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Quad Vert All kinds of aggressive skating on quad roller skates including quad vertical roller skating, quad bowl skating, quad skatepark tricks, and street skating tricks in quad skates.

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Old August 30th, 2014, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Ramps, pipes and toe stops

Hey all. First time on quads at the skatepark today, felt OK. Recently started aggressive inline but hate the way the skates skate...so trying some Antik Spyders I just got.

What's the take on toe stops? I bottled out of dropping in today as I got it in my head my gumballs would catch on the transition and send me floorwards face first. Any experience of this? I'd rather not have to take them off every time I go to a skatepark.

I did pump up to the coping in two half pipes, and 180 on a quarter pipe OK, so I did ride the transitions facing downwards OK in both cases. I just don't know if the angle/force of dropping in could cause them to catch.

Anyone out there use/have used toe stops? I have seen a couple of YouTube vids with derby girls skating pipes and bowls, they seem to have toe stops, but I am a LOT heavier than they are (over 230lb at the mo!).

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Old August 30th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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The skate park I went to last has closed down. Damn shame. rolled my quads there once and did not use toe stops. Honestly I find them annoying. They do a poor job of stopping and going compared to laterals\hockey stops. I don't trust having toe stops on ramps much the way most derby people wear them.

What's odd is even though I was largely a inline skater growing up going back on quads... I still searched for those blasted toe stops even when the inlines I've been skating for years and years don't have them.

What I had to do to ditch them is find ways to stop/brake without them. When I did use toe stop I keep them threaded up as far as possible and out of the way. When you go to use them this lets you get a harder lean on them in my experience, and stop faster or have more traction for taking off.

I bet they could offer cool stalls though if you had them threaded all the way up. I did a rock and roll on the coping at the park but was scared to damage my plates finish, should have stuck some stoppers in and tried it.
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Old August 30th, 2014, 11:36 PM   #3
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Never thought of locking on with the toe stops to stall - I've been on inlines too so my mind is set on stalling on the middle wheels.

I reckon I'd be OK - I have my gumballs screwed right up to the plates anyhow. It's probably just a confidence thing. Being new to skateparks, I don't have a huge amount of that ;-)
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Old September 6th, 2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Default HELLO?

There must be someone out there who has got some knowledge of issues (or not) with ramps, pipes and toe stops! Come on, people! ;-)
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Old September 6th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #5
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I've just visited the skate park a couple times now, but I am using toe stops. I researched a lot of what people were using and it seems there were a lot more people for them vs. against them. I like having them there for security, and you can do some cool stuff with them. I have not dropped in from anything big yet but I don't think they would get in the way. I have mine screwed in higher than I do for indoor skating/derby just to be sure they don't catch on anything.
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Old September 6th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #6
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Cheers Rebecca, nice to have some feedback that reflects experience!

I don't think they will get in the way, but I'm afraid of them catching the transition and sending me face first into the floor. Suppose I will just have to try it...thanks for the reply ;-)
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Old September 9th, 2014, 10:17 AM   #7
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No ToeStop for me in verts/ramp/bowl (speed skaing too, but its with other skates). As you said they can catch some curves. More important is that my front trucks are pushed forward, so no place for them.

However, beginners are used to them for accelerating and might need them to go out from some deep bowls . If you are scared to remove your toestop, you can keep used ones (at max height is adjustements are possible). It will protect your plate too, and wood ramps...

But the best is to try not using them, pumping in curves to gain speed.

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Old April 21st, 2015, 01:59 AM   #8
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Extremely late to the reply here, but in case anyone else is cruising through here for advice...

There have been a few times I've considered taking my toe stops off because when I'm learning a new trick, I always go back to using them as a safety habit and it becomes more of a mind game to NOT use them than to just do the damn trick!

However, there are lots of cool tricks you can do with your toe stops! I love doing toe stop stalls and I use them to pop up on the deck when I don't have enough speed, too.
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