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Old February 14th, 2019, 12:19 AM   #1881
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Welcome, great introduction.

Honestly, if you want to go fast, get on a bicycle, the chances of "gomering" (going to ground) going downhill are 100%, quads are about relaxation, enjoyment, fresh air, speed on inlines is nice, downhill is asking for skin lost.

But...try getting a longboard skateboard, padding up and doing downhill on a skateboard is feasible.

And competitive.

Err, wrong section?
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Old February 27th, 2019, 09:51 PM   #1882
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Welcome, great introduction.

Honestly, if you want to go fast, get on a bicycle, the chances of "gomering" (going to ground) going downhill are 100%, quads are about relaxation, enjoyment, fresh air, speed on inlines is nice, downhill is asking for skin lost.

But...try getting a long board skateboard, padding up and doing downhill on a skateboard is feasible.
a skillful long board operator (not me) can slide the long board to slow down, which at VERY fast speeds is better than what I can do on inlines. That said, I have found inlines to have better cornering radii and speeds than long boards downhill and have never had a serious incident on a hill (just a few spills on lower hills). I attended a college on the top of a mountain and would routinely do the 10 mile descent into town. loads of fun. But yes, I always wore my hockey gear. I'd be doing about 50 mph most of the time.
with enough practice anything will go down a hill. 8 low profile wheels will corner with more grip than 4, so I'd chose the inlines any day for going fast.
now, there is the commuter side of me too. Quads rule downhill. just a slight s-curve is enough on quads to control one's speed downhill on quads. I have bombed all over SF in quads and inlines and found the quads to do better. In Tacoma, where I live, the road surface is not friendly to quads, so inlines it has to be (most places). I just go down on one foot and drag the other and switch back and forth.
Sorry for the long reply, just seemed right up my alley
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Old February 27th, 2019, 10:01 PM   #1883
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But learning to go backwards.
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3) Eventually you will get to the point where you actually push with the outside of the foot, but that is a advanced move.
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4) cross over. Few people even bother with this, but I like to be the fastest guy on the rink, forwards or backwards. The danger here is snagging one foot on the other...very few faster ways to end up on the floor, so do it slow in a tight circle and keep an eye on your feet. the closer together they are, the better/stronger/smoother it will be, but don't let them touch. My biggest tip for crossing backwards is moonwalk. I'm not kidding. practice the moonwalk in a straight line on skates, and then just do it backwards. Maybe I'll post a video soon of doing that. maybe
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Old March 2nd, 2019, 11:33 AM   #1884
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I'm Dazzler, age 40. I first started skating when I was 6 on the type of squad skates that you strap on over your shoes. Then later proper boot skates. Mainly street skating as there was no local rink. I think I was 14 when I switched to inline skates in the early 90s and have skated on inlines on and off since then, mainly for short commutes with, with occasional ice-skating at Christmas rinks. I took my 6 year old to the local roller rink toward the end of last year and put on quad skates for the first time in over 25 years. And have been bitten by the skating bug big time ever since.

My skills are weirdly inconsistent. I can skate well but for the first two visits I was literally stopping by spinning around and slowing as I couldn't remember how to use the toe stop. I absolutely could not skate backwards, like honestly couldn't move when I tried. But I can spin and do a decent parallel arabesque, on a straight or around a corner. I feel a bit silly as my quad skating is missing several steps and I know I need to get those basics down first.

I got my old inlines out to practice at home and could skate backwards without bother. Braking with a backstop or plough stop is instinctual. I'm a better inline skater as I never lost the basics. While inline and quad skating aren't massively different, there are subtle differences and I'm having to work at adjusting between the two. (I had a pretty bad fall recently on my quads as I leaned forward in a way that's fine on inlines but made my front wheels stop on quads, thankfully I'd invested in a decent set of pads the day before). But I'm also really, really enjoying both kinds of skating and the practice of skating backwards in my inlines helped a lot the next time I tried going backwards in quads.

