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by Askel
Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: NNN bindings and combi boot on a BC ski?
Replies: 2
Views: 1341

Re: NNN bindings and combi boot on a BC ski?

Anybody out there using this type of setup? Does it work ok? A race I am planning on this year recommends going as light as possible due to the distance (40 miles, 12-15 hours) but also conditions can sometimes require metal edges too. The ski will be a Rossi BC 59 waxable or Madshus Voss, boot is ...
by Askel
Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: touring poles
Replies: 3
Views: 1499

Re: touring poles

The Black Diamond poles sound like they could be useful for mountainous backcountry skiing (and the original author already had backcountry poles), but they seem kind of overkill for woods touring. I use my aluminum BD poles all the time for woods touring. Love the grips on them, you can get bigger...
by Askel
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Idea to get better event turnouts...
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

I've pretty much all but given up XC ski racing. The main reason being crazy high entry fees with no refund if something comes up last minute. I don't need to lay that much money out to get my ass kicked by a bunch of dudes in spandex who get way too serious about this stuff. But if I heard I could ...
by Askel
Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Choosing an off track/metal edge ski for backcountry
Replies: 3
Views: 4213

Re: Choosing an off track/metal edge ski for backcountry

First Answer: I've spent the winter thus far chasing a friend of mine who skis BC125s. I finally broke down and bought my own pair last night just so I could keep up. He's about the same build as you and skis them with Voile hardwire 3 pin bindings and scarpa t1 boots. He's been kicking my ass on th...
by Askel
Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Huh.
Replies: 4
Views: 1646

Huh.

Well, I'm sold on the concept. Especially the $179 part. :D

http://marquette-backcountry.com/
by Askel
Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: Biking
Topic: Anyone getting derailed into Cyclocross?
Replies: 14
Views: 6120

Almanzo or DB is on the list for next year.....plus a road century or two.... Eric The Almanzo will completely redefine your expectations of the quality of an event vs. its entry fee. As I sit here looking at entry fees for something like the Noque (damn, missed the early entry!), I can't help but ...
by Askel
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Touring RULES!
Replies: 7
Views: 2005

I think the availability of good quality, cheap snowshoes is really doing a number on ski touring. Snowshoeing is a lot easier to learn and for most folks in fresh snow around here, it's just about as fast. Sure, after working on your skills for a little bit, skiing becomes a lot more fun- but most ...
by Askel
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:34 am
Forum: Biking
Topic: Anyone getting derailed into Cyclocross?
Replies: 14
Views: 6120

Yeah, dirt road rides and such are the boss. Now, they aren't CX per se -- as we're not working on our dismounts and running. Plenty of dismounting (including one good one of the unintentional variety for me) and running on the Heck Of The North last weekend. Enevela- did you race any of those even...
by Askel
Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Backcountry Snow Race - Copper Harbor, MI - Mar 6,7
Replies: 2
Views: 1418

OK, so I wussed out on the camping part- but it was optional anway. Just wanted to post a race report on this one: http://www.bialas.org/blog/2010/03/back-country-snow-race.html Probably one of the coolest events I've ever done- and something fun to drag friends to. While fairly difficult on skis, t...
by Askel
Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:26 am
Forum: Biking
Topic: Rugged, Inexpensive, Functional All-Terrain Bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 11869

Knee jerk reaction to the Cadillac: I like it better. At least it has some name brand parts on it like Kenda, Suntour, and Shimano. Yep, although if you're comfortable around tools- lots and lots of really great deals on the used market. It's often a crap shoot- but working on bikes is *way* easier...
by Askel
Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:22 am
Forum: Biking
Topic: Rugged, Inexpensive, Functional All-Terrain Bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 11869

I do however want full suspension. My riding is probably going to be vastly different than what most of you do. I need a bike that will traverse some rugged albeit fairly flat terrain. I will need to cross creeks & wash gullies as well as detours around blowdowns. Counter-intuitively, full susp...
by Askel
Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Biking
Topic: Rugged, Inexpensive, Functional All-Terrain Bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 11869

Well, nearly all bikes are made in China- at least any that I'll be able to afford, so I wouldn't hold that against it. I gotta say pass on that one too. Only one size availble? No specs listed on parts? Walk away. The thing that will kill you on lower end bikes is the stuff with bearings. Hubs, hea...
by Askel
Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Biking
Topic: Rugged, Inexpensive, Functional All-Terrain Bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 11869

You could also do something like this: http://nowbikes-fitness.com/product/marin-muirwoods-50084-1.htm Simple, cromo frame, rigid fork (cheap suspension forks are really bad when you're over 200 lbs...trust me), a good selection of gears, and you can go wider on the tires to get some float on dirt....
by Askel
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Biking
Topic: Rugged, Inexpensive, Functional All-Terrain Bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 11869

IMO the best general purpose bicycle out there is an older steel frame with friction shifters. Something like this frame here http://www.re-cycle.com/bike.aspx?pic=3327 only with a few gears. Put a rack on the back and use it for everything. If you're a big dude- I'd be cautious about steel. At 200...
by Askel
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Biking
Topic: Rugged, Inexpensive, Functional All-Terrain Bikes?
Replies: 21
Views: 11869

I tend to be a little... umm... 'oblique' in my bike buying habits. Not everybody thinks the way I do, and I tend to change my way of thinking a lot. But I'm also cheap, so maybe this advice will be of some use. For good, utilitarian, all terrain value- you just can't beat the aluminum framed, 26&qu...

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