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Old 01-24-2012, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Right I better write an introduction before I fire this question because I am at my wits end here. A few months back a mate of mine got his first snowboarding kit (he could already board), once the snows hit up here I had a go on it up at a local hill that had decent cover and thought immediatly this is something I wanted to learn.
So fast forward a few weeks and we go up to glen shee a few times (since pretty much every dry/indoor slope wont allow beginners on to learn). I rent the equipment and spend most of the two trips learning the basics (after watching a shedload of boarding vids on youtube).
At this point I feel I should buy some cheap beginners equipment to learn on thinking if I can buy a cheap second hand board and cheap boots I can at least see how things go before committing fully. So I spend a bit of time on ebay looking for small second hand boards and find someone selling a nitro board with bindings for 70 quid. A steal! I think to myself something cheap and easy to learn on. I email the guy asking if the bindings fit a size 10 and low and behold they do so I order the board. (coudn't find any details as with alot of older boards online) Then after doing a bit more research I see I need a pair of boots and that if I was smart enough to buy a decent pair they would last me through any upgrades.
So I buy a pair of nitro tls boots and wait for them to arrive. Then once they come I immediately try them on the board to see if they fit on the bindings, shock horror the bindings are too small and I soon realise I'm going to have to spend quite alot more than I expected at the beginning. After going a few more times and having to rent a board+bindings I stumble upon a pair of ride ex's for 80 quid and order them, finally I have hte full setup and even though I was bitten for more than I wanted to spend at least I had a solid setup to practise on.
So yesterday I get my bindings through hte mail, open them and take off the bindings on my board to low and behold see that hte board doesn't have a standard drilling pattern. Infact doesn't have any drilling pattern I've ever seen online and can't find any information about. There is 3 sets of holes on each foot area at the toe/heel ?(im guessing depending on goofy or reg) and nothing at the centre where I was told every binding would go.
Having spent now about 320 quid and still no closer to being able to ride I'm at my wits end, I have no idea what to do and I obviously can't afford a new board. I've attached pictures to the post to see if anyone here can help me work out a way to install these bindings. because I'm about ready to give up on boarding, I just can't believe the amount of money I've had to shell out already (on top of hte fact I have to travel all the way up to glen shee to practice because no slopes round here let you learn on them, all want you to buy their lessons) If there's anyway I can get this fixed I'll take any advice, all I want to do is go out and snowboard.
Thanks, Chris.

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*first pics are of the board and the bindings that came with it
*last pic is my ride binding with the board andh te baseplate
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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WHOA! That's some old board you got there! 1992 if I recall correctly.

Well, if you want to ride and not buy another board, T-nut those bindings on! That's how we did in those times. Should cost you less than 10$ and an hour of your time.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Cheers for the reply mate, do you have any more details? I really don't know much more than what I've posted about snowboarding. I honestly don't think I can afford another board, not till the season finishes at least.
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Well, here is a procedure on how to do it: Cracking T-Nut Installation | Transworld Snowboarding

I didn't read it all but is seems very complete.

However, I would not go at it if you don't have at least some basic skills.
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Unfortunately my DIY skills are non-existant. If I could find a repair shop or anything would it be worth paying to have this done, or is really my only option to try sell some stuff and find a better board. I'm not sure I could get the money together for 200+. And I'm too scared of buying a second hand board now since I've been bitten once before. I really don't have a clue what to do anymore.
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How about you find some used board locally? You could always try to resell your Nitro with the bindings and buy another board. Any board built since 1994 should fit with your Ride bindings. Most companies now use a standard know as 4x4. Only Burton use the 3D pattern and more recently the ICS channel. The ICS will most likely be out of your budget anyway, and your Bindings are compatible with the 3D pattern.

Pawn shops and used sports equipment stores could be a good place to start, as well as local classifieds.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it looks like you can jury rig it up. but dude you could have saved yourself a lot of headache by just going to a shop and let them set you up with gear in your price range.
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can you get a better pic of the old bindings that came on the board, hard to believe there's no way to make them fit your boot
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