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Old October 2nd, 2009, 12:45 AM   #15
newellcr
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Hello Armadillo,

I tried the Alphas outside today. They are pretty rough on the wide sidewalk cracks, but should be very skatable on the roads in the sub division. It was a bit of an adventure learning to use the back brake after having problems with the plastic toe 'stop'. I didn't swap the wheels back to front yet. I didn't have enough daylight to rework the skates entirely AND skate.

There are two screws holding the front truck. The screw that's easy to see and an additional one under the truck. The adjustable front truck isn't very adjustable using both screws - it's about 1/4 inch additional from where the trucks are set at the factory. Again, I didn't have enough time to fiddle too much with them tonight. I wonder if both screws are necessary.

I did ask at the rink about outdoor skates. They said that if the toe stops are in good shape and there isn't noticeable grit and dirt, it's no problem to skate them inside.

Overall, I like the Alphas. The boot is a little cheapish, but they seem skatable. It will take me some time to get used to them.

Thanks,

Chris
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