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First pair of virgin skis, hart gremlin, white with red letters, 160 cm (way too big for me), had my Salomon 202s mounted on them. That was also my first professional binding mount. Up til then I was skiing hacksaw cut down Northland skis that I had hand screwed the bindings on to:eek

 

Ditto! (Except mine had 444s.)

 

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My first virgin skis were Atomic Racer 2000 which I also put 444's on. First season had safety straps then I sprung for the $15.00 brakes season 2. 

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My first virgin skis were 210 Killy 800 SLs.  They were dogs.

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First Bump Run:  Elysian Field at Greek Peak, NY.  I was in college on rental skis with Spademan bindings.  The bindings were set a little 'light', so that I popped out every time I tried to turn.  I got so frustrated that I threw one of the skis down the mountain.  I stayed away from bumps for a while after that...

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First Bump Run:  Elysian Field at Greek Peak, NY.  I was in college on rental skis with Spademan bindings.  The bindings were set a little 'light', so that I popped out every time I tried to turn.  I got so frustrated that I threw one of the skis down the mountain.  I stayed away from bumps for a while after that...
Me too! In every detail.
post #96 of 116
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First Bump Run:  Elysian Field at Greek Peak, NY.  I was in college on rental skis with Spademan bindings.  The bindings were set a little 'light', so that I popped out every time I tried to turn.  I got so frustrated that I threw one of the skis down the mountain.  I stayed away from bumps for a while after that...

 

My first and last time on Spademan rental bindings, skiing Big Headwall mogul run at Tod Mtn. (now called Sun Peaks). I got the straight forward double release and I remember sliding forward in my stance with my ski boots sliding perfectly along the front of the skis until I got to the ski tips. The tips launched my into the air like a kicker on a ski jump. Then things got ugly.

 

The first releaseable telemark binding was invented by a ski buddy. He took the Spademan butterfly plate and attached it backwards to the toe of his ski boot. Then he took the Spademan binding and mounted it backwards on the ski where a binding toe piece would normally attach. Voila, free heel with toe release in all directions.

post #97 of 116
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My first time skiing in 1976 was also on Spademans at Camelback. 

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Spademans were terrible for beginners... falling all over the place trying to get the ice covered plate in to the vise while bending down to flip the spring down while the ski slid out from under them.  Step ins we only slightly better assuming noobs knew how to set it up to step in.  Ice sticking to the butterflies was a real problem all around.

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Spademans were terrible for beginners... falling all over the place trying to get the ice covered plate in to the vise while bending down to flip the spring down while the ski slid out from under them.  Step ins we only slightly better assuming noobs knew how to set it up to step in.  Ice sticking to the butterflies was a real problem all around.

Look what the options were in rental bindings. Besser?  Americana? Moog? Hell, my second day skiing in 76 was still in cable bindings. 

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Look what the options were in rental bindings. Besser?  Americana? Moog? Hell, my second day skiing in 76 was still in cable bindings. 


I know right?  And of all those Spademan bindings in rental fleets around the world throughout the 70s and early 80s how come it is so difficult to find a pair of regular boot adapter plates???

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I know right?  And of all those Spademan bindings in rental fleets around the world throughout the 70s and early 80s how come it is so difficult to find a pair of regular boot adapter plates???

 

I'm guessing all those rental plate Spademan's found their way to the dump before the mid 80s.

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I know right?  And of all those Spademan bindings in rental fleets around the world throughout the 70s and early 80s how come it is so difficult to find a pair of regular boot adapter plates???

 

I'm guessing all those rental plate Spademan's found their way to the dump before the mid 80s.

they scavenged the brass from them. 

post #103 of 116

First Mountain Bike - Trek 4900 with disc brakes.  

My first log is this one on the Cadillac Pathways.  

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First MIPS helmet crushed - today 6/26/2004

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First MIPS helmet crushed - today 6/26/2004

Still a big foggy eh?

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First MIPS helmet crushed - today 6/26/2004

 

Do tell us more.  Did it do its job well?

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First legit, on the books job at age 15..

 

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First MIPS helmet crushed - today 6/26/2004

 

Do tell us more.  Did it do its job well?

 

The MIPS feature didn't activate at all; the outer shell of the helmet is completely delaminated from the EPS struts and now has a spectacular lithographic imprint (the lithos appears to be quartz); two of the EPS struts (solid bits between vents) are cracked through completely; the sharp edges of the struts probably caused the bleeding under the helmet.   FWIW, it didn't happen at a particularly high speed - 24-25 mph.   Because there was significant bleeding under the helmet I think the next purchase will not be a MIPS type but rather  one of the graduated pressure types, POC, Kali or Smith maybe.   It will definitely have radiused vent holes (strut edges).

 

 

Going back to sleep now.


Edited by cantunamunch - 6/27/14 at 8:58am
post #109 of 116
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First legit, on the books job at age 15..

