> For classic rollerskis
> I should warn not to mount bindigs on classic roller skis too far back
> if the wheelbase of the ski is unusually large. In my experience
> mounting bindings at balance point on classic roller skis (if it is
> possible at all, which actually is for Marwe classic) is the worst case
> (just the opposite to skis). That is because when you lift your foot,
> the whole roller ski lifts to the air with both wheels and it becomes
> hard to place it back in line with direction of your move. It is quite
> a scary feeling. In my opinion the rear wheel should roll on the ground
> when the foot lifts.
I think quite the opposite. It is the front wheel that should remain in
contact with the ground to help with tracking. Rear wheel will often raise
off the pavement at end of kick.
If the wheelbase is large enough, it would be
> possible to place the binding even farther back, but imho letting the
> front wheel roll instead of rear one would not be as stable and safe.
> That is, for classic roller skis, bindings should be mounted somewhat
> ahead of balance point. Don't know how much - maybe 1cm is enough. You
> can test the position by attaching the bindings (in closed position
> with installed boots on them) with duct tape.
> For most roller skis with shorter wheelbase (and big enough boots)
> balance point is always behind, so it is safe to shift bindings as far
> back as possible.
I wonder if you classic roller ski as some do around here-"duck stepping"-
where they lift the ski as it is brought forward and then settle onto it
once the foot is a bit forward of the kicking foot. It is an exageration of
weight transfer that prevents and early landing of ski behind the foot that
is kicking. (On snow early landing leads to "slapping".) I don't think, but
am not 100% sure, that "slapping" is necessarily a big deal as long as the
ski continues to accelerate or at least not lose speed once it is placed
down. That said I wondered today as I roller skied if all the horrible toe
could have been avoided if I had "duck stepped".