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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 21st, 2007, 02:30 AM   #1
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Default Re-grooving old wheels to breath new life into them?

I have a set of Labeda Turbo wheels that I got in 1985 and have been skating on ever since. I skated 3-4 times a week from 85-89, 5-6 times a month from 89-92, and a dozen times a year after that, tapering off to rarely in the last couple of years as I just couldn't stand to squeeze my 10EE feet into my 22 year old 9.5 Riedell 265s anymore. I finally sprang for new skates, and I wanted to know if re-grooving the Turbos would give them new life or if age has most likely made the compound into plastic. I was told that you would know better than anyone.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 11:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: Grooving

I have a set of Labeda Turbo wheels that I got in 1985 and have been skating on ever since. I skated 3-4 times a week from 85-89, 5-6 times a month from 89-92, and a dozen times a year after that, tapering off to rarely in the last couple of years as I just couldn't stand to squeeze my 10EE feet into my 22 year old 9.5 Riedell 265s anymore. I finally sprang for new skates,

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and I wanted to know if re-grooving the Turbos would give them new life or if age has most likely made the compound into plastic.

Yes...on both counts. I have had pretty good luck with Turbos. Even ones that had turned to cement.

I was told that you would know better than anyone.

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