>>I can say that I'm devastated about the new lap bars on the Blue Streak.
>>I loved riding alone and sliding and floating all over the place.
>>However, Blue Streak does not have more airtime then Magnum and
>>the Individual bars will not reduce it unless they reprofile the track. I
>>usually leave the individual bars about 6 inches or more above my lap
>>which is even higher than I could with the single bars.
>Are you sure you've experienced the wonders of "ratcheting lapbars"? Even
>if you leave a ratcheting lap bar loose, one decent air time later and it
>ratchets itself down tight ending all air time for the rest of the ride.
>CP may very well lose a ticket from me this year - the Blue Streak is the
>number one reason I go to CP and with ratcheting lap bars it will never be
>the same again. They have a lot of good coasters, but the Blue Streak is
>(was) their best. It would appear that the Blue Streak is now just BS!
>Seen in recent computer peripheral ad: "User-friendly dip switches!"
Yes, I'm sure, I've ridden at least 17 wood coasters with the new ratcheting
lap bars and maybe 2 more because I'm not sure about a couple of the
coasters. Of the 17, I've only experienced the bars coming down on 2
occasions. One was on the Racer at PKI during one ride, but during the
rest I had no problem. The other was on the Predator at Darien Lake but
it only happened once out of about 17 rides. The vast majority of the ones
I've ridden have the spring which keeps the bars up just fine. On the others
such as the Racer and Predator, I just keep slight pressure with my outside
leg on the bar, usually just under the hump, when the ride is experiencing
positive G's to prevent the bar from coming down. Actually, the more
negative G's the ride has the easier it is to keep the bar up since during
the negative G's it's no problem keeping it up! The Predator is a great
example of this. With all the neg G's on that ride, I spend so much time in
the lap bar that the times I have to be concerned with the bar coming down
are few and far between! Sure, I still prefer the regular bars, but I have
yet to see a ride seriously downgraded by the ratcheting bars installation.
Another great rides with mega-airtime which uses these bars is the GA
Cyclone, GE Comet, and the 2 Hurlers! Other rides which use these bars
and have good airtime are the Rebel Yell, Grizzly, Wilde Beast, Mighty
Canadian Minebuster, and the Viper is ok too. I just remembered that
the Mean Streak's bars have come down some on about 2 of my 14 rides.
When I rode the Mean Streak early last year with the brake off and I got
some airtime, I did not have a problem with the bars.
Ted Ansley **Rollercoaster Fan<atic>**
MD/DC ACE Regional Rep