Anyone rollerskiing yet?

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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby Neuro » Sat May 27, 2017 4:39 am

That's a clever and simple solution, although it seems it would take a few seconds to find and push the plate whereas the brake arm is much more immediate which is needed on the busy path where I am. More pressure can probably be put on it too so a bit more effective. Also not sure it might work 100% on thinner skate wheels?

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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sun May 28, 2017 2:35 am

AE has a similar brake but on the front wheel instead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdfYHD4fukw
I assume both brakes can be put on either the front or back wheel. How about having two brakes? One on the front wheel and one on the back wheel, or one on each rollerski: front-front, back-back or front-back? Or a brake on every wheel so one can choose braking efficiency according to the situation and also even out the braking wear on the wheels?

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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby dcpattie » Sun May 28, 2017 4:15 am

I think using the poles in the front would be both easier and more effective. On a bicycle the front brake does all (or most of) the work (same with cars).

I use the jenex brakes, which generally do the job. I like the fact that its "right there" so I can start braking quickly if needed. The main issue with the Jenex system is braking on wet surfaces - basically there is none. I'm thinking of applying a rubber compound to the metal plate to help the brake "grab" more during panic braking situations. Of course it might be too grabby on dry days?
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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sun May 28, 2017 5:35 am

dcpattie wrote:I'm thinking of applying a rubber compound to the metal plate to help the brake "grab" more during panic braking situations. Of course it might be too grabby on dry days?

That would improve the grab. Elpex uses rubber brake shoes: https://www.skistart.com/eng/summer/rol ... omsen.html

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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby Neuro » Sun May 28, 2017 5:44 am

With the speed reducers in front and the brake arms in back (I have one on each ski), I have in effect brake on all corners and I use them all on every trip. On the steepest part of my run, the reducers are at max, and one brake is pushed so hard it hurts the calf. In this way I can get down, although the hill turns and the direction change needs lifting skis which takes some getting used to (I must lean forward just at that moment to prevent the skis overtaking the upper body if you know what I mean).

Agree the brakes are rubbish when it's wet, and then probably Rollersafe is the only way to go as it's metal on metal and both brakes work at the same time I believe. Practically a disc brake. Very pricey though..

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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby Neuro » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:18 am

Middle of June and I haven't been out for a single run yet!

It's due to many factors, but mostly the winter season was so amazing and I skied so much that I don't have the hunger to ski at the moment, the other is that May was the warmest month on record here (30 C regularly).

You? Any new equipment or trails to try?

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Re: Anyone rollerskiing yet?

Postby Pat » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:26 pm

Well yeah I have been out a lot. Mostly on a cinder track behind a local school that works out well doing classic on. I'll rotate laps doing double poles, double pool kick and straight kick and glide. My V2 XLAs work well on that surface. I am planning on doing a camping trip next month up to central Pennsylvania and roller skiing on a Rails to Trails that runs along the Pine Creek. It is a 60+ mile trail and I'll pick off part of it going out and back. I've hiked part of the trail but that was awhile ago. Has anyone on this forum ever roller skied on that trail? I'm going on memory and pictures but it looks like the trail is that fine crushed limestone and I'm good on that surface.

Hope everyone is well.

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