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Summer time!~ Roller Blades?
sobakchi - 6-20-2010 at 11:31 PM

hello everyone!~

it's summer time and...fuck it's hot

anyways
I wanted to take up roller blading
I live in Canada (Markham ON)
near General X and Titler I believe

There's a National Sports and a Sports Chek near me
I'm wondering if anyone had any tips or recommends on buying new roller blades. I can Ice skate decently already. I do not plan to skate agressively (no tricks or ramps or anything). I just want to go really fast around the park :D

help me out~
(I like Air Gear, lol but it's not why I wanna blade, I don't intend to go 80mph and fly off rooftops, its a nice pic to represent summer!)


gookie - 6-21-2010 at 12:09 AM

Definitely look for soft boot blades. None of that cheap plastic housing stuff you get from Canadian Tires. Soft boots are much more comfortable to ride in.

Next, look at the bearing rating. They go by standards called ABEC. I believe the most common one is ABEC 5 with ABEC 7 on the higher ends, and ABEC 3 on the lower end blades. Don't know what it stands for, but I know the higher the number, the less friction there is in the bearing so you'll go further with each push.

Next you'll want to get blade chassis that's made out of metal. Usually stainless steel or some sort of aluminum alloy. They're sturdy and won't flex like the cheap plastic ones. If you're keen on weight, they also have blades made out of titanium.


If you're gonna get it at sportchek, i'll say K2 is probably the better brand.. don't get none of that firefly shit.

Hope that helps.


afrojan - 6-21-2010 at 01:35 AM

man lucky guys...i love summer...beach season haha, its bloody winter here, and we don't get a fun winter like with snow and crap, we just get cold winds and rain


Kenku - 6-21-2010 at 01:40 AM

Wth, Sobakchi, where in markham do you live?


SoL10 - 6-21-2010 at 03:46 AM

^Lol with a national sports, I'm going to assume Woodbine and 16th.

But yeah, I've been wearing K2's for the longest time; never had a problem with them.


ShogunGT - 6-21-2010 at 07:17 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by SoL10
^Lol with a national sports, I'm going to assume Woodbine and 16th.

But yeah, I've been wearing K2's for the longest time; never had a problem with them.


and by SportChek...I'm going to assume Markville Mall


lexro - 6-21-2010 at 09:33 AM

definitely k2. they have the best price quality i find so far.


Gekkeijyu - 6-21-2010 at 11:36 AM

-try on several pairs, make sure they fit you snugly without being too tight. and make sure it doesn't cut into your shin. fit makes a huge difference. it can get pricey with the high-end heat-molded ones though
-find ones with good shock absorption. "road buzz" is fucking annoying
-don't buy hockey blades by accident
-buy some knee/elbow/wrist pads. this isn't ice skating. you WILL fall, and road rash SUCKS.
-first thing to learn is how to stop.

...and wtf there's a rollerblading anime now?


Code85 - 6-21-2010 at 01:46 PM

Definitely go with Inline skates...

hockey skates you will go slower.


IFearNoobies - 6-21-2010 at 02:53 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Gekkeijyu
-try on several pairs, make sure they fit you snugly without being too tight. and make sure it doesn't cut into your shin. fit makes a huge difference. it can get pricey with the high-end heat-molded ones though
-find ones with good shock absorption. "road buzz" is fucking annoying
-don't buy hockey blades by accident
-buy some knee/elbow/wrist pads. this isn't ice skating. you WILL fall, and road rash SUCKS.
-first thing to learn is how to stop.

...and wtf there's a rollerblading anime now?



you've never seen air gear?!?@#!#$@!?%!@#
its like the best shit ever
but yeah
start off with 80- 84mm wheels :)


Kurogashi - 6-21-2010 at 03:30 PM

I'm also going to try on some blades this summer because roller blading across UofT campus is a lot better than biking/walking. The most expensive skates are around $300 at Sports Chek. For the first skate, is it a good idea to get these $300 ones or maybe some crappy ones so when you fall it won't wreck your nice skates?


Kenku - 6-22-2010 at 01:36 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by ShogunGT
Quote:
Originally posted by SoL10
^Lol with a national sports, I'm going to assume Woodbine and 16th.

But yeah, I've been wearing K2's for the longest time; never had a problem with them.


and by SportChek...I'm going to assume Markville Mall


Damn, I'm more towards the western end. By Bayview ;p


niQ - 6-22-2010 at 04:38 PM

I thought you were going to take up basketball this summer...
lol

now rollerblading? you should practise bouncing the ball while on rollerblades.L OL