Stalmach Skibob Academy

Riding Technique..

On this page, Jacek Stalmach provides an on-line pictorial series of riding lessons. His qualifications include: 4 time World Cup Competition Champion and national trainer for the Austrian Skibob Racing Team. He is also a skibob manufacturer and instructor.
Note: The grammatical conversion from German to English is sometimes inexact.

Before you begin skibiking you should consider the following points:

CONTROL YOUR MATERIALS
*Tighten all screws on the bike and foot-ski bindings *Wax skis *Wear the correct winter clothing
*Do not forget eyeglasses and sunglasses *Use suncream
WARMING UP
*Exercise the entire body to warm up *Exercise with buckled foot-skis *Run in all directions with the foot-skis for good equilibrium

*The most important point is to remain in control over the skibike at all times

Lesson 1...... Brakes
There are three methods of stopping...

A. Sit on the skibob with the foot-skis parallel with the bike. Press down on the end of the foot-skis on the snow. (this is only an emergency  method)

B. Rise from the skibike and make a V-shape with the foot-skis. Press down strongly
with the inside edge of the foot-skis on the snow.
(only for beginners at the beginning of instruction)

C. Swing the entire skibob and foot-skis. If you want to brake to the right (as shown), press the right hip with the seat and at the same time pressure the steering towards the slope to put the right edge of the skibob-skis on edge as well as the right edges of the foot-skis. You press with the valley foot-ski a little more strongly than with the mountain ski. It is important to keep the torso centralized over the snowbike to maintain equilibrium. These braking methods should be practiced at slow speed on flat slopes. Much fun!

Lesson 2...... A fall from your skibob
Before you try to use your skibob, try falling off of it on the skope. This is an important step, learning what to do in case of a fall.

There are two methods of falling off without injury...

A. Don't let go of your skibob.
Hold on to the handlebars and press your thighs against the seat. This will help you to stop quickly.

B. If you lose your grip on the handlebars during the fall, it is possible that you will also get your legs entangled in the skibob. In this case try to throw the bike away from yourself.

Lesson 3...... Changing Directions

* Ski at a controlled speed. Swing to the left (using the technique from lesson 1 on how to stop the bike).

* Do not try to stop the skibike, but slide along in the same direction.

* Concentrate on the left hip, the foot-skis, the thighs and keeping your weight centered. 

* Repeat the same exercise to the right.

* When you can change from one direction to the other at will try to turn one way and then the other without stopping.
* Try skiing to the left. Try not to stay in the slide movement for more than 1-2 seconds. Then try to transfer your weight to the foot-skis. Try lifting your hips 1-2 cm above the seat. In this way you will find it easier to turn your skibob in a different direction. When you have finished the turn press your weight down onto the seat again.
*At each turn make sure that your hip is turned to the upper slope. Put pressure onto the downhill ski-the inner side, this helps you to keep your balance and gives you safety.
* Once you have mastered these exercises ski down to the valley without stopping using the method you have just learned. This method allows you to ski on any slope safely

Lesson 4...... Skibiking
This is the next simple skibob lesson. It should be accomplished on a flat slope.

* Try to ski to the left. Press the left hip easily towards the slope - Turn the steering easily to the left - The full body weight is on the skibob - Press with the hands on the steering - Thighs are in the proximity of the seat - The foot-skis are parallel to the skibob and slide on the snow - You sit central over the skibike.
* Depending upon desire, for about 5 to 10 meters relax and ride the skibob easily (put a little more weight on the foot ski and less weights on the seat). Afterwards, change the direction to the right - Press the right hip easily towards the slope - Turn the steering easily to the right- The body weight is centralized over the skibob - Press with the hands on the steering - Thighs are in the proximity of the seat - The foot-skis are parallel to the skibob and slide on the snow - You sit central over the skibike.

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Additional lessons will be added as they become available...