On Sun, 14 Feb 1999 11:40:24 -0800, Sigurd Kallhovde
>Although I have cross-country skied since I was about three years old
>(no kidding!), I have never roller-skied and would like to try it.
>These are (some of) my initial questions - sorry to those of you that
>are 'pros' about the elementary level of these questions!:
>1) Are roller-skis designed to be used with your regular X-country
Yes. You mount your binding on the shaft on most models. Jenex now
has one that you can use with street shoes.
>2) Do I need special poles, or can I use my regular X-country ones?
Regular poles are OK but you will need to get carbide tips that will
hold up to pavement. Regular steel tips will wear out in about a day.
>3) Do roller-skis have brakes?
Some do but I wouldn't rely on them too heavily.
>4) I have mostly done classic X-country - will the Marwe "Combi" ski be
>a good one for me?
If you do mostly classic, you might want get ones best suited for
classic unless you intend to use the workout to prep for skate
>5) Are there any e-commerce sites for roller-ski equipment, or does
>anybody know of any national chains that might supply gear (I am based
>in San Diego, CA)?
Don't know of any national chains that carry them but Velotique has a
web site for e-sales. I think Sisu and Akers do as well. I bought my
first pair from Akers but that was before the web. I pefer dealing
with Velotique - Saul has been very helpful.
I've got some links on rollerskiing sales/mfrs. Not much of a page
but at least it's there.
>I look forward to your replies!