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Skirack Hosts Nordic Wax Clinic Ahead of Craftsbury Marathon | Tuesday, January 23

Nordic Race Wax Clinic with Jacob Huseby
hosted by Skirack, 85 Main St Burlington, VT | Tuesday, January 23

Learn advanced methods for preparing cross country skis for the upcoming Craftsbury Marathon, talk shop, learn about ski manufacturing, and have fun!

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Meg scrapes wax off a pair of Salomon Cross Country Skis. Photo Credit: Jamie Williamson.

One of the best ways to keep your cross country skis gliding and functional season after season is by caring for the bases by waxing. Waxing your skis prevents the skis from drying out (eventually damaging the bases) and repels water, thus improving glide. There are so many wax options out there, but it is best to do a hot wax. The heat from the iron allows the wax to get deeper in the bases and lasts longer than a rub on or liquid wax. For hot waxing at home, you will need an iron, wax, scrapers, and brushes. But how do you go about choosing all of that?

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Kelsey and Ellie take a stroll at Mobbs Farm in Jericho, Vermont. Photo Credit: Simeon Pol.

A good winter coat is a necessity here in Vermont as well as many other places in the world. While we love a good technical ski jacket, we can’t discount the benefits of a winter parka or everyday coat. Everyday coats and parkas don’t have the technical features of ski/snowboard jackets such as powder skirts but they are generally warmer and more stylish which is ideal for commuting and everyday life.

If you’re in the market for an everyday winter coat or parka, here are some great starting points to help narrow your search!

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Skirack Hosts the Nordic Toko Wax Clinic on Wednesday, October 25. Photo credit: Zach Walbridge.

Toko Nordic Race Wax Clinic

hosted by Skirack, 85 Main St Burlington, VT
Wednesday, October 25

Skirack welcomes Adam TerkoMansfield Nordic Club Head Coach 
for an evening of high performance race wax tips and techniques.

Perfect for coaches and local racing clubs.

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A ride along the Burlington, VT Bike Path with an electric bike (left) and Specialized Vado SL display screen closeup (right).

While we have all been using things with rechargeable batteries for years, there are now a lot more items coming with battery power. While most people are comfortable with charging and using something like a cell phone, things like electric cars and bikes are still new for a lot of people. Their batteries are big and expensive. Does how we use and charge our new vehicles affect the life of the batteries, and, if so, how do we maximize our battery life? Are there legitimate safety concerns with larger lithium-ion batteries? While there is no shortage of rabbit holes we could dive into, there are a few reminders that will help keep you safe and keep your e-bike battery happy for many miles.

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Tips for Preparing Your Bike for Spring

Feb 21, 2023 4:12:00 AM

Gravel biking is a great way to still ride while the trails are closed. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Whether you are riding around the latest and greatest the bike industry has to offer, an old school relic, or the die-hard four season commuter, admittedly as a cyclist, you care about the bike you are on. Keeping your bicycle running smoothly will only ensure the longevity of the bike, its performance, and the overall enjoyment you will get out of every ride.

While many tunes and services are best left for your friendly local bike shop, the first and foremost is something everyone who rides is capable of maintaining.

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How To Select The Right Bike For You

Apr 1, 2022 4:23:00 AM

Where do you want to ride? We break the options down into road, mixed surface and off-road. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

So you’re looking at a new bike. Maybe you’re looking to hit the open road. Maybe you’re wishing for an easier way to get around town, or maybe you just want to escape for a gravel adventure in the afternoon sun. Whichever it may be, a bicycle is an age-old ticket to motion and freedom. The bicycle has evolved into a variety of different purpose-built machines and choosing the right one for you can be challenging. Fortunately our Skirack team is here to help guide you to your dream ride.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the bike buying process and intimidated by the innumerable options out there, fear not. After reading this short guide you will be able to confidently choose your next ride. We will go over just a few basic steps that will help you narrow down your search as well as some finer points to think about before making your final decision.

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Comments | Posted in Bicycling Expert Tips Electric Bikes By Cooper Willsey

Electric Bike Maintenance: How To Best Care For An E-Bike

Spring is here and it's biking season! Folks are getting their bikes out of winter storage or contemplating a new purchase. A growing number of you are electric bike owners already or prospective buyers. This article is about how to care for your e-bike, answered frequently asked questions and how get the most out of your e-bike purchase.

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Comments | Posted in Bicycling Expert Tips Electric Bikes By Jonathan Kohn

A Basic Guide to Cross Country Ski Waxing

Ski wax is an integral part of modern cross country skiing. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. There are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

Here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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Winter trail running using Kahtoola's EXOspikes as traction. Photo Credit: Kahtoola.

Different winter activities, including but not limited to, hiking, running, and even walking, require different equipment. Making sure you have the appropriate traction is an important step to staying safe outside in winter's slippery conditions.

Using proper winter traction is not just for hardcore winter outdoor enthusiasts - when your driveway is a skating rink or you’re simply trying to walk your dog, traction is necessary to avoid taking a nasty spill. Falling on ice can result in serious injuries such as broken bones and concussions if your head hits the ground.

The options can be overwhelming - luckily, I’m here to guide you in the right direction!

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