Rollerskating/Rollerblading (5)

1 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-21 15:45 ID:kXnZSu+W

Anybody into either one?
My experience with rollerblades is confined entirly to rented ones at rinks, but I'm thinking of buying my own soon. They need to be fast and maneuverable on sidewalks and streets, but able to handle poor terrain (like poorly maintained sidewalks and streets) aswell. any advice?

2 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-21 16:43 ID:uLZyEMTx

Yeah, as someone who fucked himself a few times with these: invest in protective gear! Especiall wrists and elbows. And learn how to properly fall with these beause that saved my but more than once. Other than that you will need blades with bigger wheels if the terrain is that bad.

3 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-26 04:50 ID:kJPGxYUF

I've been rollerblading for about 10 years, and love it. My advice:

-Get a good skate. Cheap skates are dangerous, heavy, uncomfortable and much less enjoyable. Specialized sport, trick or speed skates aren't necessary - you ARE a beginner, don't flatter yourself - but a really solid, $200-$400 pair of skates that you've taken real time to pick out are worth it, and with a bit of maintenance will last you a few years at least.

-For speed, stability, shock protection and ability to handle poor terrain, get a skate that uses big wheels. Soft wheels are an excellent shock protection solution, but they wear down much faster, and a new set of wheels can run you quite a hefty sum of cash.

-Get a skate designed to handle urban terrain at speed. I have a pair of K2 Soul 7s, and I love 'em! They have a leather inner boot, which makes them very comfortable, and a large metal truck (metal for sturdiness, and large to hold big wheels).

-Heel brakes are bad. They're dangerous and awkward to use, and dangerous to have on your skates, because they catch on stuff and trip you. If your skate comes with a heel brake, remove it, and learn to stop by dragging your back foot behind you, forming a T with your forward foot, and putting pressure on your rear foot. It's scary at first, but once you learn it, it's a much better, easier and safer way to stop.

-Pads! Helmet! Use 'em. A good light set of pads is a helmet and wrist guards - wrist guards are the most important pads. I don't wear pads, but I probably should, even though I'm so experienced.

4 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2007-10-31 10:00 ID:CjfdAGOc

When I was skating I just carved both feet perpendicular to my direction, never really used pads/helmets since I rarely crashed and they're uncomfortable.

I've been thinking about getting a pair of roces again...

5 Name: sash : 2007-11-12 22:05 ID:H6a4fQ/B

I'm a girl and i skate but i have nobody to skate with!! every1 i skated with has quit lol. i have salomons.

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