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Old August 11th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Tried to Heat Mold my boot with the wheels on

Now the wheels seem wobbly. Should I have removed the wheels first?




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Old August 11th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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Yes, but it's more important to remove your foot before you place your boot in the oven.

Seriously, also remove the laces. I melted mine.
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Old August 11th, 2006, 02:16 PM   #3
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I've sucessfully heat molded 4 pairs of boots in the over, sans laces and frames, without any issues.

Wheels are a different story. I'd think that the wheel material might be prone to separating from the hubs if heated too high. Of course, leaving skates in a car on a sunny summer day gets them up to over 130 degrees.
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Old August 11th, 2006, 10:00 PM   #4
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Skaterdog,

Heat molding is a tricky thing. First off the temperature must be correct for proper heat molding. To insure this I always stick my head in the oven for about five to ten minutes at the manufacturer suggested temperature. After that I have no idea what to do.
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Old August 12th, 2006, 12:58 AM   #5
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Code Monkey, I have always wondered why you are such a "hothead"
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Old August 12th, 2006, 02:25 AM   #6
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wooooo haaa so now sk8erdog has footmassaging from wobbling wheels for free huh...

did i ever tell I stood on the kitchen linoleum with the 120C frames... leaving dirty pressuremarks with my 85 kilo's hairdryer and spoon helped a tad to cover up, but they're still there...
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Old August 12th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #7
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Having melted a wheel without heat-molding, I'd skip the massage! Squishy, wobbly wheels aren't much fun. Most likely, the wheels did get soft with the heat when you heat-molded the skate, with subtle deformations that might be easier to feel than to see. (i.e. there might be some gravity-related density changes in the wheel, but it *looks* normal from the outside.)

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Old August 12th, 2006, 07:29 PM   #8
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OK...I just tried Code Monkey's idea of sticking my head in the oven for a few minutes to check the temperature and now one of my ears is heat molded to my head. Should I use a dremel to try to get my ear unstuck? Or should I just heat mold my other ear so they match?
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Old August 13th, 2006, 01:21 AM   #9
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Ohh! I love those deep theological questions. Oh no, that's "How many angels can sit on the head of a pin." Well, if you heat mold your head again, is there a chance they will come out looking like Dr. Spock? Ohh!

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Old August 13th, 2006, 07:06 AM   #11
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Now the wheels seem wobbly. Should I have removed the wheels first?




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Your problem is obviously one of poor technique. Take a two-day Eddie clinic and call me in the morning. Signed, the skate doc.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 02:34 PM   #12
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Skaterdog,

Actually I believe your heat molding technique is perfect. You just need to now do the other boot so as to heat mold your other ear. Both mine are plastered right up next to my cranium, tight. If you do just one ear it will cause aerodynamic instability and may be the cause of wobbeliness. Once I did both my ears I noticed I became much more aerodynamic and my times decreased dramatically. The only problem I have is it is very difficult for me to hear people asking questions or telling me something verbally (so I just ignore them) but that is a small price to pay for cutting my marathon times down twenty minutes.

Also another good thing is I no longer bite my ears when I eat.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 09:02 PM   #13
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Considering the circumstances, wouldn't that be, "live long and perspire"?
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Old August 19th, 2006, 05:17 PM   #14
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Default heat molding

You can also use a Heat gun to localize the area you want to mold or shape, but I also second the advice to remove anything you do not want to damage prior to doing this.

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Old September 20th, 2006, 05:45 PM   #15
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You can also use a Heat gun to localize the area you want to mold or shape, but I also second the advice to remove anything you do not want to damage prior to doing this.

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riedell recommends either an oven made for skates and not a conventional oven or a hair dryer.

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Old September 20th, 2006, 07:39 PM   #16
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That's been my problem, I don't have "an oven made for skates"!
Where can I buy one?
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Old September 21st, 2006, 03:57 PM   #17
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That's been my problem, I don't have "an oven made for skates"!
Where can I buy one?
good question Jim, not sure but i think they use convection ovens for them. u can riedell and find out.

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Old September 21st, 2006, 04:35 PM   #18
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I believe Toys-R-Us will be carrying the all new "Speedy Bake Oven" at Christmas this year. Goes on sale on Blackened Friday. JB
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