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Old April 2nd, 2019, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default We've been out for a long time, but are now looking for places to skate!

After having a great lunch with two of my closest friends and former teammates, I decided to do a little searching around to see what was new in the inline speed skating world and... oh man. I am WAY out of touch. When I last wore my skates, 4x110's were the hottest thing. Now I'm seeing 3x125's?

I still have my old black and yellow Canarium Raptors (165mm spacing) with a 4x100 Tru-Rev frame. I can't remember which wheels are on them, but I do know I was rocking ILQ-9 TwinCam bearings. They're about 16 years old now and I'm sure they've seen thousands upon thousands of miles throughout their life.

The last time we visited the nearest long-distance outdoor trail (runs from Weaver, AL to somewhere in Georgia), it was starting to become overrun with tree roots and larger cracks. We used to skate at an RV parking lot for the longest time due to it being a half-mile loop (easy to keep track of miles) and had some success there. Unfortunately, most roads around us are not very skater-friendly and are hardly bicycle-friendly and most neighborhoods don't have any loops (if they do, they end up at busier intersections).

If anyone is around the Birmingham, AL area, we would love to know where you skate!

P.S.: I am way out of shape these days, but I'm hoping to change that.
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Old April 3rd, 2019, 12:07 AM   #2
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I've never skated in Alabama but here's a link that might help you out.

https://www.traillink.com/city/birmingham-al-trails/
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Old April 3rd, 2019, 02:23 AM   #3
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195mm spacing on boots became standard with 4 wheels, but you can now find 165 frames for 125s. 125s roll much smoother which will make rough pavement much more bearable. Post if you find any good skating locations - I have family in Birmingham and have been invited to come down to see a 'Bama game. It's always good to know where you can get a skate in when traveling.
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Old April 3rd, 2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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I just found out that quite a bit of the Chief Ladiga Trail has been repaved with several buildings along the way having been renovated as well. My buddies and I plan to take a trip out there sometime in the near future and see how it is.

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195mm spacing on boots became standard with 4 wheels, but you can now find 165 frames for 125s. 125s roll much smoother which will make rough pavement much more bearable. Post if you find any good skating locations - I have family in Birmingham and have been invited to come down to see a 'Bama game. It's always good to know where you can get a skate in when traveling.
I remember when 195mm became the "new standard" for the larger-diameter wheels. I also remember when Bont introduced their three-point system to drop the overall boot height.

If I were to upgrade from what I have now, I really think I'll go with a 4x110 setup to get my feet wet. Once I've gotten back into the swing of things, I may try the 3x125 setup.

We're also in the process of figuring out how we can bring about a skating movement throughout the Birmingham area. We have some ideas, but the hard part is turning those ideas into reality.
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