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  • Mounting Skis to a Bike

    I'm thinking of riding my bike to the hill one of these (not so fkn cold) days.
    Anyone have a method of mounting skis to a bike?
    I'm looking for something that will keep them secure, balanced, and comfortable for me around 30+ miles.
    And I guess I should also ask about boot transport.
    Training for Vermont

  • #2
    Three Voile ski straps (or bungees, or equivalents) can get the job done. Mount just below the top tube, crossing the head tube above the fork and across the top of seat stays.
    Binding placement becomes the biggest issue. Try facing skis froward and back, extended and centered to see what rides most comfortably. A rack probably helps, but isn't necessary. I always just throw my boots in my pack.

    Two examples:
    Seeking local adventure by human power, Patrick Fink climbed Mt Hood by bike from Portland, OR in 18 hrs 25 min round trip.

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      You'll have to carry the other ski on your pack.


      • #4
        There are several creative ways to carry skis, most involving bungee chords like elinck shows or PVC tubes mounted to a rear rack for a vertical carry option. If you have some kind of trailer, those are pretty easy to rig up plus you can carry gear on them.

        I found a Carver surfboard rack a couple of years ago. It is easy to install - mounts on the seat post - and carries skis well out of the way of peddling legs and inner thighs. You could probably find a used one cheap, depending on your location.


        • #5
          ***old photo reposting opportunity***old photo reposting opportunity***

          Top tube bungee strap-on selfie -- seasonal highway closure:

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          Note boot transport.

          Same rig from Crotch Cam:

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          My experience has been that on rougher trails just carry them on pack (they rattle around too much strapped to bike).
          Wear a stout ball cap to avoid scalp laceration.


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          • #6
            Nice pics. and elinck, very impressive effort tacking Mt. Hood in a day.


            • #7
              I agree with just strapping them to your pack. That's always seemed the most secure to me.

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              • #8
                I saw a bike with two big white PVC pipes attached to rear stays looking just like two buckets to hold a ski in each ... could have been anything.