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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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Default Salt Lake-Friday Night Skate: Aug 17th 8pm

Salt Lake’s very own Friday Night Skate, an easy & adventurous skate thru downtown Salt Lake City. 7-8 miles of street skating/bike lanes, 10 floors of rolling bliss, tour de Gateway, a roll thru Utah’s best kept secret skating rink, the Library Luge, and more... And, no skate is complete without a refueling at the Bakery for sweets. Finally, finishing up at Liberty Park where it all started.

Participants should have good skating skills. Helmets required. As always, cyclists welcome to join.

Meet up: North entrance are of Liberty Park, 900 South & 600 East.

Time: 8:00pm.

More info: http://slcfriniteroll.blogspot.com/

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Old August 16th, 2012, 02:43 AM   #2
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salt lake needs a rink......and i am not talking about liberty park.....lol
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Old August 16th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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Indoor roller rinks? There are 2 in the valley. Outdoor roller rinks/tracks = 0. Ice rinks = 6+.

Salt Lake has nice paved trail parkway system for distance skating along both the Jordan river and, further north, the Legacy trail, where you can go 20-30-50+ miles if inclined.

Shorter stuff like Liberty park's 1.5 mile loop are good places for beginners or slower skating. Sugar House park offers an alternative, hilly loop, also about 1.5 miles.

And, there are number of other trails systems throughout the greater SLC valley. SLC Where to Skate
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Old August 16th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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Hey shesk8, I may have asked this before...is it kosher to do any road skating in that part of the country? Like country, backroad kinda thing?
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Hi Speedy, When you say "kosher" are you referring to legal or road quality? or both?

We do some road skating, but most roads are ruined by chip-seal.... sigh. One of the main reasons we have not been able to map out a nice skate marathon course here.

Most terrain locally is flat unless you're up along the foothills, in which case very rolling. Skating in the country, outside of populated areas, you will be limited to roads without bike lanes, and in traffic, and typically old weather-abused pavement/chip seal surface.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #6
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Hi Speedy, When you say "kosher" are you referring to legal or road quality? or both?
I guess a little of both with more of a focus on is it really "tolerated" by folks in the area. I can't begin to put together how one gains the "sense" that some roads are safer than others. I really just kinda drive the area or roads and get a feel for the traffic pattern and the general nature of the citizenry. Virtually all of our road skate areas are farm fields and rural country roads. The bulk of our longer road skates are early weekend mornings. The recent slump in building in general has thankfully slowed the wave of suburbia washing into our otherwise pristine training grounds.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 03:43 AM   #7
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I'd say tolerated by some drivers, but better to go about it as you do: scope the roads out prior to skating them to get a sense of traffic flow/hazards, etc.
It's seriously hard to find a long enough section of paved road here. The Legacy parkway has been our best alternative (14 miles one way). The folks who invented chip-seal oughta be run outta town!
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Old August 18th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #8
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Indoor roller rinks? There are 2 in the valley. Outdoor roller rinks/tracks = 0. Ice rinks = 6+.

Salt Lake has nice paved trail parkway system for distance skating along both the Jordan river and, further north, the Legacy trail, where you can go 20-30-50+ miles if inclined.

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And, there are number of other trails systems throughout the greater SLC valley. SLC Where to Skate

besides "classic fun center", where is the other indoor roller rink?
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Old August 18th, 2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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Hollywood Connection:
West Loop of I-215 Hwy & 3500 South, just off Decker Lake Rd. (east side of Hwy I-215).

http://www.hollywoodconnectionslc.com/
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OOOOOHHHHHH the west side........hmmmmmm. so it's west. my mom doesn't let me go there. lol
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Old August 19th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #11
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the rink there is pretty nice, no more west or diff than classic. and, yup that's it for rinks in SLC area.
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Thumbs down Tar and chip: scourge of skaters everywhere

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...The folks who invented chip-seal oughta be run outta town!
We had this awesome, beautiful, heaven sent, 6 mile loop that had a really
great, heavy duty long climb on 1/4 of it followed by a plateau, a bunch of
rollers and a long stair step down hammering descent. They killed it with a
mile of tar and chip. It truly broke my heart. I swear if I ever win the
lottery, the first thing I'm going to do is pave that road...



We travelled left to right on this elevation...
...it was so awesome. You could choose to
really hammer the climbs and chill on the descents
or the reverse; kinda chill on the climbs and work on
your speed work on the descent OR just bust it out
all the way around pure tempo. The local gov is pretty
shady so paying someone off would be easy
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Old August 20th, 2012, 04:47 PM   #13
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WOW! that WAS a nice loop. And, yes, brings tears to the eye, as a skater, to see nice smooth roads fall prey to the evil chip seal. Local govt's who approve using this stuff are not in their right mind thinking it's a viable surfacing and saving a few bucks up front, when after 1-2 years it's so eroded they need to replace. Meantime, in other areas when standard asphalt surfing has been used, the roads have held up for much longer. Local gov'ts has not a clue they are simply providing chip seal road resurfacing businesses job security at tax payer expense... did I mention NOT to get me started?!
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Old August 30th, 2012, 08:32 PM   #14
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Default SLC Fri NIght Skate,Aug 31st!

Once again, the Fri Night skating continues in Salt Lake! Fri, Aug 31st.

Join at at 8pm, meet at Liberty Park. Experience a fun and adventurous roll around downtown!! 7-8 miles of street skating/bike lanes, 10 floors of rolling bliss, tour de Gateway, a roll thru Utah’s best kept secret skating rink, the Library Luge, and more... And, no skate is complete without a refueling at the Bakery for sweets. Finally, finishing up at Liberty Park where it all started.

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