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by davidb
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Training philosophy
Replies: 32
Views: 456

Re: Training philosophy

I'm really not very good at philosophy, but could you guys comment on running vs mt.bike riding as training for skiing?
by davidb
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Pole Handles Curved...Why?
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Pole Handles Curved...Why?

Blah, you're wrong again! Obviously the full on Bill Koch/Marty Hall technique is the way to go, "jazz hands and all." And, I've been told numerous times how cool it looks. (One thing I learned about living in L.A.: It's all about image!) Sometimes though, I wonder how all those old folks ...
by davidb
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Pole Handles Curved...Why?
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Pole Handles Curved...Why?

Re. SkiErg grips: I hold the handles throughout the stroke. I get tendonitis at the base of my thumb if I rely too much on the strap.

I'm a big fan of SkiErg, but I wouldn't be disappointed if they came up with a different handle/strap.
by davidb
Sat Feb 04, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: Favorite waxes? Curious!
Replies: 4
Views: 306

Re: Favorite waxes? Curious!

Re. Rode Blue Multigrade : What is "Middle Europe Snow" and "Nord Europe Snow"? (Taken from the side of the Rode tin.)
by davidb
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: What would you do?

Thanks Magnus, neuro. I'll begin taking those skis a lot more seriously.

Blah, I'll try the Start stuff; what's the down side; what should I watch for? Thanks.
by davidb
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 9
Views: 345

Re: What would you do?

Blah- No, not very abrasive at all. Seemed to me that just the change in snow temperature as the elevation changed was the issue; I'd wax for higher temps then ice on the climb out. I recall thinking, with respect to Rode Multi blue: "This wax has no range," but then the VR50 did the same ...
by davidb
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 9
Views: 345

What would you do?

So, here's the deal 25k, new snow at 19 degrees, very hilly course with long, steep climbs, and of course, steep downs. Temperature expected to rise maybe 20 degrees after a 9 AM start Three layers of Rode Multi blue seemed better than VR30 which seemed a bit grabby,and all's well for 7k or so, then...
by davidb
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Where do you rollerski?
Replies: 47
Views: 1374

Re: Where do you rollerski?

Pat- First, I wasn't kidding about skaters!

I know very little about classic rollers, but availability/cost of spares and in particular, wheels, is important.

But, in terms of performance, I like my Elpex skis more than my Swix C2s.

Wish more of that cool European stuff was available here.
by davidb
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Where do you rollerski?
Replies: 47
Views: 1374

Re: Where do you rollerski?

Let me make one thing clear: Classic skiers are always smarter, better looking and just superior people; skaters are mostly Bolsheviks.

I think your current workout is perfect.
by davidb
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Spills and thrills
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Spills and thrills

Lots, but one in particular: I was skiing in V2, and going fast, when I hit gravel? something, that stopped my ski and propelled me forehead first into the pavement, arms were back so I couldn't get my hands out in front to break my fall; it seemed to happen instantly! Stunned me for a full minute o...
by davidb
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Herringbone Skate
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Herringbone Skate

I've been working on my herringbone lately. Problem is, I'm getting glide (even though I'm edging) when "V" angle is significantly less than 15 degrees: really hard not to get a little. Am I skating?
by davidb
Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Where do you rollerski?
Replies: 47
Views: 1374

Re: Where do you rollerski?

Actually, I'm a big fan of diversity, multiculturalism and political correctness (the academics insist it's our strength) so the dead bodys, gangs, drive-bys and graffiti didn't bother me at all. (Who am I to judge another culture? Right?) The only thing I couldn't accept in L.A. was the really bad ...
by davidb
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Roller Skis
Topic: Where do you rollerski?
Replies: 47
Views: 1374

Re: Where do you rollerski?

When I lived in Los Angeles, I skied in a large municipal park, lots of car traffic, gangs, gravel, steep downhills,and the occasional dead body. (I'm not kidding!) Now, it's a bit more civil: Long ski through a housing tract early Sunday AM to avoid cars. I have a really good 8 min interval loop wi...
by davidb
Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Skin ski, what to get?
Replies: 53
Views: 7147

Re: Skin ski, what to get?

But we need those F 35s so we can protect those guys rollerskiing on their dedicated paved courses.
by davidb
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trail fees
Replies: 12
Views: 711

Re: Trail fees

How about Mammoth Lakes XC? (CA) Non-Holiday is $29! (10% more on holidays) Maybe 20k, and most of it is at 9000ft. Grooming is poor, lots of ice, little parking, no warming huts (but lots of good old L.A. attitude.)

Sometimes I wonder how this sport has survived in CA.

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