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Old September 21st, 2014, 05:04 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Crash kerPlunket View Post
I'd love bring this topic up again although this post may be a bit messy...

Aw, what's a little chaos among sk8rs??

I recently got a pair of Riedell 265s with DynaPros on them. The boots are size 13.5 and the wheelbase measures about 190mm (~7 1/2"); the spec sheet says size 9 DynaPros are 188mm so I think that's what's there. They're mounted pretty much against the heel and I feel like I'm falling forward constantly when I skate in them, especially when going up hill I feel like I need to stay on my heels.

I have run into that comment form other folks with that sk8. All the way to the back of the heel is a convenient reference appoint for quick assembly. Unfortunately, the heel is NOT the key player here. It is the ball of the foot.

I "moved" from R3s with what I'm guessing are Thrust plates measuring around 205mm (~8 1/16") wheelbase, factory mount. I say "moved from" in quotes because I'm still mostly skating these while reffing and coaching derby.

That cannot be much fun.

I got some size 6 Avengers to put on the new boots. The wheelbase is comparable (I think the spec sheet says 190mm) to the DynaPros but I want to mount them further forward. I know that it's all "personal preference," but how far forward should I start out with these plates? My initial thinking is to put the tip of the kingpin under the ball of my foot but ... is that crazy talk?

Having never used the king pin as a reference for plate placement, I cannot say for sure. I typically aim to put the front axle at the front of the ball of the foot.

Finally, I'm thinking about mounting the DynaPros to the R3 boots as more of a "street" setup. Are the boots adequately constructed for this or should I sell them for $50 and get a better set of boots?

The R3 is not what I would recommend, although I have put Avengers on R3s for bucks down PhD candidates that play derby locally and they have gone 3 seasons now. However, DynaPors have a nasty habit of breaking trucks and having the king pins come loose.

Are there any different mounting concerns for skating around town versus on the nice smooth rink floor?

Not particularly..

How about if I wanted to visit the skatepark?

I have heard so many "stories" about what cannot be done on a short forward mount only to see the impossible occur before my eyes. One of our members likes to say something along the lines of just because you cannot do something does not mean I cannot. That will be up to you.

My gut feeling is that a forward mount will be best for stability in general once I lock in the "stand on the balls of my feet" that I suspect I should be doing when I skate (that comes from my days as a ski instructor) but maybe that suspicion is also wrong...

Makes sense... although I do not think skiing is much related to sk8ing.

Oh, finally part two, do people ever mount their plates off of or rotated versus the centerline of the boot?

I never mount plates on the center line of the boot.

At times I feel like my skates are "off center" when I skate

Is your inside front wheel sticking out from under the boot further then the outside wheel?? If so you have exactly described what you are feeling..

and I was pondering marking a new centerline with the aid of a dowel; stand on a 1" or so dowel down the length of the boot and move around until I feel perfectly balanced when standing on one foot. Is this idea crazy?

Interesting idea. I find that as long as the front axle is located @ the front of the ball of the foot and the plate is centered under the shoe there you are in the sweet spot.

Thanks a ton; I've read a bunch of posts here already and I'm ready to start drilling. I just wanted a few more thoughts on the matter...
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