My new design of a kayaking ergometer made from a Nordic Track ski machine

I’ve completed my new, more compact design for the kayak ergometer.  I call this model “The Tortorich Model” because this one was specifically built for Vinnie Tortorich to train on.

This design is some 15 inches shorter than the original and the flywheel is now brought much further back on the device so it resides under the knees of the paddler.  This makes it much smoother and better balanced.

In researching what it would take to ship one of these things I have decided that shipping these is simply cost prohibitive.

So now that I’ve engineered this better design, I will build another one very soon and take detailed measurements, photos, and step-by-step videos along with a part list so you will have the basic specifications needed to build your own.  I’ll then make the training video and e-book instructions available for a nominal fee.

In the meantime, here are some photos that should give you a pretty good look at how to build one for yourself.

 

 

4 thoughts on “My new design of a kayaking ergometer made from a Nordic Track ski machine

  1. Hi,

    I just started looking at kayaking ergs and stumbled across your design. Have you posted step by step instructions or have them for sale? Thanks in advance.

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  2. I started looking around for old Nordic Track rowing machines, but have found a few cross country ski machines. At a glance, I’m wondering if it might be easier to start with a ski machine? To a novice, it looks more similar to a kayak erg than rowing machine does in terms of pulleys, etc.

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