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by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Budget headlamps?
Replies: 15
Views: 6490

I think the Magic Shine 900 is probably the latest best buy best lamp. What, is it about $80 with batteries and charger, delivered. 900 lumens. I have the same light as a stick-light and it's great on my road bike at high speed at night. I want to make a hat-mount for it. The Magic Shine holds 4 bat...
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: I just had to try - it turned out surprisingly uneventful!
Replies: 7
Views: 2776

Right. Don't take away material. As you say it would let the tape sit flush. You don't want it to be flush. You want it to stand up a ways. As regards skating with classic skis, the one year I did the Nat'ls (1987!) my roommate won the 50k -- he used classic skis. No one else did. He was a short guy...
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is my V2 normal, or my V2alt bad?
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

Do the dryland drill until you're rock steady. It'll happen.

Read the column I linked to.

Obey all commands.
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is my V2 normal, or my V2alt bad?
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

Jan, ya gotta work to relax with V2. Work on doing it SLOW, like John Downing says. Didja read my column link? It's a STEADY-STATE move that has certain structural features/benefits. It's best for moderate uphills, no matter how long. It's relaxing and effective for them. And stable. And not "h...
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone trying the new CAT1 or Striding Doublepole yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

Naw, I disagree. It's new. New for distance. New for uphills. New in variants. New in equipment (long poles). New as in no one racing has seen it. New in detail and new in general! New enough for me! Not new as a transition, but not proposed as a transition. Not new as in unnamed use by a few tourer...
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone trying the new CAT1 or Striding Doublepole yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

New is relative, of course. I'd agree to that. But the "change-up" was dropped long before skating appeared. And I'm not sure that it ever was used as a general method -- it was a change-up, a transition. Heck, there was ski-skating forever, too, but no one went up hills or for hours doing...
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Technique comparison - did I improve at all?
Replies: 38
Views: 5951

Way back when I did ONE DAY with Anikin and 20 beginners at Forbush. It was frustrating. It was also somewhat fun. N said to me at one point, "Ah, I see what you're doing. Hmmm!" I thought that was kinda cute. I left early. Well, after the teaching was done. I wasn't rude or anything. Ther...
by JeffOYB
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: What's the diff b/w old Rossi Evo Quest and new Evo Tour?
Replies: 1
Views: 1287

I just looked at Dick Fultz's Crosss Country Ski Shop website and he has the EVO's at 1500 grams a pair. That's more like it. There are quite a few places perpetuating the 830 gram mistake. Must mean PER SKI. I couldn't wait long enough for the official Rossi site flash-gibberish to let find them th...
by JeffOYB
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Technique comparison - did I improve at all?
Replies: 38
Views: 5951

Should Jan ATTEND SOME TOP CLINIC? >Dude, that's expensive. HA! PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR, in the long run. What, in the USA a 2-session clinic is like $100. Cheap! ...Considering that it is the main thing that finally lets you learn to how ski well. !!! [I don't know how to insert remarks, so I'll jus...
by JeffOYB
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Technique comparison - did I improve at all?
Replies: 38
Views: 5951

I just thought of something. I've read, studied and worked with my friends on every technique issue that has come along in the past 30 years. The two times I've made sizeable breakthrus both happened awhile after working hard to digest/engrain/incubate what I learned from PRO COACHES AT CLINICS. (An...
by JeffOYB
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone trying the new CAT1 or Striding Doublepole yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

I've posted about it a lot at my http://outyourbackdoor.com website.

But Dale has done the most with it as regards using it as a skate racing move within classic events. Here's his lowdown at his blog:

http://catskier.blogspot.com/
by JeffOYB
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is my V2 normal, or my V2alt bad?
Replies: 8
Views: 2024

V2 is a climbing move. V2A is for the flats. So I'd say you do need V2A. Well, one can even make V1 serve for everything, if you want, so who knows. It's not about balance or needing more time for arm swings. It's technical. If you do it right you'll be structurally stable and relaxed and there will...
by JeffOYB
Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Technique comparison - did I improve at all?
Replies: 38
Views: 5951

I just quickly read thru this thread. I see a lot of comments on balance. I think this can be intimidating to someone like Jan. I think he needs the right technique and that the balance then comes structurally. Doing a great V2 doesn't require more balance at all. It involves recognizing how to invo...
by JeffOYB
Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone trying the new CAT1 or Striding Doublepole yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

It's cool that Big A used to do it. Too bad I never heard of anyone commenting on it or debating its usefulness. I think Dale is unique in suggesting that it can let you use skating-length poles in classic events. Dudes used to only use skate poles in classic events when they were going to DP the wh...
by JeffOYB
Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone trying the new CAT1 or Striding Doublepole yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 2572

Anyone trying the new CAT1 or Striding Doublepole yet?

I posted about this last year and put up YouTubes about it. Dale N is winning with it. I recently googled it. No buzz. What's up? Racers usually start gossiping if a new BRUSH comes out. Here's a freaky new ski technique. I mean, even a slight conceptual twist in technique can cause a firestorm and ...

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