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Old January 9th, 2020, 04:11 AM   #1
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Default Toe stop advice

I wasn't too sure which thread to chuck this in, as it kind of crosses a few genres.

I am an artistic skater, 100% indoor for the last 5 years or so, started competing about 2 years ago, concentrating mostly on dance and figures now.

I recently whacked some large soft wheels on an old skate setup, and have started skating outdoors a lot on the local paths and roads, and absolutely loving it.

Having never skated on anything other than a boot with a toestop, slamming them backwards is pretty much the only way I know how to stop, and going downhill (there's a couple of steep bits on the local river path) they are jammed down the whole way.

Needless to say, I am shredding toestops pretty quickly, and I'm now after pretty much the hardest toe stop I can lay my hands on.

At the moment, I've been using roll-line Pro Stops, they are pretty tough.

My next step is to try a Roll-line derby stop, followed by maybe even just cheap Crazy skate big blocs. I feel a bit guilty destroying roll-line stops so quickly, but hey, that's life.

Opinions sought please, for a solid metric toe stop for roll-line plates. Please don't suggest learning how to hockey stop, I don't intend on learning that on an artistic boot with outdoor wheels on it.
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Old January 9th, 2020, 12:10 PM   #2
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I only see roll-line metric stops, either spend the bucks and refresh when needed or switch to an sae plate and use outdoor type stops.


And, outdoors you might try skating with your laces tied off below the ankle above the foot to give more ankle flexion, I agree no hockey stops outdoors unless it raining, but more flexibility for sudden mishaps may be safer.
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Old January 11th, 2020, 04:18 PM   #3
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If you're careful, it is possible to over-tap the metric threads with SAE, and convert the plate, which will open up options.

Also look for the Sure Grip California Skate Brake. It's a stop that clamps, albeit somewhat barbarically, to the rear truck on the plate and provides a heel stop. It uses inexpensive rubber bell stops like on the Super-X and others. You may find the heel stop easier for outdoors. They're intended for Sure Grip trucks, so it may take a bit of creativity to adapt them to the Roll Lines.

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Old January 11th, 2020, 06:33 PM   #4
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Thank you both.

Not sure on a back brake, but I'll definitely do some further research on one.

I investigated some Crazy bloc stops, which are slighly cheaper than the roll-lines, but alledgedly the urethane can sometimes part company with the metal, which, when relying on them hammering down a hill doesn't sound so great.

I've ordered some roll-line hockey stops, see if they go a bit longer than the perferated pro stops.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 11:43 PM   #5
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The roll-line derby / hockey stop is a monster! Pretty sure these will do the job nicely.

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Old March 2nd, 2020, 07:31 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by EoinCuinn View Post
The roll-line derby / hockey stop is a monster! Pretty sure these will do the job nicely.

As an update to this....

I shredded the roll-line hockey stops pretty much as fast as the roll-line pro stops.. Going to give the crazy big blocks a go.
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Old March 8th, 2020, 05:28 PM   #7
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I'm an avid outdoor quad skater. I do not use toe stops at all and I skate a lot of hills. Mostly small hills, but if I have to skate something steep, I would make sure I have a lot of width to go side-to-side to slow my progression down somewhat. I wouldn't recommend hockey stops, but I do a lot of snow plowing. In an emergency, I'll just drag one skate behind the other like a T-stop. The California brake is cool, but I find myself tripping over them on crossovers. You have to remember they're there. Good luck and have fun.
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Old May 7th, 2020, 10:23 PM   #8
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I donít have any advice for metric toe stops. Perhaps a new strategy or combination of strategies are in order. I love skating outdoors. I also use the side to side strategy to bleed off speed before stopping. Big gentle S turns. You need a lot of room to slow down and you have to plan ahead of the stop. Or...find flatter ground. I have not been able to find anything smooth and level, but Iíll keep looking. I find outdoor skating to be completely different than indoor. Night skating is completely different than day skating. Each requires different use of similar equipment.

Good luck. Find what works for you. Iíve thought about repurposing old wheels or hockey pucks to make my own toe stops. I donít go through toe stops fast enough so I never bothered testing.
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