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Old December 7th, 2016, 04:38 AM   #1
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After 20 years, I have put small flats on one of my Labeda wheels on my speed skates. There does not seem to be anyone with a wheel grinder to remove the flat because replacement parts are no longer being made for the wheel grinders. So it looks like I will have to buy a new set of wheels. I am trying to figure out how hard of a wheel I want to get. Perhaps, I should buy several sets of the cheapest wheels I can find to determine which works best for me.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 06:59 AM   #2
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After 20 years, I have put small flats on one of my Labeda wheels on my speed skates. There does not seem to be anyone with a wheel grinder to remove the flat because replacement parts are no longer being made for the wheel grinders. So it looks like I will have to buy a new set of wheels. I am trying to figure out how hard of a wheel I want to get. Perhaps, I should buy several sets of the cheapest wheels I can find to determine which works best for me.
Dont buy cheap wheels...........buy the right ones.

Head over to the Quad forum and ask the same question you will get the right advice.

Super enforcers are the best, my 2 cents.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 02:05 PM   #3
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Life is too short to skate on crap wheels.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 09:38 PM   #4
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If you don't want to wait for Aussie Scotts, I like the Rollerbones Turbo. I also have Zombies, and they are OK too.


Another option is to contact Danny Beaver - he may be able to fix your flat spot. Good luck.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 10:38 PM   #5
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I would get Aussie Scotts if I knew for sure that I enjoy using my speed skates. For now, I am not there yet. I still prefer the handling of my Harlick with Atlas plate over my Rydell 575 with DA Laser Hardnose plate. Maybe I can find some with a lathe to remove the flat from my wheels. This would allow me to continue using the speed skates without spending money on new wheels until I am ready for the Aussie Scotts.
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Old December 8th, 2016, 03:17 AM   #6
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I would get Aussie Scotts if I knew for sure that I enjoy using my speed skates. For now, I am not there yet. I still prefer the handling of my Harlick with Atlas plate over my Rydell 575 with DA Laser Hardnose plate. Maybe I can find some with a lathe to remove the flat from my wheels. This would allow me to continue using the speed skates without spending money on new wheels until I am ready for the Aussie Scotts.
Its easy to remove flat spots with a simple hand drill, a bolt, 2 bearings and 2 washers. Ill get ya a picture later when I get home. The trick is you cant go fast, slow process.

Lots of people can lathe down wheels as well. Anyone with a lathe just about.

As for scotts, you wont lose your ass buying a set, resale on them is top notch.
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Old December 8th, 2016, 01:14 PM   #7
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As for scotts, you wont lose your ass buying a set, resale on them is top notch.
Not that you see many sets of Corey wheels for sale. I'll never sell my Super Enforcers. They're THAT GOOD!
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Its easy to remove flat spots with a simple hand drill, a bolt, 2 bearings and 2 washers. Ill get ya a picture later when I get home. The trick is you cant go fast, slow process.

Lots of people can lathe down wheels as well. Anyone with a lathe just about.

As for scotts, you wont lose your ass buying a set, resale on them is top notch.
DO NOT DO THIS! Unless you build a lathe out of that hand drill, it's impossible to get them at the right angle and impossible to make sure all the wheels match.

This is a BAD idea, well, unless you're going to simply throw the wheels away anyway.
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DO NOT DO THIS! Unless you build a lathe out of that hand drill, it's impossible to get them at the right angle and impossible to make sure all the wheels match.

This is a BAD idea, well, unless you're going to simply throw the wheels away anyway.
Really isnt hard man. All you gotta do is smooth out the wheel. Ive done 3 wheels so far and all were fine. Balanced, and even. Cant find my hardware or id take a picture of what I used quickly last night.

You just cup a part of sand paper in the form of a C in your hand, cup it around the wheel lightly, which forms to the roundness of the wheel, and ignores the flat spot. Pull the trigger on the drill. All parts of the C you make should lightly contact the wheel.

I assure you its not a big deal, but if your paranoid, have them lathed.

Will they be perfectly uniform lip to inside edge? Unlikely. Will the flat spot be gone and the wheels be perfectly fine for skating on? Yes.

I got a flat spotted wheel, ill do it by hand and make a video.
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I bumped into a friend on Wednesday who put me in touch with someone who has a lathe and experience using it. This should be the least costly path for me to continue using the speed skate and see whether I enjoy skating on them to justify spending money on better wheels.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 06:24 AM   #11
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DO NOT DO THIS! Unless you build a lathe out of that hand drill, it's impossible to get them at the right angle and impossible to make sure all the wheels match.

This is a BAD idea, well, unless you're going to simply throw the wheels away anyway.
I won't be smoothing a wheel by hand. I already know the wheel will spin like an out of balanced gyroscope and that will results in the bearings pressing unevenly against the races.

I now have a new set of Labeda Snappers to use while my old set of Labeda Turbo Sprinters get repaired.
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