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atlsk8r wrote:I realize that this illusion is caused by the reduced maneuverability of the skates compared to rockered Igors (and rusted bearings probably don't help), but the sensation doesn't go away until about 10-15 minutes of skating.
Dan B wrote:It's a good metaphor, but as an explanation it skips a step. Physically the 'gear' you're in depends on the angle your setdown skate forms from the direction of travel: if the skate is pointing 5 degrees away[*] from "forwards" when you're pushing on it, you will go further on each push than if you're "duck footed" and your toes are pointed out at 45 degrees. Longer frames make it easier to hold a shallow angle because the skate doesn't tend to steer outwards as much when you push on it, but they're no more use than short frames if you don't set down at a shallow angle in the first place - this is probably where dodgy is going wrong
[*] In reality, once you get to cruising speed you want to be setting down as near to straight as you can manage. If you want to go at 5 metres/second (about 11mph) and take a stride every two seconds, that's ten metres a stride. Assuming your stride is a metre wide from setdown to end - which is going to be a fair degree of kneebend for most people - arctan(1/10) is about 6 degrees. Less if you're going faster
Toby wrote:1. 'experimenting with a heelbrake.' Why has this not attracted comment? What has happened here in the last 2 years?
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