Bike? Car? No way! Bundy bloke has a better set of wheels
WANT to know how to get to work and back without using any fuel or breaking a sweat?
Anthony Climas has the answer.
Just over 10 years ago he bought himself a Segway - a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle - and hasn't looked back.
Mr Climas jumps on his segway every day and rides into work at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, the wind in his hair and a smile on his face.
The cost? Two sets of lithium batteries.
"I saw it on YouTube and said, 'I've got to have one of those'," he said.
"Who else in Bundaberg is going to have a segway!"
Mr Climas purchased his second-hand P170 vehicle for $5000 from eBay - brand new ones can stretch up to $14,000 - and wasted no time once it arrived.
"I got it out of the box, put it together, turned it on and rode up and down the streets, that's how easy it is," he said.
"It's great fun. It's the best thing since sliced bread, especially with Bundaberg's weather."
Mr Climas said he can get 32km out of it and not a kilometre more.
"I came to town to have lunch with my missus but she couldn't so I went home again. Then I went across to the Waves to meet a bloke and home again. And because I hadn't charged it properly it said, 'You are now required to walk'. I was 2km from home, I nearly made it," he said.
Most days Mr Climas rides 10km to and from work and says people are generally very accepting - waving and beeping at him.
"Everybody waves, everbody," he said.
There was only one time he could remember where a passing driver became agitated. He said the driver stopped his vehicle and tried to reverse over him.
The segway has a top speed of 24kmh but he generally sticks to between 15 and 18kmh.
Once the key has been activated, riders need only lean forward to get the Segway moving, and back to get it to slow or stop.
"It balances itself," Mr Climas said.
"You just let it do the work and you stand there."
In the 10 years he has been riding, he has fallen off twice - not a bad run.
"In Fairymead there was a pothole and I was riding home after an afternoon shift. I was day dreaming. I hit this pothole with one wheel and it bucked and kicked and threw me off - it hurt like hell," he said.
The Segway weighs about 25kg, which means Mr Climas can pick it up and throw it in the back of his Jeep.
He estimates the vehicle saves him $40 a week in petrol - the only downside being when it rains.
But then that's what raincoats are for, Mr Climas joked.