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Old September 19th, 2006, 08:45 AM   #1
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Default Skating on wet roads

Considering where I am there are limited places to skate but the area I live in now has a sweet road going around it which is smooth enough to skate on for the most part. The hitch is that there are rains in this season and while I'm not bold enough to go skating *in* the rain I risked it on wet roads.
Now this place is full of slopes and is generally a low traffic area but I skate at 5:40 am when traffic and unfortunately visibility is also low. So what's your experience on wet roads? Is it safe enough to try, any special techniques?
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Old September 19th, 2006, 02:52 PM   #2
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It depends on your wheels. I have fun on wet roads, sliding. But, I NEVER do it with my good pair of skates. 'Cause afterwards, when the water dries, the dirt is still there, and it slows you down something awful.
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Old September 19th, 2006, 09:58 PM   #3
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my favourite article about skating in the rain is here: http://www.roller-montreal.com/index...nt/raingod.htm

For safety reasons you should start breaking much earlier than on dry ground, especially if there is some grease from autumn leaves etc.

If visibility is low you can't do much to see better (obstacles in your way), but you can make yourself much more visible by wearing light colors, reflective clothing, blinking LED lights on your boots, your protection, your helmet ...

Have fun wetskating
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Old September 21st, 2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Considering the danger, low traction and potential destruction to your bearings I suspect you really, really, really want to skate! Have you considered a rink for those rainy days?
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Old September 21st, 2006, 05:40 PM   #5
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I skate wet roads/trails all the time. If I didn't then the outdoor skating season would be just too short up here in the Pacific NW. What I worry about is if the water is hidding a crack or a pot hole, so you have to know the road/trail that you are skating very well. The other thing is that you have to apply technique and not power.
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Old September 22nd, 2006, 12:50 AM   #6
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dudes i was skateing today and when i went tdown the half pipe an ass ran into to me i swaer i wanted to kik his ass!!!!
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