I use quads at the rink (inlines aren't allowed there) and inlines outdoors. I've started out with a pair of Rookies for the rink and bought K2 Kinetic 80s for outdoors after the wheels on my ancient inlines literally fell apart when I took them for a longer skate outdoors. I enjoy different aspects of both kinds of skating and I've also started to (secretly) go to the rink without my 6 year old one night a week. It's easier and safer to work on improving my own skating when I don't have a little learner skater to look out for. My mother has also started coming with me/us and is the only one of the three of us to not have a fall yet.

I don't think I want to try derby. I'd love to give it ago if I was 20 years younger but don't think that level of contact sport is for me at this age. I'm recovering from falls better than I thought I would, so I'm not as aged as I tend to fear I am, but even still I don't think it would be a realistic sport for me. I'm more interested in the more artistic aspects of rink skating and I enjoy the speed (and right turns ) of inline skating. In all seriousness, getting to straight skate for long intervals and turn in both directions outdoors has improved the strength in my left leg, which is both naturally weaker and weakened by the constant left turns at the rink. My crossovers at the rink are improving (little by little) because it.
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Old March 19th, 2019, 02:22 PM   #1885
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Hi! I'm Steph from New Mexico, and I've been a skating addict for, oh, 20 years or so. I've always preferred quads but I did do my time on inline skates in the early 90s. My teenager is also into skating so we try to hit up our local (poorly run and small) rink at least once a week. I dream of the day when we live near a good rink again (we were up near Tacoma, WA, and we had Skate Tiffany's there, and boy do we miss it).

I've always worn speed skates (remember when Riedells were Carreras? I do lol) but I'd like to get a pair of jam skates and a pair of artistic/roller rink skates as I love dancing and would like more agility when I'm skating.

Super happy to have found this forum!
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Old March 20th, 2019, 10:01 AM   #1886
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Hi! I'm Steph from New Mexico, and I've been a skating addict for, oh, 20 years or so. I've always preferred quads but I did do my time on inline skates in the early 90s. My teenager is also into skating so we try to hit up our local (poorly run and small) rink at least once a week. I dream of the day when we live near a good rink again (we were up near Tacoma, WA, and we had Skate Tiffany's there, and boy do we miss it).

I've always worn speed skates (remember when Riedells were Carreras? I do lol) but I'd like to get a pair of jam skates and a pair of artistic/roller rink skates as I love dancing and would like more agility when I'm skating.

Super happy to have found this forum!
welcome to the boards, enjoy them and hope they can help u at times
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Old March 22nd, 2019, 04:39 AM   #1887
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Welcome aboard! Hope you liven this place up a bit. I believe facebook has diminished this message board terribly.

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I don't think I want to try derby.
Yeah, derby does seem counterproductive to a long skating career. IMO. Someone will hate me for this assertion.


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Hi! I'm Steph from New Mexico...Super happy to have found this forum!
Welcome DW! Looking forward to seeing you around the place. I also speak MAC and Windows (quads and inlines). There are a couple of us here. I went back to quads because our streets are often damp (New Orleans) from fog, rain, or street cleaners and my inline skates were so treacherous on wet surfaces. My quads grip like glue. Then I just kinda got stuck loving the quads again with a $500 pair of inline skates hanging forsaken on my toy rack. BTW...I can switch from quads to inline skates and back no problems. Takes about five minutes to make the change mentally.

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Old April 10th, 2019, 01:18 AM   #1888
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I bought my first pair of roller skates in 1984. I used to skate all the time on the esplanade in Boston ( where I'm originally from ). Moved out to CA in 93 and brought my skates with me. I would skate around the neighborhood. I got an iPod for Christmas '04. Since that time I have been dancing on the basketball court at the local sports park.

Having the time of my life.
I am from massachusettes too, and i was born in 1984.. love to skate also been doing it since i can remember first pair were fisher price skates to buckled to my sneaker in 1987
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Old April 10th, 2019, 07:23 AM   #1889
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Hi everybody.

I'm Tarninou, old beginner at roller quads. I've done some when I was 12, but then my feet grew up and my parents weren't in the mood for buying a new pair of quad every 6 months so...

