cars, and you pull it down.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 8:22 PM
I realize that most skiiers don't realize this, but...it just so happens that most ski lifts have, have had, or could have lap bars on them (I realize that on many, they have been removed).
I see no reason why a lap bar couldn't be connected to the usual overhead pivot point. Do away with the armrests on the sides of the car and integrate those into the lap bar...so you pull the bar down and it serves as both lap bar and armrest. Setpoint has a pretty good design, but I don't know if their car is designed in such a way that it will secure an inverted rider. It wouldn't take a whole lot to do that, though...the trick is to make certain that the body is forced to remain in a sitting position (you won't come out unless you straighten out). That can be accomplished by making the seat a little deeper, and possibly by making the lap bar fairly deep (front to back).

Dave has a sudden thought. You wonder how you might attach a lap bar to an inverted coaster seat? Try this for inspiration: Make a visit to your local Toys-R-Us store or any other store that sells baby goods, and take a look at the kiddie seats they sell for cars. Many of those have lap bars on them; notice how they handle the mounting (ignore the fact that most also have shoulder belts on them... :) ).

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 8:26 PM

i hope they are really putting lap bars on chiller, that would be dope!!!!!
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Steven
www.sixflagsnews.com
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Tuesday, June 12, 2001 8:31 PM
isnt there the risk of falling out?? you have nothing to hold you in.. especially when you go thru inversions
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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 3:43 AM
The inversions wouldn't be any differant than FOF. Look at MF's trains, it is almost impossible to get out of those. Look at Serial Thriller at Geauga Lake. The coaster cost ten million. The ride is always a walk on, except for Fright Fest and very RARE instances. Most of the reason for the low ridership is the head-banging. Some enthusisasts complain about people who complain about "rough" rides", but even they think SLC's are too rough. I think lap bars are possible and make the rides much more enjoyable.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2001 5:14 AM

J1 said:
"isnt there the risk of falling out?? you have nothing to hold you in.. especially when you go thru inversions"
You mean other than the lap bar?

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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