After coming across this "Legway", I came to a shocking realization: the actual Segway is so damn dorky and useless that the human-powered version is quite few steps up the evolutionary ladder. In fact, I think it will make any user look comparitively cooler. And unlike the Segway, this steampunk Legway will actually allow you to exercise rather than avoiding it like dinner at the inlaws'. It won't cost you your child's college fund, either.
The steampunk Segway is a simple device that uses foot pedals attached directly to the two wheels to allow the user to slowly spin his way around town. The Legway maintains the distinctive forward lean of the Segway and the steampunk styling really drives home the retro look. You can read the entire story of how the designer conceived this idea and built it ground up from a variety of inexpensive spare parts at Build Log and Instructables.
While this device appears to be a bit more effort than it'd be worth to actually take out onto the streets, especially when it comes to downhills (you'd have to pedal awfully fast), it sure makes a unique piece of functional art that any steampunk fan would surely have a place for in or outside his home. The device is an entry in the Epilog Laser Engraver Challenge so if you like it, stop by and throw out some vote love.
This original design has seemed to stimulate a good deal of excitement in the creative community, so don't be surprised if you see someone riding around your home town with a garage-built steampunk Segway of their own. In fact, I think enthusiastic modders may have already surpassed the number of regular Segway users.
via Oh Gizmo!