Summer Time Nordic Sports - Give it a Try on a Pair of Skikes Today
Serving the Summertime Nordic Sport Enthusiast
Enjoy the outdoors? Love the trails of Pennsylvania and beyond. Skiking may be the activity for you. With their pneumatic tires and excellent braking system, Skikes are a great way to get outside. It is a wonderful all-round activity similar to Nordic skiing that will engage 90 percent of your muscles for an enjoyable and complete workout.
Skike Pennsylvania is currently has a product display at the Tandem Connection, a bicycle shop located on the montour trail in hendersonville, pennsylvania. A skike pennsylvania representative will be at the shop at least one day per week. Check the events calendar to the right for the days they will be there. Stop by and check them out.
My name is Alan Hough and am one of the owners of Skike Pennsylvania. Over the past year, I've spent about 500 hours Skiken along over 3,000 miles of trails and roads, enjoying the time immensely. Recently, I traveled to Germany, to learn more about the sport and become a certified Skike Trainer. Through Skike Pennsylvania, I hope to spread some of my love of the outdoors and great fondness of endurance based sports to others.
A little bit about my past… I started running as a middle school student in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and competed in Cross Country and Track at Elizabeth Forward High School and Cross Country at California University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Cal State, I picked up the sport of Cross Country Skiing, an outdoor activity that soon became my favorite.
With the lack of consistently good winters in Pennsylvania, I found myself and wife traveling to find good snow during most winters. It brought us to many beautiful ski areas, such as Lake Placid, Art Roscoe, Ottawa, Temagame, Stokely Creek, Mont Tremblant, Crystal Mountain (MI), Marquette, and Traverse City, along with a few great places in Western Pennsylvania like Oil Creek, Wilderness Lodge, and the Laurel Ridge.
As my running declined, I found myself biking and roller blading to stay in shape for ski season, but nothing seemed to quiet get me ready for the amount of skiing that I tried to do during the winter season. Then came a new sport, for new fun, related to xc skiing, Skiken.
One of the great reasons to Skike is that it is fun. It allows you to zip along trails like a human powered Segway, getting a good workout and enjoying the great outdoors. It is a great all-round exercise similar to cross-country roller skiing, but with the benefits of a great braking system and the ability to roll a variety of different surfaces. The secret of Skike's off-road capabilities lies in its profiled pneumatic tires. They can easily be inflated and allow athletes to explore all types of terrain while protecting their joints. With Skike, 90 percent of your muscles are engaged, providing a fun, and complete workout.
Back in the late 1990’s Austrian Otto Eder had the idea of developing a skating device that could be used on a variety of surfaces and different terrains. His first device had large air-filled wheels and was called the Megarun. After some work on prototypes, the modern Skike was first manufactured around 2000. Today, Skike Sports International Ltd. oversees the design and manufacturing of Skikes, with high attention to detail and quality, making an excellent product for enjoyable outdoor fitness experience that is close to the sport of Cross Country Skiing and its benefits, without the need of snow and coldness.
The Skike v8 Lift series, is the newest series of Skikes, and builds upon the previous models with a lift system that allows the heal to leave the ski platform, similar to that of a nordic ski boot and ski. This allows both wheels to stay in contact with the ground when skating and with some models that have a ratcheting bearing assembly, allows the Skiker to use a classical ski technique.
Most models of the lift series use pneumatic tires that work well on a variety of surfaces. I have found that they grip well on the many different surfaces and surface conditions, including the crushed limestone trails found in Pennsylvania.
Contact Skike Pennsylvania or stop by at the Tandem Connection sometime to check a pair out.