Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Purgatory Skibike Festival is Feb 23-24

by G. Kunkel

The annual Purgatory Skibike Festival is fast approaching.  The dates are Friday February 23 - 25.

There will be a few skibike dealers in attendance so one can try out their products.  I do not know if there is an age limit.  There will probably be liability waivers to be signed.

Registered participants qualify for event discounts.  That means $35 lift tickets for registered skibikers.

Not sure what events will be held during the festival.   I think it will mainly be group rides and demos.

Durango is getting snow so it should be fun.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Skibike stance - It is important

by G. Kunkel

Where one places their weight while riding stand up Type 2 skibikes makes a big difference. Put it in the wrong spot and you may be in for an exciting ride.

Stance

The front ski needs weight on it for it to function.  Doesn't matter if in powder or on packed powder.  Or if one is skidding or carving.

Ideally while stopped, one has weight 50/50 on each foot and balanced between the fore and aft skis.  While riding one's weight is going to constantly be shifting depending upon terrain and activity.

Hips

Where are your hips?  Skiers have a term called 'skiing in the backseat'.  Same thing happens on a skibike.  It is a natural reaction to forward motion and is a fear response.  If your hips are behind your seat, you are in the backseat.  Move them forward.

Flexed

Be in a nice flexed stance.  Bend those ankles, knees, hips, and elbows into the athletic flexed stance.  You remember, the one used for tennis, dribbling a basketball before a free throw, and skiing or snowboarding.

Look Up

Don't be looking at the snow.  It is still white.  Look up and in the direction you are going.

These are just the basics.  A trained professional can spot what a skibike rider is doing through 'movement analysis'.  PSIA tests instructors at every level to see if they can accurately describe what a client is doing.  There is no prescription for change if there is not a proper diagnosis.

One can obtain professional skibike instruction at Winter Park Resort Ski + Ride School.  Type 2 rental is included with the lesson.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Lenz Sport Skibike Sale

by G. Kunkel

Lenz Sport is having a pre-order sale on its  new Recon skibike.  It's not a new model, it just a model that is now being produced by an outside factory.  Built to the same strict Lenz Sport standards.

Photo courtesy of Lenz Sport


This is what was posted up to their Facebook page today.
The all new Recon Skibike is coming. This is our first Skibike produced at an outside factory, and it’s got the same geometry and durability as it always has. Kitted up just like this it’s retailing for $1700. We are doing a pre-order program for $1300 while inventory lasts. Offer ends midnight March 15th. Email, message, or call us for details.
So if you want Lenz Sport quality at a knock-off price, this is it.  This deal is not going to last.

Think about it:

Solid design - things are not going to "snap" when landing a jump.

Solid suspension - no pogo stick feel when riding. The stock forks have dampening so the rider is not thrown off the bike while riding.

Solid skis - Lenz Sport makes an interchangeable lineup of skis.  Packed powder to deep powder can be managed.  The Recon comes stock with the new Conniption Stix skis.  They are not as stiff as the Trix Stix and have a slightly shorter turning radius.

Not bad. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Skibike lessons - Yeah riding is counter-intuitive at first

by G. Kunkel

I really think everyone should have a Type 2 skibike lesson from a qualified trained professional when first jumping on-board.  It's just too easy to get going too fast out of control on a Type 2.  And when I mean trained qualified professional, I mean someone with a PSIA background.  I've seen too many quacks out there teaching carving a bike right off the bat.

Riding a Type 2 is not like riding a bicycle - at first.  It's more like motocross or downhill mountain biking.  It's nothing like cross-country mountain biking.

Terrain used for learning is important.  All the basics should be taught on nearly flat green runs until the basics are learned.  Over-terraining novices is easy to do.  Do not move on to blue runs until they learn the basics of slowing down and stopping.  If they still need to put feet down to stop - they do not get it.  Do not pass go.

Learning to stop and slow down is learned just the way skiers do.  Learn to skid the skis to slow down.  It's easier said than done.  Most people want to ride a skibike like a bicycle and lean into the hill.  That gets the skis on a carve - which is a disaster for a beginner.  The handlebars need to be tilted downhill while traversing to achieve the skid.

If an instructor introduces carving right off the bat - they are an unqualified idiot.  Putting students on a blue slope only confirms they are an idiot.

After learning skidded traverses comes skidded turns.  Again, one needs to unlearn leaning uphill.  One must learn to keep the skibike skis barely on edge on the snow.  It requires tilting the handlebars downhill throughout the turning motion.

One also needs to look where one is going - not down at the snow.  Look up and across the slope when performing skidded traverses.  It's really important.

These skills must be learned before advancing to new terrain.  Afterwards, advance to a harder green slopes.  If one must put their foot or feet down to stop, go back to the easy green.  You are not ready to advance.  Using a foot to stop can lead to a torn ACL.

Knowing how to skid your skis is important at even higher skill levels.  Say one is flying down a run and suddenly it's a giant ice patch.   Get off the edges and skid.  Same holds true in the moguls - get off the high edge angle.  Skiers understand this.

If one does not feel comfortable riding on steep blue or black runs, it's probably because one never learned to skid their skis in the first place.  Step back and learn.

If one needs a professional skibike lesson from trained professional skibike instructors, contact the Ski + Ride School at Winter Park Resort.   Type 2 skibike lessons are cheaper than a hospital bill.  Lessons are suited for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.



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