legs and B&M hypers and inverteds

Monday, September 17, 2001 8:55 AM
why do people always wrap their legs around the pole of the lapbars on B&M hypers?  I found this pic and my friends have told me that they wrap their legs around the pole.  what's with that?  why would people do such a thing?  I personally love the feeling of having nothing there.

my other question that has to do with inverteds is why do people swing their legs?  I've noticed that I do this.  I get in the seat, pull down the restraint, and start swinging away.  I have to actually force myself to not swing.  I also sometimes do this on hypers and I've noticed others that do it also.  what's up with that?

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Monday, September 17, 2001 9:27 AM

Wraping your legs around the front of the pole, is comfortable. Feels like having your feet up on a recliner.

I wrap a single leg around the pole in a different fashion. I put one leg under the pole, to hold up the restraint, so the positive Gs don't make it tighten. This way I have maximum airtime over the hills.

As for swinging your legs on inverts...normally, when you sit down on a regular chair, it is impossible to swing your legs. I think that it is just normal to swing your legs when you have the ability to...human nature, ya know ?

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Monday, September 17, 2001 10:25 AM
I either swing my legs during the whole ride, or sit with them straight forward for some reason.

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Monday, September 17, 2001 11:34 AM
I remember the first time I rode B:TR @ SFGAm in its inaugural year, me and all my friends pretended like we were running on the outsides of the vertical loops. I dunno, it's just fun to do.

As for wrapping my legs around the pole, well quite simply, I dont feel safe in the B&M hyper trains. I think that the bar could pop open anytime and if you had your hands up you'd be assed out LITERALLY, since there is no secondary restraint. I like to keep my hands up so I wrap my legs around the pole. Maybe it doesnt make much of a real difference, but I would not be able to enjoy the ride otherwise. Especially on NITRO.
lata,
jeremy

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Monday, September 17, 2001 12:39 PM
On B&M hypers I put my knee under the pole so the ride ops don't push it down to far.

Robin + Lap Bars = Awesome

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Monday, September 17, 2001 12:50 PM
On Top Gun: TJC I've noticed everyone swings their legs, and I haven't really found out why either. I guess its just like when you're on a swing at the playground. On inverts I always straighten my legs when we're going downhill and just let my legs go limp through inversions. I also swing my legs on the way up the lift hill, because it dosn't feel right going up the hill without swinging them. Maybe its the adrinaline going through your body, anticipating the exiting ride ahead and you grip the handles tightly and swing your legs.
As for B&M hypers, I think why people do that is because most lap-bars(like on woodies) come from the side, but the hypers by B&M lapbars' come from the middle because of the 4-in-a-row , roomey, seating situation and they go right between the legs, so most people just sit back(litterally) and wrap their feet around the pole. On Apollo's Chariot I just let my legs relax and enjoyed the ride.
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Monday, September 17, 2001 1:14 PM
For new riders it probally makes them feel more comfortable or secure, since there is nothing really to hang on too. I usually put my legs straight out but if my legs are tired or im just being lazy ill cross my legs over it its pretty comfortable, but on Raging Bulls drop it feels awesome just to have your legs straight out in the back car as you get whipped down that first drop. 
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Monday, September 17, 2001 1:35 PM
LOL, Joe Carroll, i wouldn't have thought of that stragety in a million years. Maybe i will try it out in october:)

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Monday, September 17, 2001 4:45 PM

2Hostyl said:

As for wrapping my legs around the pole, well quite simply, I dont feel safe in the B&M hyper trains. I think that the bar could pop open anytime and if you had your hands up you'd be assed out LITERALLY, since there is no secondary restraint. I like to keep my hands up so I wrap my legs around the pole


I know what you mean about the feeling, but it is acutally quite safe.  While there is no seat belt, there are three stages of engagement on the lap bar that must be satisfied before a B&M hyper train can be dispatched.  Personally I usually just ride with my hands down.


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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 3:45 AM
Jim: It makes no difference that I *know* it is safe, it just doesn't feel safe.

For example, I'm an aerospace engineer so I understand all the complexities of aircraft and realize that *mechanically* they are very safe, but that doesnt prevent my irrational fear from welling up in me. Same on the B&M hypers. As safe as they (probably) are, I know that spit happens and without a back up...suffice to say it just eases my mind :)
lata,
jeremy
--who hates his irrational fear of heights

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 4:14 AM
the idea is to make them SEEM unsafe..

also, raging bull is amazing in the back.. hands down amazing..

but you gotta do front + back to get the whole experience..

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 6:56 AM
Personaly, I hate seeing the AC on-ride photos and watching others ride because they look like they're about to pogo stick or something, holding onto the clamshell. I like to think of those restraints as a locked door, you can bump into a door enough, or grab it by the handle, it can pop open, but if you leave it alone, it stays shut. I like to be about a hundred yards from my clamshell and "pole", I just feel safer not touching the mechanism as much as possible. If it were to pop open during the ride, too bad:(, I guess I'll fall out.

As for inverts, it's natural for me to stick my legs straight out, never tried swinging them during the ride, but when you first sit, you've got to scoot your butt into the comfy little B&M groove, the swinging comes natural.

As for knowing things are safe, I for one CANNOT get on airplanes. There's an uncontrollable sensation of anxiety, there's probaly no way to get me on one. Serious pain in the chest and screaming, I've lost out because of planes. It has nothing to do with recent events, either. I'm scared of the heights, but coasters seem to evade my fear.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 12:57 PM
It baffles me that there are this many coaster fanatics that are (1) scared of heights, and (2) readily admit to this phobia!  Hehe.

 

One of the reasons I love coasters so dearly is that when I'm ascending the lift hill, I remind myself that I am trapped, and that it's an impossibility to get off!  No matter how much I'd ever need to get off!  I recommend this for anyone who is getting apathetic at all about coasters.

 

Kind of like a reverse psych out, I guess.  Works for me!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:13 PM

CoasterDude316 said:
...but on Raging Bulls drop it feels awesome just to have your legs straight out in the back car as you get whipped down that first drop.

Amen to that!  Hands up, legs out....God, I love those seats!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:26 PM
The explanation for why you might swing your legs on inverts is simple:  you have the freedom to do so.   Take that freedom away with restraints of some kind, and enjoyment is lost.

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