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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Putting together a decent beginner skate... for my boyfriend, muwahahah

I finally convinced my other half to try out skating. He's never ever skated, even as a kid... so he was actually quite scared! We spent an hour and a LOT of his sweat learning to just stand whilst holding onto me for dear life in the living room the other day (my floor is glorious to skate on... 92a fugis are too grippy! shame it's not a big room, and who put all this furniture there!). Yesterday he actually skated around a little - and felt a lot better about it (still holding on to me)

A friend of mine lent him some R3s til he finds his feet, so i was thinking if he does get in to it (he's not convinced he'll want to play derby, just have a skate round in the summer in the park with me etc... but he delivers a mean booty block so who knows!) I'd put him something together for his birthday.

Was thinking - decent rugby boots (or any decent boot that might crop up second hand), but i don't know what plate. His balance isn't too good - i really can't see him on Avengers! So i think a 10 style, normal mount. But i honestly don't know what to go for that i could easily find 2nd hand in the UK at a affordable price. He felt comfortable on the R3s (that's why i'm thinking normal style plate/mount) but he said they didn't feel strong enough - understandable seeing as he's a big lad on a nylon plate!

He's about 6ft tall, and built like a potato on two sticks lol he's just under 200lb... he blames that on Christmas (yeah right :P )
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:57 AM   #2
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Roll Line Variants? Not sure you'd find one second hand, but they are only around 100 new. That's what I'm going to put my husband on if he ever decides to skate again.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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Roll Line Variants? Not sure you'd find one second hand, but they are only around 100 new. That's what I'm going to put my husband on if he ever decides to skate again.
that's not bad actually - but don't you need like 7mm bearings, different toe stops (although i've heard you can do something to them) just thinking it saves a lot of money sharing kit like bearings etc (i've got 8mm Bones Reds coming out of my ears lol). But, if the price is right, i guess it would be worth it- money saved could just buy more bearings haha
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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Yes - you do need 7mm bearings. The plates can be re-tapped to take standard toe stops. Doug @ Amazing skates mentioned on the FB group that he may well buy the tools to do this. I have yet to get my Variants mounted, but lots of people love the Roll Line toe stops anyway.

But you wont get a better metal plate for that price in the UK.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:06 PM   #5
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Yes - you do need 7mm bearings. The plates can be re-tapped to take standard toe stops. Doug @ Amazing skates mentioned on the FB group that he may well buy the tools to do this. I have yet to get my Variants mounted, but lots of people love the Roll Line toe stops anyway.

But you wont get a better metal plate for that price in the UK.
yeah he might get on better with those giant hockey style toe stops anyway (he looked at the gumballs on the R3s and was like... they're tiny!). I shall keep my eyes peeled... starting now!
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:08 PM   #6
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Cheapest I found was here:

http://www.jandpsports.co.uk/roll-line-frames

Not sure what postage is, as I sometimes skate nearby to where they are based, and collected mine.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 12:11 PM   #7
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http://www.jandpsports.co.uk/roll-line-frames

Not sure what postage is, as I sometimes skate nearby to where they are based, and collected mine.
awesome thanks! if i can't find any on the off chance second hand, then i'll get them from here i'm sure the postage isn't too bad
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 01:50 PM   #8
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Avengers would be fine with hard cushions. We've got a guy who's 280 and still hasn't passed FM on them. Red barrels and purple cones.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:12 PM   #9
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Avengers would be fine with hard cushions. We've got a guy who's 280 and still hasn't passed FM on them. Red barrels and purple cones.
hmm true. Would defo have to be normal mount though or i think he would wee himself XD He's a UK 11 (US 11.5?) and it's not often such big plate sizes come up for sale second hand :/ (esp Avengers... because everyone loves them!)
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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If he starts on a forward mount, it will be all he knows, so no adjustment after he gets better.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:30 PM   #11
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If he starts on a forward mount, it will be all he knows, so no adjustment after he gets better.
true true... but he is so paranoid about falling backwards. I did it a lot when i first started on Invaders and i could skate a bit by then (it didn't put me off one bit, but i know it would him).... his birthday isn't til August to be fair, but the odds are no-one is going to lend him anything like that to be going on with. All the lads started out on r3s etc and then got Avengers later on when they were really good. He's probably not going to be doing derby or anything where you need awesome turny agility it will probably be more skating in the parks in the summer. but then you never know lol
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:37 PM   #12
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Quite a lot of UK shops have dropped the price of avengers. The al ones can be got for 105-110 now brand new and mg 135+ brand new too. I use my al avenger outdoors but do feel rattley which Dillo said was partly down to the pivot taking the weight more so the. varients might be worth it for outdoor only.
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true true... but he is so paranoid about falling backwards. I did it a lot when i first started on Invaders and i could skate a bit by then (it didn't put me off one bit, but i know it would him).... his birthday isn't til August to be fair, but the odds are no-one is going to lend him anything like that to be going on with. All the lads started out on r3s etc and then got Avengers later on when they were really good. He's probably not going to be doing derby or anything where you need awesome turny agility it will probably be more skating in the parks in the summer. but then you never know lol
Forward mounts work better for outside as well. Serious. Less chance of tripping over small debris with less weight right under the balls of your feet.

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We've got a guy who's 280 and still hasn't passed FM on them.
What does that mean?
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What does that mean?
Yeah - maybe that's why he hasn't passed!
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Start him on NTS plates, then he won't know any different, plus when the SEDS kicks in he can get some serious plates.
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Start him on NTS plates, then he won't know any different, plus when the SEDS kicks in he can get some serious plates.
*faints* although to be fair if he doesn't know any different
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It's probably easier learning on skates without them, he won't use them as a crutch. Plus it's one less annoying peice of kit to worry about and you have more options with plate placement.
And he can get some of Wes' custom plates!
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If he starts on a forward mount, it will be all he knows, so no adjustment after he gets better.
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Start him on NTS plates, then he won't know any different, plus when the SEDS kicks in he can get some serious plates.
These are 2 valid points, IMHO.
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