13th February 2008, 04:38 PM
Skiing: Ski Binding Question
> On Wed, 6 Feb 2008 22:12:47 -0000, in
> <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "PSmith"
> <paulDOTsmith_UK@tiscaliDOTcoDOTuk> wrote:
>>"Ace" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>>> On Mon, 4 Feb 2008 22:15:22 -0000, in
>>> <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "PSmith"
>>> <paulDOTsmith_UK@tiscaliDOTcoDOTuk> wrote:
>>>>When my skis are in summer storage I always un-tension the bindings
>>>>recall reading some years ago as being good practice).
>>> I really don't thin it's necessary. I've never done this, and most
>>> years they bindings are re-tested (free, a servoce offered by our
>>> employer, presumably to reduce accidents and lost time) and are fine.
>>I must say I have not realy looked into what constitutes a binding design.
>>always have a mental picture of a piece of rubber under tension.
> Well I suggest you endeavour to lose that image and replace it with
> one made up of high-quality metal springs in perfect balance.
As an engineer I reaaly must take more interest in how the planks attach to
my feet! Thanks for that Ace, I will do a little research.
>>I would then suspect that rubber would deteriorate.
> Modern materials, including rubber (usually at least partially
> artificial) are astonishing in their versatility and longevity. And
> all else apart, if rubber were going to perish over time it would do
> si just as much whether under tension or not.
>>For all the years that I lived in Munich I never bothered de-tensioning my
>>bindings. Afterall the skis were never stored for that long anyway. Before
>>Munich I always de-tensioned and now that we are back in the UK with skis
>>stored in what can be a hot garden shed I did it as a matter of course.
>>Maybe I needn't bother in future - just have a pre-season service.
> Probably. There is a school of thought that suggests the
> de-/re-tensioning puts more strain on the springs than just leaving
> them, or so I've heard.
Sounds like very reasonable advice (and saves a job). Thanks.