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by HK47
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Your skates
Replies: 643
Views: 308648

Re: Your skates

Yet more ... this time Riedell 951 boots with Snyder Royal plates and Aussie Scott wheels :)

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by HK47
Fri May 31, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Slimming down the width of Quads wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 3045

Re: Slimming down the width of Quads wheels

Another alternative: grab some Lazer Blaze wheels, 70mm 80a but much lighter than Hawgs thanks to having a good sized hub, and 30mm wide. I think they can be got for ~£40 (I paid 30 for mine as-new second hand, done a couple of marathons on them and they've yet to show any real wear)
by HK47
Thu May 30, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: When to upgrade for slalom?
Replies: 16
Views: 4770

Re: When to upgrade for slalom?

Skatelog applications can take ages, it's because it's only lightly modded and they used to get an insane amount of spam :(
by HK47
Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Your skates
Replies: 643
Views: 308648

Re: Your skates

Got some more in the stable now ... http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8318/8051371994_88f5d32d62_b.jpg Hamaco New English boots (from ~1968), XK4 DA45 plates, bones reds bearings and mid 1970s Atlantic wheels http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8126/8658356038_38ca5ee0f2_b_d.jpg Riedell 220 Retro boots that w...
by HK47
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: General skating
Topic: Terra firma
Replies: 3
Views: 3599

Re: Terra firma

I don't fall often, if I do it's usually 'cause of getting tripped up by a random flailing kid ... like Domsablos said, you end up coping with avoiding falling after a while; I think it took me a year of solid skating 8 to 16 hours a week to be that steady on my feet though
by HK47
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Which quads to buy?
Replies: 1
Views: 1628

Re: Which quads to buy?

There's a lot of choice at about £130 and under, depending on what style you fancy ... there's ice hockey boot conversions, Rock GT50s, Riedell R3s, some of the SFRs are ok, etc. Basically, get something that's comfy and pop some 65 or 70mm outdoor wheels on and you're good to go. Note that quads a...
by HK47
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: General skating
Topic: Can it be warm now, please?
Replies: 5
Views: 5663

Re: Can it be warm now, please?

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He doesn't say anything about red skinsuits, though ...
by HK47
Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: General skating
Topic: Can it be warm now, please?
Replies: 5
Views: 5663

Can it be warm now, please?

I wanna get out and skate, like this 8)

But instead it's flipping freezing and there's snow everywhere :(
by HK47
Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:52 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Which Ice Skates
Replies: 18
Views: 4549

Re: Which Ice Skates

No problem, I wrote that last post after putting my new ice skates together - Riedell 220 boots with Ultima IV blades ... just waiting for a couple of bits to arrive to finish them off and I'll be giving them a bash ;)
by HK47
Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Which Ice Skates
Replies: 18
Views: 4549

Re: Which Ice Skates

THESE are what I started with, and passed up to SkateUK level 5 on, you can get black covers for just a couple of pounds if the color bothers you, and waxed hockey laces make them easier to live with ... they're ideal if you want something disposable or to use a couple of times a year. If you want ...
by HK47
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Which Ice Skates
Replies: 18
Views: 4549

Re: Which Ice Skates

Perhaps, but those are guaranteed to give you a good fit! So are ice skates if you actually try them on before buying, lol BTW, for reference, taking ice skating lessons is generally easier on figure / leisure skates as the blades have less of a curve so are easier to be smooth on, and the levels y...
by HK47
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Which Ice Skates
Replies: 18
Views: 4549

Re: Which Ice Skates

Even my first pair of ice skates, £20 ebay specials, were a huge step up from rentals. Anything rec is fine, if you can find some £40 - £60 hockey skates that are comfy then they would be fine for casual skating ... as mentioned above, get them sharpened, even a 1/2" grind will feel like hea...
by HK47
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Speed Quads
Replies: 5
Views: 2031

Re: Speed Quads

In quads you're better off getting a skate built rather than buying a package like that. Those boots will be comparatively heavy :-/
by HK47
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Speed Quads
Replies: 5
Views: 2031

Re: Speed Quads

Boot wise you want something low cut and light, Bont Quad Racer Carbons, Chester Mans, decent soccer boots are all good choices in order of cost (I use soccer boots) Plate wise, a steep kingpin angle plate is good, certainly not more than about 15 degrees. Labeda Prolines, Riedell Reactors, Novas ar...
by HK47
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Doop Skates - What's the point?
Replies: 32
Views: 15468

Re: Doop Skates - What's the point?

With reasonable (albeit basic) full skates being about the same price, I have to admit I don't really get it ... when I first saw them I was quite enthusiastic, but then over time thinking of the practicalities of using them, and the price, that feeling has gone. I do kinda fancy some inlines someti...
by HK47
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Transitioning from inline to ice speed skates for the winter
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Transitioning from inline to ice speed skates for the wi

Look no Skywater wrote:As for figure blades, don't bother as the toe picks will trip you up if you're not used to them.
Picks can be ground off too,but really do they really get in anyone's way?!
by HK47
Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Transitioning from inline to ice speed skates for the winter
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Transitioning from inline to ice speed skates for the wi

Not sure what to recommend then, but certainly check with the rink. Also, you might be quick enough to join a club, not everyone is born a high level speed skater! Also, if it's anything like here, if you take some regular skate lessons and get marked off on basic skills you can then participate in ...
by HK47
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Transitioning from inline to ice speed skates for the winter
Replies: 8
Views: 3505

Re: Transitioning from inline to ice speed skates for the wi

Check with rinks if you're allowed to skate public sessions with speed blades, and they're not usually suitable for skating outdoors (unless there's somewhere outdoors where a Zamboni has run past, lol. I'd suggest getting figure blades, which are pretty flat (compared to leisure or hockey blades) b...
by HK47
Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Technique, Tips and Equipment
Topic: Doop Skates by Powerslide
Replies: 32
Views: 8349

Re: Doop Skates by Powerslide

Bebai wrote:Any reviews yet? I'm dying to read one. Apparently, these babies are doing great in terms of sales. Reviews anyone???
Yeah, would be interesting to hear how they skate from someone experienced and unbiased
by HK47
Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: General skating
Topic: brighton ice rink now open
Replies: 3
Views: 2436

Re: brighton ice rink now open

Thats ... not the going rate in this part of the country (Sheffield ... the learn to skate is 6 45 minute lessons) :|

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