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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 November 1st, 2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Riedell sizing and Roll-Line plate Q's

Hello DocSk8,

First, congratulations and thank you for the new forum here.

Now to my questions. I am upgrading my skates, basically getting new ones since there's not much I want to use from the current skate. I do "session skating" and roller dance. Weight 200 heavy pounds lol. I'm a former ice figure skater so I like stiff and tight boots.

1) I am planning to get Riedell 297's. Currently I use Riedell 120 size 8 but it is not as snug and tight as I'd like. How do I know if I need Riedell 297 size 8 or 7.5? I looked at Riedell's sizing chart but not sure if i can trust doing my own measurement.

2) I am planning to get Roll-Line plates. I like them shiny so I will pass on the Variant and will be getting either the Driver or Navigator. Is it possible to get either the Driver or Navigator with silver/chrome color trucks? I really don't like the golden trucks. Blue could be OK, not sure, I think I prefer the silver ones.

3) How do I know the type of cushions I need for those plates? Is this a trial-and-error process? Which one should I start with?

4) I've heard I shouldn't have the new skates mounted by anyone except you So how do I go about doing this? Do you also sell the boots and plates I mentioned above? Please PM pricing if that's the case.

Thanks a bunch!
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 03:36 AM   #2
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Hello DocSk8,

First, congratulations and thank you for the new forum here.

Thank you

Now to my questions. I am upgrading my skates, basically getting new ones since there's not much I want to use from the current skate. I do "session skating" and roller dance. Weight 200 heavy pounds lol. I'm a former ice figure skater so I like stiff and tight boots.

1) I am planning to get Riedell 297's. Currently I use Riedell 120 size 8 but it is not as snug and tight as I'd like. How do I know if I need Riedell 297 size 8 or 7.5? I looked at Riedell's sizing chart but not sure if i can trust doing my own measurement.

Let me start off by saying I really don't like doing art boots... I have trouble getting into the stiff ones..Like the 297s. I did some 10s a few years ago and had enough grief with those....Sorry

2) I am planning to get Roll-Line plates. I like them shiny so I will pass on the Variant and will be getting either the Driver or Navigator. Is it possible to get either the Driver or Navigator with silver/chrome color trucks? I really don't like the golden trucks. Blue could be OK, not sure, I think I prefer the silver ones.

It is possible to get any color on any Roll Line plate...unless you get a Mirage or one for the F series plates with the plastic trucks....(I don't advise those) . There is an upcharge unfortunately. Not from me, from the distributor.

3) How do I know the type of cushions I need for those plates? Is this a trial-and-error process? Which one should I start with?

This will be hairy.... cushions are a matter of personal preference. I weigh 230 but run the super soft green ones. My wife is well lets just say a lot less and she is on the blue medium ones. Roll Line chooses for ya to start as they put in increasingly harder cushions as the plates get longer. We may be able to figure out a good staring point based on what you are sk8ing on now...

4) I've heard I shouldn't have the new skates mounted by anyone except you So how do I go about doing this? Do you also sell the boots and plates I mentioned above? Please PM pricing if that's the case.

Yes I sell it all. How about this: email Docsk8@earthlink.net. I actually check my spam filter so I should see ya.
Thanks a bunch!
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