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Spademan bindings.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

My father had Spademan binding mounted on "The Ski". He loved em. Thats what I think about when I think skiing. Skiied a lot with him. He has passed away 10 years. ago. I have his skiis and bindings.  I want to ski again and will only go on his skiis and bindings. I need new boots. I have the plates. 

 

Any help where I can go to get these bindings serviced, and purchase new boots and get the plates put on? I want it done right. I live in the Southern Californa area, Norco, close to Riverside and Orange County. 

 

Thanks in advance. 

post #2 of 11

Oh boy. No shop will work on them. The trouble with the plates is that you pretty much need a flat soled boot for them to go on. Once you mount the plates onto a boot, that boot won't go into another binding. My suggestion is, if you want to ski The Ski w/Spademans, you will need some rental plates that will go onto a new boot. If it just a matter of skiing his skis for ole time sake, I have some Spademan plates and would be glad to take take you out skiing  with them as loaners if you come up to Tahoe. 

 

Here are my The Ski w/ Spademans. 

 

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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I will only ski once to two times a year. I want to ski only on these for huge sentamental reasons. My Dad has the blue ones that are new, and the bindings are mounted to some grey ones. 

His old boots litterally fell apart, but I have the plates. I wont use the boots for any other skiis. 

 

Like your skiis. Whats the story behind The Ski and Spademan? I just know thats all my dad would ski on. LOL 

post #4 of 11

The Ski and Spademans along with Scott boots were the quintessential bump/freestyle set up from the 70's. The Ski was the brainchild of Bobbie Burns, a freestyler, who started designing skis for K2 then went on his own. Spademans, designed by Dr. Richard Spademan were very popular with freestylers because of their light weight and short mounting distance and also popular with rental departments because of their ease of adjustment. Check out the RETRO thread for more information on the The SKi and Spademans. 

post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

The Ski and Spademans along with Scott boots were the quintessential bump/freestyle set up from the 70's. The Ski was the brainchild of Bobbie Burns, a freestyler, who started designing skis for K2 then went on his own. Spademans, designed by Dr. Richard Spademan were very popular with freestylers because of their light weight and short mounting distance and also popular with rental departments because of their ease of adjustment. Check out the RETRO thread for more information on the The SKi and Spademans. 

 

quintessential.....maybe...or in this case first (and second) loser  wink.gif

 

but look what's on the top of the box in this shot from '77.....

 

yep, Rossignol Freestyle.....

 

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post #6 of 11

Some of my family still uses Spademan bindings. It would be basically impossible to find a ski shop to mount your Spademan boot plates or bindings in this day and age. If you go to an old family owned ski shop you might find an old Spademan mounting jig or template, and if you are lucky, they might sell it to you. The bottom of the boot needs to be flat and thick enough to retain the screws. If not, alterations need to be made and/or a retaining plate needs to be installed inside the boot to securely keep the boot plate screws from loosening or pulling out upon release. There all also some boot to binding adjustments that need to be made correctly for the system (binding) to function properly. The bindings need to be lubed with a non water base silicon grease. If it is water base lube or the binding is not lubed at all, water can freeze the inner mechanism -- if it is cold enough, and the binding may not release. It is a good idea to clean the inner parts before you lube them. It was not rocket science to mount these bindings, But it would be best to find someone who mounted lots of them, back in the day, and see if they will do it for you. Good luck!

post #7 of 11

Philpug....your toe rests are mounted backwards.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by lynbird View Post
 

Philpug....your toe rests are mounted backwards.

Actually, those were just on there as a visual, before I mounted them, they are the other way, good eye though. Sounds like you are very familiar with Spademans. 

post #9 of 11

Don't know if Philpug or lynbird are still following. I see it has bean a year. I have a set of Spademan bindings on an old pair of Rossi Equip 190s. Been hanging around for years. I actually took them out to the hill last week and skied them. They still seem to work but at 74 I think I will stick to the modern shorter skis. I plan to get rid of them and rather than throw them out I would be glad to give them to someone for the price of shipping. I also have a pair of the rental plates which I used to avoid mounting the plate on my modern boot.Anybody interested let me know.

post #10 of 11

Phil isn't really following anything right now.  He's at the SIA show in Denver and the industry demos Monday-Tues, then Aspen, I think.

post #11 of 11

Spademans with brakes?  Is that a Philpug exclusive?  My brother skied Spademans while instructing at Bogus Basin in the '70's  One of the things he liked was that even with his huge feet the Spademan's didn't care.

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