Getting on the Ski Lift
first crucial thing to learn about skibiking is how to carry the skibike on
the ski lift. The procedure should be easy for any one strong
enough to lift the 30-pound skibike.
There are a couple of ways of doing it depending on how the ski lift is designed. If the ski lift has armrests you can rest the underside of the skibike's saddle onto the armrest and hook your arm around it. As you disembark, lift it off the armrest, get up off the liftchair and push the skibike along as you would walk a bike. Another way is to rest the top tube of the bike on your lap. Hook your arm around the lift support pole and hold on to the bike. As you disembark swing the bike to the sidesaddle position and walk the bike off. Mount the skibike after you have cleared the ski lift. Most lift operators will slow or stop the lift momentarily if you need them to.
Riding the Skibike
The skibike resembles a full-suspension mountain bike, but instead of wheels, there are skis. Instead of pedals there are footpegs. The rider sits on an extra long seat and steers the bike with the handlebar (and body English). On high-speed technical runs helmets are recommended.
Learning to skibike is easy. The level of proficiency achievable in the first hour would be equivalent to a day or more of skiing or snowboarding. New riders will be having fun right off the bat with the skibike.
Unlike with skis or boards, the rider on a skibike has multiple points of contact -- the bike's skis, seat, footpegs and handlebars. The beauty of our skibikes are removable footpegs that allow the use of footskis if desired.
Maneuvering the skibike is very similar to skiing or snowboarding. Steer with the front ski and slide with the back ski. Dig in a rear ski edge to stop.
Skibiking is loads of fun for everybody. The learning curve is fast because everybody already knows how to ride a bike.
Experienced skibikers can go incredibly fast. The speed record on a skibike is 131 mph.
( See our video gallery for examples of how to ride )