How about we put a rhino in a treadmill to power it? It could even be sposored by RhinoLinings.
Seriously, I think a Rhino could out horsepower any hamster or guinea pig. But could a rhino out horsepower a horse?
We may never have the answers to these question.
Heck, why not put a cheetah in there? Have Cat sponsor the ride!
It doesn't count as a coaster...
...it's powered! :)
Just because its powered doesn't mean its not a coaster. It only means that its powered it has nothing to do with whether its a roller coaster or not.
No, hamsters really have the advantage. They're safe, docile, and they take to a capacitator-charging wheel almost instinctively. Plus, they very seldom gore people. The main advantage though, and this applies over both rhinos and cheetahs (or any of your other really big fauna) is that hamsters are tiny. That is to say, hamsters are very, very small. Each hamster is so small, in fact, it represents only an insignificant fraction of the amount of energy required to get a car over a TTD-like hill (even if said car itself only carried hamsters, obviously). Therefore, if one of the hamsters breaks down, or wants to take a nap in its little plastic house, the whole ride doesn't go down. You simply go get another hamster and drop it in. And when I say drop it in, I literally mean, drop it in. It's almost a no-brainer.
One final thought. If this, admittedly theoretical, roller coaster carried hamsters, and was itself proportional to hamster stature, do you realize it would only stand approximately 17 feet tall. (This calculation assumes for simplicity that humans average around 6 feet tall, and that hamsters would sit bipedally -- that is to say, in people fashion -- in which case they should top out around 3 inches tall or so.)
Then again, this whole thing was suppose to go no further than a people powered version of TTD, since this thread was about a people powered coaster to begin with.
Also, could we trade out the cycles for those individual handpedal carts that Idlewild, and (I think) Lakemont have. Imagine the arm strength one would need to pull off that feat. 65,000 RPM's per second(Just guessing here).
Yeah, I'd say that's *considerably* more than a horsepower...even without acceleration figures handy. :)
Not sure why I had to look that up... ;)
"Steps...why did it have to be steps?"
Actually Moosh, the better quote is:
"Look...stairs..." from National Treasure.
Anyway, I'd definitely ride one of these if they were at a park I was visiting...it's a good way to get some exercize. Can you increase/decrease the speed on one of these things? or can you only get up to a set/max speed?
And I'd actually put kids in an oversized hamster ball being chased by a 3-D Michael Jackson to propel TTD...but thats just me...
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