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Dakine Snowboard Leash (for securing bike to lift) free shipping

  • $ 9.99

For 15 seasons now, I have been using snowboard leashes to attach the skibike to the safety bar while riding the ski lift.  I do this as an added measure of safety to prevent any possibility of dropping the bike from the lift and injuring or killing someone.  However, there are still many mountains that have a policy of leashing the bike to the rider even on the lift.  This is not only completely unnecessary, but dangerous to the rider.  If you should accidentally drop your bike from the lift while it is leashed to you, then you will almost certainly be pulled off the lift with it.  I would think that this fact would be common sense, but apparently not according to resort policy.  

Whenever you crash on your skibike, the bike always stops well before you do since the handlebars and foot pegs act as natural "brakes" and dig into the snow.  Every crash I've been involved in or witnessed in 15 years has played out this way.  It is simply impossible for a riderless skibike to "ghost ride" or run away down the mountain by itself like a ski or snowboard can do.  But there are still those in management positions at ski resorts that are not aware of this and still blindly, and rhetorically quote that line from the rules that says everything has to be leashed to prevent runaways.  I've tried to communicate these facts to various resorts over the years with no results.  I've told them that this policy is a lawsuit waiting to happen.  As soon as someone does get pulled off the lift by their leashed bike, they will sue the mountain (and rightly so) for requiring them to adhere to a clearly dangerous policy.  Why they resist listening to reason, I'll never know.

So now I no longer try to argue when patrollers ask me to leash the bike to my body.  I just tuck one end of the leash under the velcro strap on my glove and hold my hand up and show them that I'm "leashed".  I do this because if I crash, the leash will pull out from under my velcro glove strap and I will separate from the bike and go sliding down the hill in front of it as it quickly stops.  If I were actually leashed to it, then it would be dragged along with me and bash me to pieces as we tumbled together.  Until resort management can be made to see this problem clearly, this is what I recommend to everyone I ride with.  

This Dakine Snowboard Leash has a large, easy to work, sturdy plastic clip and works like a champ.  The other method I've used is to get one of those very large carabiners from Home Depot and attach it to a bungee cord.  This allows for the easiest one-handed operation when clipping the bike to the safety bar (see pics).  The drawback to this method is that the biner clanks around on the bike frame, so I opt for the two-handed operation of the snowboard leash instead.