Thread: 1 skate for all
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Old June 18th, 2019, 09:47 PM   #5
Sir Aaron
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Originally Posted by learning2sk8 View Post
It appears everything is specialized these days as far as boots, plates and wheels. So, does a person need three or more pair of skates to be competitive? Can one pair of boots and one plate suffice with different wheels/bearings for the different events? If so, what would you recommend? I realize that this is a compromise in one or more areas, but it looks like a person could have one very nice set up for what the cost of three would be. Appreciate any thoughts.

I am new to skating, starting after retirement and currently have a Riedell 120 boot, Crazy Venus plate and Bones team logo 98A wheels. Hope to use these to get to Bronze level and want to try to work up the levels if time and ability allow. Again, thoughts on a one pair set up are appreciated.
This isn't an easy question to answer. is easy, but you wont like the answer. Think of skates like a good pair of shoes. Would you run, play tennis, and walk around town in the same shoes? beginner levels. Once you started seriously running or playing tennis, that wouldn't work. Same with a pair of skates. You can make it work, swapping pieces out, but at some point it just doesn't work very well.

If you got a quality pair of skates with an adjustable plate, you could survive a while by swapping out wheels and bearings and adjusting the actions on the skates. The skates you described above are beginner level skates and really aren't good for much beyond recreational skating. We use that setup to transition little kids from rental skates to their own skates. Once they get competitive, we get them minimum competitive level skates.

If you plan to move up past bronze, you'll probably want to invest in discipline specific skates at some point. You could probably get away with two pairs. One for dance and regular skating ("freestyle") and one for figures/loops.

Different boots, plates, and wheels accomplish different things. Constantly meddling with the actions of the skates isn't ideal. Could you do it? Yes. But, it's just not very good.
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