I bought my Nordic Track cross-country ski machine twenty-plus years ago. Unlike a lot of folks, I haven't just used it to hang clothing on (though it's darn good for that). Except for a few months spent on crutches, I used it for twenty minutes two or three times a week for a long time. A little over three years ago, I bumped up my cardio workouts to every day, thirty minutes (not counting warm-up). Got to stay in shape to keep up with dogs and Boy Scouts.
It's the most basic old model. No motor, no electronics, not even a height adjustment (I had to build little steps to add incline resistance). For me, it's been a good machine. No concussion, no deep flexion, so it's been easy on my knees. You use upper body and lower body, so you can get your heart rate up in a hurry.
And then, it happened. After only twenty-something years, the machine broke. Boy, they just don't make 'em like they used to, huh?
One ski just shot out from under me last week. The little grippy-thingy in the right drive roller quit gripping. What am I going to do? I use this every day. Got to get that cardio knocked out before breakfast. Who wants to drive across town to the gym before breakfast? In the winter? Not me.
Well, the good old internet came to the rescue. I googled up Nordic Parts, found what I needed, paid online on Saturday night, and I was amazed to receive my parts on Wednesday. Thursday morning I was ready to ski across the family room again. Many thanks to the folks at Nordic Parts.