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Rode my skibike at Vail last Sunday

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And it was awesome!  Nice freshies in the Back Bowls.

 

Rode the front side and then dropped into China Bowl.  Later we headed over to Gold Peak where some in the group did demo races in the Vail Winter Mountain Games.  Thanks to the race officials and the Vail Valley Foundation for that.   They told me earlier in the week - no cigar.   They changed their minds when we showed up. cool.gif  Look for skibike specific events next year.

 

We got lots of curious inquiries and outright drooling on the bikes.   I think there will soon be Vail Patrollers on skibikes.  Two patrollers who are also on summer bike patrol stopped one group member who is also a long time Vail employee.  They were like "Todd where did you get that and what's it called?".   They immediately wanted a demo day for patrol.

 

I wrote up a post of the days activities on my skibike blog http://coloradoskibikerskibikingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/lenz-sport-skibike-hit-up-vail-and.html

 

Thanks again to Todd for guiding us around and shooting the video below.  Yeah, that's me in the yellow pants.

 

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wow that looks pretty cool, so when your turning etc more similar to skiing or actually riding a bike?
 

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wow that looks pretty cool, so when your turning etc more similar to skiing or actually riding a bike?
 

Kind of a combo between the two.   It really is alot like skiing though - exact same stance but without all that tiring leg and joint abuse.  My legs were as fresh a a daisy at the end of the day.

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Looks cool...how tough to learn?
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Looks cool...how tough to learn?

Downhill mountain biker or dirt biker (motocross) = 30 - 45 minutes of learning and you're an intermediate rider.  There are more transferable skills with these sports.  Doesn't matter if you've never been on snow before.  

 

Skier or snowboarder = average 2 -3 hours to get to intermediate level.  Not as many transferable skill sets.

 

Todd (striped coat in video) learned in about an hour that day.  He's an experienced downhiller.   As you see in the video - we then hit up China Bowl.

 

There is really just one counter-intuitive concept to grasp for success.  After that, you're golden.  Getting riders to tilt the handlebars downhill to produce a skidded traverse or skidded turn is crucial for speed control and stopping in the beginning.  Otherwise people are leaning into the hill and producing a fast carve with the skis to start.  They then can't stop or control their speed.  Just like skiing -> learn to skid -> learn to carve.  Forget all that falling business and uncomfortable boots.

 

These are different than skibobs.  They require different teaching techniques.

 

There are advanced techniques for moguls and freestyle moves.

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  Has anyone tried it on bumps, im assuming they are not to be used for that but it could be fun

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  Has anyone tried it on bumps, im assuming they are not to be used for that but it could be fun

 

They are for riding bumps.   We were riding bumps in China Bowl that day, you just can't see them in the video.   The front forks have 8 inches of travel and the rear shock has 6 inches of travel - they just suck the bumps up.

 

Devin and Aaron were doing much bigger bumps at the end of the day.

 

The bikes really love big jumps too.  They hucked the jump in the dual slalom race course.   

 

A video showing the whole gamut.  Warning: There might be people having fun in the vid.

 

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