My current ski boot footbeds were made by Glen. Since Harald trained Glen, hopefully Harald and Chris will approve.
Jim2: I thought that was the case and think it will be interesting to hear if there are differences. I don't know how much Glen has been isolated from HSS or like minded alignment specialists.
I know that Lynn has had moments where Harald had one opinion and Diana had other thoughts on what change(s) to make. My alignment was neutral until they corrected the varus, then I was off a bit (we are talking alignment). In both cases a couple of the coaches discussed what they were seeing and how it should be addressed. That level of consulting with someone with the same vocabulary and paradigm is good I think.
Glen seems really knowledgeable and seems to have good results; I wonder if he and Harald still correspond or exchange ideas.
BTW, each coach does the alignment and footbeds for their students based on what they see in the first days skiing. There may also be a lot of playing with shims under the heel to see if contemplated alignment adjustments prove their value in the skiing.
As much as I like the idea of the fat bikes, I have no real desire to own one. But they are a neat idea, and I like that they have caught on and are evolving into lighter frames, etc. Next step: carbon fat bikes.
That is really good advice on pedals. I hadn't considered the ice problem with SPD's. Valid issue. I will have to see if that becomes a problem here, as I plan to ride only when the trails are bare, but frozen. As mentioned, we are in a funny snow zone here -- about 40 km north of Lake Ontario; close enough to keep the snows away; but far enough to be colder. Strange micro-climates around the lakes. Some winters we have almost no snow; some winters we have plenty. But drive just 20 km further north, and there is always snow, and lots of it.
What are frog pedals? I have never heard that term. If my SPD's ice up, then I would look at putting on some spiky platform pedals.
I hadn't seen this post and I just posted up elsewhere about good ole' frog speedplays.
I have never had ice/mud or any other issues with modern SPD's. They last for a long time and work great year round. I used to use speed plays, but they got hard to find and were never on sale. Shimano 540's are the best bang per buck in the pedal world (I never noticed any performance differences with XT or XTR pedals).
OH BIG PLUS 1 on the aline footbeds--great product.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2013 19:59:44 GMT -7 by superbman
Yeah, the A-Lines are really nice. I had a pair in my ski boots for a month or so last season, and they performed great. But they were the model with the rubberized top surface, which seemed to be specifically designed to stick to ski socks like Scotch tape, so getting the feet in and out of the boots was a pain in the rear to say the least. They now reside in my MTB shoes, where they are working out great. Happily, A-Line now makes a model with a flocked fabric surface which solves the in and out problem. My daughter has those in her boots. So anyone considering a good off-the-shelf footbed for their ski boots and is looking at buying A-Line, don't get the rubbery ones.
Post by JimRatliff on Jan 25, 2014 11:53:22 GMT -7
Back to the winter mountain biking topic. Svend, it's been a snowy, nasty, cold winter so far. How are you doing with your winter biking? I got out one day in Central Park this month, but we haven't been out on our mountain bikes since November. If you have been riding in this kind of weather then I take my hat off to your "cold weather Canadian ruggedness".
Hey Jim -- my grand plans of riding the snowless trails this winter have not materialized. We had an early snowfall in November, and it's pretty much stayed on the ground since then. As I have no interest in riding in the snow, the bike has been in the basement workshop most of the winter. I tinker with it when time allows (and I'm not waxing skis), doing some long overdue routine maintenance. Too bad, as I was rather looking forward to winter riding.
But on the upside, our local ski hill has had some great conditions. We've had more than our usual snowfall amount. Paradoxically, Blue Mtn. has a deeper base than most western resorts in Canada this winter. I'll take that any time.
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7