25 years later I stabilised that foot issue and here I am !

I'm from France (so please excuse my English) and for know I essentially learn the basics in a club and in a lost parking in my neighbourhood. Ideally, i'd like to skate a little bit in every situation: being able to follow a group in a hill, to curve in a bowl, to pass more than two cones in slalom, to move my old body on good music with my quads on without being to ridiculous... Long way to go, last week I jumped over a 40cm stuff and feel like I won a medal at the olympics game...

I probably won't be the more active member but I got a few questions and there are very few quadders left in France.

Thanks for welcomming me here, see you.
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Old April 11th, 2019, 10:01 AM   #1890
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Hi everybody.

I'm Tarninou, old beginner at roller quads. I've done some when I was 12, but then my feet grew up and my parents weren't in the mood for buying a new pair of quad every 6 months so...

25 years later I stabilised that foot issue and here I am !

I'm from France (so please excuse my English) and for know I essentially learn the basics in a club and in a lost parking in my neighbourhood. Ideally, i'd like to skate a little bit in every situation: being able to follow a group in a hill, to curve in a bowl, to pass more than two cones in slalom, to move my old body on good music with my quads on without being to ridiculous... Long way to go, last week I jumped over a 40cm stuff and feel like I won a medal at the olympics game...

I probably won't be the more active member but I got a few questions and there are very few quadders left in France.

Thanks for welcomming me here, see you.
very nice, welcome to the boards and enjoy
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Old May 17th, 2019, 02:06 AM   #1891
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Hi Iím Lisa, I live in the northeast USA and Iím here because I love skates and skating! Iím 36 and I have a boyfriend that skates and all 5 of our kids do as well. I have a lot of skates but I just got a riedell 297 so Iíve been wearing them the most lately.
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Old May 18th, 2019, 02:21 AM   #1892
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Hi all,

llamont here... Like many folks I was around skating as a kid. Nothing competitive or organized just sheer recreation and social fun. I skated sporadically and even worked at a local rink as a DJ/floorgaurd in college. After graduation I skated once in 15 years (back in 2009). Fast forward to February 2019, a good friend and I decided to hit up adult night at a DMV area rink to see what was going on. It was awesome. We both bought skates a week or so after and we’ve been at it ever since. I say we’re both solid beginnermediates (comfortable skating in both directions but still have a lot to learn). We like rhythm/dance skating. I have a pair of Riedell Juice (120 boots/Reactor Neo plates/Powell Bones Elite 62mm/Bones Red Ceramic bearings).

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Hi Lisa and Llamont,,,,welcome to the boards and I hope you enjoy them along with skating
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Old July 18th, 2019, 07:38 AM   #1894
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I'm Colin, 53, from Glasgow. Used to ice skate, and my wife convinced me that inline skating was good to do alongside ice skating.
Started going to a couple of weekly indoor sessions, and have only skated outdoors a couple of times.

I still class myself as a beginner as I haven't tried half the things I could do on ice, so basic skating forwards, backwards, t-stop, and not much more.

Currently wanting to get out and skate more (weather permitting), and looking to upgrade from the SFR skates that I currently have.
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Old July 18th, 2019, 10:10 AM   #1895
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welcome to the forum Hipp66,,,enjoy and have fun
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Old August 1st, 2019, 05:58 PM   #1896
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Hi , I am Tony from southern eastern B.C. and just joined this forum. I skate in inline hockey skates on rural asphalt roads. I skate for fitness and to keep my balance sharp- former hockey player.
I am 61 now, and do everything I can to stay fit, that happens to be outside.
Thinking about going to 3 wheel / 110 mm skates. Cheers
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Old August 27th, 2019, 01:52 AM   #1897
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My name is John... as you can see from my user name! LOL

I'm returning to skating after many years off. Over the past few years we have visited the local roller rink (Roller Magic in Hyde Park) for birthday parties, girls scout events, etc. It was fun to be back on skates, but I never really got along well with rentals.

