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Meet Leif Kruse

Aug 17, 2021 3:39:00 AM

Meet Leif Kruse

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Several different places.

Years of Experience: 20 years in various service related roles in the bike industry.

Certifications and Awards: Multiple Shimano certifications, STU (Sram Technical University), BG fit certification

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Leif Kruse

Winter sports gear (more specifically for backcountry skiing or backyard exploration) has been in demand like never before. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

The Popularity of Cross Country Skiing + Backcountry Snowsports

Last winter, the outdoor community saw an unprecedented surge in winter outdoor activities. Between travel and ski resort restrictions, more people discovered or rediscovered snowsports as a way to get out of the house, get back into shape, or socialize while enjoying the outdoors.

As a direct result of this popularity, winter gear has been in demand like never before. Last winter, touring and backcountry cross country skis and equipment sold out, with few or no options for our buyers to reorder. We also saw an uptick for backcountry gear and snowshoes. Indoor bike trainers also increased in popularity as people preferred the flexibility of riding at home with their friends virtually. More recently, running shoes and clothing have seen supply issues due to production and shipping delays.

If this all sounds familiar, it should. We’re still experiencing the same demand and supply issues with finding a bike.

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Meet Derek Tiplady

Jul 31, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Meet Derek Tiplady

Hometown: Burlington VT

Years of Experience: 11 Years here total at The Skirack as a mechanic. I've been the Catagory manager/Buyer for Snowboard product for the last 10 years and the Bike Parts and Accessories buyer for the last 3 years. I've been and avid rider and biker for around thirty years.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: In winter it's getting as many days on snow as my schedule and body will allow. Usually at Sugarbush or Bolton and the surrounding backcountry. Summer time its long rides off the beaten path especially if it involves camping, or just a quick cruise around town to meet up with friends for a beer. Golfing, disc golf, seeing live music or just hanging out with my Wife and our dog.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Snowboarding Service Bicycling By Derek Tiplady

Take the time to wash mud or road grit off your bike - it's worth the extra effort. 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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Rasputista 2019: Falsifying the Truths

May 14, 2019 4:56:00 AM

Riders slog through muddy roads during the Rasputista Gravel Bicycle Race in Vermont. Photo Credit: Nolan Myers.

Not only did you need to be “Broke, Rad, Athletic and Determined,” but you also needed a snorkel because man, Rasputista was WET! When Rasputista said on their website “It’s not about the racing. It’s about challenging the human spirit,” they weren’t kidding!

Looking back on it, April 27th would have been a great day for a meteorologist because no matter what weather they predicted, the odds were ever in their favor. There was a little bit of rain, some sleet, a glimpse of sunshine and oh some SNOW! Yes, that’s right there was some white stuff coming down from the sky and yes, I was very confused. But, hey, it's Vermont and weird stuff happens all the time.

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Rasputista Gravel Bicycle Race: Making a Joke Into a Reality. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

What is Rasputista?

Broke, Rad, Athletic, and Determined. Sure, the first letters of all those words spell out my first name, but that’s all you need to be a part of one of Vermont’s gnarliest gravel road races. As a college kid for only 25 dollars I somehow made a joke into a reality and will find myself on the starting line of the 2019 Rasputista Spring Classic! The race is set for Saturday, April 27 in Burke, Vermont.

So…what exactly is Rasputista? Rasputista is a 45-mile road race and for all the mathematically inclined people out there that’s 211,200 feet of pure dirt roads. All of which can be found in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. On their website they advertise it as, “It’s not about the racing. It’s about challenging the human spirit.” 

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Meet Damian Roman

Feb 15, 2019 4:10:06 PM

Meet Damian Roman

Hometown: Lake George, NY

Years of Experience: 18 Years of Ski and Bike Tuning (& Sales)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Gravel Grinding...being outdoors.

Favorite Gear: Specialized Swat Gear (because it's so practical!), Lang XT boot line up, Kona Honzo ST (because steel is real)

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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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Join Skirack's Group Rides at NEMBAFest

Jun 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Join Skirack's Group Rides at NEMBAFest

Join Skirack for one or more group rides at NEMBAFest 2018. Held from June 22nd to the 24th, NEMBAFest is a celebration of all things summer and mountain biking! 

Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, gadgets and gear, great music, and local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom!

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Waxing 101: A Guide to Simple and Affordable Cross Country Ski Performance and Maintenance

Since the beginning of cross country skiing, there have been waxes. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. Now, there are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, however, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

With the recent snow fall and spring conditions, here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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