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Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Sat May 28, 2011 9:43 pm

Hello to all of you, I'm new to the forum and to inline skating. I live in Windsor, I'm sure there are many skaters here but I haven't found them yet.

Anyways I have a pair of really cheap rec skates which I bought on an urge 2 years ago and never really used, and I have since unearthed and made the decision to become good at them before buying good aggressive and skates which is what I want to do.

Here's what I can do:
Forward&backwards skating
Crossovers both directions, forwards and back
Heelstop

What I'm trying to do:
Basically reach an intermediate level in freestyle slalom skating

Any tips?

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Sat May 28, 2011 9:49 pm

Oh yeah, should i rocker them now or when I've got more experience?

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby ephillips » Sat May 28, 2011 10:32 pm

Rocker straight away without a doubt. It'll take a while to get used to it but it'll make everything easier to learn.

This website has some great gif animations - try chalking the lines of any tricks you want to learn down on the ground (use a different colour for each foot)
http://www.kiwidude.com/skatetricks.html

And this one has some great videos: http://www.skatefreestyle.com/

Copy the videos and animations of tricks that you're learning to your phone if you can so you can check them on the fly

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Sat May 28, 2011 10:45 pm

Ok regarding the rocker:
Should I full rocker?
What size and hardness should the smaller wheels be? (currently my wheels are 82mm 82A)

Thanks for the links ill check them out. I was planning on using these, so I'll see which one works out better:
http://www.youtube.com/user/94MauD

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby ephillips » Sat May 28, 2011 11:15 pm

Actually now that I think about it, these ones have slomo: http://www.youtube.com/user/kompakombo

Go for a 76-80-80-76 rocker unless your frame is huge.

Phil's website sells some good slalom wheels rather cheaply: http://www.skatebits.com/wheels.html

I'd recommend either the Matters (better but more expensive) or the Hyper concretes out of those. I know that some people like the Gyros but I find them rather too slippery. Those hardness measurements don't really tell you much anything how the wheel handles and they vary quite radically - but 84a is a good place to start.

Once you're sure that you're into slalom for the long haul, definitely upgrade your skates. A good stiff slalom skate with a shorter frame will make everything easier.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Sat May 28, 2011 11:27 pm

Thanks ephilips!
My frame is about 290mm at the widest part, in with max wheel size of 82mm
I think I'll buy the 76mm ones to begin with so it's a 76-82-82-76 setup since I don't want to splash around too much cash to begin with.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby ephillips » Sat May 28, 2011 11:32 pm

That'd probably work fine on a frame that long - if it was shorter the difference between the two wheel sizes might have been too much.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Sun May 29, 2011 9:55 am

Thanks for all the help, I'll probably order the wheels today and buy some cones (or heavy plastic cups more likely)
Don't know if this makes a difference or not, but here's a pic of my skates:
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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Sun May 29, 2011 5:22 pm

So far, i'm even having difficulty with the forward paralells

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby Becca » Mon May 30, 2011 1:20 pm

pure.egyptian wrote:
Anyways I have a pair of really cheap rec skates which I bought on an urge 2 years ago and never really used, and I have since unearthed and made the decision to become good at them before buying good aggressive and skates which is what I want to do.

What I'm trying to do:
Basically reach an intermediate level in freestyle slalom skating



If you want to be good at slalom, why are you going to buy aggressive skates?
A good pair of slalom skates (e.g. Seba Highs, Powerslide Evo) with help you massively, and yes, rocker them. I used to slalom in Seba FR2s (which are a freestyle skate, but not a specific slalom skate). They were really holding me back, and once I got my Seba Carbon Highs I improved. If you're practising a lot, your skates will hold you back pretty quickly.

Also, you might want to try having a slalom lesson to learn the basics - try here: www.skatefreestyle.com

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Mon May 30, 2011 8:06 pm

Because, eventually, I'd like urban skate (Dunno if that is the proper name). Honestly I'd like to try a bit of everything, but when I get good enough I wish to use my skates more than my bike for transportation etc. mainly because its more fun.

I'll try going to one of those when I have the time.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby Dan B » Mon May 30, 2011 8:10 pm

Aggro skates are pretty much exactly the wrong choice for transportation, at least if you want to move at a speed more comparable to cycling than walking. Get something with wheels big enough to be seen by the naked eye

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Mon May 30, 2011 8:23 pm

But I want to be able to do grinds etc. I dunno much about skating atm so I'll decide when and if I get to that point, and that will probably take a few months.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby Dan B » Mon May 30, 2011 8:38 pm

Fair enough. I think you're really looking at getting more than one pair of skates then, though

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Mon May 30, 2011 8:49 pm

Well we'll see when I get there. Until then I'm waiting for my 76mm wheels to see how much of an effect it'll have on my slaloming, because so far I've had no luck on any of the moves, inline skating is much harder than it looks.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby ephillips » Mon May 30, 2011 9:07 pm

When I started slalom I had been skating for 9 years, and had spent 3 of those playing inline hockey. Even with that base of experience the most basic moves were still taking me at least 10 hours of repetition to get looking reasonably smooth. It is a tough discipline and you've got to be bloody minded about it.

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Re: Any beginner tips? (just a general introduction really)

Postby pure.egyptian » Mon May 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Hmm, I wonder how long it'll take someone with no base of experience...my muscles could never take 10 hours of repetition at the level I'm at.

Thanks to everyone for the input BTW.


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