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Old January 21st, 2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Ice to inline, newbie advice welcome

Hello all! First post (well, second after the introduction thread). Great to be here.

I'm a beginner/intermediate level ice skater- I can go, stop, turn, crossover and go backwards (slowly). Love skating but since moving to London there's no local rink, so I've decided to get my fix via inlines. I've been watching Bill Stoppard and love his style and commentary, which has ignited the desire, so I bought some basic inlines and a load of crash gear for the wife and I. We're also considering lessons.

One thing I've struggled with is the grippiness of the skates compared to ice, where you can slide and change skate direction easily. My feet just feel so dug-in on inlines. I know I'll get used to it eventually, but I was wondering if it's worth rockering my wheels. I know it's seen as an "advanced" setup, but if it makes the inlines feel a little more maneuverable and akin to ice skates (i'm used to the "instability" and speed doesn't interest me... yet) I thought it's worth a try. Any thoughts on that or other tips regarding switching from ice to street?

Thanks all, great to find an active forum.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 02:41 PM   #2
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Rockering may be fine if you don't intend to go down hills or slopes (also long distance), sticking to flat areas and smooth pavement.

If you stray from the aforementioned you risk falls and injury as you will lose grip, stability and balance.

Otherwise, it's pretty fun for parking lots and basketball courts etc.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 12:34 PM   #3
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Thanks jcardin- I picked up some 76mm wheels and will try a 76/80/80/76 and see how it feels. Reading around the forums I see a few people liken rockering to the feel of ice skating, so we'll see!

No worries about falling, I'll be fully padded up, it's cold here at the moment so every little bit helps
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 12:57 PM   #4
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The biggest challenge is that which you already know, the wheels grip 100% of the time, and ice does not.

If your comming from ice, skating a rockered setup will not be hard at all, even more so if you have been on ice hockey skates, which is the main reason people used to rocker their inlines.

Just practice edging, alot, and learning how the skates carve around through various moves. Well bent knees will allow yyou to really get loose with it. Look up slalom videos where inline skaters do tricks through cones.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 02:23 AM   #5
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A novel option that is open to you as a beginner inline skater is to install ice skating blades on your inline boots. You can find them at ProSkaters place.

The blades themselves only cost about $60 or $70 US, and it's a good way to get used to difference between your ice skates and your inline skates. There's quite a difference between figure skates/hockey skates and street skates.

For rockering wheels, I'm a fan of prerockered frames because you can just buy all of the same wheel size and rotate more normally vs having two different sets of wheel sizes. SEBA has premium offerings, and Flying Eagle appears to be a newer entry. I vouch for SEBA, as FE was not an option when I started skating.

You may already be aware, but locoskates.com is your local online skate store (and it has prices that beat out ProSkaters Place and InlineWarehouse without shipping).

I rocker because I practice freestyle slalom. Very maneuverable and fun to play on. I can't stand flat anymore, it feels like my feet are stuck to the ground. FYI, my cruising speed on flat ground is 27kph.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 05:56 PM   #6
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Thanks all, I fitted the 76/80/80/76 combo and tried some noodling around outside. Wet and windy and I live on a hill, so I didn't do much, but they felt much more akin to ice hockey skates, albeit really really slow ice hockey skates!

I guess I have my work cut out fitness-wise, but that's a good thing. Can't wait for some decent weather to try again.

I've got fairly low-end recreational skates (SFR), so I'm not sure I can change the frames, the bolt pattern looks fairly proprietary. Probably best I learn the ropes before I tinker any more!
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Old January 28th, 2016, 02:46 PM   #7
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Hey, if you are new in London you may want to check in with these guys:


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Old February 20th, 2016, 07:11 PM   #8
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I'd like to see how many people Bill Stoppard is responsible for getting into inline skating. I just ordered a pair for the same reason.
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