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This will show you one way to build yourself a Ski Bike (aka Snow Bike, Skibob, Skike, or Skicycle). It is a downhill only machine and if you like bikes a lot, then it will probably keep a stupid grin plastered on your face all the way down whatever crazy hills you choose to take it on. It is easier to ride than it looks and is quite stable at high speeds (not sure about the speeds you could achieve at a ski hill, but its worked great for average hills in Wisconsin).
There are many ways you could build one of these, this is just one way to get you started.

Build one! You won't be sorry.

Step 1: Get a bike

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Find yourself a bike that you think would be suitable. I like to keep it small so that its easier to kick with your legs or do a running start and hop on. Smaller is also generally lighter and easier to carry up a hill. In addition, if you crash, you're closer to the ground. I got this BMX that someone was just throwing away. (Seriously, it just had a blown tire and slightly crooked front wheel, wtf?)

Strip all the unneeded parts off the bike. Namely, brakes, wheels and chain.

Look for a removable link in your chain to make your life easier. If there is none, then use a chain tool to push out a rivet. Or just chop it, whatever works.
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B4SEC4MP made it!10 months ago

I built a Skibike as well! Check out my Skibike Instructable for a comprehensive walk through on designing and building your own skibike!


Excellent work.
My brother is making one too thanks for the guide
benduy4 years ago
could you use pegs from bmx bikes as foot pedals
mkinnon benduy2 years ago
BMX pegs can be bolted through the bottom bracket shell, but don't offer much grip in the snow because of their shape. Recycled old pedals are another option, with a lot more grip.
Oblongata (author)  mkinnon2 years ago
On later skibikes we built, actual pedals are the winner. We actually made the best setup using a couple of old steel cage style pedals and a square taper BB spindle that has the studs sticking out of it (as opposed to the common style with female threads in the ends). The pedal spindles meshed nicely alongside the BB spindle ends, so we just welded it together! A 220lb dude has thrashed it hard so if you weld well, it'll hold.
yeah you could, you would have to add them to the axles though
Pe-ads benduy4 years ago
I guess so. Be creative! That's what Instructables is all about... :D
fortunare5 years ago
thanks for the ideas but Instead of the hokey 2 x 4's I bent some 1/8" Galvanized from Home Depot. Only problem is with two sets of shocks it weighs over 20 pounds plus I;ve just added an extra wide seat that probably weighs 3 pounds.  How do you hook it to the chair when riding up?  
I bought a commercial ski bike because I found one for a relatively low price and I didnt want it to come apart and crash. To take it up the chair I grab it by the seat boom (or A-Frame, depending on your design) and handlebars and lift it up. Then I set it on the seat and hold on to the handlebars. When you get to the unloading area, shove it off the chair, hop on, and ride away.
thanks, I'm in AZ and only one of our 4 ski resorts allows ski bikes and only during non holiday weekdays so I didn't manage to use it this year. I'm 75 and have bad ankles but seriously considering ankle surgery since even with braces I have trouble walking far, much less skiing. However may still try it. The one I built is very heavy duty and I probably have less than $50 invested in it thanks to finding some super bargain parts. good luck with yours.
The oldest skibike instructor in Europe is nearly 90 and still teaching limbless ex-servicemen how to ride (and regain their self-esteem). Try out one of the ready made skibikes in resort, ghetto rides are fun on the local sledging hill, but not suitable for the big mountains.
deweydude3 years ago
This is how you do it
bnauss3 years ago
some of the commercial bikes that have longer skis aren't ment for hittin jumps, there ment for runnin downhill and ski hills. the shorter skis are ment for hittin jumps and doin tricks
really cool DIY project.
dfrost4 years ago
can you put it back together
without the brakes cause i have a bike that works but i have no brakes cause i tore them off

 im going to make one i think im going to put two skis on the back
 Doing that will affect your slide turns as you will have 2 different planes not aligned.
that makes sense
 i did it my way and it worked perfect im trying to find out how to make a good jump for it iv crashed like 10 times already havent broken yet!!!
i thik this not a good idea because two skis in the back are inestable...
has anyone done a jump with it? does it get wrecked easy from a fall?
i guess it depends how strong the bike you use is and how big the jump is
maybe the build quality will come into it at some point

yes!! see my video at down... i do a lot of small jumps the first day...


im going to try it as soon as i get a cance to.it probley will if you do a bad job.
Glockenator5 years ago
i find the best way to do it is to have 2 skis on the back fork or whatever you want to call it and one on the front fork to steer
that sounds better.
i should try it when i make one
crazyboy0074 years ago
me and my friend made one, it was great. thank you for the idea.
the only difference was that we kept the back wheel so we had "propulsion," very fun for icy roads =)
krazy K4 years ago
thats cool:)
wish i could make one
wheelerzack4 years ago
Do you think it would make the balance a little better if you put 2 slightly longer skis in the back with the one in the front.
shootfilm5 years ago
I'd love to try making one of these, but I live in the South and we get snow maybe once a year; there aren't going to be any old skis in the thrift stores.

Still, this is so awesome I may have to give it a shot anyway.  I'm not crazy about the pedals though.  What if I just put a bar through there to rest my feet on?  Do you think that would work?
Oblongata (author)  shootfilm5 years ago
Yea, replacing the pedals with some sort of fixed foot pegs is the next mod to do if you like what you've built. Check out my very last page, I made some pedal-like fixed foot platforms for it that I totally love.
If you want fixed pedals just zip tie one of the cranks to the rear stay. That way they will always be up and out of the way. A couple heavy duty zip ties should be able to hold your weight.
Eh Lie Us!4 years ago
The side 'pedals' foot rest things are a good idea. How does it handle?
Some of us are serious about survival and get a little tired of all these narcissistic cheap thrill stuff. For me, it isn't a "snow bike" unless you fit the rear wheel with paddles and both wheels with something to keep you above the surface of the snow when its frozen (like skiis) and above the water (like pontoons) when it's not. We only have so much time to check out indestructables and and most of that time seems to be wasted with most of the bright ideas that come our way
with all due respect, chill out! you can see from the first picture that this is a fun 'ible that's probably just gonna waste your time
omg this is hilarious. love it.
hotcharlie4 years ago
"I want my two dollars!!"

(somebody had to say it)
Charlie134 years ago
snowscoots are basically the same thing but they are a bit easier to control (getting up on the edges is easier which makes turning easier) This seems a bit more dangerous to the men among us if you were planning on doing any jumps. I can imagine falls being pretty brutal
kibukun4 years ago
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