What is wrong with these skis?

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What is wrong with these skis?

Postby ldalach » Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:40 pm

I cycle during the summer. Want something outdoors and active for the winter. I picked up these skis on Craigslist and tried them out once. Something seems very wrong with one of them. It's like the plastic on the bottom is worn off.

Any thoughts?

Also, what are some good ways to start learning technique, etc. for a newbie with no skiing friends.

Thanks a lot.
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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby IcySmooth52 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:19 pm

It's hard to tell from those pictures, but I think one of those ski's crowns is "worn out". (Has no kick-grip) Unfortunately there's nothing that can really be done to those that would be worthwhile to save them. I'd get another pair.

As for technique, cycling is my prime sport too, and classic nordic skiing is a great way to keep those particular muscles tuned around this time. Kind of like getting a feel for spinning, getting a feel for the foot movement when kicking off and having an attention for keeping the skis level are what I'd point out. As for the foot movement, you're kicking from your toes when cruising. (And I lean forward a little.) But classic skiing isn't my science, road biking is. So I'll let others speak for more detail.

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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby jt10000 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:42 pm

ldalach wrote:Also, what are some good ways to start learning technique, etc. for a newbie with no skiing friends.

A lesson at a ski center.

And video, such as the video put out by Jenex on DVD http://jenex.com/products/accessories/i ... -skier-dvd
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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby Montana » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:37 pm

I agree with jt1000. Find a ski center that rents skis and has an instructor. Take a lesson.
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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby Burgesse » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:47 am

Ditto - as a guy who stubbornly tried for several years to teach myself to ski, one session with a real coach made all the difference. Dump those skis.

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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby nxski » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:53 am

It looks like someone tried to stone grind those! :shock:
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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby ldalach » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:22 am

Thanks everyone. Sad about the skis. That's a newbie mistake and it was completely dark when I bought them.

I'll look around for an instructor. Sadly, we had a few cold weeks with snow (too cold!) but now all the snow is almost gone from the Chicagoland area. Back to cycling!

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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby Montana » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:50 am

ldalach wrote:Sadly, we had a few cold weeks with snow (too cold!) but now all the snow is almost gone from the Chicagoland area. Back to cycling!

You can always do what I used to do when I lived in the Chicago area. Head north!
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Re: What is wrong with these skis?

Postby TheProdigalCyclist » Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:37 pm

There is man-made snow up at Lapham Peak State Park, Delefield, WI. Probably the best skiing south of Wausau.


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