I recently sold my old ski-bike thinking that I did not have time for it. It was a beauty built by my friend Ric (a certified ski-bike instructor) at www.piste-skibikes.com. It was built on a serious DH bike, the Kona Stinky, and it was a blast to ride!
As soon as the ski season started, I began to miss my ski bike! I ski, and snowboard, but when you are seriously beat up (like I was over the Christmas holidays from a snowboarding crash) and your ribs can’t handle skiing, then a ski-bike is the best way to go. I had a bicycle laying around so I started working.
I got the kit from a great guy in Calgary who builds and sells mounting kits for ski bikes, his website is www.BikeTheSlopes.ca. For $100 you get a solid kit. My old kit was from AlpineSkibikes.com and was very fancy, but it was just too much money with the low Canadian dollar, and I have a BikeTheSlopes kit on my kids ski bike that has been rock solid, so I saved a lot of cash and went with BikeTheSlopes!
I ordered a set of 100cm kids skis from www.levelninesports.com (my favorite source for ski stuff!), and got started slowly.
Then I found the balance point for the skis using a screwdriver and marked a point 5mm (10mm is better) to the front so that the end result will be a ski that is tail heavy so the tip will rise if you do a jump.
I marked the center of each mounting bracket to line up with the mark on the ski and placed the mount over the ski as evenly as possible. Then I marked the holes with a sharpie marker and drilled them first with a very small bit to ensure the center is kept, and then a larger bit (forgot the size oops) to get the holes to the proper size for the screws.
It just takes a little bit of fiddling with 2 wrenches to make sure the bolts are locked in place on the nuts, but I also put locktight on the final outer bolt as it is attached to the bicycle. The foot pegs are shown here as well, they are very simple to attach, a single bolt and 9/16 wrench. Pay no attention to the Jazzy scooter in the background, it will get done eventually… 😉
I took it for a small rip, and it is feeling very responsive. Can’t wait to take it out to the hill!
One minor thing that bothered me was the possibility of a ski tip dropping into the snow during a jump or trick (Alpine skip bikes has a system to prevent this), so I have put some elastic cords on the bike to prevent having a very bad day.
If you are interested in ski-bikes, try the links at the top of the page. There is lots of info on their sites.