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Old July 23rd, 2009, 04:59 AM   #1
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Default St.Louis, MO Skaters?

Are there any inline or quad skating groups in St.Louis, MO?
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 04:28 PM   #2
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Are there any inline or quad skating groups in St.Louis, MO?
I found some information here that might be helpful. I'm in STL, and am starting to get myself and my family back into the sport.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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Thanks =], just got new inlines hehe
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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Are there any inline or quad skating groups in St.Louis, MO?
Where do you normally skate?
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 08:26 PM   #5
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I haven't inlined in over 8+ years hehe.. How is Forest Park?
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Old July 24th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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You may want to also go out to Creve Coeur Park

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/find-rou...mo/creve+coeur

or to the new Grant's Trail

http://www.bikegrantstrail.com/

I no longer live in STL, and so have not been to Forest Park in years. But we still come visit the family we have there. I skated Creve Coeur a couple of years ago, and they still had some of the road under construction out on the extension from Page to St. Charles. The ramps were hellacious up and down and a gentleman on a recumbent warned me of what he thought would be a really nasty/dangerous downhill section farther out to avoid.

I also used to bike and skate out on the Alton river road.

http://www.greatriverroad.com/vadalabene.htm

No shade and pretty humid along the river there but it is wide and accommodates the traffic (unlike Forest Park). There is a grade to it too that I don't notice much on the bike but definitely did on skates!
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Old August 6th, 2009, 02:29 AM   #7
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Hmm thanks for the info! Do any of you skate near the area?
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Old August 10th, 2009, 07:40 PM   #8
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You may want to also go out to Creve Coeur Park

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/find-rou...mo/creve+coeur

or to the new Grant's Trail

http://www.bikegrantstrail.com/

I no longer live in STL, and so have not been to Forest Park in years. But we still come visit the family we have there. I skated Creve Coeur a couple of years ago, and they still had some of the road under construction out on the extension from Page to St. Charles. The ramps were hellacious up and down and a gentleman on a recumbent warned me of what he thought would be a really nasty/dangerous downhill section farther out to avoid.

I also used to bike and skate out on the Alton river road.

http://www.greatriverroad.com/vadalabene.htm

No shade and pretty humid along the river there but it is wide and accommodates the traffic (unlike Forest Park). There is a grade to it too that I don't notice much on the bike but definitely did on skates
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OK, I just spent a week down on "vacation", visiting family in STL. I completely retract the suggestion to skate the RiverRoad- or at least need to amend it. I went out there a couple of weeks ago Saturday. The first part of the trail from Alton (the parking lot with the Piasa Bird) is "singletrack" as it is completely overgrown, and therefore hard for two people to pass each other both going the same way or even coming towards each other. And this lasts for ~ 0.5 mile. So you end up hugging the gurad rail to let a cyclist by (as they can navigate the road through here). Couple this with the fact that the pavement is really screwed up- rock, sand, lot of cracks, etc. and it doesn't make for a great start. The trail does widen and is a little more skateable from mile 1 to about mile 5 out from Alton. However you do need to be vigilant of: the big buckles at places on the path, a lot of large twigs from the overhanging trees (a twigs that were big enough to be stopping my 100mm wheels), lot of sand/dirt from the runoff from the hillside-also enough to bog down the wheels, and a LOT of rock at the road crossings (where I had to walk it across). At mile 5.7, the path ends and to continue you would have to go onto the shoulder of the road for a bit. (again, probably not a problem on a bike) Unfortunately, although they just paved the roadway, the shoulder was grated and NOT SKATEABLE. And with how busy the River Road is and with the speed of the cars, I elected not to brave taking up part of the newly paved road in an actual lane on the roadway........ So I ended up turning around and heading back. It was a miserable slow skate at best-- I normally skate at 12-16 mph and here I was at 8-10mph at best. I guess the nice(r) roadway section from memory must be out towards Grafton or between there and Pere Marquette. I did not drive further out to get to that section but If I remember right, there is a parking lot out there somewhere to start from.....

I did skate the loop at Creve Coeur on several days. And it was great!! (I have skated it in the past when it was wet and it was very slippery on regular wheels- so watch for that). A couple of small uphills and some slight downhill in one stretch but predominantly flat. The 3 days I was there, it was dry and I was able to average over 12mph even with some wind and the heat. I could skate 13-16mph there on sections with ease. Crossing the roads/parking lots, the pavement gets rougher but is still skateable. I went during the week in the mid-late mornings and traffic was not bad at all-- mostly bikes and strollers and dog walkers. I brought my Camelbak and there are bathrooms and vending machines for soda, etc. Each of the larger loops is ~4.25 miles around by my GPS. So I was putting in 4 loops for ~ 17 miles in under 1hr 15- 1 hr 20 mins. I did not go out on the longer straightaway that runs alongside the Page Ave. extension towards the Katy Trail and St. Charles.

We headed home on Sat. so I was not able to meet up with the SKateSTL folks for their picnic that day at CCP.

One Caveat:: I also overheard that CCP is limiting the speed of skaters and cyclists and found this-- http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story...storyid=181472 http://www.beloblog.com/KMOV_Blogs/r...sts-share.html when I got back. Good thing I'm not one of the super fast speed skaters.....
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http://www.rogerkramercycling.org/HT...sts-beware.php

Speeding cyclists, beware!


If you're a cyclist who likes to ride fast on the 8-mile trail in Creve Coeur County Park in west St. Louis County near Maryland Heights, Mo., you may be facing a ticket and a fine.

KSDK-TV, Channel 5, in St. Louis reported today that starting next week, speeding cyclists could get a ticket, be fined up to $1,000 and may get time in the county jail.

"If I see you traveling at a high rate of speed and you're passing people, not being considerate of others and causing almost collisions, you can get a ticket and possibly go to jail for it," Park Ranger Keith Kaiser told KSDK.

A series of complaints and accidents have led to the crackdown, Kaiser said. This week, bicylists are receiving citizen complaint alerts about the fines for speeding.

Some bike trails have speed limits, but the KSDK report doesn't say whether the Creve Coeur trail has a speed limit.

One bicyclist, Ruth Marner, says there has been increasing resentment.

"People don't want us on the roads. They swear at us when we're on the roads and then they don't like us on the trails so I think we need to compromise and be courteous," she told KSDK.



And the warning seems to apply to skaters also.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 01:26 AM   #10
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well im looking for someone to skate with
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Old August 16th, 2009, 01:46 AM   #11
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This is where we trained alot outdoor when I Speed Skated in St.Louis..
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Old August 16th, 2009, 01:55 AM   #12
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Default Ice skating, and Roller Skating

There is? (was) an outdoor Rink in the park, Roller in summer ice in Winter !!!
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http://www.yelp.com/biz/steinberg-sk...nk-saint-louis
http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/...tpark/ice.html

A rink on the Illinois side that we Speed Skated Outta, no team anymore.
A great rink to skate. Not too far >>>

http://www.funspotrocks.com/gallery.asp
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