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Old June 3rd, 2018, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default stopping on an 8% grade

What is the best way to stop on an 8% grade?

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Old June 3rd, 2018, 09:43 PM   #2
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If it's wide enough, do wide slalom turns to cut your speed. If you find you're going faster than you feel comfortable with you can just turn uphill instead of down. Heel brake is fine if used correctly, and you can reduce your speed with the t-stop if that's working well and the hill isn't too steep. When I'm planning on tackling a route with a hill that scares me I start at the bottom, go up a little way, turn, and come down using one of the methods above. Then I go a little higher, repeat, and so forth, until I can do the whole hill. Hills generally scare me ****less but I've surprised myself by what I can manage, by tackling them from the bottom up to start with.
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Old June 3rd, 2018, 10:50 PM   #3
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Thank you for the suggestions. I read that some folks have actually used an umbrella to slow down...anyone done this?

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Old June 12th, 2018, 04:04 AM   #4
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I use slalom, T-stop and heel brakes depending on what skates I happen to have at the time. I've skated grades steeper than 8% but never used an umbrella. I doubt that would do much.
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Old June 13th, 2018, 05:34 AM   #5
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An 8% grade will push you past 30mph in a hurry. Unless the 8% part is just a small bump or you don't actually need to stop in a reasonable distance, I think you will need some rather advanced methods.

1) one footed heel brake
2) Wiley Coyote (two brakes)
3) Some sort of cess slide/hockey stop

What all these methods have in common is that any skate on the ground is braking. If it is not part of the braking process, it needs to be off the ground.
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