A few months ago my daughter really got into the idea of skating. I told her it was best to buy a set of skates so she could learn and have consistency while learning. The owners of Roller Magic (John & Maribelle) we kind enough to loan Sydney her skates, which just happened to be the right size.

She loved them so much, we bought her a pair. They are Riedell OG 172 boots and he upgraded the wheels for her to Turbo 62mm. Since she bought a pair it was only right that I got a new pair (my old Riedells fell victim to mold and were tossed many years ago) which are Riedell 120 boots with Varsity Plus 62mm wheels.

My wife is still trying to decide whether she wants to get inline or quad skates. We need to find a good pair of quads so she can try something good.

My skating rinks started in 1979, a friend from the motocross races invited me to go along with some of his friends. It was so much fun that I bought a pair not long after and started skating regularly. I skated at quite a few different rinks in the nearby area including at Murray's in Yonkers. Murrays is an outdoor rink with a canopy roof that has ice skating in the winter and roller in the warmer months.

Back then there were quite a few roller rinks nearby, unfortunately my memory of the names escapes me. I skated in Cortland, Yonkers, New Rochelle and a few other places.

I wouldn't say I was a great skater, but I had fun bopping around the floor to the music of the day. I learned solely from watching others and most likely developed some bad habits.

Now after 30 years I'm back on skates. It's kind of strange, it feel familiar, like I know what I'm doing, but at the same time it's nerve racking because it's not the same at 60 as it was in my late 20's.

But nowadays they have Youtube!! LOL There are tons of tutorials and a bunch of skating videos to watch and get ideas from!

We have already visited a few rinks further afield, one which was very lackluster and was downright dangerous with people running across the floor, which was dusty and the rentals were the worst. It was a sad experience.

This past weekend we traveled an hour and a half upstate to Rollarama which was a great place (recommended by someone on this forum) I talked with the very nice skate guard, who it turns out goes to the adult skate at our local rink! He also asked what other rinks we visited and suggested we also try out Guptill's Skating Area. Which is billed as the largest indoor roller rink.

We actually stopped by, but it was not yet open and we couldn't stay. But we will be going back! It looks really cool

I tried inline skating for a while, but didn't really care for it. I really enjoy the roller rink experience and am looking forward to spending time with my wife and daughter as we all learn to skate better.

Here are some photos of our skates. Did I mention I wear a size 12 mens and my daughter is in 8.5 mens??



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Old August 27th, 2019, 03:15 AM   #1898
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Hey John. I have those same frames about three years now. I changed the cushions to a softer version as I am only 145-150 lbs depending on the day.

Welcome back! The quad forum still has some life. For the most part this forum is dead thanks in part to Facebook Groups.

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Old August 27th, 2019, 09:15 AM   #1899
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Hey John. I have those same frames about three years now. I changed the cushions to a softer version as I am only 145-150 lbs depending on the day.

Welcome back! The quad forum still has some life. For the most part this forum is dead thanks in part to Facebook Groups.

Cheers.
Hi Joey,

Thank you!

Glad to hear I got some good frames! I weigh 190, and I thought the cushions were a bit soft at first, but I tightened them a little and they feel better.

Do you have any idea what weights the different color cushions are made for?

I quit Facebook a while ago, just a black hole of time... it's sad that forums and blogs don't get much traffic anymore due to the large social media sites... in the past you used to get some incredible detailed information from these sources. Now it seems that folks just want quick soundbite information instead.

Thanks for the warm welcome!
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Morning John...

Glad you got to experience the Rollarama Rink.
If you and your family are looking for public lessons and what not..... Saturday mornings, beginner classes taught by a wonderful staff.

Of course I'm a little biased as this is my home rink, competition and teaching.
We have some of the best skaters in the Nation that take lessons here, including myself.

And... 1.5 hours isnt too bad.... I travel either 2 hours to get to Rollarama, or close to 3 hours to get to Taughton Ma......Its where the best rinks in New England are!

Hopefully see you on a Saturday!
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