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post #31 of 46

Bring them to the dumpy thrift store where the inspired but poor get their rock skis.  Or leave them leaning against the dumpster behind the funkiest ski/rental shop in town; someone will get them, guaranteed.

post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by litterbug View Post

Bring them to the dumpy thrift store where the inspired but poor get their rock skis.  Or leave them leaning against the dumpster behind the funkiest ski/rental shop in town; someone will get them, guaranteed.



So we're just supposed to send everything to Ski Trucks?   

 

That

explains

a

lot.

post #33 of 46

I was talking about DI or other thrift shops where boots and skis, often perfectly good, generally sell for $5 or $10.  I've never heard of Ski Trucks even though I drove down N. Temple twice a day for 7 years. On the other hand the Google Maps arrow is right at the Fair Park, where there's always some strange discount thing going on.

 

Not sure what that explains, but whatever. 

post #34 of 46


 

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Originally Posted by litterbug View Post

I was talking about DI or other thrift shops where boots and skis, often perfectly good, generally sell for $5 or $10.  I've never heard of Ski Trucks even though I drove down N. Temple twice a day for 7 years. On the other hand the Google Maps arrow is right at the Fair Park, where there's always some strange discount thing going on.

 

Not sure what that explains, but whatever. 



litterbug, Ski Trucks has been a point of continuing humour on this website for many years, based on their eye-popping stash of  older gear

 

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and unabashed posting of, ahem, "non-mainstream" eek.gif  gear advice such as:

 

http://www.skitruck.com/how_to_fit.php

 

 

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HOW TO ADUST YOUR OWN BINDINGS...
Adjust your own bindings and fit yourself, and your family and friends..this How To Fit page can give you the info to ski safe..first thing to do is mark your skis right and left... we usually put a sticker on one ski and not the other.. or just take a permanent pen and write an r on one ski... stick with this do not change sides again... you have one leg stronger than the other.. and bindings need to be adjusted individually.. repeat aloud the rymy "righty tighty .. lefty loosy".. always say that outloud before you turn the bindings tighter or looser... right is tighten...left is to loosen... clockwise to tighten.. counter clockwise to loosen... 1/2 a turn in the front... 1 full turn in the rear ... that is a 180 or half moon.. in the front.... 360 degrees in the back or one full turn only... never adjust them tighter or looser than this at any one time... the body get gradually stronger .... skiing down the mountain .. you turn a corner really hard and a toe pops off.. that is too loose... turn it to the right one/half turn only... do not tighten the heel at that time just the toe that popped off... skiing thru the bumps.. the heel pops off .too easy... usually at the bottom of the slopes they have a table with a screwdriver but no one will tell you how much.. there is one of the ski secrets... 1 turn in front or 1 full turn in the rear...which ever popped off ..only the one that popped off.. when adjusting tighter..treat each toe and heel completely seperate and independantly.. each person has different strengths and torques differently... however if you fall and the bindings should have come off and did not that is too tight.. then loosen both toe and heel... 1/2 in front ...full turn in the heel...
post #35 of 46

Dios mio!

 

"As the skis get scratches on the bottoms they will slow down so buy your own stiff steel paint scraper (a putty knife will not work) and scrape it with long hard strokes. If you get a big rock gouge, place the scraper on the metal edges and do a long hard stroke. The best base repair is the soda pop can holder plastic that is twisted together and then melted into the deep hole. Let it cool, then scrape it off hard. You can cut it smoother by using a sand paper grinder or a hydraulic press than pushing your ski into a ski eating stone wheel."

 

Who knew?

post #36 of 46

Ok this getting fun.  We all know ski lengths are going down.  I have a 205 cm set of Fisher Competitions sitting under my house (from another life).  If I cut 60 cm off and remount the bindings then will I be ahead of my time?? icon14.gif

 

But what do I do with the 60 cm I cut off?

post #37 of 46

I sawed a pair of old WOOD skiis with screw on metal edges to 1/3 their former length.

Waxed these shorties well & went to Hunter Mt.

 

Guess What? They did not work.  I had to skate DOWN an intermediate slope.

 

Straight to the dumpster

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post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by Doubledeckfan View Post


But what do I do with the 60 cm I cut off?


live up to your username and call it a "plate" for for some other pair?

post #39 of 46

Brilliant idea.  You would then have a "doubledeck" ski.....is this re-inventing the wheel? 

 

Maybe give Atomic a market competitor to their fantastic doubledeck skis. 

 

Ok, well at least we avoid the dumpster. redface.gif

post #40 of 46

I went through this (getting rid of old skis) about 7-8 years ago.  Still in my attic were years of great ski memories on equipment from the late 70's to early 90's.  Some of the skis were either the most "in" or the best performers for their time.  And they were skis that I fondly lugged around the country and several times to international destinations. 

 

The number of pairs up in the attic totaled about 7-8.  They had absolutely no recycle value even for free.   And considering the old bindings, I was uneasy with the thought that they might be used again by anybody.  Because of the long length, my garbage company wouldn't take -- even on the semi-annual cleanup day .   So the only recourse (other than to dump them somewhere for others to deal with which I couldn't do anyway for the above mentioned ethical reasons)  was to "cut" them down to garbage can size.  

 

Attempts on the first pair of skis with a metal saw worked, but very slow.  Edge steel is very hard and some of the skis had spring steel sheeting in the cores.  Eventually I discovered that making a cut across the ski through the fiberglass and/or metal top skin with a hand sledge pounded against a cold chisel was very fast.  The top skin of each ski was cut twice (= three sections of about two feet each).   Then placing the ski upside down on the curb and then delivering good foot stomp at the chisel cut point would break the back of the ski.    Finally, bending each break point 180 degrees in accordion fashion enabled me to place them in my normal garbage can.   Of course the bindings had to be removed first.   

 

post #41 of 46

I refuse to admit to the number of pairs of old skiis in my basement !!

 

I plead the 5th  (maybe drink it too).

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post #42 of 46

Struth.......is this a workshop manual? 

 

If it takes this long I'd give them to the Ski Patrol and ask for more sleds on the slopes.

post #43 of 46

I second the Boy Scout thing. Winter camping sleds or Klondike Derby.

post #44 of 46
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Originally Posted by rardi View Post

 The top skin of each ski was cut twice (= three sections of about two feet each).   Then placing the ski upside down on the curb and then delivering good foot stomp at the chisel cut point would break the back of the ski.    Finally, bending each break point 180 degrees in accordion fashion enabled me to place them in my normal garbage can.   Of course the bindings had to be removed first.   

 



 I'm imagining a future archeologist sifting through the dump site @ 2000 years in the future and wondering what the heck these were for.  smile.gif

post #45 of 46

Thanks for the link to Green Mountain Furniture at www.recycledskis.com.  I'm sending them four old pairs this week.

post #46 of 46
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Originally Posted by CerebralVortex View Post



Note to self: never let Mom ski with Prickly.



Note to self: book tickets for mother-in-law's ski vacation biggrin.gif

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