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azumi wrote:gummidge, evidently you ain't a slalomer. Freerider?
Shaw wrote:Street skating you should be on your outer edges most of the time
ditto for slalom,
and most slides use the outer edge as well.
gummidge wrote:Shaw wrote:Street skating you should be on your outer edges most of the time
Shaw wrote:I don't know too much about proper skating technique and can't double push, but I remember hearing that you get better efficiency from skating (well, gliding) on your outside edges. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that my technique is wrong though.
Slalom I agree is much more even, but I still think there's a greater tendency for outer edge tricks than inner. Just from looking at basic tricks: crazy, double crazy, and volte are all pretty much completely outer edge, whereas I can't seem to think of any basic tricks which are completely inner edge.
Slides are outside edge favored. I'm a little biased since my go-to slides are J-slide, backslide, soyale, and unity, but beyond the basics it's mostly outer edge.
Inside edge: Powerslide, magic, soul slide/fastwheel, fast slide, ern-sui
Both: Parallel, cross-parallel, UFO special
Outside edge: Acid slide/acid wheel, acid cross/j-slide, mistrial/wheel barrow, soyale, porn-star/star-slide, unity/savannah, back slide, eagle
Basically any intermediate to advanced level slide is outside edge or both discounting fast slide (backslides are much more common) and ern-sui. Even if you look at obscure/impossible slides cross ern-sui is inside edge, farf is both, and 8-cross, cowboy, and V toe-toe are all outside edge.
I also agree that an outer edge t-brake isn't a great stopping option, but it's still an option for when you don't need an emergency brake (such as when you're able to do a spin stop). Acid slides aren't that unstable either, unless you're trying to brake on cobblestone or something. I've got a decent amount of practice with them (can pull off full-speed backslides and unities) and can pretty much use acid slides instead of t-braking outside of emergency situations. Note that I don't actually use any of these since I generally use stepping stops or t-brakes/powerslides/hockey stops for emergencies, but they're still nice to know, especially if your wheels aren't wearing evenly.
Dan B wrote:
Or do what most people do, stick them in a corner somewhere and leave them there forever because you never feel quite poor enough to reuse them but can't bring yourself to throw them out either
Shaw wrote:Guess I was wrong on the street skating part.
For slalom I don't mean that you're always on your outer edge, I just mean that you're on your outside edges more than your inside edges, at perhaps a 60/40 or 70/30 split or so, depending on your habits. There are purely inner-edge tricks as well (inverted sun, basic sevens, crazy leg(sorta)) but for the most part I think outer-edge dominant tricks are more common (drift/sweep, j-turn, swan, chickenleg, basic shifts).
As for slides, I think we're just mistaken on what we mean by slides. When I mention slides, I mean practicing freestyle slides where you're learning them to show off/because they're fun, not because they're a practical stopping option for street skates.
I'm not really advocating that anybody uses acid slides instead of t-brakes, but just that if your wheels aren't wearing evenly it might help to use them in addition to t-brakes for those situations where you can brake at your leisure.
Personally, I haven't rotated a wheel in forever, and my wheels always end up with a pretty even profile unless I'm actively practicing slides (in which case the outer edge gets slightly more worn) instead of just occasionally showing off.
Street skating you should be on your outer edges most of the time, ditto for slalom, and most slides use the outer edge as well.
Shaw wrote:I started practicing outer-edge t-brakes while ice skating in a rink, and found it transferred pretty well to inline skating.
but it's something to consider for people who don't like taking their skates apart.
I don't think it's actually useful as a practical brake,
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