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Has any one ever tried Skibiking

post #1 of 24
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I was wondering if you have every tryed skibiking and if it is hard to convert a bike into a skibike?
I am somewhat close to Durango Mountain Resort where they allow it.
post #2 of 24
I'm sure the kind folks at TGR would be more than happy to give you a comprehensive guide on how to accomplish this.
post #3 of 24
I tried a ski bike as a novelty for a morning about 45 years ago. I also have a photo of one from the early 1930s taken by my father.
However I have never heard of a skibike made by converting a normal bike.
post #4 of 24
I have done it. When I was working in Austria the guys running one of the lifts at my home Mt had one that they let me barrow.

It was fun, but more as a goof then anything else. I was also on snow way over 100 days, so it was a fun thing to do on a so-so snow day just to mix it up a little. If my ski time was a more limited commodity I don't think would waste my time on a snowbike.

As far as the bike itself, the one I used was purpose built, so I don't have any idea about conversion. I will say that the geometry was really slack (I think that's proper word) nothing at all like a road or Mt bike, maybe similar to a dirt-jumping BMX bike.
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I'm sure the kind folks at TGR would be more than happy to give you a comprehensive guide on how to accomplish this.
I agree - the TGR folks are really on the cutting edge of this trend. It's worth signing up for their forum to get some insight into it.
post #6 of 24
I was at Buttermilk last year and there were two guys on high end, full suspension bikes. They were pretty fast and looked like they were having fun.
post #7 of 24
I've seen a few people biking over at A-Basin. Although it looked like fun, I was a great day for skiing. Isn't mountain biking what we do when there isn't any snow?

The day I saw the bikes, ski conditions were great. The snow was soft and there was plenty of it. They were going down a bump run ripping the tops right off some beautiful little ski mounds. They were doing as much damage (if not more) as snowboards.

MAYBE... I JUST DON"T GET IT!!!:
post #8 of 24
In the early 70s some lifties at Kissing Bridge (near Buffalo, NY) built their own snow bikes using old Schwin frames.
post #9 of 24
Just as an initial reaction, sitting on a bike as it goes down a snow-packed hill or mountain is not cycling. It's just sitting on a bike as it goes down a snow-packed hill or mountain.

In my book, cycling is climbing up that same hill on a bike. Whether there is snow or not is immaterial...

But that's just me...
post #10 of 24
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I'm sure the kind folks at TGR would be more than happy to give you a comprehensive guide on how to accomplish this.
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I agree - the TGR folks are really on the cutting edge of this trend. It's worth signing up for their forum to get some insight into it.
I could swear there was a thread there earlier this year where some mags had built their own bikes, hardtails, with fenders, but couldn't find it with a search. Anybody else remember the thread?

Oh, they're great fun, and you can really fly on them.
post #11 of 24
I would not try if I were you because it is no fun. Just look at the people in these pics. http://www.daydreamsunlimited.com/Koski/gallery.htm And these guys, whatever http://www.skibiker.com/id5.html wink
post #12 of 24
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I was wondering if you have every tryed skibiking and if it is hard to convert a bike into a skibike?
I am somewhat close to Durango Mountain Resort where they allow it.
I personally would not recommend converting a bike into a skibike. I believe the suspension was made for dirt/rock/roads. I would suspect that the cold temps may affect the oil/coil suspension performance as well. Besides, DMR restricts riders w/o footskis to just the 6-pack. A rider has to don footskis (i.e. attached to ski boots) to access the whole mtn. I've seen some guys at A-Basin ride the converted type but have yet to see them ride Pali or deep powder.

Durango Mtn Resort, Telluride, Keystone and Vail all have learn to ride programs. They all have a purpose-built, ski resort friendly skibike to teach guests on. I did some research and found that the Brenter Snowbike has been through some 60 years R&D in Austria (since 1946). There were two guys riding those bikes in A-Basin's Enduro event last couple of years.

I tried one maybe 7 or 8 years ago at Keystone and had fun - even went into easy glades. We were laughing but maybe because we thought it looks funny to sit while moving down the slopes. Had to ride with a ski instructor every time we went out so I didn't stick with it then.

Whistler supposedly has a bunch of these too.
post #13 of 24
Winter Park uses K2 bikes, and yes, they offer lessons.
post #14 of 24
No, but it looks really fun though. Hopefully I can try it soon!
post #15 of 24
This one looks interesting. http://ktrakcycle.com/home.html
post #16 of 24
When I tried it we had little outrigger skis on our feet, which made it almost too easy: and gave you an out from mashing your tender bits on the seat (or ramming the seat up your ass) when you hit a hard bump.
post #17 of 24
[quote=100+days Chris;615449]I personally would not recommend converting a bike into a skibike. I believe the suspension was made for dirt/rock/roads. I would suspect that the cold temps may affect the oil/coil suspension performance as well. Besides, DMR restricts riders w/o footskis to just the 6-pack. A rider has to don footskis (i.e. attached to ski boots) to access the whole mtn. I've seen some guys at A-Basin ride the converted type but have yet to see them ride Pali or deep powder.

I doubt this is the type of bike any of you'll have sitting in your garage, but if you have a downhill/freeride bike they can be fairly easily converted into ski bikes. I know people who use the same bike year round, snow and dirt. The suspension would work just fine (again, assuming you have a downhill/freeride bike).
post #18 of 24
Allover, welcome to Epicski! Please describe the conversions your friends are using in snow.

I use the same bike everyday in all weather, but it gets dicey when the snow is deepe than 8 inches (on the road). I use a standard type mtb (with 2.2" knobbies when there is snow on the road). A freeride bike would allow use of wider rims and fatter tires, studs would help immensley, I've seen the Warren Miller clips, but I think there is a limit. What do you think about the conversion in the link I posted above? It looks like it will go in snow better than bikes with wheels and it is still human powered, pedaling, not little skis on your feet.
post #19 of 24
Sure, let me hunt them down and ask a couple of questions. The main things they do are remove the bottom bracket and put in a special one that replaces pedals with footpegs. They also remove the wheels/tires from the bike and replace them with small skiis. I'll try and pry some details out of them in the next couple of days and post what I find out.
post #20 of 24
I thought this thread was going to be a joke. Here in japan, Highschool kids take out these bike/sleds (very low-performance- nothing like your photos here. no suspension) and tool around with their girlfriends who are on snowboards or skis. (go girls!!). The guys have this biker image they try to play off and the girls eat it up. Many of the guys also snowboard, but not around the girls they are trying to shag. They ride their bikes like they are just doing something while their girlfriend snowboards. Somehow exuding the image that they are too cool to pose around on a board and actually wait for their girlfriend... the bike makes them cooler.

the image of COOL in Japan is something that takes years for the westerner to digest.
post #21 of 24
Yeah i acquired a BMX to make a ski-bike worked well and was great at night to get home from the pub although at times i wish i hadn't drank and ridden but all the same ill do it again.


post #22 of 24
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...ght=boxxer+ski

This is a thread on a mountain bike site I read a lot. This will explain a lot on it. Here are some of the ski-bike related links I saw posted in the first couple of posts.

http://www.skibikeforum.net/ and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skibike-forum/


post #23 of 24
Thanks for the links, Allover. It looks like fun.
post #24 of 24
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Yeah i acquired a BMX to make a ski-bike worked well and was great at night to get home from the pub
Living downhill of the pub... BRILLIANT! I chose uphill and that's the wrong direction for obvious reasons. Perhaps I should consider dogsledding instead.
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