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Old 12-16-07, 09:05 PM   #1
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Bicycling to the ski trails - yup, those are woodys

Here is a pic of me with my skis lashed to my winter ride. Yes, those ARE wood lignostone-edged Asnes XC skis with three-pin bindings. I have all kinds of skiis, but I just love the ride that wood skis give.

To get the skis and poles on the bike, I just used old bicycle inner-tube bands on the tips and tails. The natural camber in the skis allows them to loop around the post tube. Then, I use a super bungee to lash the skis to the rear carrier. Luckily, the natural balance point which is at the bindings is right at the rear carrier, so it works slick. I put the poles through the bales of the bindings and they get lashed to the rear carrier along with the skis.

This is going to be a great winter because we have good snow and the XC ski trails are open already. There are at least four parks within a twenty minute ride that have good cross country ski trails - some with some zippy tree-lined steep hill runs. Turn fast, my friend.

I bicycled to one of the ski trails today. When I finished skiing and was lashing my skiis on my bike, another skier came along and asked in amazement, “Did you ride your bike here?!!” When I answered yes, he exclaimed, “You must be some kind of winter tri-athlete or multi-sport enthusiast”. I assured him that it was only the latter of the two. Then, I realized that I had skied the whole trail with my bicycle helmet on. Some of the off-trail downhill turns were hairy and I nearly crashed into a tree. It occurs to me that the helmet might make the off-trail down-hill stuff safer and I could take some more risks. I am thinking that tomorrow I will return with some hockey shin-guards and the helmet and “shave the bark off of some of those trees” with my jacket.

I have my own company and can make my schedule flexible, so I am thinking about making a bike/ski run part of my every day this winter.

Anybody else having a ball like this?
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Old 12-17-07, 05:28 PM   #2
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I was thinking you had rigged the skis to the bike instead of tires! I saw that once, an interesting concept but kinda slippy.
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I was thinking you had rigged the skis to the bike instead of tires! I saw that once, an interesting concept but kinda slippy.
That would be neat. Maybe when I retire and need another project to make the garage even more messy.
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