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Question Rollerskis

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by climberman, May 21, 2020 at 12:54 PM.

  1. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anyone use them for training or fun? Or both?
    What style?
    Anyone want to let any go?

    Yes, I am slightly bored.

    @Boodwah ?
    Anyone?
     
  2. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I use a slight variation thereof, called "skikes" (a portmanteau of 'ski' and 'bike'):

    Advantage of not needing a specific boot.
    Poles are XC poles with tungsten tips for the asphalt
     
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  3. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go on you know you want to take them down Mount Kembla
     
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  4. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ugghh!!
     
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  5. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They used to have Grass skiing at Jamberoo.

    Local ACL surgeon would set up a consult tent at the bottom.
     
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  6. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    looks techy. What broad range of $$?
     
  7. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    About $300 from memory
     
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  8. parachutist

    parachutist Hard Yards

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    I did a lot of research into them a while back, you could buy them at Rthum at coma and you can get fancy ones with braking systems, physical or Bluetooth style. I remember it almost being impossible to buy 2nd hand ones in Australia.. The basic ones look like they could be made at home if you have some skills!
     
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  9. Undies

    Undies Pizza! Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Hermannator are they at all similar to downhill skiing? Can you get a carve going on the way to the shops?
     
  10. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Not game enough to go that fast...

    Mine are more like XC (even though fixed heel) and forgot to mention they have brakes. There are freeheel variants with ratchets to prevent rollbacks I do believe.

    If you want to carve, I'd imagine you get roller blades. If it were me I'd look at 'step-in' varieties (thought I saw a bloke on K2 version of these around Albert Pk):
    https://www.powerslide.com/Doop
     
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  11. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    a guy who is prominent in the xc community is the skike importer and promotes them in that market

    serious xc athletes seem to do dry land training on rollerskis like this
     
  12. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yes. His initials would be LB. I bought mine from him a few years back
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    that's him
     
  14. Boodwah

    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was on Skikes for a while, they’re ok for rough road and even dirt track but a bit heavy and
    not that maneuverable. I ended up just going back to rollerblades which emulate the action of skiing pretty well and are super for cardio.
    Rollarskis are more like XC skating skis or a lighter version of Skikes, you can’t really carve w them.
     
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  15. Hermannator

    Hermannator One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Re the serious athletes - I'm under no illusions that I'm even remotely in that camp. I'm about the worst skiker ever... went in the Lake Mtn event a few years ago in the 5km race. Not only did I come dead last, I was passed by most of the 10km entrants (same start time, but 5km head start for me). :headbang: Hangover didn't help but excuses and all...
    I just don't like hills...

    @climberman to aid your question I hired rollerskis (not skikes) from EMC in Deepdene years ago - might be worth giving them a buzz to see if they still do
     
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    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Rollerblades for the win if you’re not XC.
     
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  18. Undies

    Undies Pizza! Ski Pass: Gold

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    That actually sounds pretty good. I've never taken up blading as I used to skateboard loads when I was a teenager and rollerblades were ghey. But maybe I need to get over myself and have some fun training in the green season.
     
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    Undies Pizza! Ski Pass: Gold

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    At the risk of derailing this thread....

    Any tips on the best rollerblades for a skier looking to get started on them? Am noticing 3 wheel and 4 wheel options these days?
     
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    BilbyBill One of Us

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    Not on roller skis or skikes, but you can emulate down hill turns on roller blades.
     
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    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    3 wheel skates have larger wheel diameters which make them smoother to skate compared to 4 wheel. This elevates the base plate giving a higher riding position compared to 4 wheel variants. 3 wheeled versions are usually a touch more expensive as well.
     
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    DbSki Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fixed
     
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    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't worry they're still a bit ghey. Go easy on the lycra.
    I've gravitated to 4 wheels over 3, and find that 90-100mm gets me the best balance between speed and carving. Basically smaller wheels more manouverable, larger faster and better for rougher paths. Best blades are the ones that fit your feet best. I've got weird feet mostly comfy in K2
     
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    Bizarrely enough, I am a 30-mumble year old who used to rollerblade (speed-skating recreationally and street skating), but when I first went to the snow I decided to snowboard rather than ski.

    Maybe a contrarian personality - or I just have a habit of picking the trend that is going to flop? :p
     
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    We'll ride shotgun and video you....
     
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    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Were you heading north on Plenty Rd under the ring road the other day by any chance? If so I saw you :D
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Went grass skiing Moore Park, Sydney and also on the now overgrown hill (opposite caravan park) at the Thredbo turnoff...all very early 1980s. Moore Park had a little Mighty Mite tow, Jindabyne....walk up.
    [​IMG]
     
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    The forum’s resident skateboarder

     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ya know, I was thinking all along, was there a car behind the camera car and was it going to overtake and take them out! Woot. :eek:
     
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    Back before I got around to getting a driver's license, I would rollerblade a lot to get around, and the carving feeling is joyfully ski-like. You can't get a good telemark feel though. In order to get that, I made my own roller skis using two different sized wheels, NNNBC Bindings (my only boots were Alpina BC 2000s) and some aluminum extrusion. By having four wheels underfoot and an actual ski binding, I did get a pretty good Telemark feeling. Finding appropriate smooth slopes that were wide enough to link turns and avoiding traffic was more difficult.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pic of
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    We used to grass ski at Tintenbar just behind Byron Bay. Dodging the trees, rocks and lantana is what helped me develop my turns. There was a wire nutcracker type tow.
     
  34. Hermannator

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    No. I've only ever spotted one other skiker myself, around Forster Rd, Mt Waverley
     
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    Have you got a picture of them? sound interesting!
     
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    Echo Base Hard Yards

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    I never took pics back then, but I'll take a pic next time I'm in the shed. (i think they're in there somewhere, but I've long since stolen the wheels for other projects)
    The cross section was like this:
    Small wheel underfoot

    Large wheel in front of binding and behind heel