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by SpecialGreen
Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Re: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25

The snow was actually very soft and fluffy. At the time, I thought I must have been imagining it (maybe just the lack of glide making me think that there was icing). But then I passed a guy who had stopped and was scraping visible ice off his skis, so that got me thinking that maybe it wasn't my ima...
by SpecialGreen
Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Re: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25

I was worried about the wind and body temp, so opted for "colder everything": thicker hat, gloves, shell, than I'd used before, even at sub-zero. I think that part worked, as I was maybe just a tad warm during the race, but nothing some extra fluids wouldn't fix. I went with Fastwax recomm...
by SpecialGreen
Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Re: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25

Overnight low Friday night will be 2F, and Saturday high in Ishpeming will be 1F, so: expect a steady 1F all day, until you get near the lake. Humidity is moderate. Wind will be 15mph when it is NOT blowing (Swix says "extreme wind 25mph, gusts to 40mph"). Dan's Fastwax says "Snow wil...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:14 am
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25
Replies: 12
Views: 4389

Noquemanon Ski Marathon - Marquette MI Saturday 1/25

Below are some collected thoughts from my one participation in the 50km Noquemanon Ski Marathon, a couple of years ago, when I had just started racing. Some info may have changed since then. I was writing this down for a friend, and thought I'd share here. I would characterize the Noquemanon as an o...
by SpecialGreen
Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood MI Saturday 1/11
Replies: 3
Views: 1621

SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood MI Saturday 1/11

SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood Michigan on Saturday, 1/11. Friday high temp will be about 32F, with 1 to 3 inches new snow expected overnight, while temps barely change at all (28F race start). Saturday temps unchanging from 6am to noon (28-29F), with 85%-92% relative humidity. Could be a fun VR45 day.
by SpecialGreen
Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:08 am
Forum: XC Ski Gear Discussion
Topic: Alpina BC 1550 boots shredding my toes... help!
Replies: 3
Views: 1749

Re: Alpina BC 1550 boots shredding my toes... help!

I used to get bloody toes during each race over about 15k. The toenail of one toe would cut into the side of the next. Some boots work better than others, but they all did it before 42k or 50k: even Fischer and OneWay, which have wider toe-boxes. I've had good luck protecting the toes using a sport-...
by SpecialGreen
Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: SNS Binding Tutorial (and General Binding Tute)
Replies: 16
Views: 56632

Re: SNS Binding Tutorial (and General Binding Tute)

Thank you for posting this and for the photographs. 5) assemble the rear binding, check the alignment with boot. adjust drill mark as needed I agree with Doug: I mounted a pair of Profils on rollerskis, and thought they were straight, but with a new pair of OneWay boots, the boot heel sometimes mis...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heat Gun for waxing / tips for cutting poles
Replies: 11
Views: 3439

Re: Heat Gun for waxing / tips for cutting poles

On waxing with a heat gun, I've done it for warm glide wax - rubbed the wax on the ski, heated with heat gun, then corked it in while warm, then scraped when cool. Worked OK. Big upside was using much less wax, which meant less cleanup. I wonder if that would be easier/faster than using a Speed Blo...
by SpecialGreen
Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrade/Modernize Worthwhile?
Replies: 11
Views: 3974

Re: Upgrade/Modernize Worthwhile?

my perspective on some big changes since the 80's: - binding: having a square channel (or two) in the bottom of the boot, which gives much more control on hills. - pole baskets: the old baskets that had a loop in front drive me nuts. medium changes - scintered base: ability to wax - cap ski construc...
by SpecialGreen
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heat Gun for waxing / tips for cutting poles
Replies: 11
Views: 3439

Re: Heat Gun for waxing

I got the cheapest brand-name unit from a big box hardware store (on the way to a club session last year, when I still had the wrong tips on my poles). It works fine for: - swapping pole tips - swapping pole handles, or removing them to shorten poles - removing kick wax without any solvent at all - ...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Flex = Prosperity for today's race schedule?
Replies: 10
Views: 3120

Re: Flex = Prosperity for today's race schedule?

At the "small, local" end, there are definitely some flexible races. They're really more like club outings, where everybody agrees that "today, it's a race." It's still fun; just no pageantry. For the high-pageantry races, it would be interesting to try to build a "follow th...
by SpecialGreen
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Wax and Waxing
Topic: concave ski bases
Replies: 15
Views: 3672

concave ski bases

I am rehabilitating a pair of ski-swap skis for one of my kids. I tried to hot-scrape them, and found that the scraper only contacted the ski base for a couple of millimeters at the edges. With some extra scraping, the scraped area widened to about 7mm at each edge. But it seems that the base of the...
by SpecialGreen
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Races and Racing
Topic: Telemark and the Birkie
Replies: 9
Views: 3214

Re: Telemark and the Birkie

My guess: unless the news reports got the name wrong, Telemark's new owner could be Flanders Land Trust. There is a Newco, LLC registered in CO, and a NEWCO, LLC too. Newco, LLC was registered to a Robert McCarthy, a pastry chef who also registered Red Elk Bakery/Paris Bakery at the same address, an...
by SpecialGreen
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: JD's development column in last CC Skier issue...
Replies: 11
Views: 3145

Re: JD's development column in last CC Skier issue...

Another new financial need is artificial snow: colleges and highschools with access to a snow-making loop have weeks more on-snow time before first meets.
by SpecialGreen
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I still think CX version of XC is good plan for bad snow
Replies: 3
Views: 2433

Re: I still think CX version of XC is good plan for bad snow

Just add 2-stroke motors with belt-drive Skintec inserts, and kids'll be lining-up :snakeman:

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