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Old October 29th, 2006, 11:52 AM   #1
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I was looking for some help on what hardness of wheel I should get for the floors that I skate on? I live an hour away from two types of floors. One is a coated wood floor, the other is a floating urethane floor. I was thinking of a wheel hardness of 93a would be good for both floors. That way I would not have to buy two sets of wheels and be changing them every time I go to a different rink. Could use any help. Thanks.
P.S. I'm really not into tricks or anything just out for some fun.
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Old October 30th, 2006, 04:27 AM   #2
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I was looking for some help on what hardness of wheel I should get for the floors that I skate on? I live an hour away from two types of floors. One is a coated wood floor, the other is a floating urethane floor. I was thinking of a wheel hardness of 93a would be good for both floors. That way I would not have to buy two sets of wheels and be changing them every time I go to a different rink. Could use any help. Thanks.
P.S. I'm really not into tricks or anything just out for some fun.
What are you using now, boot, plate, wheels..., and how do they work on the different floors?

I find most coated floors will have similar grip. They feel close enough that I don't bother with wheel changes. However floors and skaters are different, so skaters usually choose a wheel that works on the floor with less grip. Find out what other skaters with your style are using on that floor and give it a try.

I think skating both places will make you a better skater overall. I know a few good skaters that skate only one rink 99% and they have problems skating other rinks. Quite often I'll skate 2 different rinks in the same day. Skating a different floor was strange the first time I tried it, but it soon became a non issue.

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Old October 30th, 2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for ideas. The girlfriend & I used to skate many moons ago and are going to give it another try. The skates that I have (( I got them off ebay)(she also got hers off ebay)) are Riedell boots w/ sure grip century plates(just like what I used to have). I dont know what kind the wheels are. Planing to buy new ones. The rinks that I used to skate on was a floating urathane floor( about 20 years ago) in St. Cloud,MN. And my girlfriend used to skate on a coated wood floor in the Twin Cities(MN). We would be going to these rinks switching weekends. That is why I'm open to any help.
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Old October 30th, 2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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A few generalites... Jam skaters who do stuff that looks to me like kind of like break dancing on skates use speed boots and speed wheels. Session skaters use both boot types and wheel types plus I've seen some using outdoor wheels. Roller Dance skaters, line dance skaters prefer the hi boots and regular wheels.

For coated floors Bones Elites 62mm 101A are the most popular wheel with the session skaters wearing regular hi boots, at least in my area. In other areas they like a lot harder wheel to skate their style. I remember an interesting article by a famous skater... If I find it, I'll put up a link.

I've seen great skaters using just about every type of wheel... so I guess a large part with wheel selection is what your style of skating is, what you like and ....

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Old October 30th, 2006, 01:53 PM   #5
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Here's an article from Bill butler's page. He prefers a certain wheel for his style of skating... Lot's of interesting reading here.... most reccomendatios are for his style of skating....
About wheels... some stuff here
http://rollerskatingtoday.com/billyb...es/032003.html

and more interesting reading here,
http://rollerskatingtoday.com/rstarchivelinks.html#gjn

I may not agree with (or understand ) everything he talks about, but he is one of the best!

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Old September 28th, 2010, 01:37 PM   #6
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The wheels I skate on are rental wheels, orange in color and the reason I use that particular hardness is because my technique requires lateral movement so you need a wheel that will give you a very similar look as that they use in Detroit [Open House] but not as hard as that. My slide is much shorter and more controlled in another way - but both moves are controlled.
I think Bill Butler means Vanathane-Wheels, not Polyurethane. Like this one at the picture. I still own some dozens of old Vanathane rental-skate wheels from the early 80s.



Vanathane is hard, but allows not so long slides as the Fo-Mac or Clay-Wheels.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:09 AM   #7
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You have to take a lotta things into consideration. Floor type (you got that), humidity in the skating rink building, your weight, style of skating, skate plate and the action on it (how it is adjusted), aluminum hub or plastic, changeable hubs, wheel duro, wheel profile, wheel color, fast skating, slow skating, so on and so forth.

Give more information if you can.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 02:42 AM   #8
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Hi All,

Now this might still be an interesting topic, yet the original poster in 2006 is long dead.

Just Saying,

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Now this might still be an interesting topic, yet the original poster in 2006 is long dead.

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Dead as in "shuffled off this mortal coil" or just no longer on this forum?
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Old October 1st, 2010, 05:36 PM   #10
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Now this might still be an interesting topic, yet the original poster in 2006 is long dead.

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Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave
Dead? well I think it's fair to say he probablly has newwheel issues. I still Like the bones elite 101a, wheels will always be a hot topic with skaters. always trying to adapt. to compensate for knees age, weight , floor , changes in style, and everything else. Wheels are always an issue to someone who skates. they are a quick and easy way to deal with changes.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 02:37 AM   #11
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Now this might still be an interesting topic, yet the original poster in 2006 is long dead.

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Whaaa???
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 03:26 AM   #12
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Whaaa???
He's Dead since he has not posted since 2006.

Done, Kaput, A-NoShow aka DEAD

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave

Edit-01: The Danger of Not Watching the Poster's Tread Start and History. I don't remember who it was, yet they are now, and have been an accomplished skater. Well I jumped right in to this one tread and gave advice without checking the dates and geez I felt embarrassed afterwards giving advice to one of our advisers. If someone has a good old-old tread then restart it so the Principle Author is Alive and Kicking not DEAD

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