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Beginning riders can get comfortable on a skibike quickly, unlike with skiing and snowboarding.



Getting on the Ski Lift

The 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 25-pound skibike. (For comparison, a typical Huffy mountain bike weighs 30-35 lbs)
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 MonoTrac 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 ski bike, instead of spending the day falling down and rubbing their cold and aching butt cheeks.

Unlike with skis or boards, the rider on a skibike has multiple points of contact -- the bike's skis and the handlebar. This offers the beginning rider a lot of confidence.

Maneuvering the skibike is very similar to skiing. Steer back up the hill to slow down. Dig in an edge to stop. The handlebars also increases steering control.

Skibiking is loads of fun for everybody. Experienced skibikers can go plenty fast. The speed record on a skibike is 106 mph.

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