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Old 10-08-06, 05:42 PM   #1
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carrying X-country Skiis

1-Anybody figure out a carrying system for skiis connected to the bike frame-rack?
2-Anybody discouver a skii boot that would allow recessed SPD cleats?
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Old 10-08-06, 06:18 PM   #2
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Tubus Cargo Rack. two ways, bayonet mount off the back, also out of the top. i had this setup going almost 40 MPH off Chinook Pass after doing a few days of late season skiing in Mount Rainier Park this Father's Day weekend. I even did some skiing with my loaded touring bike right picture

I've seen home brewed, very effective Colorado systems made out of PVC pipe, foam to pad the bottom, an end cap and some hose clamps to hold it to the rack....
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Old 10-09-06, 12:44 AM   #3
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I am impressed! I never thought I'd see anybody heading to the slopes by bicycle.
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I've seen home brewed, very effective Colorado systems made out of PVC pipe, foam to pad the bottom, an end cap and some hose clamps to hold it to the rack....
I did this when I used to ride a motorcycle. Everything you need can be had cheap from the hardware store. Get the bottom of the tube as low as possible without hitting the road in corners.
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Old 10-11-06, 12:27 PM   #5
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Although I prefer cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, I purchased snowshoes for two reasons:

1. Because I read somewhere that the muscles used in snowshoeing are the same ones used in hill-climbing on the bicycle.

2. Because I could carry them on my back fairly easily if I wanted to cycle out to a place where I could snowshoe!

If you are still struggling with a way to carry the skiis, you might consider changing sports to something more easily transportable, like snowshoeing!!
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Old 10-11-06, 05:58 PM   #6
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Machka, you must not ski much! snowshoeing is NOT like skiing except for the snow- there's NO GLIDING!

it's easy to carry skis on a bike, you just have to figure it out.
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IMO XC skiing is way better for increasing your fitness than snowshoeing. Plus there are those super long races like the Swedish Vasaloppet.

Machka if you want you can come down and do the Arrowhead 130 on snowshoes. Your kinda thing, 130 miles. Starts at the Canadian border.
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I think you might try and tie one ski on each side of the head tube and seat down tube in such a way that the bindings are far enough forward or back so your knees don't hit into them. If the skis have a lot of camber you may need to have the bow inwards and wrap them to protect your legs from the edges. If they could be loaded this way they would be the most balanced and have a low center of gravity but whether or not there is leg clearance this way I don't know. You would have to try it out. Also, there is one ski on each side of a backpack with the tips tied together method. THis would work but requires being very careful.

What about making a ski trailor out of a six or eight inch piece of PVC pipe about six to seven feet long depending on how long your skis are. Some kind of pivoting mount on the one end attached to the bike and a small wheel at the opposite end. There should be enough room in the tube to stuff a bunch of other things as well.
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