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Old October 9th, 2017, 01:53 AM   #11
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Default Many variables indeed

Originally Posted by fierocious1 View Post
Over tightened axle nuts, wrong cushion hardness, plate placement(too far back under the boot), too loose of a fit of the boots. Some things that I have personally seen slow people down. Bent axles too. Too soft of cushions can sometimes limit your speed as well.
If your axle nuts are too tight, when the wheels actually support your weight on the floor, the bearings will roll on the sides of the races instead of the bottom of the groove that they were designed for. Motor bearings run for years because one rotor bearing is fixed and the other is usually floating, this lets the bearings run in the bottoms of the groove.
if the plate is too far back, some skaters have a problem getting a good push and also feel forward tip over on the front axle.
A loose boot can let you waste energy on a push as well as hurt your feet.
Soft skate floors can slow you down as well. Champ's in Kentucky uses a floor that has a pad under the wood, as you skate, it slows you down. It was work skating there.
Just a few things. Hope you figure it out.
One point at a time:
Each wheel has about a millimeter of side-to-side on the axles.
The cushions are the factory ones for the plate (Sure-Grip, black, likely medium).
My trucks are adjusted to about half an inch deflection up and down on both sides (not tight, but not loose either) and I have the maneuverability and control I like without them feeling squirrely.
The plate is the Century, factory-mounted, back of the plate maybe 1/4" from the back edge of the heel, front axles pretty close at the ball of the foot. They aren't toe-heavy of heel-heavy, feel pretty well balanced (now me, that's another story).
The boots are brand-new Riedell 120's, not quite broken in yet and been trying to get the lacing like I like it and even on both feet. They don't hurt and I'm not having any trouble with numb toes or cramping, just a bit stiff still.
I think some of it could be the floor; the rink I've been going to has maple, not very well finished, over (?). Floors could be a big piece of the puzzle.
My last skates, which I'd had since high school, were 70's-vintage Gold Stars, Classic plates, Bones 57/101 wheels and original Fafnir bearings. I had the exact same trouble with them at the rink I was skating, same kind of floor.
I chose the Century plate this time because they're essentially the same plate as the Classic, just with regular pivots. I'm comfortable and familiar with the action on them. The boots are, while a step down in quality, still decent-quality Riedells. The wheels are a return to what worked before and the only major difference is the bearings in them.
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