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Old August 18th, 2015, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default Super Smooth Tarmac alert, UK

I managed to find some super smooth tarmac in Bexhill, East Sussex, on top of the De La Warr pavilion. This seems to be a very rare thing these days.

To get to it you need to skate along a path coated with tiny stones that's horrible but some as you hit the tarmac, oh wow, super smooth bliss.


Here is a video of me on it, hopefully accessible!

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Old August 19th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #2
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I know someone who skates in that exact same spot.

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Old August 19th, 2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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Nice one Quadster, shame I missed you. I think that bit of tarmac needs to be listed or something, I don't know many others.

Looks like you are on Street snakes? Are those Bauer boots?
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Old August 19th, 2015, 12:47 PM   #4
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That photo is of a friend of mine; it's not me.

Yes, he's on Bauer Vapors and he rolls Sims Street Snakes.

I wear hardshell boots (Supreme Turbo) and mostly roll Aussie Scotts or Rollerbones DOTDs.
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Old August 19th, 2015, 04:13 PM   #5
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I've got supremes with Kryto Cruise's. The supremes were ruining my ankles though, I had to get a gel bandage thingy to be able to continue using them. Do you have that problem?

I would be interested to see those Aussies Scott's, they are a bit legendary.

If I'm down next year I will let you know and maybe see you around?
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Old August 19th, 2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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I've got supremes with Kryto Cruise's. The supremes were ruining my ankles though, I had to get a gel bandage thingy to be able to continue using them. Do you have that problem?
When you say "Supremes" do you mean Supreme Turbos or Bauer Supremes?

The Bauer Supremes are known to destroy people's feet because they're ice hockey skates and not intended for roller skating (especially not trick skating). A mate of mine took a year to break his Bauer Supremes in before they became even vaguely bearable to wear.

Personally, I can't be dealing with all that pain (especially not for a boot that doesn't even give you any kind of performance advantage whatsoever).

I use the plastic shell Supreme Turbos with padded liner. No ankle issues for me, but the rigid layer on the the liner's tongue and the piping that runs down the front opening of the liner, are a both total PITA. However, there's no other alternatives, so I just have to put up with it.



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I would be interested to see those Aussies Scott's, they are a bit legendary.
Here's a few of the Aussie Scotts wheels that I own:




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Old August 20th, 2015, 08:26 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=Quadster;708207]When you say "Supremes" do you mean Supreme Turbos or Bauer Supremes?QUOTE]

Sorry yes I meant Bauers, trouble is you don't know until you try them. Anyway I can get by with my Silipol gel sleeve, maybe give it another year and they might be broken in!

Nice wheels! What are they like on tarmac, I have only ever skated on 78a street snakes or Krypto's?
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Old August 20th, 2015, 11:25 AM   #8
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Sorry yes I meant Bauers, trouble is you don't know until you try them. Anyway I can get by with my Silipol gel sleeve, maybe give it another year and they might be broken in!
If your Bauers are thermoformable (i.e. heat mouldable) then it's worth baking them for a better fit. This really improves comfort, especially around the ankle area. Obviously don't heat treat them if the skates are not designed for it, but most mid-range Bauers are thermoformable.


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Nice wheels! What are they like on tarmac, I have only ever skated on 78a street snakes or Krypto's?
I used to be the same, only ever skating 78a outdoors. Harder wheels can be a nightmare (especially on the abysmally crappy surfaces we have in this country) but you can get away with up to to 84a outdoors depending on the urethane formulation.

My Aussie Scotts are 85a to 88a (the softest that he makes) and they work really well on half-decent quality tarmac and paving. I use them at Hyde Park, where I much prefer them over any 78a wheel (despite me hating rough surfaces). However, on really bad surfaces or cobblestones etc. the Aussie Scotts are total bone-shakers. Skating over the odd bad surface or two would be bearable, but for extended street skating they would be too uncomfortable and would destroy my knees.

I skate indoors quite a bit these days. There is a fantastic huge hall in London that has old school roller discos about one a month (full of people wearing original Bauer Turbos and other classic skates) and the floor is so incredibly smooth and fast that you can wear whatever hardness of wheel you like. It's an over 18s only event and full of people who have returned to skating after 10, 20 or more years break.
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Old August 20th, 2015, 12:47 PM   #9
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Obviously don't heat treat them if the skates are not designed for it, but most mid-range Bauers are thermoformable..
Mine aren't unfortunately



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Skating over the odd bad surface or two would be bearable, but for extended street skating they would be too uncomfortable and would destroy my knees...
Like the seafront path at Bexhill!

