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Re: Classic vs Skate Roller Ski Tracking

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:50 am
by Magnus Johansson
Pat wrote:Yeah I just got back from using them. It seems to me that after a few double pole pushes to get going on a relatively flat surface, that I make a slow right hand turn -- well before going 10meters or so.

OK, I think you should try to align the wheels with something like Neuro suggested. Siriro has a very similar tool: http://www.siriro-shop.de/zubehoer-roll ... chtung.htm

Pat wrote:Actually seems that both skis want to go that way. I can skate, turn, stop, maneuver just fine. Double poling alone I have to keep the feet moving to correct. I wonder that knock kneed a bit, unequal leg lengths a bit, are enough to make any skis turn -- which describes me.

I believe you will notice a clear improvement in every roller skiing technique if you align the wheels, if poor alignment is what makes them turn to the right.

Pat wrote:I do like the Woodskis and think they are well made and fun to use. Look pretty cool too.

Yes, skis should be made of wood.

Re: Classic vs Skate Roller Ski Tracking

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:12 am
by Neuro
Magnus Johansson wrote:
Neuro wrote:Thanks for the tip, I've sent them a mail if it's possible to demo the skis.

You're welcome. I believe they have special official events with roller ski demos in the same way e.g. Alewalds has here in Sweden, but maybe they can arrange something just for you. I would especially recommend you to test IDT Skate Elite.

Got answer that they do indeed let people test skis for a couple of days which is great, so i might do that. Btw, how did you know about this?

Re: Classic vs Skate Roller Ski Tracking

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:23 am
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:Got answer that they do indeed let people test skis for a couple of days which is great, so i might do that. Btw, how did you know about this?

I read on their website about their arranging demo events with free testing, but I didn't know that they would borrow you roller skis for your private testing; I only thought it would be worth investigating.

Re: Classic vs Skate Roller Ski Tracking

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:05 pm
by MN Hoser
The tool shown is a better way of simply putting a straight edge along the side of both wheels. There’s usually millimeter or so of slop in the fork holes so you can very slightly align skis. So I’d suggest using a straight edge next to the the wheels and then hold the ski and straight edge up to light and look at the gaps. If the the skis are aligned, then the next thing is wheel wear. You can rotate and switch wheels front to back. The final thing (I’ve noticed) is the slant of the road or trail you’re skiing. Also, thin wheels seem to have less tracking problems than fat (classic) wheels. (Maybe that’s technique related.)

Jay

Re: Classic vs Skate Roller Ski Tracking

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:26 am
by Neuro
Yes but the tool will also align the wheels in the vertical axis as well, although any misalignment there probably doesn't affect the ski as much.