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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old March 27th, 2016, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hello.

Starting a skate build. Watching for used Pro Lines on eBay . I usually wear size 13 shoes for room but picked up a Riedell 12. Right length. It's a little tight but they are still breaking in. It should be fine.

The websites all ask your boot size and chose for you as others have pointed out. But there are a couple on eBay I'm interested in now.

Any idea what size I should be looking for. I've always build remade skates and just had a stock setup.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 04:43 PM   #2
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Hello.

Starting a skate build. Watching for used Pro Lines on eBay . I usually wear size 13 shoes for room but picked up a Riedell 12. Right length. It's a little tight but they are still breaking in. It should be fine.

So what you really needed was a boot with a wide width..

The websites all ask your boot size and chose for you as others have pointed out. But there are a couple on eBay I'm interested in now.

Any idea what size I should be looking for. I've always build remade skates and just had a stock setup.
Any idea?? Surely you jest. Now, the "book" says 8". I have never in my life put anyone on an 8" frame and I have built more than 1 pair of 14s. My short forward chart says 7". A 7 1/2" plate would be a nice conservative short mount. Any thing longer is a skate board.

Also note, getting the right size is only half the battle. dvw recently stated on the quad forum
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Once you have the correct size plate, then you need to sort out where to put it. Use caution on selecting your "resources" to help. Lot of folks on here have opinions about how to and where to mount plates. Some methods work much better than others. That is where the "well" part comes in. Have fun.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 07:53 PM   #3
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And this is why I came to you
One need of mine is to be able to go front two wheels or front left/right wheel during some moves. I have concerns that a short plate would put my plugs or nose of skate on the floor.

Also I have no idea when it comes to builds. I was able to do this on Carerras with the factory Sure Grip plastic plates previously and can do it now.

My plan is in order of purchase Wheels (Zombie), put on current skates, Plate Pro line - affix to current boot (Riedell)-> Scotts wheels -> new boot Riedell or bont.

Then use all the extras to build outdoor set or give to son who may be my size by then.
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And this is why I came to you
One need of mine is to be able to go front two wheels or front left/right wheel during some moves. I have concerns that a short plate would put my plugs or nose of skate on the floor.

The wheelbase has nothing to do with the plug or plate hitting the floor when on the front wheels. Too far back, and the sole of the boot hits first. More forward = more work to get up on the front axle.


Also I have no idea when it comes to builds. I was able to do this on Carerras with the factory Sure Grip plastic plates previously and can do it now.

Then match up the wheel base of your current plates with a Pro Line.

My plan is in order of purchase Wheels (Zombie), put on current skates, Plate Pro line - affix to current boot (Riedell)-> Scotts wheels -> new boot Riedell or bont.

Sounds reasonable. Just don't let a cheap price sway you away from getting the right parts.


Then use all the extras to build outdoor set or give to son who may be my size by then.

Sounds like a plan.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 09:16 PM   #5
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One need of mine is to be able to go front two wheels or front left/right wheel during some moves. I have concerns that a short plate would put my plugs or nose of skate on the floor.

Also I have no idea when it comes to builds. I was able to do this on Carerras with the factory Sure Grip plastic plates previously and can do it now.
What about this issue ^^?
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What about this issue ^^?
I must be dense.... I'm not seeing an issue.
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Old March 29th, 2016, 01:31 PM   #7
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It's all about preference. Some skate short mounts, both front and back (tends to be an Aussie thing), some like short front only.

My personal preference is usually a 1/2 size smaller than the recommended size from the manufacturer. Some people might call my taste mounting a "boat anchor".

I prefer 1/4" off the back edge of the heel and about 5/8" from the front edge of the toe. Of course, with a boot like a Bont, it's different, because the bottom of the boot is rounded.
Do you like your current plate on the Carrera? If so, measure the wheelbase from axle center to axle center (Measure both sides, as the trucks may be turned slightly. If they are, turn them until both left and right measurements match.) This will give you a starting point.

BTW, if you're a Facebook member and you haven't already seen this, there's a good buy and sell quad page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1515757838695561/
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Old March 29th, 2016, 05:07 PM   #8
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Great info thanks. Just signed up for that Facebook. Appreciate it!
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Old March 31st, 2016, 01:25 PM   #9
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That FB page is definitely great!

I found my NOS ProLine 675 on there along with a set of 911 boots both for a great deal!
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