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I skate indoors quite a bit these days. There is a fantastic huge hall in London that has old school roller discos about one a month (full of people wearing original Bauer Turbos and other classic skates) and the floor is so incredibly smooth and fast that you can wear whatever hardness of wheel you like. It's an over 18s only event and full of people who have returned to skating after 10, 20 or more years break.
Where is this? It sounds tempting!
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 02:04 AM   #10
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Mine aren't unfortunately
That's a shame.

I have a pair of limited edition white Bauer Supremes and they are thermoformable. I baked mine and it made a big difference. However, it obviously doesn't make any difference to the inside of the toe cap (which is still rock hard). I hardly ever wear mine because I do a lot of trick skating moves on my toe wheels, and it's just too damn painful in those boots. So I stick to my plastic Supreme Turbos with the padded liner.


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Like the seafront path at Bexhill!
Exactly.

I've not skated it myself (I avoid rough surfaces like the plague) but the appalling state of Bexhill seafront is legendary and well known. Hastings is just as bad.


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Where is this? It sounds tempting!
It's in Harrow, North West London (round the back of the Harrow Leisure Centre). There is one next Friday (28th August at 9pm).

This is the hall



If you want to skate there you should consider going to the one on the 28th because the people running the skate night said that it may be the last one ever (due to the hall being too expensive to hire).
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 04:08 PM   #11
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Oh, and by the way, The Infamous Skating Couple are currently in the UK (over from Germany) and they will be at the skate session on Friday, so it would be an opportunity for you to get to see them skate in person.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3JO0SlEUWY
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Old August 24th, 2015, 08:42 AM   #12
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OMG that looks awesome and I can't make it. Arrrgggghhhhhhhh.

That is really disappointing .
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Old August 24th, 2015, 05:47 PM   #13
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It looks as if it's going to be an absolute blinder on Friday. Lots of people are going because it may be the last one ever.

Typical!

If people had made the effort to go previously, then it wouldn't be at risk of being permanently shut down.

I've seen a load of posts on Facebook these last couple of days from people frantically trying to get babysitters for that night, or dusting off skates that they have not worn for years. lol

It's a shame that you can't go. I think you'd have really enjoyed it. The floor is fantastic and the music is spot on too.
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Old August 24th, 2015, 05:50 PM   #14
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Old August 25th, 2015, 04:04 PM   #15
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It sounds like it is going to go down in legend. I will just have to hear the stories
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Old July 12th, 2018, 09:29 AM   #16
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Hello Quadster,
I just recently got back into my skating again once a week in Reigate and may need to buy some new boots as the Bauer supreme's still kill my feet. I don't think they do the Bauer turbos anymore and I am thinking of getting some Ventro pro's. Have you any experience with these boots?

Hopefully I can continue skating as my back is playing up a bit. How are you doing these days?
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Old July 14th, 2018, 10:58 PM   #17
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Hello Quadster,
I just recently got back into my skating again once a week in Reigate and may need to buy some new boots as the Bauer supreme's still kill my feet. I don't think they do the Bauer turbos anymore and I am thinking of getting some Ventro pro's. Have you any experience with these boots?

Hopefully I can continue skating as my back is playing up a bit. How are you doing these days?
Hi there, try and find a pair of Supreme Turbo. Depending on your size, you can pick them up for around £50. Iíve got 3 pairs and I donít think I paid more than £40 for any of them. They are a bit more flexible than the SFR and they are easy to attach other plates to if you want a plate upgrade. I actually like my Supremes, can skate in them for hours.
Pm me if you want any help
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Old July 18th, 2018, 11:05 AM   #18
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Hi there, try and find a pair of Supreme Turbo. Depending on your size, you can pick them up for around £50. Iíve got 3 pairs and I donít think I paid more than £40 for any of them. They are a bit more flexible than the SFR and they are easy to attach other plates to if you want a plate upgrade. I actually like my Supremes, can skate in them for hours.
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Are these Supreme Turbo's now discontinued can't seem to find them anywhere? I don't want second hand boots, want to buy new. The Ventro's seem to look quite similar.
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Are these Supreme Turbo's now discontinued can't seem to find them anywhere? I don't want second hand boots, want to buy new. The Ventro's seem to look quite similar.
Not many places in the U.K. sell Supremes now. Buy a used pair and buy some new liners for them. If youíre patient you can find a pair that have been tried on but not really used
www.skatepro.uk still sell Supremes, they even do white ones with white plates which are a bit different
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thanks for the advice Darren.
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