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Old September 8th, 2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Default New "style" skate wheels? Short and loud?

Some friends and I hit the local rink last weekend and found that a bunch of the rink rats seem to have trended towards quad skates with really short, narrow wheels that make a huge racket going down a smooth floor. I mean, they sounded like a skate board on asphalt. Their wheels were smaller than the hubs of my Cannibals.

Is this a new skating fad? I saw the same thing, although in lower numbers, the last time I went skating...but it seems to be getting bigger out here.
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Old September 8th, 2017, 09:06 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by STV_Keith View Post
Is this a new skating fad? I saw the same thing, although in lower numbers, the last time I went skating...but it seems to be getting bigger out here.
Not really. It's been popular around LA and other places for ages. The kids take men's street dress shoes (Stacy Adams), put Sure Grip NTS Century plates on and the little clay or phenolic wheels, sometimes with looseball bearings.

Sk8Fanatics in LA is a good source.
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Old September 8th, 2017, 09:12 PM   #3
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Some of the dance or slider skaters use these wheels. The noise is loose ball bearings: the original ball bearing design. Today we use sealed bearings that have a spacer holding the balls apart.
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Old September 9th, 2017, 12:23 PM   #4
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They have, the wheels, been banned for some time at Moonlight. Though I did notice a guy skating some last night. Looked like out of towners. Might have cut them a break. His girlfriend was on inlines. He had Vans on top of the plate. I have seen a number of younger skaters going that route lately.
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