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This skibike, built in 1981, was the first one to use a pure floating rear ski. This skibike was also remarkable in several other respects, since it was the first skibike to use rectangular tubing for the upper compression member of the frame, and steel rod for the tension member below it. This machine was also only the second skibike to use a single steering column.

Because this skibike used a freely rotating horizontal bushing for the attachment point on the rear ski, a novel method had to be used to dampen its motion. To limit the movement of the rear ski, the attachment point was cushioned by a large folded strip of thick rubber that was wedged underneath the bushing and lower tension member and held in place by the shaped sleeve.

This unique skibike was originally owned by Susan Richie of Calgary and is now in the possession of her brother Doug.