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#801 d4rksabre

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:09 AM

Yeah, I'm on the fence about what to do.  I also like that it is small enough to bring on trips.  I don't like that I'm then beholden unto them for supplies. They make portable versions of regular machines but they cost twice as much as the Sparx unit.

I've only heard good things about the Sparx, but I've never used one. I would be partial to the flexibility and the customer service of established skate sharpener companies like Blademaster, but I understand that may not be a need for you. 

If you're only sharpening your own skates and maybe your kid's skates every few weeks then the Sparx is probably fine for you. I've heard that they struggle with goalie skates over size 10, so keep that in mind if that's something you think you might encounter. 



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:55 AM

I'm at the ancient age of almost 58 although I tell my hockey buddies I'm 37...and some of them believe it because I look younger.  I was a street hockey only player until I was 45 and then learned how to rollerblade (it wasn't easy and I'm still learning) with the help of a coach who traded lessons for putting my progress on his website...

 

http://coachchic.com...hockey/page/20/

 

(Articles about me are listed here but PM me if you want the username/PW in order to read the whole thing)

 

Now I play roller hockey 1-2x a week. Court time is easy; you don't have to travel 50,000 miles at 3 in the morning. You can practice easily on your own in parking lots, tennis courts etc. Many ice hockey players crosstrain with roller.I'm not going to start ice at this stage but roller is a blast once you learn how to skate. I'm in pickup leagues only, play ALL YEAR LONG (every year) and look forward to it each and every time. 

 

American Indoor St. Hockey in West Seneca is Buffalo's roller hockey place but I'm sure there are others.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:05 AM

I'm at the ancient age of almost 58 although I tell my hockey buddies I'm 37...and some of them believe it because I look younger.  I was a street hockey only player until I was 45 and then learned how to rollerblade (it wasn't easy and I'm still learning) with the help of a coach who traded lessons for putting my progress on his website...
 
http://coachchic.com...hockey/page/20/
 
(Articles about me are listed here but PM me if you want the username/PW in order to read the whole thing)
 
Now I play roller hockey 1-2x a week. Court time is easy; you don't have to travel 50,000 miles at 3 in the morning. You can practice easily on your own in parking lots, tennis courts etc. Many ice hockey players crosstrain with roller.I'm not going to start ice at this stage but roller is a blast once you learn how to skate. I'm in pickup leagues only, play ALL YEAR LONG (every year) and look forward to it each and every time. 
 
American Indoor St. Hockey in West Seneca is Buffalo's roller hockey place but I'm sure there are others.

. Was talking to a guy who said roller blading can screw up your ice skating. Is that true. He did say there were a new type of skates, expensive, but more closely mimics ice skating... something about having a rocker built in.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:12 AM

. Was talking to a guy who said roller blading can screw up your ice skating. Is that true. He did say there were a new type of skates, expensive, but more closely mimics ice skating... something about having a rocker built in.

 

I haven't heard that and plenty of guys crosstrain in the summer on wheels...I wouldn't know about screwing up your skating stride but I don't ice skate. They are different and you have to learn the differences. Stopping is one of them. Changing and cleaning wheels and rotors is another. There will be new things to learn, like what wheels to use for what body type and what skating surface. For a rocker you put two bigger wheels in the back and two smaller ones up front. I use 80mm in the back and 76mm up front. You can get a good used pair of rollerblades to start on craigslist or ebay. Mission and Bauer come to mind. Research each model. 



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:14 AM

I'm at the ancient age of almost 58 although I tell my hockey buddies I'm 37...and some of them believe it because I look younger.  I was a street hockey only player until I was 45 and then learned how to rollerblade (it wasn't easy and I'm still learning) with the help of a coach who traded lessons for putting my progress on his website...
 
http://coachchic.com...hockey/page/20/
 
(Articles about me are listed here but PM me if you want the username/PW in order to read the whole thing)
 
Now I play roller hockey 1-2x a week. Court time is easy; you don't have to travel 50,000 miles at 3 in the morning. You can practice easily on your own in parking lots, tennis courts etc. Many ice hockey players crosstrain with roller.I'm not going to start ice at this stage but roller is a blast once you learn how to skate. I'm in pickup leagues only, play ALL YEAR LONG (every year) and look forward to it each and every time. 
 
American Indoor St. Hockey in West Seneca is Buffalo's roller hockey place but I'm sure there are others.


Mineral Springs Road? Loved that place but it's been so many years ago for me. Like twenty! I play ice hockey now and tried roller, but I don't really know how to stop on wheels.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:18 AM

Mineral Springs Road? Loved that place but it's been so many years ago for me. Like twenty! I play ice hockey now and tried roller, but I don't really know how to stop on wheels.

