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Old June 25th, 2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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When I was standing on carpet & trying to strenghthen my ankles, & noticed in a natural/neutral stance, my feet/ blades aren't parallel. The toes are out further than heals. Is this normal? I even tried marching in place & then stopped & looked down & bowed my ankles out to check wheel placement & still the same. Should I adjust heal & toes plates or leave it alone. I've only used them once in rink & they felt really different since I've only used quads. Don't know what is normal. Help please.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 11:01 PM   #2
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It sounds like they could stand to be adjusted. With my indoor inlines, I have the frames both to the left of center. It helps from dropping my ankles in the turns. Since I only turn left, I set the skates up to turn effectively to the left. Turning right in them can be a bit dicey if I don't think things through first. But, everyone has a different set up. I use my inlines primarily for speed. The are hell in session and going backwards with that setup is pure torture.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #3
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Hi FLorida Bork,

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When I was standing on carpet & trying to strenghthen my ankles, & noticed in a natural/neutral stance, my feet/ blades aren't parallel. The toes are out further than heals. Is this normal? I even tried marching in place & then stopped & looked down & bowed my ankles out to check wheel placement & still the same. Should I adjust heal & toes plates or leave it alone. I've only used them once in rink & they felt really different since I've only used quads. Don't know what is normal. Help please.
You might need some adjustment, yet I don't really know and would probably just skate for a spell. This would be a quite natural stance for a beginning skater or a skater that just stops for a spell.

Watch people just walk at a mall or someplace and you will be surprised at how few people really walk heel to toe and instead walk slightly to greatly duck.

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Dave
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