LondonSkate 03.08.05 - King of the streets.

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Postby ed! » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:18 pm

If you can't find a gap that you're confident in squeezing through perhaps just ask politely if you can move through.

I used to be quite claustraphobic about streets skates because I can't weave through people confidently (I always think they are going to move last minute and I'll crash into them).

Perhaps marshals within the skate itself dishing out advice and tips to skaters could be something to try out.

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Postby Caz » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:19 pm

Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front? I never really understood that. Near the music bike (which moves from front to back depending on where the skate goes) I can understand, but the ride you get at the back tends to have way fewer stops in it and it tends to be alot more spaced out as theres only a very small number of people who full on refuse to give up and draw the skate out.

The general situation with a skate tends to be that people stick to the left of the white line. other skaters then to to the right of the white line to overtake, but quite often aren't going much faster thean the skate so marshals have to go one further right than them and end up dodging busses. etc.. Most people not on the forum tend not to understand how far over they have to keep and its hard to get across.. *shrugs*

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Postby GumbieBEN » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:20 pm

Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front? I never really understood that.


Because generally the people there skate a tad better than those struggling further back. So less likely to be twatted by a gumbie.

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Postby BigSteev » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:23 pm

GumbieBEN wrote:
Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front? I never really understood that.


Because generally the people there skate a tad better than those struggling further back. So less likely to be twatted by a gumbie.


Actually, I'd disagree. The front is full of people that are making a real effort to stay there so there's a lot less room which makes clipping skates etc more likely. At the back the gumbie's tend to give each other far more room so for a confident skater, it's not a problem.

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Postby Acidedge » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:24 pm

GumbieBEN wrote:
Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front? I never really understood that.


Because generally the people there skate a tad better than those struggling further back. So less likely to be twatted by a gumbie.


But not right at the very front, because there are gumbies there too, trying to prove that they're not. :)

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Postby Davey_Speedstar » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:24 pm

For some (strange) reason I find it easier and certainly less tiring to skate towards the front of the skate.

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Postby GumbieBEN » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:26 pm

Davey_Speedstar wrote:For some (strange) reason I find it easier and certainly less tiring to skate towards the front of the skate.


This is one of the reasons we tell people to move forward.

For one, should you drop bakc there is less pressure about being eaten by taxis.
Secondly, I agree that there seems to be more momentum at the front... this certainly seems true on the ParisROller!

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Postby BigSteev » Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:41 pm

GumbieBEN wrote:Secondly, I agree that there seems to be more momentum at the front... this certainly seems true on the ParisROller!


There you just get to draft!

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Postby steph » Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:07 pm

Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front?
To get to the pub/offie quicker?

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Postby BrenBaz » Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:23 pm

steph wrote:
Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front?
To get to the pub/offie quicker?


Thats why Sparky marshals.

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Postby dan_b » Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:36 pm

BigSteev wrote:Actually, I'd disagree. The front is full of people that are making a real effort to stay there so there's a lot less room which makes clipping skates etc more likely.


Clipping skates is usually less of a problem than flailing arm in the face, at least for wearers of glasses.

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Postby Ted » Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:43 pm

Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front?


I put it down to the herd mentality. I use to push to get to the front but now have chilled down to being at the middle. There is such a difference from the front to the back of the skate. Being at the back when we go on to Park Lane at the end of the skate is a strange feeling, with the line of marshals holding back the traffic. For some bizzare reason I enjoy that part of the skate.

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Postby Caz » Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:53 pm

still my fave ls pic:
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Postby GumbieBEN » Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:56 pm

Ted wrote: For some bizzare reason I enjoy that part of the skate.


I think most of the marshals do aswell... you know the skates been good at this point, theres often an altercation with a car (not that the Marshals actually enjoy these... right?) and its a wicked wide road to block!

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Postby blob » Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:59 pm

Caz wrote:Bit of a side point but why do people want to be at the front?


why do you think people like to race (in any sport) and be the first one?

I think you might find similarities in a certain way.
People like to be the first, the head. not just a follower!

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Postby GumbieBEN » Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:01 pm

Blob wrote:People like to be the first, the head. not just a follower!


Esp if there's a big scary hairy blob chasing them!!! :o

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Postby blob » Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:13 pm

GumbieBEN wrote:
Blob wrote:People like to be the first, the head. not just a follower!


Esp if there's a big scary hairy blob chasing them!!! :o


I am not big. Just my belly and my special place. The rest is pretty small.

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Postby blob » Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:14 pm

GumbieBEN wrote:
Blob wrote:People like to be the first, the head. not just a follower!


Esp if there's a big scary hairy blob chasing them!!! :o


yep but it's not a scary as a Big Bold Out of Breath GumbieB!

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Postby GumbieBEN » Fri Aug 05, 2005 5:20 pm

Blob wrote:yep but it's not a scary as a Big Bold Out of Breath GumbieB!


Something which has seen rooms full of men drop to their knees and pant in pain.... right, i'm too drunk to post... off to the Vic NOW!!!

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Postby S├â┬¡le » Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:11 pm

Should there be "mini marshals" who aren't actually marshalling but are focused on politely speaking with the persistant offenders and explaining that being on the right is dangerous for the marshals and that as they are really very nice people we don't want to see them being run over?

Just a mad Friday thought.

(Have fun at the Vic, Gumbie)


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