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in: DarthBalter; DarthBalter > 2020-05-06

May 7, 2020 1:17 PM # 
Bernard:
I do my share of risky sports
but those roller skis scare the bejesus out of me!
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May 8, 2020 12:35 AM # 
fossil:
It's pretty pedestrian except for downhills. There are some special tricks to have up your sleeve there. Just don't do an Alex and head downhill on a road you've never seen before.

What skis did you get, and classic or skate?
May 8, 2020 7:10 AM # 
DarthBalter:
they are skating ones, and the wheels are 2/3 slower ones ( one speed 2 and one speed 3), and I am not planning on going on roads with cars or steep hills. As a matter of fact they are excellent workout on flats, since they have built in resistance into wheels.
Bernie, I will bring them to your place: Mayer Drive is perfect to try them.
May 9, 2020 2:27 AM # 
fossil:
What brand? Narrow wheels or wide? Narrow are very popular these days but I still really like my old V2 skis with the wider wheels. Very stable, especially for someone like me with lousy ankles. Did you know Ed D has a line of rollerskis? Niflheim.

Agree on Mayer Drive. Suburban areas like that with lots of wide streets with low traffic and low speed limits are great for skiing. Wear your bike helmet and keep your pole tips sharp.
May 9, 2020 1:13 PM # 
DarthBalter:
US made, in Minnesota - Pursuit , narrow (24 mm ) wheels. Ed did not mentioned it to me, I wonder if he still does it.
May 10, 2020 1:57 AM # 
fossil:
Good question. Doesn't look like he's updated the website since moving to VT:
http://www.niflheimnordic.com/contact-us

I have a pair. I like skis that have speed reducers for helping scrub speed on longer downhills. V2 and Niflheim are the only ones I've seen but I might just be uninformed.
May 17, 2020 10:21 PM # 
dave_k:
Gregory, awesome awesome on the roller skis. I got a pair last year, because of never ending calf strains while running, its a great non-impact aerobic activity. If you go to rollerskishop.com the guy there is great, i got mine from him, he has a brake that although it looks goofy, it really does a good job. which wheel do you have up front, the 2 or the 3. the rollerski dude, insisted on putting the slow up front, had an explanation, but i cannot understand why it is, so i switched, i have 2 up front, 3 in back. i've wiped out 4 times, 3 from rocks, 1 a small piece of a branch. there are brand new bike paths by my house, what are you rolling on? if you were to come to cle, make sure you bring yours, i'll let you borrow a pair of my poles, but they'd probably be over your head , haha ! I'd be interested in the reaction of people when they see you, in cle its the usual look of shock and confusion as to what the hell this guy is doing!
May 18, 2020 3:56 AM # 
DarthBalter:
Dave, that is exactly the guy I bought my roller skis from. It is fairly flat here, and I do not go on roads with traffic, so I removed the brake after 2 days. I have few options, the close by one is Forest Park Drive, closed to traffic, but asphalt is a little rough. Prospect Park ans Central park have loops that are uses bicyclists and roller skating public. And not too far from my work on Long Island there 14.5 km bike path going to Jones Beach and further. 29 km round trip. Because of the quarantine, right now the amount of people in parks quite large, all week long, I have to be careful.
Fell down ones already, minor scrapes on elbow and knee, went roller skiing next day.
I have same set up as you 2 up front and 3 in the back - 3 is slower one.

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