Be considerate of others and take care using your poles when passing people. Older people in particular can be frightened by the poling and it is sometimes best to stop poling as you pass. Be mindful of the amount of space you take up on paths when poling and keep in mind that cyclists may overtake you from behind at speed with little or no warning.
Be particularly careful of such things as drainage grates of any kind, manhole and cabling pit covers. We are aware of cases where people have inadvertently damaged their poles when the pole tip has got stuck.
The tips and pads on skike poles can be damaged if not installed correctly. When adjusting or setting up your poles, ensure that the flange on the tip is facing to the rear when holding the pole handgrip comfortably. Looking down, you should be able to read the skike logo on the flange. If the logo is upside down, the tip is facing the wrong direction and will not bite the ground as intended. If using the rubber boots on the tips, make sure they are installed correctly - the very point of the tungsten tip should protrude through a slit in the boot and be a firm snug fit. The boot will quicly tear and be either lost or rendered useless if the tip and/or the boot are not installed as mentioned.
Lastly, under no circumstances over tighten either the pole tips or the pole sections - you may crack or over stress the carbon-fibre/composite pole sections and severely reduce their strength and reliability.