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by steveh
Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Say goodbye to SerpentineRoad
Topic: Yes, it's time to turn the lights out
Replies: 57
Views: 18213

Re: Yes, it's time to turn the lights out

The intended shut-down date is 19th Feb 2014 - on the 10th anniversary of the forum opening Sad, and it's ironic that SR, and the website that caused its downfall, both started within a few days of each other. Who would have thought, in the heyday of SR, that it would wither and die so quickly? Wha...
by steveh
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: London to Brighton
Replies: 3
Views: 3144

Re: London to Brighton

Looking like it might stay dry tomorrow am so I will be at Clapham South at 0545, it'd be good to have some skating company if anyone else is foolhardy enough to submit themselves to this torture
by steveh
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: London to Brighton
Replies: 3
Views: 3144

Re: London to Brighton

A few people will be skating the route, weather permitting. We leave at 0600 to get ahead of as much of the congestion as possible - with 30000 cyclists on the road there is plenty of potential for accidents and also big holdups. Normally we meet outside Clapham South tube at 0545, and move round th...
by steveh
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Doop Skates - What's the point?
Replies: 32
Views: 15984

Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

Hypnos are still being produced, and are available for order here.
Interesting that they now offer an ice blade attachment.
by steveh
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:21 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review
Replies: 52
Views: 9603

Re: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review

How have they been holding up Steve. What type of skaing do you use them for? I haven't used them much, they were bought mainly for use when my final pair of genuine Salomon FSKs eventually become worn out, however this won't be for a long time as I've got 6 pairs of them, in varying states of repa...
by steveh
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review
Replies: 52
Views: 9603

Re: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review

Curious about the cuff. Doesn't have the removable bit of plastic by the bolt (the one that gives the extra movement) and I'll be interest to see if they crack in the same place on the back that all FSKs do (seems to be thicker). No, they don't have that removable bit, and yes,the plastic is slight...
by steveh
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Welcome
Topic: Greetings from Bucharest
Replies: 4
Views: 4091

Re: Greetings from Bucharest

welcome to the forum, Catalin! It was great to meet you and the other skaters in Bucharest, your Friday Night Skate certainly is one of the best street skates I've been on, the tarmac there is immaculate. Be prepared for some much rougher surfaces when you visit London!
by steveh
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:12 pm
Forum: General skating
Topic: Skating holidays...
Replies: 11
Views: 3148

Re: Skating holidays...

SteRit wrote:There must be more of the 'Finline' type skates in Europe. It might be worth putting up a list of all the ones we can find...?

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by steveh
Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: General skating
Topic: Skating holidays...
Replies: 11
Views: 3148

Re: Skating holidays...

If you want a nice relaxed skate holiday then I'd recommend doing the Danube cycle way. 2010: Passau to Linz (120km) Fly London --> Munich, take train to Passau. 60+km to Schlogen, overnight at a hotel, continue onwards next day to Linz. 2011: Linz to Vienna (240km) Fly London --> Linz, strap up sk...
by steveh
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: General skating
Topic: Skating holidays...
Replies: 11
Views: 3148

Re: Skating holidays...

Six of us from London joined this year's Finline tour last month, and we had a fantastic time, skating nearly 400km over a week. Thoroughly recommend this if you are looking to do a skate holiday next year. They don't publicise it very much because they are limited to a group size of about 30.
by steveh
Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Rollerblade SpeedMachine 8.0 - Brake Needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 2314

Re: Rollerblade SpeedMachine 8.0 - Brake Needed!

The brake assembly is secured to the frame by the axle bolt, which you have, plus a metal pin that fits into the hole in the top of the frame, this is a tight fitting pin that needs to be hammered in and punched back out again using a drift when you want to remove it. You're sensible to use the FSKs...
by steveh
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Rollerblade SpeedMachine 8.0 - Brake Needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 2314

Re: Rollerblade SpeedMachine 8.0 - Brake Needed!

Dan B wrote:Don't the wheelchairs have brakes?

Apparently they don't use them on the downhills cause they only work on one wheel and they might cause them to go into an uncontrolled spin.
by steveh
Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:44 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Rollerblade SpeedMachine 8.0 - Brake Needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 2314

Re: Rollerblade SpeedMachine 8.0 - Brake Needed!

They should have come with a heelbrake, I have the same skates and definitely have the brake assembly. If Torbaydos can't find his, I could lend you mine. Be aware though, it's a bit of a pig to attach and detach, and it doesn't work very well anyway, owing to the length of the frame. Is this Paris-...
by steveh
Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: London Scene
Topic: SS 24 June - Solstice Sunday - RAINED OFF
Replies: 12
Views: 2395

Re: SS 24 June - Solstice Sunday - RAINED OFF

Drying out nicely and blue sky in HP so may well be a suicide at 2pm usual place.
by steveh
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: London to Brighton 17th June
Replies: 8
Views: 3743

Re: London to Brighton 17th June

Who else was on it this year? just 6 of us in total; me, Ono, Alan B, Jeremy, Gary and Paul. Coincidentally, that's the same number of skaters that came the first time we joined the L2B bike ride, back in 2006. Numbers increased to about 40 by 2008 but have gradually tailed off since then. I think ...
by steveh
Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: London to Brighton 17th June
Replies: 8
Views: 3743

Re: London to Brighton 17th June

Believe it or not, there's been a lot of resurfacing done and for about 2/3 of the journey this was a really enjoyable skate. Sure there was a fair bit of atrocious stuff as always but that was mainly on the uphills where we were going slow anyway. The detour for skaters after Ditchling wasn't being...
by steveh
Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review
Replies: 52
Views: 9603

Re: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review

steveh, I have a question, are they in any way smelly? 'cause from my own experiences I know that low quality plastics often have a bad fragrance. So my question is serious. No, not at all. The materials seem to be identical to those used in the original Salomons. Having used them a few times now, ...
by steveh
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Events
Topic: London to Brighton 17th June
Replies: 8
Views: 3743

Re: London to Brighton 17th June

Latest forecast for Sunday predicts dry, cool and not too windy so hopefully ideal conditions for this endurance skate. A few of us will be setting off very early as usual, to get ahead of the massive queues that always build up during the morning. Meet at 0545 outside Clapham South tube, or 0555 at...
by steveh
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review
Replies: 52
Views: 9603

Re: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review

As with the Salomons, the liners are detachable, though the Eagles lack the Salomon's unnecessary fixing screw, making it much easier to remove them. They have the same shock absorber between liner and footbed. A decent quality allen key and bearing puller tool is included: 6.jpg The frame, which is...
by steveh
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Flying Eagle X-Cross - review
Replies: 52
Views: 9603

Flying Eagle X-Cross - review

Some of you may recall this thread from a while back, in which it was mentioned that Flying Eagle are making replicas of Salomon FSKs. The original Salomons were a fantastic skate and enormously popular. Despite being unavailable new for nearly 6 years now, many are still in use and giving great ser...

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