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Old October 17th, 2017, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Skating Quads and Inline Skates?

OK...I'm the new lab rat here. Going to try to coexist with both types of skates, quads and inlines. Some others here have tried with mixed results. Since today is DAY 1 of this experiment for me I figured might as well keep track of my victories and defeats so that others may benefit down the road. My focus is outdoor skating only.

1. Why? Mainly, I hate missing sessions due to damp surfaces on inline skates. I noticed that my longboards (giant skateboards) do not slide out on wet streets and paths so I figured quad skate wheels, if carefully chosen, would have the same forgiving properties. So far - so good! Tried some damp tarmac this morning and quads were SO MUCH BETTER than my inline skates. Also I find that quad wheels last many times longer than inline wheels.

2. What am I working with? Skated quads exclusively, indoors and out for 25 years, then inline skates (speed, hockey, recreational) for the next 25 years without stepping foot in a quad again...until today. Considered myself an expert on quads (Speed, Hockey, Couples routines) and expert on inline skates (Speed, Hockey, Urban, Distance).

3. The Skates: Powerslide Hardcore Evo 2 (2015) non-rockered vs. 180mm wheelbase quads with Pulse 78a 65mm thane, stock cushions on Power-Dyne Reactor NEO plates, and low boots.

I can easily skate 30 miles on the Evos non-stop or 50 in a day with some nice breaks. Just skated 10 miles in the new quads for my very first skate in them with no issues. Going to try adding 10 more tonight. 20 miles in quads would be sufficient for my needs.

4. How did it go? It took about 30 minutes to get comfy and look pretty smooth on the quads. I was hitting some easy crossovers after an hour. At 90 minutes I was feeling pretty good about my chances for pulling off the switcharoo! Experimented with some wet patches and found the quad wheels were not slipping around. I had to TRY to make them slip to get anything lateral going. No issues with the boots at all. Wore double acrylic socks with a cushioning weave (World's Softest Socks).

5. Quad Prep: All I did was wear the quads around the house for 2 hours as I cooked, washed dishes, and did laundry. My whole house is hardwood floored. I was on my feet 90% of the time. Whenever I had a few minutes on a food timer I took a few laps around the house, slowly. I could tell the boots were a pretty good fit by the end of that.

6. Future: Will keep you posted on my findings.

7. Stoked: Yes, I am really STOKED!
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Old October 18th, 2017, 01:03 PM   #2
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I use RAD Glide longboard wheels (https://www.radesigns.com/70mm-glide-80a-red.aspx) on my quads for outdoor racing and they're very good. Since they're supposed to be good for sliding, it may be a good option.





BTW, what types of longboards do you run? I have a Landyahtz 45" Bamboo Pinner with Paris V2 trucks and Orangatang The Cage wheels. My wife runs a Bustin Maestro deck with Paris V2 trucks and Orangatang In Heat wheels.
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Old October 18th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #3
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I use RAD Glide longboard wheels (https://www.radesigns.com/70mm-glide-80a-red.aspx) on my quads for outdoor racing and they're very good. Since they're supposed to be good for sliding, it may be a good option.
Looks interesting. Thanks. Don't longboard wheels have wider hubs (between the bearings). Any issues with fitting on shorter quad axles?

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BTW, what types of longboards do you run? I have a Landyahtz 45" Bamboo Pinner with Paris V2 trucks and Orangatang The Cage wheels. My wife runs a Bustin Maestro deck with Paris V2 trucks and Orangatang In Heat wheels.
^^Nice!

G-Bomb Push/Pump setup with Dont-Trip Poppy trucks, O-Tang In-Heat wheels up front (orange), Biggie Hawgs in rear (white). Also a Bustin Sportster with Dont-Trip reverse kingpin carving trucks and O-Tang In Heat purple all around. I also have an Arbor Waterman KOA which is so beautiful wood grain with clear spray-on grip that it just hangs on the wall these days.

Gotta stay versatile! I am kinda a maniac on skates and very chill on boards. A Jeckyll n Hyde thing.
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Old January 27th, 2018, 08:45 PM   #4
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Default Yes, I can skate quads and inlines no problem.

When I made the switch back to quads after nearly 30 years on inlines it felt a little strange at first. Took a couple of hours to get the feel for quads again. Then I skated the quads exclusively for a couple of months outdoors - over 400 miles.

Now I can switch back and forth no problem. So...that's that, at least in my case.
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When I made the switch back to quads after nearly 30 years on inlines it felt a little strange at first. Took a couple of hours to get the feel for quads again. Then I skated the quads exclusively for a couple of months outdoors - over 400 miles.

Now I can switch back and forth no problem. So...that's that, at least in my case.


Same.

It litterally becomes as easy as knowing left from right.

If one trys a lot of various gear once in a while, adapting is easy. The crew I skate with can pretty much do what I can. Just go get a pair of rentals. Take 5 laps and be 99% ok with anything you want to do.(speed limited lol, they aren't fast)
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Old February 8th, 2018, 06:28 AM   #6
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Hey Joey, always enjoy your posts. We're in a similar situation. I quad skated till I was about 12, then inline skated the next 30 years. I feel really confused because after inline skating for so many years, it's clear that I'm much better at quad skating. Much better. It's weird and confusing. At first I was upset about it, now I just go with it.

Do you have the same experience?
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Old February 8th, 2018, 12:30 PM   #7
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Hey Joey, always enjoy your posts. We're in a similar situation. I quad skated till I was about 12, then inline skated the next 30 years. I feel really confused because after inline skating for so many years, it's clear that I'm much better at quad skating. Much better. It's weird and confusing. At first I was upset about it, now I just go with it.

Do you have the same experience?
Not really sure yet. There are certainly distinct differences between the two skates and I favor the inlines for city skating as they seem to handle real life surfaces and debris better than quads but most of all I do not have a good emergency stop outdoors on quads. Therefore I feel a lot safer in traffic on the inlines as I can stop on a dime from speed. I also feel I get more power from the inlines for fast accelerations. So when I commute to work Downtown the inlines are much faster and safer except on wet surfaces where the quads would do better. Which is reason #1 why I bought the quads - not stuck in the house if the ground is wet.

On the other hand, when I skate the Rail-Trail on the Northshore the surface is smooth but maybe covered with tree debris - small twigs, leaves, pine cones, etc. Ironically, I find the quads to be superior at handling twigs and such than the inlines. Also, fog tends to be an issue up there and path might be damp until mid day - again the quads are the better solution. Or my longboard, but sometimes I just feel like being on skates and it's a long drive to get there so the quads are good insurance that when I get there I can skate on them. Far superior to inlines on slimy, wet surfaces.

As far as cones in the house, I think the quads are much more comfy and safe. I can't turn as sharply but no one cares. I just spread the cones out to 120cm instead of 80cm. I can't lose my edge on quads on the wood floor or wet outdoor surfaces. This is a HUGE safety feature.

Have not hit any rinks yet but quads will be the way to go for me there.

Good to hear from you. Thanks for the interest. Happy rolling!
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