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Old November 25th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Early '90s wheels

I actually found my old skate bag and skates while I was at home for Thanksgiving. Is there anything I should know about skating on wheels that haven't seen wood since 1991? The grooves all look good. Blue Witch Doctors and green Cannibals if that makes any difference.

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Old November 25th, 2010, 11:48 PM   #2
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I actually found my old skate bag and skates while I was at home for Thanksgiving. Is there anything I should know about skating on wheels that haven't seen wood since 1991? The grooves all look good. Blue Witch Doctors and green Cannibals if that makes any difference.

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just make sure they aren't glazed over or you won't get the traction you want out of them. if they are glazed, a quick regrooving should fix the problem
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Old November 26th, 2010, 12:00 AM   #3
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if they are glazed you can also skate them real hard and re break them in if the glaze is minimal
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Old November 26th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #4
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very true. a little clean concrete & 5 minutes & you have exposed the urethane under the glazing
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Old November 26th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #5
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very true. a little clean concrete & 5 minutes & you have exposed the urethane under the glazing
not a person to suggest concrete but people do... i just run mine real hard on the hard wood and they will break in nice and easy
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Old November 26th, 2010, 05:26 AM   #6
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very true. a little clean concrete & 5 minutes & you have exposed the urethane under the glazing
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Old November 27th, 2010, 01:57 AM   #7
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Thanks for the heads up. They don't seem to be glazed over, but I will give them a shot this weekend.

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Old December 1st, 2010, 02:17 AM   #8
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They were definitely glazed over! I didn't think they looked or felt like they were, but it was like skating on ice. Way too slick to run hard. I might try the concrete thing I guess - that hurts even to type though... I borrowed some other wheels and was good to go though. Great time!

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ask your rink owner if they know someone that can regroove them for you. if you're afraid of damaging the wheel by hitting the concrete with them, PM Dan Beaver (skategeek79) here on SLF he's great at bringing old wheels back to life.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 08:40 AM   #10
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A fifteen minute spin around a parking lot will take off less urethane than regrooving and costs nothing.

I recently did a 200m TT, 2x500m races, a 1000m, 3000m and 10000m outdoor road race, all on old ashfelt with some brand new 84a indoor wheels and didn't even remove all the lines. A gentle skate around will not hurt them (steer clear of broken glass etc).

BTW a skate around on wet/moist concrete cleans your wheels real quick of rink gunk.
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Old December 2nd, 2010, 09:09 AM   #11
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A fifteen minute spin around a parking lot will take off less urethane than regrooving and costs nothing.
but it sounds like he's a bit unsure of doing the concrete method by stating

"I might try the concrete thing I guess - that hurts even to type though..."

if that's the case, I'd suggest a light regroove. dan can take off just what's needed which in some cases is as little as 1/2 a mm
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Old December 6th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #12
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Send them off to Dan Beaver. They will skate like new after he's done!!!!
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Old December 22nd, 2010, 05:26 AM   #13
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I use some 800-1000 grit wet/dry sand paper to remove the glaze ?

Get a clean butter bowl and put some dish liquid and water in it and dip a piece of sandpaper in and lightly sand your wheels to remove the glaze and it works good to remove all that stuff that builds up on your wheels when skating dirty rink floors.

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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:22 AM   #14
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What kind of skate bag do you have. Any pics?
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