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Old May 20th, 2019, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Wheels that lock up when they hit something

I have been skating on Powell Bones 103A 57MM urethane wheels for years and I like them very much. The problem I have is if I hit any tiny little piece of junk on the floor the wheel locks up or skids and I end up sky-ground sky-ground. The floor is concrete. I have been hurt several times when a wheel locks up and it happened twice yesterday. My question is: are there wheels that will run over something instead of lock up?
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Old May 20th, 2019, 03:39 PM   #2
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I have been skating on Powell Bones 103A 57MM urethane wheels for years and I like them very much. The problem I have is if I hit any tiny little piece of junk on the floor the wheel locks up or skids and I end up sky-ground sky-ground. The floor is concrete. I have been hurt several times when a wheel locks up and it happened twice yesterday. My question is: are there wheels that will run over something instead of lock up?
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Old May 20th, 2019, 03:51 PM   #3
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With 78A-85A wheels.
I agree.
Are you skating outdoors or indoors.
Indoors with 103a wheels requires an extremly clean floor, outdoors with a 103a would wear the wheels down fast, to much friction eating the urethane, so you must be indoors.

Either clean the floor well or switch to a slightly softer wheel, 96-98a.
Or, are you a slider, I'd consider wrist guards.
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Old May 20th, 2019, 05:56 PM   #4
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Not a slider...and I wear wrist, knee and elbow guards on an indoor floor. The knee and elbow guards saved me the last time. I'll try a softer wheel.
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Old May 20th, 2019, 06:13 PM   #5
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Higher velocity will keep a wheel from locking up on floor debris.
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Old May 20th, 2019, 08:15 PM   #6
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I used to race around and dance and if I got slow it got me into trouble and it took me forever to do the same stuff at a slower speed. I didn't know slow had consequences.
I looked at 57mm x 30mm wheels around 92a and I haven't a clue as to what's good. Any recommendations?
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Old May 20th, 2019, 08:21 PM   #7
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Hi Sonny01,

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Not a slider...and I wear wrist, knee and elbow guards on an indoor floor. The knee and elbow guards saved me the last time. I'll try a softer wheel.
Very Smart of you to be wearing that Protective Gear. You might also consider Hip and Tail Bone Padding. These have saved me many times over thru the years, in addition to the Knee & Elbow Pads.

Softer wheels will be less likely to "Lock Up" on smaller objects - but they can still Lock Up. So don't think they will totally eliminate the issue.

Even keeping an "Eagle Eye" out for floor junk won't eliminate the issue, as you simply can't and will not see everything on the floor. (even with good lighting - which many Rinks are not providing these days)

Should you try the "Higher velocity" option, any "Lock Up" will cause you a worse Fall, and possibly more damage.

I'm currently Skating a Slick floor in Vegas. (needs resurfacing) Started on my 101A's (nice & tight on Floor back in KC) - slid all over the floor and Locked Up twice before changing to my 92A Derby wheels - 20 mins into my first Skate Session here. Got Better traction but have still Locked Up on Floor Junk - they don't do so well on cleaning the Floor here either.

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Old June 8th, 2019, 10:33 PM   #8
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Default Get bigger wheels

Same as others have said, the larger the wheel, the more it will roll over smaller things. Also, a bit softer also helps.
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Old August 10th, 2019, 10:07 PM   #9
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[IMG]Outdoor skates completed and tested. by fierocious1, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old August 10th, 2019, 10:48 PM   #10
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Hi fierocious1,

Aside from those Xtra Large Wheels, That Long WB helps out too. Nice !

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Old August 10th, 2019, 10:56 PM   #11
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Aside from those Xtra Large Wheels, That Long WB helps out too. Nice !

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Yeah the long frames are stable. I have one frame that is 8 3/8" axle centers. You notice slower response with it on your feet. Big wheels not an issue though.I finally cut these wheels down a bit. 73mm tall and removed the outer face back to the hub.

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[IMG]Cut face off and made a small bevel on the outside/face of the wheel. by fierocious1, on Flickr[/IMG]

The tread face is the same width as it was before cutting the bulging face off, but you lose 10% of the total weight to get the wheel cut to this shape.
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Old August 11th, 2019, 01:56 AM   #12
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fierocious1 your custom skates make mine look boring. Riedell 297's, Roll Line Ring and Powell Bones 57mm.
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Old August 14th, 2019, 02:11 PM   #13
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IMHO, you've taken all the worst possible skate parts and assembled a fubar.

The Boots are the worst possible boot to use for roller skating, a hard shell, I know, it's how they skate in GB, but they're BLIMEY. (They might look better if they were orange and black striped )

The Plates are ridiculously long, again IMHO.

The wheels are the silliest, boat anchors attached to skateboards attached to a plastic shell.

If one were at the top of a 5 mile 15degree slope those would be perfect, the perfect tool to hit something at 80mph.

How did a discussion about 101a wheels locking up on wooden floors go full FUBAR?
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IMHO, you've taken all the worst possible skate parts and assembled a fubar.

The Boots are the worst possible boot to use for roller skating, a hard shell, I know, it's how they skate in GB, but they're BLIMEY. (They might look better if they were orange and black striped )

The Plates are ridiculously long, again IMHO.

The wheels are the silliest, boat anchors attached to skateboards attached to a plastic shell.

If one were at the top of a 5 mile 15degree slope those would be perfect, the perfect tool to hit something at 80mph.

How did a discussion about 101a wheels locking up on wooden floors go full FUBAR?
Doesn't take much to make you a hateful little sh!t.

The remedy for the OP has turned into softer bugger wheels, or skating faster, and here we are. I've never been tripped up from debris at speeds above 12 mph or so. Walking speed = danger.
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Old August 14th, 2019, 08:27 PM   #15
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Doesn't take much to make you a hateful little sh!t.

The remedy for the OP has turned into softer bugger wheels, or skating faster, and here we are. I've never been tripped up from debris at speeds above 12 mph or so. Walking speed = danger.

Why, Thank you Trom.

All we need now is a picture of your skateboards to complete the absurd

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