 


Ha!  Same age for my first legit job at Tippy's Taco House in Plainview, NY.  I was a cook and pot washer -- the place closed down after I was on the job for 3 months.  Not an auspicious beginning to my entry into the work force!

post #110 of 116

First time on a surfboard:  I was in my mid-forties -- caught a wave, stood up, fell off.  15 years later, I can stand and ride the wave for a few seconds.  Maybe I should try to surf more than once a year if I want to improve...

post #111 of 116
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My first time skiing in 1976 was also on Spademans at Camelback. 

 

I think my first time skiing was also at Camelback.

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The MIPS feature didn't activate at all; the outer shell of the helmet is completely delaminated from the EPS struts and now has a spectacular lithographic imprint (the lithos appears to be quartz); two of the EPS struts (solid bits between vents) are cracked through completely; the sharp edges of the struts probably caused the bleeding under the helmet.   FWIW, it didn't happen at a particularly high speed - 24-25 mph.   Because there was significant bleeding under the helmet I think the next purchase will not be a MIPS type but rather  one of the graduated pressure types, POC, Kali or Smith maybe.   It will definitely have radiused vent holes (strut edges).

 

 

Going back to sleep now.

Sorry to hear this.  Hope you're ok.  Just don't go to sleep too long:eek

 

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First time on a surfboard:  I was in my mid-forties -- caught a wave, stood up, fell off.  15 years later, I can stand and ride the wave for a few seconds.  Maybe I should try to surf more than once a year if I want to improve...

I was close to 40 the first and last time I gave surfing a try.  My older brother was a fine surfer and took me to Virginia Beach on a day when the surf was up and pretty rough.  It took me a long time just to paddle beyond the breakers.  I immediately tried to catch the first big wave.  I wiped out of course and it was then that I found out how exhausted I was from the swim out. I just kind of treaded water while the waves bobbed me around and eventually pushed me to shore.  I went and found the board down the beach and that was then end of my surfing career.

 

My brother says he's finally given up surfing in the last couple of years.  He lives one mile from the ocean in southern CA and still does a lot of body surfing and sea kayaking.  He's on a two week hike right now in the high Sierras to celebrate his 69th birthday.  He made a few long boards in his day.  This is one of his and has sunset art on topside, sunrise art on underside.  Notice the sort High Sierras meet surf theme;)

 

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First MIPS helmet crushed - today 6/26/2004

Do tell us more.  Did it do its job well?

The MIPS feature didn't activate at all; the outer shell of the helmet is completely delaminated from the EPS struts and now has a spectacular lithographic imprint (the lithos appears to be quartz); two of the EPS struts (solid bits between vents) are cracked through completely; the sharp edges of the struts probably caused the bleeding under the helmet.   FWIW, it didn't happen at a particularly high speed - 24-25 mph.   Because there was significant bleeding under the helmet I think the next purchase will not be a MIPS type but rather  one of the graduated pressure types, POC, Kali or Smith maybe.   It will definitely have radiused vent holes (strut edges).


Going back to sleep now.

Wow. Sorry. frown.gif Get better.

Then this needs its own thread.
post #114 of 116
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Spademans were terrible for beginners... falling all over the place trying to get the ice covered plate in to the vise while bending down to flip the spring down while the ski slid out from under them.  Step ins we only slightly better assuming noobs knew how to set it up to step in.  Ice sticking to the butterflies was a real problem all around.
Look what the options were in rental bindings. Besser?  Americana? Moog? Hell, my second day skiing in 76 was still in cable bindings. 

I had a set of Americanas!. With red, white, and blue safety straps. Hadn't thought about those in about forty years.
post #115 of 116
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Sorry to hear this.  Hope you're ok.  Just don't go to sleep too long:eek

 

I was close to 40 the first and last time I gave surfing a try.  My older brother was a fine surfer and took me to Virginia Beach on a day when the surf was up and pretty rough.  It took me a long time just to paddle beyond the breakers.  I immediately tried to catch the first big wave.  I wiped out of course and it was then that I found out how exhausted I was from the swim out. I just kind of treaded water while the waves bobbed me around and eventually pushed me to shore.  I went and found the board down the beach and that was then end of my surfing career.

 

My brother says he's finally given up surfing in the last couple of years.  He lives one mile from the ocean in southern CA and still does a lot of body surfing and sea kayaking.  He's on a two week hike right now in the high Sierras to celebrate his 69th birthday.  He made a few long boards in his day.  This is one of his and has sunset art on topside, sunrise art on underside.  Notice the sort High Sierras meet surf theme;)

 

 

Beautiful Board!

post #116 of 116

I always stunk as an athlete. Couldn't hit a baseball to save my life. Couldn't shoot baskets worth a darn. Couldn't run, jump, whatever. In grade school gym class, when we played soccer, they always made me the goalie. A four foot tall four by four post would've blocked more shots than I did. 

 

The first (and only) sport I ever tried that I wasn't a total klutz at is skiing. If I skied as bad as I played soccer, I'd still be doing stem turns.

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