 

Yeah, you know Randy and Eric? Old pals of mine. I used to play there on Lathrop St. in Buffalo before they built the rink in West Seneca. You can also buy DVDs on rollerblading; I'm pretty sure they have tutorials on youtube also. A couple things with stopping on rollers. Use your stick. Make tiny U's or 8s on your skates. The small the U, the faster the stop. It takes practice.



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:19 AM

. Was talking to a guy who said roller blading can screw up your ice skating. Is that true. He did say there were a new type of skates, expensive, but more closely mimics ice skating... something about having a rocker built in.


Meh, subtle differences. I've been a skier ever since I could walk, I learned to ice skate shortly after that and I put on rollerblades for the first time when I was probably about 7 or 8. My stride is massive and exactly the same no matter which ones are on my feet. It takes about 4 seconds to adjust to what's on your feet.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:23 AM

I haven't heard that and plenty of guys crosstrain in the summer on wheels...I wouldn't know about screwing up your skating stride but I don't ice skate. They are different and you have to learn the differences. Stopping is one of them. Changing and cleaning wheels and rotors is another. There will be new things to learn, like what wheels to use for what body type and what skating surface. For a rocker you put two bigger wheels in the back and two smaller ones up front. I use 80mm in the back and 76mm up front. You can get a good used pair of rollerblades to start on craigslist or ebay. Mission and Bauer come to mind. Research each model.

I have a good pair of bauers but dont get out that much. TY for info on wheels. Definetly different.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:26 AM

Yeah, you know Randy and Eric? Old pals of mine. I used to play there on Lathrop St. in Buffalo before they built the rink in West Seneca. You can also buy DVDs on rollerblading; I'm pretty sure they have tutorials on youtube also. A couple things with stopping on rollers. Use your stick. Make tiny U's or 8s on your skates. The small the U, the faster the stop. It takes practice.


Yes, I knew them on Lathrop! That was a bad neighborhood, lol. Fun times. I use to drive out the West Seneca for late games and not get home till midnight. The good old days...

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:27 AM

I have a good pair of bauers but dont get out that much. TY for info on wheels. Definetly different.

 

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:28 AM

Meh, subtle differences. I've been a skier ever since I could walk, I learned to ice skate shortly after that and I put on rollerblades for the first time when I was probably about 7 or 8. My stride is massive and exactly the same no matter which ones are on my feet. It takes about 4 seconds to adjust to what's on your feet.


PS just got back into skiing, now that my oldest is snowboarding. new parobolics have taken a while to get used to. Have a season rental with thinner backends. Grew up on a pair of K2 intermediate racers. New ones are great on ice and pack powder. Not so great in powder imo. Too much bite and not long enough.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:31 AM

Meh, subtle differences. I've been a skier ever since I could walk, I learned to ice skate shortly after that and I put on rollerblades for the first time when I was probably about 7 or 8. My stride is massive and exactly the same no matter which ones are on my feet. It takes about 4 seconds to adjust to what's on your feet.

 

If you have that experience, things should be a small adjustment . But if you're going from street to skating, then it takes longer. I have weak feet and it took an extra long time to get adjusted.



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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:32 AM

https://www.inlinesk...default,pg.html

Thank You for that link, awesome info.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:53 AM

PS just got back into skiing, now that my oldest is snowboarding. new parobolics have taken a while to get used to. Have a season rental with thinner backends. Grew up on a pair of K2 intermediate racers. New ones are great on ice and pack powder. Not so great in powder imo. Too much bite and not long enough.


I still rock ancient technology on the mountain. Turn of the century Rossi 9S slalom racing skis. And a pair of original Salomon 1080 twin tips. My racing skis are beat to hell from lots of gate damage. But my jumping skis are beautiful. Just short of mint. I'm thinking of getting a pair of skis this year. I want to play with the new tech. I also need new poles and goggles. My 1998 Oakleys have seen waaaay better days.

If you have that experience, things should be a small adjustment . But if you're going from street to skating, then it takes longer. I have weak feet and it took an extra long time to get adjusted.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:31 PM

I still rock ancient technology on the mountain. Turn of the century Rossi 9S slalom racing skis. And a pair of original Salomon 1080 twin tips. My racing skis are beat to hell from lots of gate damage. But my jumping skis are beautiful. Just short of mint. I'm thinking of getting a pair of skis this year. I want to play with the new tech. I also need new poles and goggles. My 1998 Oakleys have seen waaaay better days.

Point taken.

Smith is making really nice goggles now. Suggest renting to try out different styles and lenghts. Rented 10 different pairs last year... Rossi make a pair with slightly narrower back 177s that I like, there are others but you need to try out different types and realize its not the same. PS newer skiis seem a lot heavier to me. Not sure if its the layoff or my age???





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