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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 August 29th, 2016, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Mystery ?40+yo vintage speed skates that need parts

I started skating again a couple of months ago after 25years and I picked up some skates from a thrift shop. They originally had small split wood wheels on them so they are in fantastic condition considering they must have been stored unused for decades. But the bushings are probably past their use by date. Problem is that I have no clue what they are to find parts and have had no luck finding anything about them with Google searches. The local rink owner couldn't identify them despite his 40 years of experience. He told me they were in the "Snyder family" of skates and he didn't have the parts to service them.

They are stamped with SMA and MARATHON.

Are you able to identify them and let me know what parts they may need to keep them going (also if that is worth doing IYO) and where I might get them? My skills and knowledge as a teenager when I used to skate didn't extend further than stealing my brother's speed skates and lacing them on, so the learning curve in skate maintenance starts here.








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Old August 29th, 2016, 03:20 PM   #2
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Default My, a new one on me...

Let me start off by saying they are new to me. Hopefully someone has seen these and chime in.. Interesting though. Now help me out. Where are you geographically??

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I started skating again a couple of months ago after 25years and I picked up some skates from a thrift shop. They originally had small split wood wheels on them so they are in fantastic condition considering they must have been stored unused for decades. But the bushings are probably past their use by date.

I'd say..

Problem is that I have no clue what they are to find parts and have had no luck finding anything about them with Google searches. The local rink owner couldn't identify them despite his 40 years of experience. He told me they were in the "Snyder family" of skates and he didn't have the parts to service them.
They are stamped with SMA and MARATHON.

I think he guessed wrong... However cushions are usually not a problem. I have managed to sort cushions for 1940s vintage sk8s that were not what one would consider normal size and shape.

Are you able to identify them and let me know what parts they may need to keep them going (also if that is worth doing IYO) and where I might get them?

I have a shop full of oddball sk8 stuff, but without having those in my hands I cannot say much about them. Are they worth saving?? That kind of cool stuff is always worth saving, even if it is just for a quiet roll around the rink.

My skills and knowledge as a teenager when I used to skate didn't extend further than stealing my brother's speed skates and lacing them on, so the learning curve in skate maintenance starts here.
I'll do what I can to help... I will admit I have an affliction for odd ball sk8s..
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Old August 30th, 2016, 06:53 AM   #3
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Default Still a mystery

Ok, so that is unexpected but it is so typically me to end up with something unusual. At the time I bought them I was just happy that they fit me, the wheels spun and that they were cheap, so I could save some money on hire. When I got them home and really had a good look at them was when I realised that they weren't the '80s skates I'd originally assumed them to be. I hadn't even noticed that the wheels were wood since I'd never seen them before. But since I used to be an antiques dealer, the idea of having skates with a bit of history to them really appeals to me. With the condition the skates are in it is obvious that someone loved them, probably someone who was really serious about going fast because even with the ancient cushions they are great to skate on. So it is kind of cool that they are getting another life- even though I am nowhere near as fast as I used to be...yet!

I am from Australia. I there someone that I might be able to take them to in Brisbane (or SE Queensland) that may be able to service them? Or should I disassemble them to get the measurements of the cushions and post photos?

Also there what looks to be part of a name on the sole of the boot GEO- for George, Geoff. I don't know, it is obscured by the plate. But maybe they are custom boots? Maybe someone knows of an Australian skater, George or Geoffrey from '60s, '70s that had weird skates with black plates? 'Cause any info would be awesome.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 02:13 PM   #4
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Default Kinda thought so.

Well there are several knowledgeable forum members down in your general part of the world. I will go kick one or 2 of them and see if anyone can help ya. I wish you luck.

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Old August 30th, 2016, 08:37 PM   #5
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Hi Fred,
I have even logged into Skatelog but I still can not see any pictures here.
Might be easier to just email the pictures to me.
Very weird how I can not see these pictures.

Speak soon,
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Old August 30th, 2016, 09:30 PM   #6
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Old August 30th, 2016, 10:19 PM   #7
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Thumbs up OK AmandaJane

Your sk8 mystery is gone to the UK and back down your way. Hopefully we will get some info and solve the riddle..
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