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post #1 of 9
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am thinking of buying some blades tomorrow for the sole purpose of being able to carry them on my bike (and "normal" skis when I'm in the car).

I'm only gonna buy ex-rentals (or will rent if possible) so anything in partucular to watch out for? anything to avoid?

I assume they use stanard bindings so normal ski boots will fit.
post #2 of 9
Puss blades which I like to call them are the dumbest things on earth
post #3 of 9
 No, your mom is!
post #4 of 9
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 No, your mom is!

T, you owe me a keyboard

What's better, getting some turns on blades or getting no turns at all because you can't mount skis on a bike? 

I say go for it, have fun, and ignore anyone who says otherwise. At the very least, blades will force you to have great balance. Good skill to have when you put your skis back on.

Salomon had 85cm and 95cm versions of their SnowBlades. The 85s were a little fatter, and were marketed as being more for the park. I'd do the 95s if I were you.

They had a lever binding system that was adjustable to any size boot. Just get 'em with the bottoms in good condition and you should be golden. Have a blast!
post #5 of 9
Yeah.jpgThen you can rip sick lines, stomping big hucks like a powder gangster blowing shit up.
post #6 of 9
Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post

 you can't mount skis on a bike? 

Why not?

Bases in, strapped to the top tube.   Boots in panniers.   Done.

The only issue is knee/binding clearance.
post #7 of 9
Blades do not have releasable bindings. 

Blades can lead to reliance on hip twisting to turn rather than foot steering unless you're careful to avoid it.

If you learn to use the EDGES of blades for turning, they're OK, except for the potential danger of a nonrelease.

I've seen two or three different mountings of something like pieces of heavy plastic drain pipe to carry skis and poles on bikes.   Check out what the Ski Patrol uses on snowmobiles to carry skis.   Boots in a backpack.  Ride to the slopes.
post #8 of 9
Originally Posted by slider View Post

Yeah.jpgThen you can rip sick lines, stomping big hucks like a powder gangster blowing shit up.

how can a guy who skis on SL skis(all the time since I have SL skis as well) make fun of skiboarder! :)
post #9 of 9
As all the big skiboard guys will tell you the Solomon (Snowblade brand) ones are cheap, foam core, and use plastic non-releasable bindings. That may be all you need but honestly the newer, wider, more symmetrical skiboards from the likes of Spruce (who have normal releaseable bindings), Revel8 (I use a pair of Tanshos for fore aft drills, bastards are poppy and stiff as hell, but use non releasable bindings for hardboot snowboards so they scare me) and others you'll find at a place like SkiboardsOnline will fare far far better than the old poorly made "Snowblades". These newer ones use the same materials and technologies used in skis (sidewall or capped construction, use actual wood and metal instead of foam), Spurces even approach short ski lengths at 120 and 130cm. The big difference is the sidecut and crazy turning radius.

Like KB said, Skiboards can lead to some weirdness in technique if not careful but they can also be stupidly fun and nice training tools. I picked up some weird ticks from using them, but also a few runs on them early had me better centered on my skis and with higher edge angles than I had before (suckers don't turn and simply aren't that stable unless they're on edge). Also nothing gets you out of the backseat like simply not having one. Same for throwing yourself too far over your tips while breaking at the waist. haha.

Enjoy but yeah I'd be careful of buying the "snowblade" branded ones out there. They have breaking in half problems. ;)
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