The millennium is fast approaching, and bindings haven’t progressed to the level we had anticipated. We’ve spent countless hours tooling around in our garage for a quick fix, and after years of research and countless cut-off fingers, we are proud to finally share this information with you.
You can make modifications to your bindings using tools ranging anywhere from a rock to a chain saw, but for heaven’s sake, be careful. Step-ins are hella fun to ride in and they just got easier to make; all you need is a few strips of self-adhesive Velcro:
1. Take note of your stance, and remove your bindings from your board.
2. Press the hook and loop sides of the Velcro together, and stick the strips across the entire bottom of the baseplates on both bindings. Don’t get any American Pie-style ideas while you’re applying the Velcro to your board¿although it looks appealing, it really isn’t.
3. Trim down any Velcro that hangs off the sides.
4. Place your bindings on your board, hit a big booter, and relish the convenience of your new step-ins.
Note¿putting metal reinforcement in your boots will give you extra step-in style.
Where have all the baseless bindings gone? What every new-schooler in Colorado was riding five years ago has disappeared completely from the face of the Earth. Here is a way to make this past marvel a present-day reality.
1. Using a jigsaw, cut the baseplate and the plastic disc directly in half. Remove the toe and heel strap, and the heel cup from the now halved binding.
2. Flip everything around opposite of the way it was. This sounds complicated, because it really is. See photo if you have any problems.
3. Put the straps back on and tighten the bindings to your board. Enjoy the added toe and heel drag.
Highbacks are dangerous. There have been countless cases of sodomy at the hands of cold, rigid highbacks, not to mention bruised calves and heels. They also prohibit your ability to tweak tricks. How do you think Tarquin Robbins was able to tweak his melanchollies so hard? Cutting down highbacks is fun, safe, and can be done in a matter of minutes.
1. Sketch a half circle anywhere from two to four inches below the top of the highback. The more advanced rider you are, the less highback you need.
2. Cut around the outline (be careful not to cut off your fingers, you won’t be able to finish step three without them).
3. Take a file and smooth down the cut.
4. Drop into an icy pipe or head off on a long traverse, and you too will see that highbacks are there for no other reason than to inflict pain and minimize tweakage.
Although these modifications seem unnecessary and fairly idiotic, we assure you that they are gonna be the hottest thing in 2000.