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Old August 16th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default question about toe stopper

I'm Liliana and I recently started skating again after maybe 15 years. I have a pair of quadlines with 84mm wheels and so far they feel great outdoors. But I'm still having some confidence issues and I feel the first thing I have to learn is how to stop, particularly downhills. I feel that my toe stopper (which is big and square) is terrible and not practical unless is used backwards, which is even more scary to do at this moment. Does anyone know if I can change this for a round one? or if having a heel stopper would work better? I think a regular round stopper would not fit these tall skates but what do I know.

Thanks, I appreciate your help
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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:58 AM   #2
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Take some pics and post in the quad forum. They will get you sorted out.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 01:52 AM   #3
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and by the looks of it, you'll probably have more fun over there anyway. They have a topic called "Super Excited!". And with an exclamation mark, no less.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 08:01 AM   #4
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Controlling speed downhill: You need to "scrub" speed. This is done in a zig-zag pattern as you go down hill. You can practice on a flat. Get a little speed up and then make a hard left turn, and do so with your feet well apart. Pay attention as to how much pressure is on your right foot. The more pressure, the more speed you will scrub. If all you did was turn, you need your feet a bit wider and put more pressure on the right foot. If you still have some momentum left, now turn hard right, again with your feet spread apart. As you are turning right, you need to make sure to get enough pressure on your left foot to scrub speed. 2 turns should be enough to get you stopped. Once you have done this successfully, the benefits on a downhill bit of trail are obvious. You zig-zag down hill putting as much or little pressure on your forward turning foot to control speed. Once you get this mastered, you will likely not give much thought to any kind of stopper. You won't need them.
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